As per the Governer's order, Dial Back, Minnesota, Power Ten aka Lake Phalen Community Rowing will be moving to virtual practice for the next four weeks.
Following independent week-of-Thanksgiving training, athletes will be supplied Monday, November 30th, with ergometers for their personal home use. Coach Grace is committed to maintaining an engaged and active winter program as we move toward the spring racing season--regardless of what form those races end up taking! Winter Training will continue with morning and afternoon Zoom sessions, to best serve the schedules of our covid-restricted athletes and their school schedules. By working together, we will get through this Covid Season Minnesota Strong!
November 9th marked the first day of Winter Training with Power Ten. We have a motivated group of young athletes working with us this season, who have been a terrific help in organizing our new indoor training center. Also a big thank you to our partners and donors who have enabled us to move into our beautiful, light-filled space at 882 Rice Street, Saint Paul.
Our youth team will be training in two "pods" this winter, with separate morning and evening sessions, as a Covid-19 safety precaution.
The focus this season will be on developing our athletes' confidence on the erg, strength, and general fitness. The winter training will take place on ergs, with supplemental circuit work. Our primary goal will be to train for our spring competitive goals. Our secondary goal will be getting athletes faster 2K times, in preparation for late winter erg trials.
LPCR boats finished at the top of their divisions, with a 1st place and two 2nd place times. Equipment issues with the GPS trackers in our novice boats, which disallowed our ability to upload all club results, unfortunately meant all our boat times were not recorded. But we are very proud of every one of our rowers' efforts. Coach Grace Gardner deserves plaudits for the efforts she made above and beyond to ensure that every one of her rowers had a chance to participate in this unique event.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. In "normal years" entry is by lottery, with returning crews guaranteed entry if they were in the top 50% of their field in crew events, or within 5% of the winning time in sculling events in the previous year. The Covid-19 circumstances of this year provided a unique opportunity for all rowers to participate. Results will not be held over to 2021, but after two seasons of cancelled regattas, this was a unique and important opportunity to participate on the national rowing stage.
In the U17 Category 2x competition, Matthew Duerr and Soren Gardner placed 1st in their Division, and 3rd for all U17 rowers (1st and 2nd place went to two smoking fast UK 2- [pair oar] rowed on the Thames River tideway). David Steinberger and Grant Steinberger placed 2nd (4th overall). We are proud and encouraged by the boys' sportsmanship and tenacious performances.
Team Captain William Warren-Hall placed 2nd in the Youth 1x Division, 13th overall for his age group (behind numerous 8+ [coxed 8x] and other crew entries).
We are grateful that our rowers had the chance to close their fall season with this challenging event.