Emily's Obsession with Crew

I've been rowing since my freshman year at MIT. Rowing is a year-round sport. It's a lot of fun, though. We have lots of races. In the fall, we have races in Lowell, Mass. and New Hampshire (which is REALLY pretty in October when we race there), and several races right on the Charles here in Boston, including the Head of the Charles.

During IAP (Independant Activities Period, which is MIT-ese for January), we go down to Cocoa Beach, Florida for two weeks to train. We row six hours a day, but our hotel is just a block from the beach, and has a nice pool. We also do things like watch the space shuttle launch and land and see NASA and go to Disney World.

In the spring, we get back on the water as soon as the ice melts on the Charles. We practice twice a day over spring break, and at the end we used to race Radcliffe and Northeastern, usually losing, which, given those teams are in the top 10 in the country...

We then spend several weekend racing on either the Charles or going to the beautiful city of Worcester, Mass. (pronounced Woostah). Last spring (99) we went down to Annapolis and raced Navy, who came up here the previous spring (98), and we will go back down there spring (00).

In May, we go down to the Eastern Sprints, which take place in Connecticut, so we get to stay overnight and eat free spaghetti or our choice of Italian food. Then, at the end of the month, we used to go down to IRA's, which are in New Jersey, near Philedelphia. We got to stay in a really nice hotel there and have lots of free food.

If we're really really good, we get to go to the NCAA's...

April 10, 2000