Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Rowing for Dartmouth was absolutely the most important decision I made as an undergraduate. It filled the vacuum of unassuaged competitive energy from which, had I never joined the team, I know I would have suffered throughout my undergraduate career. It provided much-needed structure to my day, without which I’m sure my academics would have suffered. It gave me access to coaching and support the likes of which I never experienced in high school athletics, which contributed immensely to both my physical and mental well-being as a student; the lessons and skills I gained from these interactions have followed me as well into my professional life (as detailed below). Rowing gave me a source of peace and serenity on which I could rely when the rest of my life was not going according to plan. Most of all, rowing gave me the best friends I will ever have, and I am honored and privileged beyond measure to have had the opportunity to spend four formative years growing, training, and competing alongside them.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Rowing for Dartmouth ignited what promises to be a lifelong passion for the sport, a sport which I surely never would have encountered if not for the Dartmouth lightweight team. I’ve continued rowing competitively to this day, competing for a post-collegiate rowing club in Boston. Rowing has taken me all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and as far abroad as England and the Netherlands, where I’ve met like-minded athletes with whom I’ve forged instant friendships, crossing backgrounds and language barriers. It’s even given me a role in an upcoming movie: I had the chance to travel to Louisiana to play a rower in the soon-to-be-released film “Swing.” Lastly, rowing imparted upon me a degree of mental toughness and stamina, as well as a distinct ability to compartmentalize and focus, that has served me unbelievably well in my professional life. I credit my leapfrogging of the corporate ranks in my consulting and tech workplaces in large part to the grit I developed competing as a Dartmouth lightweight.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
An unparalleled community of hard-working, thoughtful, diverse, loyal and motivated scholar-athletes. If the administration persists in this decision, they will never again see a team the likes of the D150s. Not to mention our legacy of success - how many Dartmouth teams have produced an Olympian in the last decade???