Aug. 6, 2012
Jacqueline Stein, a sophomore on the University of Minnesota women's rowing team, is set to become the first American Gopher to compete at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta when she makes the trip to St. Catherines, Ont., this week. The coxswain is competing in the Senior Women 8+ Tuesday at 4:24 p.m. CT and in the Under 23 Women 8+ Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. CT with the Pennsylvania Athletic Club (Penn A.C.), out of Philadelphia.
Gophersports.com recently caught up with Stein to get her thoughts on participating in the regatta, what she is most looking forward to at the event and how her training has changed.
What are you most looking forward to at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta?
"I am very excited for my first international race! I cannot wait to arrive in St. Catharines to see the course and the different crews that are racing there. I am also looking forward to trading some of my Penn A.C. apparel. At the Canadian Henley Regatta, most rowers and coxswains trade t-shirts or tanks with different teams. Trading shirts is a historic regatta event, and also a fun way to meet new teams and connect with international athletes like myself."
Have you had to do a lot of training for the regatta? If so, what have you done differently?
"Yes, we have done a lot of training for the regatta. The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is the biggest regatta we will attend this summer. Everyone on the team has been looking forward to this regatta since we arrived in Philadelphia. We have been training twice a day with an additional practice on Saturday morning. The training that we have done at Penn A.C. is a lot like the spring training we complete at Minnesota. We have been practicing high-intensity speed work, especially in the beginning of the season and now we are tapering back so all of the athletes have enough energy to race at their highest level. Since my position as a coxswain is different than the rowers, I have had to adjust to new teammates and new coaches. The transition has been very smooth because everyone is always happy to offer suggestions on what I can improve on."
How has your first year at the U helped you prepare for this regatta?
"Overall, my first year at Minnesota has made me a more competitive and knowledgeable coxswain. I gained a lot of racing experience at larger regattas, like Head of the Iowa in the fall and Big Ten Rowing Championships in the spring. This racing experience has helped me compete effectively under high-pressure situations. My coaches and teammates at the U have always encouraged me to strive for my best and they even motivated me to apply to Penn A.C. this summer. Without their support, I do not think I could be where I am now."
How long have you been with your club team?
"In high school, I began rowing with my local club team in Milwaukee, Wis., and I began coxing after my sophomore year in high school. During my senior year, the U recruited me and I continued to race with the Milwaukee Rowing Club before I came to the U. During our winter season at Minnesota, I decided to look into where I wanted to row this summer. I applied to numerous rowing camps and after talking to the coaching staff, I decided to cox at Penn A.C. this summer. We started practice in June and the program will end after Canadian Henley in mid-August."
How has competing with Penn A.C. prepared you for your sophomore season at Minnesota?
"The skills I learned at Penn A.C. this summer will help me this year, as well as at Canadian Henley. My teammates have offered a lot of feedback about what I should work on and what makes a top coxswain. Since the rowers at Penn A.C. are from different collegiate programs across the country, I have gained a lot of different perspectives about what I need to improve on. My teammates at Penn A.C. have been incredibly helpful in my success as a coxswain, and without them I literally could not race."
During the summer, are you still able to receive support from your Gopher teammates?
"Yes, I still receive a lot of support from my Gopher teammates! The coaching staff has also been wonderful with checking in on how I'm doing and what I have been working on. I even met Wendy and a few of my teammates at Club Nationals. I was so happy to see some familiar faces again! My teammates and coaches are amazing and I am so happy to be a part of the team."
Is it different training with Penn A.C. compared to training at the U?
"My club teammates at Penn A.C. have been very welcoming and nice. Since everyone rows at different rowing programs throughout the country, I have gained more knowledge about the rowing stroke and different ways to make boats faster. My teammates are always there to help and we have bonded a lot over the course of the summer. Summer rowing, in general, is more relaxed than spring rowing because athletes are not in school and we have more time to make adjustments. All of the athletes I have worked with at the U and at Penn A.C. are very committed to the program. They want to win and will do what it takes to compete with fast crews."
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