Hello St. Mary’s! For those of you that haven’t heard about it yet, there is an awesome group of people on campus known as the Crew team. I know that we may look just like you, save for a few classy pieces of clothing with our crossed oar logo, but you may be interested to know that we are in fact all superhumans. If you need convincing on this point, consider this: on a given weekday, you can find the majority of us waking up at 5 to go physically exhaust ourselves for the next 2 hours before our 8-a.m.’s. Of course, we aren’t so cruel as to force our new recruits to wake up that early. Novices on the team can be found out and rowing on the water at the much more hospitable time of 4:30 in the afternoon. For those of you looking to enjoy our lovely river, get in shape, or just eager to meet new people, Crew is for you.
Is it tough? Yes. But is it worth it? Also yes. We only had our first general meeting on Wednesday, and so I can’t say I know the new people that showed up very well yet, but the 40 or so people I know who are currently on the team are some of the most awesome, hardworking, and generally decent people on campus. And beyond the social aspect of the team, our hard work has paid off. In recent years, St. Mary’s Crew boats have (at least) placed and won (more common) just about every regatta that we’ve shown up to. We’ve raised funds that have enabled us to buy a very nice new boat, and are trying to raise the money to get another one this year.
I’m a senior now and have been on the team since I was but a wee Freshman (back when we were still called that) and I’ve enjoyed it every year. The waking up early was a bit tricky to get used to, but I managed it, and I’ve seen some of the most beautiful sunrises I may ever see because of it. I’ve made some good friends through this team and it has given me plenty of great stories. In fact, one of the most amazing parts of being a part of this group can really be summed up in that one word: team. It is said that adversity brings people together and let me tell you, there is nothing most college kids are more adverse to than waking up at 5. I’m not the sort to say for certain how things are going to turn out over this coming year, my last on the team, but I will make a few predictions. One: we’ll kick ass. Two: we’ll drink a lot of coffee. And Three: we’ll walk away from that last boat maintenance with smiles on our faces and good times behind us.