The George Washington women's rowing team returned to campus this week following a nine-day winter training trip to Tampa, Florida.
The Colonials spent the trip working out on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and enjoying team bonding activities around the area.
"It was really nice to get down to Tampa where the girls could focus on rowing and preparing for the spring," said head coach Eric Carcich. "We were able to get about 15 on-the-water sessions on the Hillsborough River, which is a great river that meanders its way through downtown Tampa. The first five days the clouds were out and it was overcast so the motor boats didn't really bug us and we were able to really take our time and break down our stroke on the technical side, something we can't do up north in the early spring."
However, the Colonials were not the only ones on the water in Tampa. They encountered a number of wildlife that make the Tampa Bay area home. "We got a lot of miles in," said Coach Carcich. "We were able to go straight out into the bay where we saw tons of wildlife like dolphins, manatees and pelicans."
The Colonials put in a lot of hard work on the water, but were also able to enjoy the break from classes by exploring the area and bonding. "What is nice about Tampa is we have a lot of down time," said Coach Carcich. "I truly believe it is a big growth stage for the team as far as coming together. They don't have the academic stress so they do a lot of activities off the water. Some girls went to the Tampa Bay Aquarium, others went to Clearwater Beach, one of the nicest beaches in the area. They got to spend some time in the Gulf (of Mexico). Just enjoy a little bit of time away from classes, but spending great time with their teammates."
So what lies ahead in the coming weeks as the Colonials prepare for their season opener on March 30?
"We now go into a five-week indoor training phase," explained Coach Carcich. "Ideally, we get back on the water in mid-February, so we will be pretty intensive these next five weeks. We want to build on the fitness we gained down in Florida and truly try to improve our overall physiology so we can be ready to go when we open the season on March 30 in the Yankee Cup versus Rhode Island up in Kingston."