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STORRS, Conn. – Spring workouts for the UConn rowing team have begun, as the Huskies and their 62 rowers prepare for the opening race of the season on March 17 against UCF with Nova Southeastern in Orlando, Fla.
Leading up to the season, UConn rowing will feature a new team theme each week – one that is crucial to the program’s culture under 20-year head coach, Jennifer Wendry. This week’s theme is training.
Following a strong fall season, which included a sixth place finish out of 59 boats in the Women’s Club Four at the Head of the Charles, the Huskies are training intensely for a successful spring.
“Training is an incredibly important focus for our team, not only for the obvious physical benefits but also for the culture and dynamic of our squad,” said sophomore Sydney Gibbs. “The training we do together promotes pushing ourselves and our teammates.”
With those early hours of training come vital aspects to the team’s sense of togetherness and synchronization, two areas that are greatly enhanced through workout periods.
“Our team training integrates discipline and self-improvement with an emphasis on unity,” said freshman Kelly Finn. “We all want to self-improve, but also raise the bar for one another so we can be faster on the water.”
Freshman Jenna Light added, “We train as a team, we achieve as a team…Training is the sweat and tears we push through to reach our goals.”
Between the Head of the Riverfront and Head of the Schuylkill in the fall, the Huskies recorded one first-place and three second-place finishes. The key is to stay energized during the winter months.
“Throughout the winter and early spring, a lot of focus is put on building strength and endurance. When we return to the water for the spring, we are ready to put everything together for competition,” said sophomore Micaela Nowacki.
UConn has three races scheduled for March 17 (Orlando, Fla.), March 25 (Philadelphia, Pa.) and March 31 (Amherst, Mass.) prior to it hosting Trinity, Wesleyan and Coast Guard on Saturday, April 1 on Coventry Lake.
Before the boats hit the water however, it will be all about preparation - in order to build team unity - as winter workouts continue for the Husky rowers.