LEWISBURG, Pa. -- According to head coach Stephen Kish, Bucknell Women’s Rowing had a “simple, productive and enjoyable fall semester”. In addition to racing doubles and eights at the Head of the Schuylkill and Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta, the program kicked off it’s year-long celebration of the team’s 35th Anniversary.
Forty-five alumnae of the program raced in five eights in the Head of the Schuylkill Alumni Eights event. “Welcoming back a group of 45 alumnae with their children, spouses and parents in tow was a very special experience,” said Kish.
Flying overnight from as far as Seattle, Washington, the group first gathered at the tent along the banks of Schuylkill for a networking event with current Bison undergraduates. Athletics, Education, Engineering, Health, Finance and Management were all represented, along with a newly graduated sommelier, a counter-terrorism agent, and a geographic information systems specialist.
“The big anniversary celebration will be on campus on Sept 28-29, 2018," Kish remarked. "During this event, the program hopes to launch thirty-five alumni boats between the men’s and women’s programs.”
Other fall highlights included a return to a complete semester of sculling, now in doubles instead of singles, while maintaining a conservative, efficient and well-balanced training schedule.
“While the single was a very unique and valuable tool for us since 2006, the teamwork and communication required by the double is also very important,” said Kish.
The team is now in the throes of land training and preparing for a winter training trip in Florida.
“We have put away our sculling boats and will now work on transferring our small-boat skills to our eight-person boats,” said Kish.
Thoughts from alumnae:
Everything came back so naturally. I knew what motivated my teammates four years ago and it holds true to this day. After finishing the race I was just as proud of my boat as I was when we beat Princeton and UPenn as freshmen. I'm so incredibly honored to be a Bucknell Bison and can't wait till us alumni can show our power once again! Eat 'em up....! - Jackie McKeone ‘13
From Tough Mudders to ultramarathons, nothing compares to the extreme feelings of pride, accomplishment, and community (not to mention pain, defeat, and multi-layered blisters) that I experienced while on the team. Speaking with members of the current team reminded me how much I miss being surrounded (24/7 and then some) by a group of hard working, humble, and inspiring women. - Ibby Aigler ‘13
Bringing together the multiple "generations" of Bucknell rowing was a powerful experience. And we couldn't have asked for better weather - 65 and sunny at the end of October was a very different experience than the snow at the Head of the Schuylkill in 2012. - Emily Gladstone ‘13
There's nothing quite like the team dynamic of the women's rowing team. After graduation it is always difficult to bring people back together and recreate that phenomenal team environment, but this alumni event was truly the closest thing yet. - Kumari Lewis ‘15
It was a humbling experience to see so many women from different graduating classes ranging from the early 2000s to 2016 who spent their college experience devoted to our program. It was an incredibly special experience to be able to race in orange and blue once again, and at a location that so many of us consider our favorite race course. - Maya Martignetti ‘16
It’s not often that I get to see so many of my friends from Bucknell in one place. Reconnecting with everyone and getting back out on the river was so much fun. While we may not see each other every day or even once a year anymore, being back together felt as if we had never left. - Amanda Chikowski ‘15
There's something really special in the way that rowing brings people together. I currently work as a rowing coach for Robert Morris University and watching as so many generations of Bucknell rowers showed up to cheer on and share life experiences with the current team was a reminder of how important this sport is in cultivating lifelong relationships. - Carol Schoenecker ‘11