Brad Libs is once again captaining the Skyline crew team this year and being the captain of the whole fleet, not just a boat, is a responsibility Libs doesn’t take lightly or for granted. The Eagles have a proud and impressive past on the water and Libs wants to keep the tradition rowing in the right direction.
“I’ve been a captain since the beginning of my junior year and since it is a team election it means a lot to me to be chosen by my peers to continue to represent them,” said Libs, a senior in his 12th season in crew. “This role comes with a lot of responsibilities, and I was fortunate enough to have good upperclassmen mentors when I was just starting.”
It’s all about keeping the program rolling on the river.
“The most important part of my role is helping to continue to create the good team environment/culture that has been a large part of our team over the last few years,” he said.
Brad, the son of Brian and Teri Libs, placed in the top five at two US National regattas and placed top four at the Canadian Nationals. Success has been part of the Skyline environment when it comes to water sports (the swimming team won the state title this year). In and out of the water, the Eagles soar to the top of the scoreboard.
“The team culture is different than most sports that I have been a part of,” Libs says. “Everyone on the team is there for a similar goal and it is evident through our work ethic and training attitude. Additionally, the bond you are able to create with your teammates is very strong. We’ve spent so much time together during practice and regattas over the last four years, and as a result my closest friends have come from the team.”
With all that preparation and experience and bonding and history, expectations are high this season for the Eagles.
“This being my last spring season with Skyline Crew, I have large expectations for it,” he said. “The number one goal for me is to obtain my first Midwest Championship. After that I would like to make the podium at US Nationals or Canadian Nationals to end my time with Skyline Crew on a high note.”
Libs will most likely will turn in his oar for good after this season. Other challenges and expectations and goals are waiting around the next bend in his young life.
“Right now I am deciding between Michigan State University and the University of Toronto,” said Libs, who has a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honors Society. “I most likely will not be rowing in college unless it’s a casual workout. I plan on studying Biomedical Engineering or Environmental Engineering at either university. Both schools are very strong in engineering, so they seemed to align with my future studies well.
“My long-term goals include receiving a Master’s Degree in the field of studies that I go into and traveling when I can.”
Right now, he plans on travelling down the river as the captain of the fleet racing towards the finish line of his senior year of high school.