Rowers geared up for the first annual alumni sprints Pioneering Rowing Regatta at the Greenwich Cove on Saturday.
The event, organized by the Ever Green Boat club, a rowing club for Dartmouth Alumni, brought together alumni from over seven different colleges and universities. It is the first US Rowing-sanction event exclusively for athletes who competed at their former academic institutions.
"Mentally we're very ready," said Williams College Alumnus of the North Adams Club Dan Winston. "Physically there are more questions in terms of people who've been working out, but I know that when we line up on the water, the focus will be there and we'll be ready for victory."
"We were asked by some of the male members of our team," said alumni of Princeton University. "They needed some women to fill a mixed boat and we decided to go all in and race in the 8 and in the 4."
Participants say they've been looking forward to not only getting back on the water, but also reconnecting with their fellow teammates.
"It's just been the easiest way we've had to keep everybody in touch, in the loop and have something fun to do and an excuse to get together a couple times a year."
Former olympian and Cambridge University alumnus Graham Smith says years after graduation, he participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
"I took 7 years off after because I rowed at the Olympics and on the national team and then I gave up after that and then took it up about 6 years ago."