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Members of Hamilton College's men's and women's crew programs will be checking in throughout the week with dispatches from their spring trip to Florida. Monday's update comes from Jared Lippman '16.

After racing on Saturday and having the day off Sunday, the team got back to work on Monday, determined to make the most of our remaining time in Tampa.

Our morning practice was all about loosening up and actively recovering from the weekend. We didn't do any high stroke-ratings or race pieces, but instead went through a variety of drills to work on technique and rhythm.

In the afternoon, however, our practice consisted of seven four-minute race pieces. Each piece tested our tenacity, stamina and overall toughness. And while we finished the practice feeling weak and drained of energy, such hard work will surely pay off in our upcoming races. In addition, our coaches made several changes in boat lineups in between the pieces, enabling them to see how certain rowers compare in contributing to the boat's overall speed. We look forward to doing a lot of similar race pieces in the next few days of training!

Although we don't have any March Madness games to watch tonight, many of the guys are having a great time at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Tampa Bay Lightning are playing the Ottawa Senators.

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