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Going For Best Times and Fun At the 2016 C.R.A.S.H. B – Sprints

by Story and video by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Mar 03, 2016
BOSTON, Mass. – Bronson Ingram sat on the steps of Boston University’s Agganis Arena Sunday somewhat unhappy with how he had done in his event at the 2016 C.R.A.S.H. – B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships. He felt better later and was one of several competitors who shared his experience and reasons for rowing in a USRowing video recap of the event.
BOSTON, Mass. – Bronson Ingram sat on the steps of Boston University’s Agganis Arena Sunday somewhat unhappy with how he had done in his event at the 2016 C.R.A.S.H. – B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships.

It was not an unusual reaction for a competitor at C.R.A.S.H. –  Bs. Many of the athletes who came from across the country and around the world to race had been training for the event for months and had set best performance goals for themselves.

Given a few minutes of reflection, and the space to unwind, Ingram, a junior rower at Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn., smiled and talked about what he could do better.

“When I started out, I overrated it a little bit,” he said. “But I slowed down in the middle thousand and at the end, it was just a full-out sprint and it went pretty well.”

For every one of the 2,300 rowers who came together Sunday for the annual event—seen throughout the rowing world as the singular most difficult indoor challenge—there were different reasons for being there.

Most junior athletes were looking for personal best times as a solid way to transition into the coming sprint rowing season and to show off their potential to college recruiters. For other athletes, including masters, adaptive competitors and injured U.S. veterans, the reasons and goals varied.

But, all of them came to experience a shared commitment to the sport of rowing, and to themselves. They had individual goals, individual warm-ups and pre-game breakfast plans. And they came to have fun.

Watch this short USRowing video of the scene and listen to competitors share their experience and their reasons for competing and being a rower. See the photo gallery here.

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