Caroline Rosetti tore a ligament playing soccer in the eighth grade, which although it ended her season, it helped her discover crew.
“That summer I was doing a rowing camp and I really liked it,” said Rosetti. “Crew is better for me because it puts less impact on my ankle, and it is easier for me to get recruited because less people row.”
Rosetti devotes six days a week, two and a half hours a day practicing with the Marin Rowing Association, and an additional half hour of individual practice.
“I love rowing because it is the ultimate team and individual sport,” said Rosetti. “You are working as a team to move your boat. If you aren’t pulling your hardest, then you aren’t moving the boat effectively and you are letting your team mates down.”
Rosetti spends the year preparing for two major races, the headraces and the 2K. The headraces are 6,000 meter events and requires long, low heart rate activity. The 2K is 2,000 meters and it is shorter with high heart rate activity
“We do different kinds of training through the year,” said Rosetti. For the headraces we do a two-hour swing row and abs or yoga and stretching at the end. We also get the base by rowing for one and a half hours of progressive rowing. In the spring we do shorter and more high heart rate stuff, like five by five minutes pieces with abs, or yoga and stretching,” said Rosetti.
Colleges started recruiting Rosetti in her sophomore year, and she was accepted early to UC Berkeley and plans to intend in the fall.
Rosetti has other options to pursue beyond college. This past summer she attended an intensive crew camp that encourages rowers who want to participate in the U23 team. Her crew team also won Nationals this summer.
“The U23 team is an Olympic-bound team and I feel that I could be qualified for it,” said Rosetti. “Either way I will always practice crew because it is the kind of sport where you can go until you’re a hundred.”