I started rowing as a freshman at Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, CT where I rowed on the Housatonic River. I also rowed for Southeastern CT Rowing Club last summer where I was introduced to the more advanced aspects of training and racing. I started high school thinking that I was going to play baseball and was looking for a fall sport. Some friends and I decided to give rowing a try, and I ended up loving it. I was also a lot better at rowing.
Bates was the perfect combination of great liberal arts, a competitive and challenging team, and a fun environment. When I visited, everyone just seemed happy to be here. Also, the Outing Club, skiing, and being in Maine are all pretty sweet. I am interested in majoring in Economics. I am also interested in Political Science and English, so we’ll see.
I would like to live in Boston and work in some area of finance/business. I would also like to open a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, complete with real, live oompa-loompas. I have seen every Will Ferrell movie, have never eaten at KFC, and used to go to summer camp about 30 minutes away from Bates, never expecting that I would go to college here too.
Why did I come here? I guess it was the weather. Or the... Ah I don't know, that thing. That magic. Either way, Bates had it. I hail from the great state of New Jersey and graduated from the Hun School of Princeton. I was a member of Hun’s rowing program throughout my four years of High School. As an avid sailor, kayaker, pirate, and underwater basket weaver, becoming a rower seemed appealing. However, after realizing that I actually enjoyed having some semblance of skin left on my hands, I made the transition to coxing. Although Princeton University was essentially my backyard, I realized that they were incapable of handling my wicked coxing abilities (in addition to my hyper-inflated ego) and thus Bates was the perfect fit for me. I am currently studying Biology and German, but am open to exploring other interests. While I have only been at Bates for approximately a month, and although I still cannot remember which drawer I put my socks in, I am interested in pursuing opportunities in the field of biomedical sciences.
My name is Tomás Jurgensen, I came from the Belmont Hill School where I rowed under Chris Richards. I started rowing to try out a new sport that would challenge me like my then athletic passion, cycling. I was hooked the moment I stepped into our boathouse on the Charles and a hopeless addict the moment I sat in a shell. I came to Bates to pursue a solid education in an institution where I feel I have the maneuverability and adversity to grow and progress as a person while enjoying life. I have not yet declared a major but my current plan is to study Neuroscience with a possible pursuit in Econ as well. After college I plan on attending medical school to pursue my lifelong dream of being a surgeon.
I have been a competitive sculler for over four years and am excited to begin my collegiate sweeping career. I have never rowed with a team, and am highly motivated to make this one of the fastest years yet for the Bobcats. My previous achievements include gold medals in the men’s lightweight double at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and Scholastic Nationals in 2012. I love to row the single, and will continue to do so along with my new sweeping commitments.
I came from Brookline, Massachusetts where I began rowing my freshman year at Brookline High School on the Charles. I was introduced to the sport by my dad, who had rowed in graduate school, and by some older students who encouraged me to join the team and I immediately fell in love with rowing. In the following years, I rowed for both my school’s team in the spring and as part of the Riverside Juniors program in the fall. In my time there, our team doubled in size and began competing at a much higher level, competing at NEIRA, wining regionals and racing at youth nationals. My coach Katy Ruderman was a great mentor to me in high school, helping me push my own limits and in encouraging me to pursue rowing at the college level. Coming from a public school team made up of lightweights to a top-notch collegiate varsity team has been an exciting new challenge. I’m looking forward to four years of learning and improving as I continue my academic and athletic career here at Bates.
I began rowing in eighth grade through the club that my dad rowed for in Cleveland. I was drawn to the sport because of the connection to the city and the people that we met at the boathouse. My brother and I then pursued the double, hoping to access the twin telepathy that everyone always asks about. We rowed in the double throughout high school under various team names, for the most part under our high school name, Hawken. We both ended up here at Bates because of the people and the welcoming culture. I have enjoyed getting involved in the rowing program so far this year and look forward to the rest of my time at Bates.