SIRA was this weekend. Our anxiety was high. This was it for us; our last big race of the season, the last major race for the seniors, my last race ever.
All we wanted was to win. We knew we could do it. We just had to keep calm during it.
I told my rowers to keep their heads in the boat. I told them to lengthen. I told them the rating was too high. I told them they were in third. Lengthen. Second. Everything you’ve got. Slow it down. 34. Lengthen. First. Hold on to that first and drive the other boats away. Last 500. Lengthen. 35. Pick it up. Keep ahead. Last 250. Push. My cox box died and I screamed through the last 20 strokes to reach and keep pushing.
I didn’t even hear the horn go off. Even though I knew we had crossed, I was so nervous when my girls abruptly stopped rowing. But we did it. We were first.
Women’s varsity four lightweight champions.
I got thrown in.