Winslow, Rams Prepare for Small Boat Challenge

Photo Credit: Meg Ellis
Photo Credit: Meg Ellis

By Meg Ellis Staff

- Rhode Island captain Emily Winslow will lead the Rams down at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. this weekend as they compete in the two-day Small Boat Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. The team has entries in the women's collegiate pairs and doubles events. 

Winslow, a junior who sat in the stroke seat of the Varsity 8 that claimed last year's Atlantic 10 championship title, returned to campus this fall after spending the summer training in a single on her home course, the Connecticut River. During the summer, Winslow had the opportunity to race against some of her peers, as well as members of the elite United States National Team. She entered her single into events at Independence Day Regatta, Club Nationals and the U19/U23/Senior Trials. 

"The Senior Trials I raced in this summer were a first for me," Winslow said. "The scale of racing and being on the line next to national team rowers is so different than what I'm used to at the collegiate level. I was really excited to get that experience and see what kind of race I could have in that environment." 

Summer rowing has a substantial impact on the success that individual rowers will be able to achieve during collegiate competition seasons. For Winslow, it also is an opportunity to embrace the responsibilities that come with training on your own.

"The single gives me an opportunity to control everything about my race," Winslow said. "You have to be accountable for every aspect. Whether it's deciding how much warmup time you need, what you want to focus on in your race plan or what time you will arrive at the start of the race. It's all on you." 

Winslow's experience in the single will undoubtedly set her up for success at this weekend's small boat race in New Jersey between Rhode Island and some of its A-10 opponents. Winslow will compete in the women's collegiate doubles event with teammate Allie Reilly, whom she raced with last year. 

"I'm really excited to race with Allie again," Winslow said. "Whatever result you have in small boat racing is purely based on how hard you've trained. There's no hiding from it. I think Allie and I have built a lot of speed since last year."

Rhode Island's eight small boat entries will race in time trials on Saturday that will seed them for a six-boat final on Sunday. In 2016, current rower Katie Shattuck and 2018 graduate Kiana Anderson captured the title in the women's collegiate pair event. The Rams will look to replicate that success in this weekend's race under Winslow's leadership.