High School Rowing Team Prepping With Indoor Practice

The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association’s high school team has been working out for three weeks with indoor practice.

The team is made up of 28 girls and 14 boys that train four nights a week with ergometer (rowing machine) training, core exercises, running/sprints, agility drills, boat and water safety, and nutrition.

Students come from five area schools as well as those that are home-schooled.

They hope to be on the water Thursday depending on the Chadakoin River being free of ice chunks.

The co-coaches are Nicki Saxman and Jim Odrzywolski.

The rowers row in shells designed for four to eight rowers plus the coxswain, who steers the boat and motivates the rowers.

They will attend five regattas in New York and Pennsylvania with the first one on the Chadakoin River at the boathouse located at 18 Jones & Gifford Ave. versus Collegiate School of Erie on April 26.

The annual Learn-To-Row program will be held at the boathouse on June 7 at 9 a.m. and continues June 9 from noon-5:30 p.m. This introductory program prepares the rowers to continue in the CLRA recreational and competitive program.

No prior experience is needed and adults and high school students are invited to try out.

More information is available by e-mailing www.rowchautauqua.org or by calling 410-1851.