STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut rowing team will compete at the American Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, May 14 in Sacramento, Calif.
Leading up to the event, members of the team will write blogs to tell the story of the team.
Monday’s blog is from senior Mikayla Hudson, a senior on the team from Windsor, Conn. Hudson won the Coaches’ Awards at the recent UConn Rowing Banquet for her ability to lead and inspire her teammates.
Here is her blog:
Being a part of the UConn women's rowing team has been such a fulfilling and life-changing experience. Being an athlete is one of the most rewarding things a person can do in their life, but being a part of a team that has only continued to evolve and strive to be better as each year passes has been an experience not everyone gets to have.
UConn women's rowing sets the bar high for themselves - coming in as a walk-on freshman the team dynamic was to succeed at the highest level possible. Whether that meant pushing yourself to PR on the erg, passing the varsity boat at practice or coming home with gold from races, this team was going to do their very best no matter what. The love this team had for each other and the mindset they had to fight until the end no matter what the outcome was awesome.
As I came in to my second year as a part of the team, you could feel the intensity and hunger rising. The team was now a part of the American Athletic Conference and the push to make a new name for yourself was at an all-time high. The passion in which the team trained was amazing and it resulted in a third place finish at the conference championship!
My third year had a benchmark we had come in third at conference- now we had to go to work. The team revamped its training programs and the atmosphere swelled with the need to succeed. Every Husky on the team had a drive to do well and to push themselves to the limit. We had a group of seniors leading us into a conference championship with new, tougher competition and they took that challenge in stride. Although we did not medal as a team at conference, it only made us want it more.
As I finish my time at UConn in my senior season, I can feel the constant hunger this team has. It has only grown as the years have passed and coming off a successful fall season and one of the best winter training sessions I've been a part of, I can feel the potential and the speed this team has to offer. As we gear up to head across the country, you can feel the excitement and the drive to win bubbling and together we can do just that.