Jack Haviland likes how crew all adds up. Success is measured by hard work – it’s as simple as that on so many levels. And it’s a formula that has worked pretty well over the years for Pioneer crew.
“There is a very direct relationship between the work you put in and the results you see,” says Haviland, one of three talented Pioneer senior captains. “So there’s always more you can do.”
So, the question that needs to be asked – what can Pioneer do this year?
“The goal is always more medals,” says Haviland. “We’re particularly focused on the championship regattas towards the end of the season, where I believe we have a chance of making it back into the finals.”
Part of the reason for the optimism is the hard work the Pioneers have been putting in during the off-season. The other part is how well the team did last year.
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.
“A big highlight was The Head of the Grand regatta, where we swept gold medals and even had two boats medal in the Junior 4,” said Haviland. “It was one of our best seasons in years.
“We have a great culture around. During practice, we push each other to pull harder, and in recent years we’ve seen the benefits of putting in work outside of practice. We all have a lot of faith in our coaches, who have been instrumental in making us more effective and getting us through the long workouts.”
Haviland began rowing during the summer before his freshman year in a program run by Ann Arbor Rowing Club.
“I actually played tennis in the fall of my freshman year, but after rowing in the spring I decided crew was for me,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see all 25 guys competing with each other and still managing to mess around and be best friends before and after practice.”
Haviland says the team is focused. And expectations are hard – because they’ve put in the work.
“The entire team is excited about the coming season,” he said. “After close but disappointing finishes in the past few years, the team entered winter with a determination to continue our success from fall. The competition will become increasingly tough as the season goes on, but I think we are up for the challenge.”
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