One of the most meaningful parts of being on the BLS Crew Team is that every girl has to work together both physically and emotionally to succeed. On the water, we set the goals of synchronizing our strokes–using the click of the oarlocks to find a rhythm as a boat–and trusting each other to give 110% in order to cross that finish line together. On land, we set another goal: to engage in every activity and discussion–from silly team-building charades to serious pre-race meetings–with respect, understanding, and support. Looking back on our years on the team, we are incredibly grateful for its athletes, coaches, and parents, each of whom taught us important ingredients in the “recipe” for success: a positive mentality, self-motivation, a collaborative community, and a willingness to step outside one’s comfort zone. As much as we miss BLS Crew, we’re happy that we had the chance to be part of the family, and we’re confident that this team will continue to leave as lasting an impact on future members as it has on us.