My teammates at Vesper, Kate Berko and Devery Karz competed in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. However only two lightweight women get to go, and I fell short. It was a great journey, which I was more than honored to be a part of.
On September 30th, 2016 I married Carl Samaniego! We were wed in the church I grew up, Friendswood United Methodist, in Friendswood, TX. It was beautiful! Carl and I took a honeymoon to Alaska, which was extraordinary! We have a new home together in Philadelphia until 2020! With Carl’s love and support I believe I will grow stronger. I am 28 years old and will be 32, for the Tokyo Olympics. In rower years this is not too old, it’s just right.
I have started to train again, building fitness with a extra focus on core and proper recovery. We have a 2k erg test in December to see where we are at.
Cocker now makes a rowing seat specifically designed for a lightweight women. I took it for a 70min easy row yesterday, with no butt pads (I usually use two sorenomore pads stacked), to experience it on its own. It was better than my carbon Fluidesign seat, with the two sorennomore pads. The new seat will make it easier for my body to put in the miles. If you are interested in helping me purchase the new women’s seat pad the link below makes it easy, it will cost $125.00 and is tax deductible for you. I would really appreciate the gift and contribution to my boat speed and dreams. Thank you all for your continued support!!
I did not qualify for the World Championships this year. I took a couple weeks off to spend some time with my Mom. I had a good trip and felt useful to her. She is going through some health issues and needs TLC/strong arms : )
Now I’m back in the single, having some fun. I drove a bus of Vesper kids up for the Canadian Henely and will be in St. Catherine’s all week!
This morning I raced the Senior Women’s Single Heat. I had the fastest time of the day of 42 scullers in my event. I will race the simi-final tomorrow at 2:18pm eastern time. Two boats will progress to the final on Thursday. I am also racing the open dash, a 500m race, on Saturday. I am the first on the waitlist to get into the Champ Women’s single, so I still have my fingers crossed that someone will scratch the event and I will be able to race it as well.
So far Canada has been treating me very well. I had a part on my fluid crack yesterday and was very concerned, but the charming men at Fluid fixed me up with a new part and set the rigger so that it will not happen again.
I’m rocking the Shimano shoes in my Fluid, which take up a bit extra room in the cock pit. I already have a long stroke which means I’m at length capacity on the lightweight Fluid cockpit. The Fluid guys took a look at it and were throwing out ideas of how to incorporate a longer cockpit or foot cross-bar instillation to suit me better. Always pushing forward in boat design! Love it! Thanks Fluid
Even with all that, the best part of my day happened on my cool down jog. After getting back to where we are staying, I went for a jog. I found a path dirt road and then a path which lead to a lake. The lake was beautiful, surrounded by forest, and clear green-blue with a rock bottom. The air was still cool, as it was 9:30am and the sun was bright with puffy white clouds in the blue sky. Still in my Vesper uni, I took of my tennis shoes and sunglasses. The water was cold at first, but perfect after 5min of brisk swimming.
This Sunday will be the time trial for the Pan American Games US Trails. I will be racing in the lightweight double with Liz Euiler. It has been going well and we are excited to through down. Heats will be Monday morning, reps Monday afternoon, and final on Wednesday! The race is held in Princeton, NJ at Mercer Lake. You will be able to watch a live feed online, check Row2k.com for the video link and results.
I am presently sitting in the original Wholefoods, staying out of the sun for a moment. We have a two hour break between practices here in Austin, Texas! I’m not used to the sun anymore. The weather is perfect, 65º, sunny, 3mph wind, and humid. Its so nice to be outside and sweating. Cheers (with my protein coconut water with cocoa) to loving every moment of Texas!
I’m so excited because my team, Vesper Boat Club, is going to Austin for three weeks to train this winter!!! As most of you know I am from Texas, so this is really special for me. I will most likely stay with my Uncle Bern and Aunt Grace who are way cool, so that will be a treat in and of itself. Also I’m excited to have my boat in Texas and show off my skills to my Uncle Bern, who rows, and any other friends who want to come check it out! Plus, Austin is one of my favorite cities on the planet. I love rowing and running around Town Lake, it is such an outdoorsy city. Right now we are on the ergs, which is really good for me. We had a 2k last week, with no 2k-prep work, I pulled 7:15, which is good. However I think with some work at race-rate, I will do very well on our next test, Jan 30th. The training trip will be from Jan 31st-Feb22nd. If you are in Austin then, please give me a call. I would love to hangout, or go for a run, or maybe even get a launch ride with the coach. If you happen to know of anyone in Austin who would be willing to host one of my teammates for that time, they would be most appreciative. I love the group I train with, its really why I’m here in Philadelphia. They are all crazy hard working, and good friends. I’m so glad my rowing world is coming to my Texas home : ) Hope to see you then. Happy New Year!!
I moved to Philadelphia for the summer, to participate in Vesper’s Quad Camp. It has been going really well so far! Many of the top girls come to camp making it a very competitive field. There are nine of us. One has unfortunately already been cut and another girl chose to leave. So we are down to 7, going after 4 seats. We are training and racing very hard and it has been a lot of fun. Today we did 4x1k in quads. On the last piece on of the girl’s oar came out, she must not have secured her oarlock. In our seat racing oars go with you when you switch seats, she had just moved, so this is feasible. We restarted the piece and she owed everyone coffee after for making us all to an extra piece : ). Practices are brutally long and hot, I burn tones of calories. We have a 40min cool down jog after the pieces and we have 100min of cross training this afternoon. Thus for lunch, I made steak and eggs with mushrooms, quinoa, and green beans, basically amazing! We live in a monastery that Vesper rents out. We are staying here for free for the summer, which is really super nice. This is the last week of selection and Worlds Trials start this Monday. I think the boat is going to be very fast no matter the line-up. We are putting out some really fast times and I am excited to be a part of this group. The coaching, experience rowing with and getting to know these girls has been amazing. They are all such good people that I would love to spend more time with, even though we live, eat and row together already : ).