While the Villa Maria rowing team can’t get out on the water, they have been staying competitive on land through virtual racing, home workouts, and regular online meetings.
Rowers have competed among themselves in virtual boats created by Coach Liz Miller for the first two weeks of the season. Each girl “raced” on their ergs (rowing machines) for a designated distance and submitted their times. The coaches averaged the times of each boat to determine the winners.
Villa Rowing then expanded their competition and now virtually compete against other schools in the Legacy Challenge. In this competition, each team member submits her times for bi-weekly predetermined workouts.
Rowers have also been training at home. Coach Liz Miller reports, “I have been sending the girls workouts daily. We were able to get rowing machines for many of the girls who didn’t have them at home. If they don’t have a machine they are biking, running, etc.”
Miller says the team has also restarted their “Fun Fridays” from winter training with a Zoom check-in and yoga with Coach Alair.