Jayne Claire Vincent, Campus Carrier asst. sports editor

Berry’s Rowing Crew and Ultimate Frisbee teams are starting back up with the beginning of the semester. Instead of intermural sports, the teams play other schools including division one, division two and division three.  Both teams are club sports who encourage students to join year-round.  

Junior Maria-Andrea Nivon Galvez on the Rowing Crew said that the club sports are not as serious as actual sports, but they have more flexibility in schedule and require a good amount of training to compete.  

However, being on the rowing crew is no easy task.  The team works out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at six in the morning or six in the evening depending on what time is more convenient for the team members.  

Monday workouts are mainly cardio based with core integrated in.  Usually, the crew will run laps on the track in the Cage then proceed to other exercises such as wall sits or jumping jacks.  Wednesday workouts focus on chest, back and legs while Friday workouts tend to focus on using the ergometer (ERG), the indoor rowing machine.  

“I’ve never really done a sport before, so I knew when I got to college, I wanted to do one,” said Nivon Galvez.  “I thought ‘Hey rowing is on a boat and all you have to do is paddle, how hard can it be?’ but it’s actually one of the most body intensive sports that you can do because it uses every muscle in your body”.

One of the reasons the crew practices so often is to ensure they have the stamina to compete. 

Even though the training can be intensive, Nivon Galvez said, “What’s so cool about rowing is that we are able to meet you where you’re at.”

Since everyone is at a different level, the crew works with individuals at their own pace. 

As of right now the Rowing crew has 13 people on the team, nine returning and four new members.  

During the last week of August, the crew held tryouts for anyone interested. The tryouts consisted of two 6 a.m. workouts to see if newcomers would be committed and willing to sacrifice their time.  According to Junior Xander Von Ewegen, a recent crew recruit, on the first day of tryouts the trainees used the ERG to complete a 2k. 

They tested their time, form, force and how they would pace themselves.  The following morning the trainees tested their conditioning by running a mile and a half around campus. 

Even though the crew’s tryouts have come and gone, any Berry student can join throughout the year.   To become part of the crew, a student would need to go to several practices and complete the swim test which requires members of the crew to tread water for 10 minutes.  

For competitions, the crew goes from school to school with their boats in tow to compete on the hosting school’s lake.  In the fall the crew competes in 5k races with other division one, division two and division three schools.  In the spring the team will compete in 2k races.

The crew competes in three different types of races, all males, all females and mixed.  

Von Ewegen, said that the team plans on competing in two competitions this season.  

The teams have not been decided for tournaments yet.  Once the crew is able to practice on water in the boats, they will decide how to divvy up the team.  

“You can either have a two-man boat, four-man boat, or an eight-man boat,” Von Ewegen said.

The crew is managed by both a president and vice president.  They then communicate with the rest of the crew members to schedule trainings and competitions.  Nivon Galvez is the secretary of the team.  

“I go there for the people.  It’s a really great family environment,” said Nivon Galvez.

Similar to the rowing crew, the ultimate frisbee team at Berry is also a club sport. 

Both the men and women’s ultimate frisbee teams are not intermural sports since they play other division three colleges. The teams are self-officiated since there are no referees on the field when they play other teams. 

Unlike the rowing crew, the ultimate frisbee teams are not co-ed. 

Both teams are led by team captains and their coaches.  The men’s team is coached by a Berry alumnus who played during his college years and the women’s team is coached by two coaches from Kennesaw State University (KSU).  

Sophomore Simon Dowdy said that it is easier to join at the start of the semester since that is when the team buys jerseys and purchases a season membership to play in the college tournaments. 

“Any Berry student is welcome to join year-round. All they would need to do is come out to practice,” said Dowdy. 

Training for the ultimate frisbee teams is never mandatory but always encouraged.  The closer regionals approach, the more the teams are encouraged to go outside and toss the frisbee.  The women’s team practices every Sunday and Wednesday evening while the men’s team practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. 

The women’s team has their first tournament coming up on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. 

This semester, the men’s team plans on attending three tournaments.  

“Technically, ultimate frisbee is just a spring sport. There is one tournament in the spring that is important, which is regionals.” said Dowdy. 

The team that wins regionals gets to compete nationally.   The men’s team has been to nationals three years in a row.  One national competition was in Milwaukee and another in California.  Last year the women’s team won regionals and went to nationals. 

The teams are always ready to great new recruits with a smile any time throughout the school year if anyone is looking for a fun new hobby. 

Posted by Campus Carrier

Leave a Reply