Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Rowing was everything for my Dartmouth experience. It taught me how to work hard, what dedication truly means and how to be part of a team. It taught me the joys of winning but more importantly how to get up from a devastating loss and come back stronger than ever. On those magical summer days where I spent hours on the Connecticut, it taught me the beauty of nature.
There is a not a memory I have of Dartmouth that is not filled with references to rowing. And to this day, I am reminded and am grateful for everything I have learned and continue to learn from our sport.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
For me, execution and work ethic are two things I learned from rowing without which I could not be where I am today. All the training and erg tests change the definition of what working hard means. And this is not just in increasing pain thresholds but re-defining what is possible.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
Few sports allow freshmen to walk on to a team and few demand the level of mental toughness rowing teaches. Few have that not only teach but require a balance of both the individual and the team.
As such, to eliminate lightweight rowing would be to deprive future generations of a life changing opportunity that I am extremely grateful to have had.