Marin Rowing Association: What to Expect

Ella Green

Ella Green

Marin Rowing Association (MRA), a notably intense and successful rowing club, has developed a program that prioritizes dedication and hard work.

Senior Tucker Swanson has been a part of MRA for the past four years and has endured the hardships and received the rewards of the sport.

“People sleep on rowing. Being in that boat, even though it looks like you’re just sitting down, that’s hard,” Swanson said.

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MRA Boys Varsity eight seater boat swiftly skims the water as it heads towards the finish line

Tim Humphrey, coach of the novice boys’ team for 12 years, has had prior experience coaching on the staff of schools such as the University of Michigan and Indiana University. Heading into tryouts, he has specific criteria for potential MRA rowers.

“I’m looking for someone who is tenacious and really wants it. We’re looking for people who enjoy working hard and will thrive in a team atmosphere,” Humphrey said.

The MRA, with a plethora of success under its belt, has developed a specialized practice plan that is both time consuming and physically challenging. The rowers practice six days a week for two and a half hours each practice. The season itself spans from September to May, but members are highly encouraged to work out over the summer as well.

Senior Gian Sandhu has been rowing since freshman year and has learned to value the philosophy that MRA teaches.

“The sheer amount of work we put in and the work we put into our technique makes it so we’re not aiming to be the best in the county or the best in the state. Our end goal is to be the best in the nation, and so training with that in our minds gives us a little bit of an edge,” Sandhu said.

MRA’s season will be in full swing starting next week as the novice and varsity teams are finalized and gear up for a competitive year ahead.