Sept. 14, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State rowing team gets its first taste of competition in its fall season when it travels to Ann Arbor this weekend to race both the Wolverines and Eastern Michigan. While the spring season is about competition and preparing for a run at championships, a great amount of work is done in the fall to put the team in a position to compete for those goals in the spring.
With a race so early in the fall, head coach Matt Weise is only bringing his varsity rowers to Ann Arbor to begin the process of building toward the team's goal of a Big Ten title and NCAA Championship bid this spring.
"I expect my team on Sunday to have the same mental approach as they will in our spring season," explained the coach. "I expect that they will be fearless and aggressive from the first stroke of the race. I don't expect technical perfection yet, but they can focus on a few basics while they are attacking the race course.
That philosophy is what carries not only the seasoned veterans on the MSU roster, but also all the new faces in the boathouse this fall. The Spartans also welcome a healthy number of novice rowers to the team this fall, and the training and competition in October and November will well-prepare the Spartans for the training over the winter.
"This mental approach is the idea for the fall from the most skilled rowers on the varsity to the new novice rowers that began last week," said Weise.