“Crew is huge at Virginia, and the team has its own dining hall, study hall, and dorms for the men’s and women’s teams. I know a lot of responsibilities go along with all the special treatment. I’m going into the college of arts and science, but can transfer later. Right now I’m interested in a career in law or finance.”
Spring is the big season for crew at the college level although teams go to regattas during the fall before training in the winter to get ready for the big events.
“At UVA if you’re on the crew team you don’t go home from the end of the Christmas break until the end of July,” said Garey, who has a B+ average at Groton where class ranking is not kept. “There are a lot of weekend regattas in the fall, and UVA goes to the Head of the Charles in Boston. Spring is big, and the team goes to Florida and California to row.
“Four other girls in my class are going to continue with crew in college. One will be at Virginia, one is going to Harvard, and two to Dartmouth. It’s going to be weird competing against three of my teammates.”
Garey is on spring break now, but even then she will be busy getting in shape for her last crew season at Groton before becoming a Cavalier.
“Classes start up again on March 27, and then we’ll have regattas every weekend,” she said. “Basketball helps get ready for crew because of the jumping and running, but I need to do long distance running to work on my endurance. I have an erg (rowing machine) in front of my TV at home to help with my training, and I’m preparing for an intense summer getting ready for college.”