Senior Teal Cohen talks about racing at the National Can-Am-Mex Regatta.
How did you get there?
I had to go to an ID camp [instructional camp focused on improving rowing techniques to achieve success at the international level] where I did an erg test [measurement of strength and ability on an indoor rower] for coaches.
What event did you row at the Can-Am-Mex Regatta?
I was in the U.S. women’s sweeping boat of four people and another one of eight people.
Where did the rowers travel from?
There were people from California, Seattle, Texas, Michigan, Florida and some from the East Coast area. We raced against Canada and Mexico.
How was it different to race against Mexico?
For the Mexicans, there was definitely a language barrier. Mexico ran their rowing programs differently which was fun to see. To be on the starting line next to someone from another country was very cool.
What role does crew play in your life?
Over the past few years rowing has become such a big part of me, and now I can’t even begin to imagine my life without it. My teammates have inspired me to always push my limits and never leave anything unfinished.
What’s your next goal?
I’m hoping to go back and make the team for the World Championships. I want to row Division I in college. I should verbally commit to a college soon.
– Maria Harrison – Asst. Features Editor