Believe it or not, his rowing lessons didn’t begin on water, but on land — on an ergometer. That’s where him and 11 other Learn To Row students mastered the technique. It wasn’t until head coach Steve Whalen gave an okay the crew set sail on the Schuylkill River.
Once on the water, Zach says he forgot everything he had learned on land rowing on the ergometer. He wasn’t the only one in that boat that couldn’t remember. Together the teams broke down the stroke and it wasn’t long before they were rowing.
Throughout the story, Zach talks about power versus finesse — the difference being male versus female. While men tend to be stronger rowers, women own finesse.
Being an athlete his entire life, Zach said rowing was like no other sport he’s ever tried — he found it to be a bit challenging in the beginning.
Next time you’re driving parallel with the Schuylkill River, look to see if you see Mr. Lashway.