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Bonds And Benchmarks — Prepping For An Uncertain Season

Nov 12, 2020

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By Yasmin Farooq
Head Coach, Washington Women's Rowing

Taken from the Fall, 2020, edition of SWEEP magazine

This season, we're all on the starting line of the biggest race in our lives. Our bonds as sisters will make us all champions, in and out of the boat.
 
That's the team's mindset in this difficult, unpredictable year. We're lifting each other up, competing for one another, and making the most of every workout and day that we get together. It's about trust, commitment and love, for one another and for this incredible sport.
 
And it's about celebrating the hard work that connects us. Because we all know that the races at season's end are merely reflections of our collective effort along the way.
 
While we remain unsure about how the coming months will unfold, we're looking ahead with hope and determination to the spring season. That's why our rowers approached the annual 6K fall erg test with the same intensity they always bring to this challenging annual kick-off.
 
We know we need to hit certain benchmarks in the fall to ensure our competitiveness in the spring. The erg test is one of them. Even when we didn't know if the season would happen, this exceptional team agreed to seize the opportunity of their first rowing machine test as a chance to bond and prepare for whatever lies ahead.
 
Training for a championship performance when the future is so uncertain isn't easy. But it wasn't easy for the women who came before us to build Washington into one of the most admired and successful rowing programs in the nation. With COVID-19's enormous financial impact on Rowing and every other Husky sport, it also won't be easy to sustain that momentum. You, our loyal supporters, can secure our future. Please learn more about Huskies All In on page 3
 
The young women of Washington Rowing are coming to realize the complexity of the world and how the pandemic will profoundly change the future. With your ongoing support, I'm certain that they will not only survive COVID-19's complicated impact on their lives, they will help shape the new world ahead.