Eat. Sleep. Row.

By Pam Bryant

Crew teams practicingGreat weather, good food, comfortable lodging, and miles of rowable water: it’s the perfect combination for school rowing teams who come to the R.M. Cooper Leadership Center in Summerton.

“Eat. Sleep. Row.” is the motto for Crew, the spring training program operated by Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute. Rowers from northern states and Canada come to escape frozen lakes and frigid temperatures. This marks Crew’s largest season, with 38 high school and college teams and more than 1,500 rowers.

Jay Printzlau, coach for the Concord High School Rowing Team in New Hampshire, said, “I’ve come back to Cooper for four years because everything we need is right here. The staff at Cooper is among the best and it’s a self-contained site that’s safe for our students. I plan to keep coming back.”

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