Most students at Pacific University have seen the flyers, “Row for the Boxers,” hung around campus.
The Pacific women’s rowing team is in full swing as their fall season is coming to an end.
The rowers call Hagg Lake their home and take their training very seriously.
Here at Pacific the student body is not as familiar about rowing as they are with many other sports.
In hopes of the rowing team attaining a larger prowess on campus, the Pacific women’s rowing team has taken a different approach to recruiting.
Mass emails, flyers and word of mouth have been the main recruiting tools thus far for the boxers.
Recruiting has been somewhat of an issue for the Rowing team, yet they have been competing quite well.
“We don’t have a strong recruiting processes as of now, but we have some good rowers that are very coachable.
The newer rowers have stepped up, in turn making our team better,” senior, Sierra Myers said.
Myers is one of the very few rowers that were recruited to row before she started school at Pacific.
Many rowers are walk ons that simply went to tryouts. The fact that most of the team members are novice rowers creates an exciting dynamic among the team.
The rowers, lead by Myers, have been gaining experience every day. Myers comes from a rowing background and has been rowing for much of her life. The leadership she brings to the team is evident and has contributed to some success in the regatta race.
The women’s rowing team had two races recently, where they performed quite well. “There is always room for improvement, but I feel we did well considering that the program is so new,” Myers said.
Rowing season is complicated, unlike all other sports; they have a fall and spring season. The fall consists of endurance races, while the spring is made up of mostly sprint races.
In between seasons the rowers take on serious conditions and weight training so they can stay in shape for the spring.
“We take our off-season workouts seriously, it’s our time to build the strength we will need for the sprint races,” Myers explained. “We build up a lot of endurance during the fall season due to the length of races, so off season we focus on our explosive muscles and try to train for sprints,” explained Myers.”
The rowing team is successful this fall, but is looking forward to the spring. They’ll take to the water on March 19, competing in the Lake Invitational Regatta hosted at Hagg Lake.
In the mean time, they will try to refine their skills and prove that the boxers are a force to reckoned with.