Rowing club hit the water, training over break

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The Carnegie Mellon Rowing Club traveled down to Camp Bob Cooper in South Carolina for spring break, a week full of intense training in preparation for the following weeks of competition.

The unprecedented number of rowers, 45, were eager to get off the bus and start the workouts, and from then on, did not get much of a break. With the sun shining and the temperature just right, the crew team hit the water in perfect conditions and underwent four workouts a day. The team was thrilled that they were no longer using ergs or mirrors anymore and were actually rowing their boats.

“The week we spent down in South Carolina is about the same as a month’s worth of practice back here, and we definitely capitalized on that,” said first-year novice Harold Kim.

On the final day of the trip, the Carnegie Mellon Lightweight Men’s 4+ team of senior Brian McGraw; sophomores Justin Perry, Sean Lubner, and Ed Burns; and coxswain senior Elliot Beltzer pulled through with a tremendous victory over Penn State.

With a successful trip behind them, the team is well on their way to a successful season as they compete this Saturday and Sunday in two separate races.

They will jump-start the weekend in Philadelphia to compete in the Murphy Cup and conclude the weekend at the University Athletic Association championships at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, just 45 minutes from campus.

“I think as a team, the novices are going into the spring season on a very good start,” concluded Kim.