By Kevin Dudley
In case you haven’t heard, the CSB/SJU Crew team is on the rise.
The co-ed club sport now has 45 members, 20 of which joined this season. This is a huge spike in membership that has captains Steven Pfahning and Claire Roth excited.
“We’ve got 20 new members this year, which is really good for the club,” Roth said.
The crew club is completely student-run. They work with a faculty advisor, but there is no coach.
This leaves all the club’s daily operations to its members.
The club has a large board that deals with issues and makes decisions. The board includes a president, vice president, treasurer, event coordinator, regatta coordinator and secretary. All of these people work together along with the other club members to make sure things run smoothly.
Roth expressed how much she enjoyed the student-run nature of the club.
“We’re very proud of the fact that we’re student-run,” Roth said.
Pfahning talked about the valuable experience that comes with being in a student-run organization.
“It’s really beneficial to us because we get to learn a lot of life skills,” Pfahning said.
This means the captains and club members are completely responsible for organizing practices.
The team practices Monday through Thursday every week in the morning before classes. Practices get later as the season goes on and the days get shorter.
When the season started, they were sometimes on the lake by 5:45 a.m. They now are starting closer to 6:30 a.m.
Practices consist of both dry land and boat sessions, which the captains organize.
The club has limited boat sessions so there is a large emphasis placed on the dry land training.
This allows the team to build up strength and conditioning away from the water.
Most students join the club with no rowing experience, so everyone in the club is self-taught or learns from other members.
New members are quickly taught advanced rowing and coxing techniques.
The crew club has both a fall and spring racing season. They have raced once thus far at “Death Row” in Duluth. They were scheduled to race last weekend, but the race was cancelled due to poor water conditions.
They will be back in action this Saturday at home. The meet will be held on Lake Sagatagan.
“We’d love to see any students on campus come check it out,” Pfhaning said.
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