“There is no feeling quite like when the boat flows seamlessly through the water because all four are perfectly in sync: mind, body, and sprit.”
“For me, rowing is more than just a sport.”
“We were invincible.”
“There is something untouchable about going through the sweat, blood, and pain … this relationship is irreplaceable.”
“Rowing develops you as a person on and off the water.”
“Here I was a varsity football player being beaten by freshman girls on workouts”
“Rowing will take up more time than you could imagine, but we do it because there’s not a single thing that we would rather do.”
Hannah Cagle ‘13
Rowing means putting your heart and soul into a race and knowing that both you and your teammates are going to leave nothing behind on the course. All of the hard, rough practices make your boat that much stronger to succeed the next race. You come out of a season with new skills that you cannot learn in the classroom and are able to apply it to both academics and everyday life. Without rowing, I would not have been able to be where I am today on and off the water.
Elizabeth Keane ’12
Rowing has been more for me than just a sport I did in high school. After competing for 5 years I gained some of the most valuable friendships that will last throughout my life. There is an unbreakable bond that you make with your teammates that can withstand just about anything. There is something untouchable about going through the sweat, blood, and pain with your best friends, and this relationship is irreplaceable. Rowing has taught me commitment, dedication, leadership, and teamwork. All of these lessons have carried on into my life after rowing and have made me a happier and more successful individual. Rowing has provided me with great opportunities to be a Division I athlete and be able to travel the country representing this great sport. Rowing has been one of the toughest and most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. I am thankful for every moment I have spent rowing, as it has shaped me into the person that I am today.
Gabby Lauer ‘12
For one, there is nothing about rowing that “goes gently down the stream”! For me, rowing is more than just a sport. It is a lifestyle. Eat, Breathe, Sleep Rowing. When you wake up at 4AM every morning to get that extra practice, you don’t see it as a chore but as a way to get better and stronger. Through rowing I have seen my body do things I never thought possible! Over the countless hours spent in that boat or on that erg, every blister, every ache, every motion of pulling that blade through the water is something magnificent! Every muscle in your body will go through agonizing pain and every fiber of your being will want to know why you haven’t quit, but when you glide across the finish line in first place, all the blood shed, sweat dripped and tears cried make it all worth it!! Being on a crew team has instilled in me some of the most important lessons and has shown me the importance of never giving up! Giving it your all and leaving it all out on the water is the best feeling in the end. When you break through that barrier or you hit that 2,000-meter mark with nothing left to give, you know you have given it all not only for yourself but also for your teammates. I have gained a family and lifelong friends from the people I rowed with. Every bit of me wishes I could go back to the days of rowing in that red Hudson with the most amazing girls I have ever met, because in those moments; “we were invincible”.
Logan Hutson ’13
Rowing at Gloucester has taught me many things including responsibility and leadership. Gloucester rowing develops you as a person on and off the water. I learned a lot while being there, and can now apply those lessons to my everyday life. While now being at a Service Academy, I can look back and use my prior rowing experiences to help make decisions I am faced with today. I am a better person and better leader because of it. Rowing for Gloucester has also prepared me well for being a collegiate rower at the Coast Guard Academy. The entire rowing family is great and over the years I have formed irreplaceable friendships. Rowing sets you up to be a competent and responsible individual after high school, which is the most important thing of all.
Taylor Dough ‘14
I was born and raised in a football home. In the fall we lived to watch football on Sundays and to travel all over the tidewater area with the Gloucester Youth Football League for which I played and my sister was a cheerleader. Naturally this continued into High School where I played for the Dukes until my junior year. I liked to play football but as my teammates were putting on mass I remained no more than 150 pounds and the physical intensity of the sport was becoming over whelming. I’m a competitor however and was in need of another sport to keep me in shape. Queue William Foster the GRA coach from 2011-2013. Coach Foster approached me in the gym one day in the winter and talked to me about if I had ever considered rowing and challenged me that it would be even harder than football. For no other reason than to prove him wrong, I joined.
I was wrong to say the least. Rowing demands another level of fitness that one can only achieve by actually rowing. Here I was a varsity football player being beaten by freshman girls on workouts on the rowing machine and that lit a fire under me to make sure I took every stroke as well as I could and to soak up as much information as I could from Foster as well as the seniors of the team so that I could be at their level. After a long winter of erg training spring finally came and we went to the boat house to start rowing. That is when I fell in love with the sport. I rowed every chance I got and never looked back.
There is no feeling quite like the transformation when a team goes from four high schoolers rowing four different strokes at four different time and thinking that it’s the other three rowers fault to when the boat flows seamlessly through the water because all four are perfectly in sync: mind, body, and sprit. Rowing is the ultimate team sport. It takes every single person in the shell to be on the same page and the brotherhood that was formed out of that team is why I still row today. Every stroke there are three other guys relying on me to pull my weight just as I expect them to pull theirs. That accountability is what I love most about rowing.
Rowing will take up more time than you could imagine, but we do it because there’s not a single thing that we would rather do. The week before Stotesbury, the culminating race for the spring rowing season, my boat would get to the boathouse before sunrise to get an extra practice in before going to school. There is nothing else that I have felt equivalent to that of a racing shell cutting through the water, still as glass as the sun just breaks the horizon. That feeling what I look for everyday at practice at the University of Delaware and that accountability that GRA taught me has helped me find it.