Two Hoosiers Spend Time with USRowing
Sept. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - This past summer, two Indiana rowers earned the opportunity to row with some of the top collegiate rowers in the country. Katie Feckler and Emily Kasavana were among the 22 freshman collegiate rowers invited to participate in the 2007 Women's National Team Freshman Camp held in Madison, Wisconsin.
The goal of the camp is to give young college rowers a brief glimpse of what life is like as an elite rower. The camp mimics the national team selection process but without the pressure of trying to make the team. Because of the intensive time spent training, the athletes are able to absorb and learn more rowing knowledge outside of their college programs. In addition, the camp offered the national team coaches the ability to begin to identify athletes with long term potential to be on the national team. The progress of these athletes will be tracked through their collegiate careers, and will be encouraged to continue training in the national team system during the summers.
The athletes spent the week at the camp working on rowing technique and rowing-specific fitness training. "We had three practices each day, starting with a morning practice on the water," Feckler said. "In the afternoon we would go on a dry-land conditioning circuit and then return to the water after that."
Both athletes came away from the camp having learned a lot about themselves and the sport of rowing.
"I learned so many things at the camp," Kasavana said, "including technical improvements, training tips and the importance of mental toughness."
"The one thing I learned," Feckler said, "was that there are many other athletes going through the same thing I am and that they all have the same drive to go somewhere in the sport of rowing."
The camp seemed to inspire the athletes and increase their love of the sport. Being surrounded by top athletes gave Kasavana and Feckler extra motivation to improve and help the Indiana Rowing team.
"At each practice, we were given the opportunity to race one another in the different boats and really put it all out there. I am really excited to get back to racing in the spring," stated Feckler
With official practices having started just over a week ago, both Feckler and Kasavana are taking on the challenge of teaching their teammates to compete on a national level. "The camp emphasized giving everything you can on each stroke," Feckler said, "and our coaching staff has been stressing that as well so it is nice to know we are headed in the right direction here at Indiana."
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