I began rowing during my freshman year in High School for a simple reason: crew was the only Spring sport without cuts! Having never previously trained for a sport, training with the Novice team 3 times a week was shocking. Soon, it got bumped to 6 times a week. However, the more practice we had, the more I loved crew. I was spending 12 hours a week training and up to 12 hours on race days! I didn't want to be anywhere else.