Joshua Joyce didn’t exactly dive into crew.
“I was actually trying to stay in shape for baseball, and decided, after the fall season of my novice year, to stick with crew,” said Joyce, now a senior and a team captain of the Pioneer crew team heading into the 2018 season.
Joyce liked the comradery that crew offered from the first time he stepped in the boat.
“I enjoy putting in hard work with a bunch of guys who are all rowing for one another,” he said. “In rowing, you always get out what you put in, and if you are willing to work hard, it is very rewarding.”
The rewards were plentiful in the fall for the talented Pioneers.
“The Fall season was one of our best in years,” he said.
Indeed, it was.
The Pioneers won multiple medals at the Frogtown Regatta in Toledo and the Speakmon Regatta in Columbus, Ohio. The team also achieved first place overall at the Head of the Grand Regatta in Lansing.
Joyce has high expectations for his team this season. He sees talent, dedication and optimism sitting in the Pioneer boat.
“I have an optimistic outlook for our team this season,” he said. “The team this year is more skilled than it has been in any of my six varsity seasons. The last time a Pioneer varsity men’s boat reached the Finals at the Midwest Regatta was 2015, and this year, I believe that we have a strong chance.”
The goals for Pioneer crew are simple.
“The objective is always to win as many medals as possible,” says Joyce. “This year, we are really making an effort to put in more time outside of practice to realize our goals.”
Joyce says the Pioneer crew team has been so good over the years because the program has a talented group of committed rowers who form a cohesive team.
“A rowing team must be tightly-knit to be successful, and the Pioneer Men have always fit that description,” he said. “We have an incredible coaching staff year in and year out, and the parents’ dedication helps form a community among the members of the team and their families.”