March 1, 2017

Learning to Row at ACR – 2016 Recap


Learning to Row at ACR – 2016 Recap

*Registration for the 2017 season opens on March 6. While we excitedly wait for the new season to begin, we will be taking an opportunity to look back on highlights from the 2016 season. Today, Heather Batson shares with us her experiences learning to row in ACR’s Novice Sweep, Sweep 1, and Recreational Sweep programs.

Trying new things can be intimidating — especially when it’s a sport…and involves water. However, I doubt many organizations can make anyone feel welcome with such an endeavor as the ACR’s Novice Sweep, Sweep 1, and Recreation Sweep programs. With strong turnouts in each program, ACR was able to usher in a crop of new rowers.

The 2016 Novice Sweep program rowers enthusiastically grabbed on to learning the new sport and even participated in two novice regattas: Capital Sprints with both the women’s and men’s boats medaling as well as mixed boats taking first place in two Blue Plains Sprints races. A big thank you to the Novice Program Coaches: Stephanie Patton, Lori Criado, and Catie Serex. Patience and humor goes a long way.

Recreation sweep was a great transition from the novice programs for many. With the vast experience and knowledge of Coach Tess Sorensen, the Recreation program provided a continuing leaning and deeper dive into technique and conditioning.

Some of the novice rowers caught the rowing ‘bug’ and continued their training in the ACR winter conditioning program and will be regulars for the upcoming 2017 rowing season.