With the Rio Olympics around the corner, we thought it would be interesting to tap URI Crew alumni who competed in the Olympics for special insights into what it’s like to row on the world’s biggest stage. In our first installment, we feature Steve Peterson (’86) who rowed the lightweight 2x in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. When did you begin to set your sights on the Olympics? Since lightweights didn’t race in the Olympics until 1996, I really never thought too much about going–even in the years prior when I was on the national team. I just didn’t see it as a possibility. Th
Monday morning, after URI Crew’s 50th Anniversary celebration, training for the ACRA National Championship regatta began. Because the trip was student funded, only half of the team elected to participate. We decided to enter three fours. The first couple of days were tough. A four is a much more sensitive and difficult boat to row than an eight; which almost all of the athletes rowed in the spring. This was complicated by the fact that we only had two coxswains. The ACRA rules allow coxswains to compete in two events, but scheduling practices for three boats was going to be a challenge.
More than 170 URI alumni from as far away as California joined current rowers, family, friends and even Rhody the Ram on May 7th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of rowing at the University of Rhode Island. Supported by URI Alumni Relations, what a celebration it was! Early Saturday morning, over 120 people from the 60’s all the way through to the current day gathered at the boathouse on the Narrow River to reconnect and recognize the program’s 50-year milestone. Festivities kicked off with the dedication of a new WinTech 4+, christened “Spirit of ‘65” in honor of individuals who were the cor
The Crew travelled to Worcester on Saturday for the annual New England Rowing Championships. This year we entered a Varsity 8, JV 4, Novice 8, and Novice 4. Conditions were ideal for racing; light winds, flat water, and cool temps. Times were a little slow due to the fact that this year’s calendar put the NERC a week earlier than usual, and the water in Lake Quinsigamond is still pretty cold. But for all but the last two races (Men’s Varsity 8 Grand Final and Petite Final) there was no apparent lane bias as in many years. Winds were 5 mph or less. As all the rowing alums know, the format at NE