|The News Page: 4/24/05 Flick #5|
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By Brian Conley_______________________________________________________________
“What is competitive greatness? It’s enjoying the challenge when things become difficult, even very difficult. Competitors love that challenge.”
By David Greenspan _______________________________________________________________
Ahhh those men. Having come off a brilliant week, the frosh men rowed their head race finishing 15 of 16. I spoke with Mike Wood for a few moments. "They didn't think they rowed well, but at least they aren't more than 45 seconds out of first". Its one day at a time. The JV 4 also rowed in a head race. We wait to hear a report, they finished 16 out of 22, 30 seconds off the pace.
I think we all heard about the twists of fate and new found adversity for the ltwt men. The 4 came in 5th of 5 in their heat without Steve Krajewski who broke his hand a couple of days before. A new lineup, and a new challenge to be overcome. The Heavy 4 must be glowing today, however. Starting in 5th through the bridge, they were relentless in their pursuit of first. Slowly walking through the challengers, they moved into second by the top of the island, whereas the early leader -- Hun School -- fell back into third as Atlantic City took the lead. But with 250 meters to go, our LM boys looked like they might pull it out, walking on AC to within 0.69 seconds finishing second.
And the ladies? Yes, those ladies. Two frosh 8's in the head race, coming in 7 and 14 out of 17 were cheered mightily by the tent crowd. The "B" boat looked strong, with flashes of brilliance as they cruised past the island with a minimum of splash. The "A" boat also looked tough. We all had an education when a gust of wind swept across the tip of the island and down onto the ladies resulting in a crab. A superb recovery by the LM crew showed their metal as often crabs in this kind of weather usually puts the rower out for the rest of the race. The JV 4 followed in their head race, finishing 17 of 21. Despite their placement, they looked strong at the island being in the toughest water near lane 5/6 during the middle of the race.
The ltwt 4 copied the men, finishing 5th in their heat. I have been promised a full report from the cox. The Heavy 4 continued their competitive showing, cruising to 2nd barely a length behind Upper Merion and 1/2 length over Harriton. I look forward to hearing more from these boats as I was not able to watch either race.
So why row if you don't win? I was saddened to hear some of these sentiments, for surely there are lots of reasons. We can all take lessons from this year's crew. Though a crab in front of the tent may be an initial embarrassment, overcoming that crab is something we can all take heart in. Surely we have all been down there, but have we always done that come back thing? The Heavy Men and Women's varsity don't quit, but power on, getting better, remaining competitive, and showing what they are made of. The lightweight men, what about them? Though they had a tough go in tough water, think of what they were up against? Rough conditions, a new lineup, a head full of disappointment, a colleague stranded. Yet as they say, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". Okay, maybe its a little overused. But to me, it sure sounds alot better than "winning isn't everything, its the only thing". Surely, our kids are showing us that that isn't even close to being true. Go LM Crew!
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