What do dedicated BLS rowers have in common with shoe-sucking mud, hay, and thunderstorms? The SARATOGA INVITATIONAL REGATTA, where 39 BLS varsity rowers held their own in a regatta dominated by fast clubs and schools. Demonstrating the true spirit of an athlete and athletic competition, the rowers individually and collectively proved that they have grit, stamina, and sportsmanship in spades. Well-prepared by the dismal conditions in this spring’s practices, each boat competed to the best of its ability without complaint.
The weekend’s races took place under conditions that included rain, mud, more rain, brief sunshine (steaming mud), thunderstorms (fleeing to the bus), dropping temps, and more windy rain. When not rowing or rigging, rowers huddled under our awesome new purple tent on top of the hay absorbing the water, keeping each other warm like a waddle of penguins on the icy tundra. (It’s true, the sub-soil was still frozen in Saratoga, causing the incredible mud.)
At the end of the weekend, the coaches emphasized how proud they were of their teams and their athletes, who were ready for the challenge and now have the depth and speed to compete in this field. As Boys Varsity cox Dominic Kennedy Slesar said, “We came out to prove we have speed, and we proved that and had a great time.” As Girls Varsity rower India Aikens said, “It was exiting to get so many races in this weekend -- we became closer as a team from the bus ride to huddling under the tent for warmth.”