Jupiter Rowing, with rowers representing Rockford, Northview, Lowell, Forest Hills Eastern, and Heritage Academies, completed its Fall Season at the Kent Lake Artic Classic Regatta in Northville, MI on Saturday, November 3rd. It was a great way to end the year in a beautiful setting, albeit with artic like temperatures ensuring the competition name was appropriate. The students are very excited as they look forward to competing in the spring with the respective schools during the championship season.
Girls Head Coach Dilan Itter spoke to the Jupiter Rowers following the regatta. “Awesome job racing here. We saw some teams we’ve seen in the past and we saw some our crews get a lot faster. With some of these teams we were trading places with them throughout the season but then we crushed it on the water today. We had four girl boats win by a minute or more. Awesome to see that really hard work you have been putting in pay off. It’s also great to see the results of the mixed boats today. We were losing to these teams by over a minute just a week ago and today we lost by about 8 seconds. That’s a huge testament to the work you are putting in. Know that the coaches are seeing it. Not everybody always gets a medal in
recognition of how hard they are working. It doesn’t mean that it hasn’t made a difference.” Coach Itter encouraged them to keep up that work ethic through the winter. “This is obviously our last regatta but keep staying in shape. We do have our winter conditioning that we offer to athletes but however you decide to prepare these next few months, keep up the impressive work.”
The coaches were impressed at the awesome racing that was seen on the lake. Coach Itter continued, “Definitely saw a lot of boats put out their best piece out of the season, which is always great to see. There are a lot of races to be proud of today. We need to make sure we are feeling comfortable with how we race and feeling confident with how we race and that we are cheering for our team mates. We are a family here.” The coaches stressed the importance of the team environment, “Not everyone is going to medal all the time. Not everyone is going to win every time. That’s okay,” continued Itter. “It’s about growth. For some of you that growth means different things, but you’ve put the work in and we’ve seen it. Changing a deficit in a race from a minute to eight seconds in just a couple weeks is huge. It shows on the water. The coaches see it. We see how hard you guys are working on
the ergos and with your timed pieces. It’s not all just about medals; it’s about growth and putting that grind in. We recognize the boats that got first today but also as a team we did really, really well. In the big boats we really knocked it out of the park today; so be proud of that. Those are the boats that come spring time we really start to race.
Many thanks to Head Coach Nick Bickes and Coaches Rod, Mahesh and Sarah, and all the dedicated parent volunteers! Row Mustangs!