Rower Ryan Krupansky

Junior Ryan Krupansky did not think about being a rower until late in his freshman year. He briefly saw in the morning announcements that the rowing club was looking for new members. Little did Krupansky know that seeing that announcement would change his life.

Krupansky mentioned that he was thinking about joining his friend, junior Gianni Jannke, and the next thing he knew, Mr. Jannke was giving him club information and a sign-up sheet in class. Krupansky gave it a shot, and he has been a passionate club member and rower ever since.

Photo provided by Ledyard Rowing.
Photo provided by Ledyard Rowing.

Joining the rowing club takes a lot of commitment. According to Krupansky, the practices are always very intense and make members work hard for the upcoming races. Depending on the weather, the rowers will do long distance sprints to short distance sprints, stroke rating workouts, power pieces, race starts, improving technique, or rowing machine workouts. Each option takes a lot of energy and strength.

Not only do you have to be committed in practice, but you also have to be willing travel to other states for a few weekends. “Over the past few weekends it has been really nice to visit places that are absolutely stunning,” Krupansky said. “Also it has been nice to get to experience the different courses and how various races are organized and conducted.”

There are some down sides of traveling, however. “There is no time for homework and [there are] three to five hour car rides,” Krupansky said. “In addition, when traveling you always have to get up early to get to the race course on time, so there is minimal time for sleep, except for the car rides.”

Despite the long car rides and early mornings, joining the rowing club has been a great experience for Krupansky.

“But overall I think it is a great opportunity to travel around the east coast and experience new races with new places to see,” Krupansky said.


Dani Tynan, News Editor

Junior Dani Tynan is News Editor for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She plays varsity volleyball and softball, and participates in Operation Smiles.

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