Jan. 22, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) -The SMU rowing team spent five days training on the Brazos River near Cleburne, Texas, in preparation for the spring season, which March 16 against Creighton at White Rock Lake.
"The rowing was really good after having eight weeks off following our fall season," head coach Doug Wright explained. "The one morning we did spend inside on the erg proved to be a great motivator to the entire team. I was really pleased with everyone's effort and surprised that we are in this great of shape at this date in January.
"We need to keep our daily focus at a high level as we move into our spring season. I think if we continue to have fun and enjoy the training and the process of pushing our physical and mental limits every day, we'll be in a good place when the first race comes around, March 16," Wright continued.
The team took advantage of the 19 miles worth of water, training between two and three times each day, walking just a few hundred yards from the Indian Lodge Resort to the edge of the river. The extended trip gave the athletes an opportunity to build team chemistry and bond as teammates. First-year novice Jo Parmer said her favorite part of the trip was, "getting to know the team better and have the opportunity to train with varsity."
The Mustangs also took some time to take in the scenery, taking a hike around the remote resort on Wednesday, which included a trek up to a bluff overlooking the river. "The hike was definitely my favorite part because no one expected it to be as much fun as it was," said Maggie Jones, a junior from Mt. Sinai, N.Y. "We were pleasantly surprised!"
Wright concluded his thoughts on the trip, saying, "No Cell phone or wireless service and cold weather are effective environmental factors for a successful winter training camp."
The Mustangs have five events scheduled for the spring season before the Conference USA Championships on May 18 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., starting with the home event against Creighton on March 16.