Long Lake club is welcoming
After swimming competitively for several years, Reinnen Pfleider of Plymouth was looking for a new sport to try.
Her dad Greg suggested rowing might be a good option, and two years later Pfleider is winning medals at regattas in the Upper Midwest and in also in Canada.
“I love the people in the Long Lake Rowing Club,” she said. “They have been so nice to me. When I first joined crew, I had no idea what the sport was. My dad encouraged me to try it. Although it was rough at first, I have improved.”
Last year Pfleider was part of a quad championship team for the Northwest Region. The names of the four girls are permanently emblazoned on a trophy.
“The other girls on that team were in their second or third year of rowing, and it was hard to keep up with them,” said Pfleider. Now that she is more experienced, Pfleider is able to do well in singles races.
“To be good at this, you need to have good posture and you have to pay attention,” said Pfleider.
Long Lake sent 24 rowers to the Tops and Bottoms Regatta July 22 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada.
It was a successful trip, despite storm delays during the races.
“We have had to contend with some strange weather this season,” said Long Lake head coach Sandi McCarthy. “The kind of weather that not only makes rowing a challenge, but keeps boats off the water. The organizers in Kenora are to be commended for keeping the races moving, making up time and even skipping breaks so that they could get races in before the storms rolled in. All our rowers did a super job in their perspective heats. Even with the abbreviated schedule, all of our rowers got at least one race in, and they raced well.”
Pfleider and her teammate, Blake School’s Elle McCarty took first place in the Junior B Women’s Duo.
In addition to racing herself, Pfleider served as coxswain for Long Lake’s Junior Men’s 4 team, which consisted of Sean Donlin from Wayzata and Orono rowers Drew Mitchellette, Andy Berrell and Jack Marquis.
“I have been training to be a coxswain,” said Pfleider. “You have to be loud and there are times when you have to get on someone’s tail. The boys raced in a sweeping boat, with one oar for each person.”
Pfleider doesn’t know how many medals she has won so far, but her goal is to keep racing and keep improving. She returned from Canada wearing a shirt from the regatta.
One advantage Pfleider has as a rower is her height.
“I’m 5-7,” she said.
“Going on 5-8,” her dad added.
Rowing is Pfleider’s only competitive sport now, although she is also a recreational downhill skier.
“I really enjoy crew,” she said.
Pfleider is going to be a sophomore at Wayzata High this fall, and she’s already thinking about trying to row for a college team someday.
“Wisconsin has been mentioned as one university that has crew,” she said.
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