STORRS, Conn. – Prior to the start of the spring semester last Tuesday, the UConn rowing team spent the better part of two weeks in January down in Miami, Fla., training for the upcoming season which begins on March 16 against UCF and Jacksonville in Orlando.
The Huskies, led by 21-year head coach Jennifer Wendry, took their annual trip to the south for warm weather and ideal rowing conditions. Currently, the program consists of 63 student-athletes, with about half taking the trip with UConn’s coaching staff.
“Our training trip in Miami was very productive. Water time in the spring is sometimes a challenge for us when our lake stays frozen well into March,” said Wendry. “We really try to get the most that we can out of the time we have on the water.”
While temperatures on the Storrs campus dropped below 0-degrees at times earlier in the month, the Huskies took advantage of the warmer, yet not Miami-like weather, on South Beach.
“Of course the weather was a nice change as well. Even though it was ‘chilly’ for Miami, we were much happier there than up here in the frigid temperatures,” said Wendry.
Senior leadership will be key this spring, as 14 rowers make up the class compared to just five a year ago. A trip to Miami allowed members of the team to bond between workouts and leisure time, while putting an extra emphasis on team strategy.
“The majority of the work in Florida was focused on making technique changes so that we can row more efficiently and effectively. We introduced some new concepts to the team to focus on and they were receptive,” said Wendry.
Following last season’s fifth-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championship, UConn looks for a good start and strong finish to the 2018 campaign. This past fall, the Huskies recorded a combined nine top-10 finishes at the Head of the Riverfront, Head of the Charles and Head of the Schuylkill.
For the complete 2018 schedule, click HERE. The Huskies will compete in familiar regattas like the Knecht Cup (April 14-15, West Windsor, N.J.) and Women’s Sprints (April 29, Worcester, Mass.).
The American Athletic Conference Championship is scheduled for May 12 in Cherry Hill, N.J., the same site as the Cherry Hill Invitational on April 21.
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