Rowing is a sport one can participate in for a lifetime. At an age when most people are slowing down, Rick Anderson still rows, fast even. He recently traveled to Sarasota, Florida for US Rowing’s Masters National Championships on August 15-18. There he raced his single scull and teamed up with fellow “rust belt” rowers to compete in doubles and quad crew events.
The singles race is generally the most competitive event and such was the case this year. Rick advanced through the heats and semis to reach the finals. In that race all six boats were separated by less than a length at the 500 meter mark showing just how tough the field was. Going into the final 250 meters Rick was two thirds of a length back in third place. Making a strategic move, he put on a strong sprint to pass the leaders and win by a length.
Over the next three days’ racing in crew events, Rick picked up three additional gold medals and one bronze medal making this a most successful regatta.
Rick is now preparing for the Head of the Charles Regatta held in Boston on Oct. 19-20 where he is one of the top seeded rowers. The world’s largest regatta, the “Charles” is a grueling three mile time trial. Also heading to Boston will be rowers from Rockford High School’s crew team and from GVSU.