SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With a successful finish at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC) on May 18, the Santa Clara men's rowing team wrapped up their 2012-13 season on a high note. Welcoming back Jay Farwell as the head coach earlier this season, the Broncos faced many challenges including the task to create a new team atmosphere as well as many injuries.
While acknowledging the difficulties that the team faced, Farwell saw great efforts by the student-athletes. "The rowers did a good job of assimilating to a new head coach. Vees was a very good coach and I know it was difficult for the team when he left," acknowledged Farwell. "Whenever there is a coaching change, there are going to be those that buy in and those that don't. For the most part, the guys on the team responded well to the change."
Injuries can be a negative effect on the team, but it also gives other players the chance to step up their game. "We dealt with a number of injuries this season and I was really proud of the way a number of guys stepped up and filled seats in the boats," said Farwell. "Our focus is and will continue to be to put the fastest 8 guys in the varsity boat so I stressed early on that guys had to be ready to step up if an injury occurred. Additionally, I thought the first year rowers did a great job at the end of the year blending in with the varsity in our preparation for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. Each of them got a lot of experience which will be important for fall 2013."
Reflecting back on the season as a whole, Farwell has more hopes for a stronger 2012-13 season, but also is pushing the student-athletes to their max. "This year we saw mixed results with some good results in early spring races but the latter half of the season we struggled to perform up to our potential," explained Farwell. "The team worked hard this year but the results left a lot to be desired. The guys will table home for the summer with the expectation that each of them will work on building their strength and fitness for the 2013-14 season. We have to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and honestly know that we have done everything in our power to be the most competitive crew that we can be."
By pushing them harder, Farwell hopes to improve on building power and overall fitness of the student-athletes. "As for the returning rowers and coxswains, we are focusing our efforts on building more power and greater fitness. I am already excited for the guys to return to campus and they haven't even left for the summer break. Our focus will be to improve on our 2013 results and continue to build a more and more competitive program."
Addition to the returning rowers and coxswains, Farwell looks forward to the new recruits for the 2013-'14 season, who he believes will have a positive impact on the team in creating more of a competitive environment. "We have a number of recruits coming in for Fall 2013 and I am really looking forward to getting these young talented student-athletes on campus," said Farwell. "We need to create a much more competitive environment and this incoming class is going to be my first recruiting class. These guys are going to create the push from below that will carry this program into the future."
Through the challenges and struggles the team faced this season, the Broncos' will only thrive to be a stronger team for the 2013-14 season. Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the sun for many students but will also be the time to give their 110% for the Broncos' rowing team.