Temple Women's Rowing was paid a visit by three rowers from the United States Olympic Team during their Saturday morning practice on September 22nd. Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli, who earned bronze medals as part of the Women's Quadruple Sculls, and Sara Hendershot, who placed fourth at the 2012 Games in the Women's Pair, gave advice to the Owls.
“I am very grateful to Megan, Adrienne and Sara for being so generous with their time and I know that the team took something valuable from the experience,” said Temple women's rowing coach Rebecca Smith. “We are working hard to cultivate an environment of consistent intensity and competition within our team. To hear from three women who live that culture day after day as they strive to push themselves and their teammates to new heights and Olympic medals, is inspiring.”
The Olympians spoke about their journey from collegiate rowing to an Olympic team and showed the Owls a few of the medals they won from the 2012 Olympic Games. The Owls were excited to listen to the stories told by the Olympians and were eager to ask about their experiences throughout their careers.
“It was really encouraging to hear Adrienne and Megan's stories because they also started as undergrads and ultimately made their way to the national team and then to the Olympics,” said Susan Coyne, a second-year rower for the Owls. "I definitely took a lot away from hearing each of them talk about how they stay personally motivated and focused through difficult training. I couldn't think of a better way to inspire our team than to meet with the athletes that represented our country!”
This visit will be a huge boost to the Temple women's rowing team as it begins its season on Saturday October 13 on the Schuylkill River with the Navy Day Regatta.