Morgan Jacquin is a freshman in high school and a Rowmarker here at Rowland Hall. I know many people have ideas about what it’s like being a Rowmarker, many of which are incorrect. So I asked Morgan some questions trying to clear up most of the misinformation and get a deeper understanding about life as a ski racer.
How long have you been a part of Rowmark?
I’ve been a Romarker since 4 Pre-K, which would be about 11 years now.
What was the transition from being a middle school Academy prep skier to a high school Academy skier like?
I think the transition itself went pretty smooth. I think they prepared us well, and the program itself isn’t much different. I do think they care more about commitment now, but it's just as enjoyable as Academy prep.
What are the main things you do off the slopes skiing-wise?
During the off-season, we have dryland training, which is all the weeks leading up to the season. When off the slopes during the season, we don’t have as much dryland but instead are tuning and waxing our skis so we can perform at races and training days. At the races themselves, we try to be relaxed when we are not racing, usually resting or eating out with friends.
What is your strategy for balancing Rowmark and school life?
It’s definitely difficult, we don’t have much free time, as we have dryland almost every day, but we manage. It’s helpful to get the work done right when you have a chance as you might not have time later and could get more assignments. As long as you stay on top of it, it's not too bad.
How do you think racing and training will be different this year compared to previous ones?
I think it will be very different. Usually when we ride up the lifts we go with friends and talk, but at the end of last year's season we had to ride alone, which ended up spacing us out so much we could rarely talk. Races will also be different as they can only have one gender racing at a time, which I’ve never experienced before. They will also be strange as we usually travel as a team and kids share rooms, but this year we all have to come separately and with parents. There will be fewer racing venues as some resorts aren't holding races or aren't even opening at all. I really think it will be a strange experience, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Well, life as a Rowmarker definitely seems packed to the brim with dryland and waxing and training taking up a lot of time, and it seems very stressful.