The temperatures are starting to claw their way above freezing, and the sun is increasingly strong and warming, yet, even so, there are surviving piles of snow and ice to show that spring is not fully here in Dublin. Thorndike Pond, where the rowers will eventually go for practice, is still frozen over. Thus, for these opening days of the spring term, rowing practice is taking place in the recital hall and up on the rowing machines in the gym area while we all await the "ice out" event. Let's hope it's soon!
Even with the challenges of supporting a rowing program in New England, the number of rowers in the program is at an all-time high. Currently, there are 24 boys and 22 girls, a nice mix of veteran and novice. There are seniors as well as freshmen out to try rowing for the first time. Somehow having to start the season indoors, and then brave tempestuous spring conditions once on the water, has not scared away Dublin students from coming out for crew.