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row2k Starting Five: Tracy Eisser
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Ed Hewitt, row2k.com
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Tracy Eisser racing in the USA W4x at the 2015 Worlds

1. What inspired you to go to your first rowing practice; was there anything memorable about it?

At Cornell all incoming freshman have to take a swim test. The rowing coaches go to the swim test every year to scout for walk ons and the novice coach at the time came over to talk to me while I was waiting. He convinced me to go to the informational meeting they were having, and since the only other girl I had made friends with during orientation was also going, I decided to give it a try. On the first day we had to run down to the boathouse from campus (which is about 3 miles) I just remember thinking "I hope we don't have to do this every day". The first time we got in a boat I kept trying to feather - I had rowed a rec single at summer camp a few times and so I thought I knew what I was doing - and the coach kept asking me to stop.

2. Was there a practice, race or other event when you fell in love with the sport, or when you knew you might not be too bad at rowing? When you thought you could make the national team?

There was never one specific moment when I fell in love with rowing. For me, its more of an accumulation of all the smaller things about the sport - a great row at the end of a long week of training, surprising yourself with a good result on the erg - that keep me coming back. When I was in my novice year at college, we did a 1' max test and I did pretty well on it. After that, my coaches started telling me that I had "potential", though at the time I had no idea what they really meant by that. Even after being invited to join the training center, I don't really think I thought I could make the national team until I got to race in the quad at World Cup II in 2014. That was one of those "I might not be terrible at this after all" moments for me.

Eisser trains at the USA OTC, Chula Vista

3. Best race/practice, worst race/practice?

One of my favorite races was the final of the Ivy League championships in 2012. We came in second that year, which was awesome because we were pretty sure then that we had earned an invitation to NCAAs, which was a goal the entire team had been working to accomplish for the last 3 years. Also, by beating Princeton it meant that I had beaten every other team in the Ivy League at least once.

4. Best/Anything you've done in the sport no one knows about?

One time I took a stroke in the single where both of my blades were off the water.

5. Any/Most important advice for young rowers?

The only person who can limit you is you. More than once I have caught myself thinking that there are some people I just won't be able to beat - they are fitter than me, more experienced than me, more skilled than me. But at this point in my rowing career I have been a part of enough races where we weren't "supposed" to win or do as well as we did. Nobody is going to just allow you to beat them, you have to make up your mind and go after it. Toughness and determination can take you pretty far!

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DATE OF BIRTH: 11/20/89
HEIGHT: 6'1"
BEGAN ROWING: 2008,Cornell University
HOMETOWN: Fair Lawn, N.J.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fair Lawn High School
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Cornell University, 2012
CURRENT COACH: Laurel Korholz, Tom Terhaar
CLUB AFFILIATIONS: USRowing Training Center – Princeton

National Teams: SENIOR, 2014-2016

International Results: Won gold in the quadruple sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships…Won bronze in the quadruple sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Cup 2…Won bronze in the quadruple sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Championships...Won silver in the quadruple sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Cup II…Won the senior pair at the 2012 Royal Canadian Henley.

National Results: Finished sixth in the pair at the 2014 National Selection Regatta 1.

Personal: Tracy was a CRCA National Scholar Athlete 2010-2012…She was a track and field athlete in high school participating in the high jump and won a New Jersey State Track and Field Championship in 2008…She enjoys doing crossword puzzles and watching movies in her free time.


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