Rowing's Carney Gives Account of Eagles' Last Leg of European Trip
June 28, 2013
The Boston College rowing team just finished its overseas tour, competing in international races in Switzerland and England. Sophomore Megan Carney gives a first-hand account as the Eagles wrap up in England.
Every minute of our last few practices before racing at the Henley Women's Regatta had an important impact on race day. On Wednesday, we had two practices to work on each part of the race plan.
After morning practice on Thursday, the team headed into London for another afternoon of sightseeing. Our first stop of the day was to King's Cross Station where some of the team's Harry Potter fans posed by Platform 9 ¾, the famous entryway into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We then made our way over to the Tower of London where we saw the Crown Jewels and learned some of the history behind these magnificent artifacts. Some of the team visited St. Paul's Cathedral. Before leaving London we stopped by a local restaurant and ate the famous fish and chips. With our stomachs full and tons of new pictures on our cameras, we boarded the train back to Henley-on-Thames.
Friday was the first races of the Henley Woman's Regatta. We practiced early in the morning and then returned later in the day to watch some of the racing. However, our first day of racing would not be until Saturday. The team woke up on that morning excited and ready to race. We had a short practice in the morning before going back to our host family's houses to rest before the races. Conditions were challenging on the course, but the team fought hard with every stroke. The senior 8 faced the University College of Dublin while the pair raced Newcastle University and the two fours against CUWBC and Tideway Scullers. It was an exciting day of racing for the whole team and each crew worked unbelievably hard in their individual races.
Sunday brought the last day of racing. The elite 8 was the only BC boat that raced and the girls practiced early in the morning. We had one last team lunch before the elite 8 faced TEES COMP for their last race of the regatta later in the evening. After their race, we loaded all of the boats onto the trailers, packed all of our bags, and heading back to the States.
This trip will have an important impact on our program, the rowers and the future of our program. It has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each and every one of us. The amazing competition we rowed against improved our skills and techniques and the time we spent with one another helped us to forge closer relationships both on and off the water. We are so blessed and thankful to have had such an incredible experience and we thank everyone who helped make this trip possible.