Women's Rowing in Sarasota, Florida
Jan. 9, 2012
The Women's Rowing team regrouped in Sarasota, FL after a long month of training individually. This is our first year at the Benderson Park training facility in Sarasota, and we have been pleased with the accommodations and friendly personnel. The seemingly endless river channels leading to the Sarasota Bay are lined with mangroves and palm trees and the weather has grown warmer every day, a welcome change from the freezing temperatures in years past! The quiet, peaceful waters create quite a different environment from the busy and chaotic Potomac River. As any Georgetown rowing alum knows, flights to and from Regan National Airport and frequent visits from the President's helicopters, though endearing, can be disruptive. Our productive, focused rows thus far are a testament to the serene atmosphere offered here.
Two-a-days provide an excellent opportunity to experiment with technical changes. We've found that this setting allows us to play around with elements of the stroke without feeling like we're wasting time: on the contrary, this trial-and-error has allowed us to make and hold technical improvements throughout the practices. Catch placement, power application and body control have been the top focuses as we've progressed from rowing by fours and sixes to all eights. The rowing facility here has provided us with four launches, so each coach can take one or two eights by him/herself. This coach to rower ratio has been extremely beneficial to our progress as the week continues.
While this training trip is primarily an opportunity to get faster, the openweights are very happy to have this opportunity to get closer as a team. With girls returning from semesters abroad and the highest freshmen attendance since I've been on the team, we're having a blast watching the Hoya basketball team beat Marquette, taking trips to K-Mart and Publix (our favorite Southern people-watching locations) and the much anticipated afternoon trip to the beach this coming Saturday. Without homework, exams, and other extra-curricular activities, we can give our unlimited focus to improving technique on the water and improving friendships off the water!