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Liz Barnett

13.Jun.2006

Can you give us a history of your time on the water to this point?

If you were to tell me in 8th grade that in just two years I would be an elite rower, I would have laughed. Maybe an elite lacrosse player, but a rower, no, I had no interest in rowing. To my initial dismay, my parents signed me up for the local learn to row program that summer.

After that first day in the old beat up 8+, I never looked back. I was hooked. That fall, as a freshman, I joined my high school crew team and rowed both sweep and scull in the fall and spring seasons. That summer my coach at Huntington High School referred me over to row for the Sagamore Rowing Association summer team. It was at this time that I began to exclusively scull. That upcoming fall I made the arduous decision to part with my high school team, and train year-round at Sagamore.

What sculling/rowing achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my two bronze medals at the Scholastic Rowing Nationals in a single, a bronze medal at the US Rowing Nationals in a quad, my second place finish in this year's Head of the Schuylkill in my single and my silver at this year's Stotesbury.

As an accomplished athlete, there are undoubtedly other opportunities available to you for physical achievement. So what is it about this sport that keeps you rowing?

Everything about the sport keeps me rowing. The competitiveness of rowing along with the camaraderie of the team is hard to find in most other sports. Undoubtedly, the most rewarding part to me would have to be that feeling that you get when the boat is effortlessly gliding on the water; it makes it all worth it.

Where's your favorite place to row and why? Do you have a session on the water that's most memorable and why?

Because the water is frequently rough here at home, my favorite place to row is anywhere that the water is flat. This is why I love Lake Hosmer so much.

What's your average training week look like?

When school is in session, I only get to row for two hours in the afternoon, assuming that the water is rowable that day. Four or five days a week I will go for about a seven mile run after practice. When I have off from school and during the summer, I typically row early in the morning for two hours then row again in the afternoon.

When did you first attend Craftsbury? You've been here a couple of times, why keep coming back?

I first attended Craftsbury in the end of August 2004. It was highly recommended by numerous rowers at the club for its excellence in coaching and its beautiful setting. There are so many reasons why we keep coming back. The first thing that comes to mind is the incredible coaching staff and quality water time. I just learn and improve so much in the week that I attend Craftsbury, it is incredible. Also, I can't recall of one rough day on Lake Hosmer; the water is always perfect.

Adding to the list, the food at Craftsbury is outstanding. There is always a huge selection of food, even for vegetarians like myself.

What are your goals/plans for the future both in rowing and outside of rowing?

Right now, my goals for rowing are focused on the big races this summer like Nationals and the time trials in the end of June. As for further in the future, I am planning on rowing in college and I'll see where it goes from there.