Ned DelGuercio Discusses Coxswain Rivalries
“You have to respect your rival. Having competition forces you to get better. The other coxswain is your teammate too, and when a team has coxswains that work well together, it’s a special thing.” – Ned DelGuercio
I walked on my freshman year and (2 years later) am being seat raced against the recruited coxn for the varsity boat. I know I want it more than him but I also know that he has more experience and is probably a better technical coxn. Do you have any tips from your coxn-on-coxn competitions?
Most importantly, you have to respect your rival. If they weren’t there, it would make earning that seat less of an accomplishment. Having competition forces you to get better. The other coxswain is your teammate too, and when a team has coxswains that work well together it’s a special thing. Everyone benefits, and everyone gets faster.
– Ned DelGuercio
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Ned DelGuercio, known as one of the toughest coxswains around, came to the team in 2005. His career highlights include gold medal wins at the World Rowing Championships in the M4+ in 2007 and the LM8+ in 2008, as well as a gold medal from the 2007 Pan American Games in the M8+.
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