STANFORD, Calif. – On a perfect Saturday morning, the Stanford women’s rowing team rowed from its boathouse to the San Mateo Bridge.
The row to the bridge has become an annual tradition and this year was the final segment of a grueling 10-week winter training session.
“Every year we get together around the end of the winter quarter and row out to the bridge,” said senior Daphne Martschenko. “It is always a great way to get together and clear our minds to set up for the season. I love it. It is always one of the best days of the season.”
Round trip the row is about 24 kilometers or about 15 miles. The distance is not too much further than what a normal practice might entail, but instead of doing shorter distances and turning around the team does one long row together.
“It is a really long steady state row,” said Martschenko. “We try to keep the pace up, take in the view when we are out there and then come back. As a senior whose time is just about up, I just appreciate every chance I get to be with these girls.”
Once the boats get out in the middle of San Francisco Bay the tide can make water conditions rougher, but Saturday had the perfect conditions for the team to reach the bridge with no problems. It was sunny and in the low 70’s with flat water.
“It was a beautiful day today,” said senior Kristy Wentzel. “The weather was perfect during our long, fun row. It was great to get one long row under our belt before finals.”
Stanford has two more weeks until they kick off the spring season with the Pac-12 Challenge at Redwood Shores, Calif. The team will be taking finals this week to conclude the fall quarter and then will be training over spring break leading up to the first race day.