For the second year in a row, members of Hamilton College's rowing teams are providing daily updates from the teams' spring trip. With the Continentals arriving in Oak Ridge, Tenn., this weekend, women's team captains Rachel Landman '15 and Karly Moore '15 check in with the first edition of this year's blog.

Having completed three weeks of winter training – including early morning lifts and countless meters on the ergs – we boarded the bus to leave freezing, snowy Clinton behind. We looked forward to the Oak Ridge, Tenn., sun and to seeing our efforts on the ergs pay off on the water.

After finishing Anchorman and 12 hours of team bonding on the bus we were only a short hour from the race course. The past 24 hours had flown by in the blink of an eye. Excitement spread throughout the bus as we approached the first unfrozen water we had seen since the fall. Stories started flowing as our teammates remembered their last trips to Oak Ridge, many of which included medaling at nationals. We trekked through the mud to our trailer, passing many Division I crews who had spent the day racing. It was exciting to watch the end of the races while we unloaded and rigged.

We returned to the hotel for a delicious pasta dinner and you could tell everyone was excited for the morning row. After dinner the team dispersed with a few heading to Walmart to buy boots for the southern mud and others settling in for a good night’s sleep before our much anticipated morning row.

Up nex: Pat English '15

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