DC SENIOR COMPETES AT US ROWING NATIONALS

DC SENIOR COMPETES AT US ROWING NATIONALS

Dayton Christian senior Tiffany McAfee and her 4-boat team from the Dayton Boat Club placed fifth in the US Rowing Youth National Championships on Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. 

Originally a basketball player, McAfee discovered rowing her freshman year after a torn ACL injury sidelined her.  Family friends suggested the sport, also known as crew, as a way to help strengthen her knee.

“I might not have discovered rowing if it hadn’t been for that injury,” McAfee said.  “And I ended up falling in love with it.” 

After 3 years and ten seasons (fall, winter, and spring), McAfee now finds herself competing on the national stage in a sport that varies according to the season. 

During the fall, crew members prepare for 5 km races which call for endurance.  Winter is a time of conditioning to prepare for spring.  During the spring season, the most intense season of the year, McAfee’s team trains for 2 ½ hours six days a week for the 1 km sprints.

Regardless of the season, McAfee is excited to be a part of the team.  

“It is a lesser known sport, but I love how competitive rowing is,” McAfee said.  “And it’s very demanding. Every time I step in the boat, it is a full-body workout.”

(McAfee is pictured second from the right in the photo.)