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Varsity Four Looking For A Top Performance

Sarah Norman
May 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - 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. Wednesday’s blog is from junior Sarah Norman, an education major from South Glastonbury, Conn., who is a member of the varsity four.

The championships will be carried live on The American Digital Network. CLICK HERE for the link. The league also has a Championship Central.

Here is Norman’s blog:

The UConn rowing team flew into California on Monday to begin our preparation for the American Athletic Championship. Throughout the entire year, our team has worked feverishly for this moment. Through our hard work in the weight room, determination through our grueling winter training workouts and focus on the water, our team has been preparing for this moment.

From coming into the team my freshman year, I feel as though our team has completely evolved and developed into something special. After our team finished third in our conference, there was more motivation than ever to come back and win the next year. With a more competitive recruiting class, our hard work did not go unnoticed. Finishing off my sophomore year, my boat placed second at conference further exemplifying the drive and passion all of our athletes shared.

My teammates were not willing to give up our goal of winning the conference. Over the summer each teammate trained and worked hard to come back better than ever. Our team got PR’s and this mindset of winning and success transferred over to the freshman, further transforming our team.

These past couple of months have been defining for our team. I am as proud of all of my teammates as each one has fought for her seat in the boat. The blood, sweat, and tears has only strengthened our team and made us closer to attaining our goal of winning the conference. This was especially true for the varsity four this season. Being in the varsity four has completely changed my outlook as an athlete. This boat has faced so many obstacles and I do not think I have ever been challenged in this way before as a rower.

For a majority of the season, we were put into challenging heats in which we did not advance. At the Murphy Cup, Drexel slimmed out the race leaving UConn unable to move on, although we had the third fastest time overall. Besides the Murphy Cup, the varsity four was a fast boat that was unable to show this in the finals.

As a rower, it made the desire to persevere even stronger. It is difficult knowing you can’t race again at a regatta and going into future practices with the intention of improvement. Each rower in the four had to focus in on making the boat better and work to adapt with the boat.

If you were to define the varsity four this season, you would see girls who are unbreakable, resilient, driven, and determined to give every ounce of will in each stroke they take. The varsity four is ready to make a name for itself on the West Coast.