Creighton Crew Making Waves

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

It's a sport not a lot of people have tried, but that's changing. Out on the water, the Creighton women's rowing team works hard, pushing themselves to the limit with each stroke.

“Out on the water it's pretty intense,” says Whitney Jenich. “We are all silent except for the coxswain and we just know that we are all rowing for each other, so there's never an off-stroke, we are always just full pressure all the time."

Jenich is one of 47 women on the team, each willing to dedicate a lot of time to the sport they love. “I have 47 young women that get up every morning for 5:30 practice six days a week,” says coach Dan Chipps.

They practice to be ready for competitions like the Upper Midwest Collegiate Sprints held Sunday at Carter Lake featuring women and men from schools across the Midwest. Their favorite part? “Racing and when you win,” says Lauren Klick. “Racing, it's fun."

These women say they don't just do it for the competition, but for the feeling they get on the water. “It's really neat to feel the boat move fast and you're just kind of gliding on the water,” says Ann Marie Stonikas. “Obviously there's a lot of movement, but when you're moving it's really cool."

And for the friendships they form along the way. “The friends that I've made through the rowing team are friends that will last forever," says Jenich. "I like to think of it as a sisterhood."

Coach Chipps says rowing also gives you a full body workout. If you're interested in the sport you can check out the Omaha Rowing Association. It has teams for all ages.

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