When she was in middle school, Gulliver Prep senior Elizabeth Herr, spent a couple of weeks at a Miami Rowing Club summer camp. She loved rowing but couldn’t make it out to Key Biscayne daily to join the rowing club.
Now, she rows for what used to be the Coconut Rowing Club.
“This year it will be technically named Ransom Crew but it’s more of a club,” she said. “It operates as a club that is funded by Ransom. The kids who attend Ransom get varsity letters. But it’s open to others.”
She said how she came to join the Ransom group is a funny story.
“[Before] 10th grade in the summer, my mom saw a bumper sticker. And she googled it,” Herr said.
“She looked it up; we ended up taking a little tour and joined.” She trains from August through May and loves the sport enough that this summer she attended a competitive rowing camp.
The rowing club has done well, although it remains a small program. She crews on boats that carry four rowers.
“My first year we took third place in [Southeast] regionals,” she said. “Last year we took fourth place in the states varsity women’s 4+. It’s been a really great experience.”
When she goes to college, Herr hopes to remain involved in rowing at some level. She’s talked to some coaches in passing to get a sense of what rowing in college might be like, but she’s not being recruited.
“It’s something I really love,”
Herr said. “But the academics come first.” Herr wants to major in European studies.
“Foreign language has been my interest and focus at Gulliver,” she said. “I’ve been taking French and Spanish throughout high school. And
I’ve taken one year of Italian.”
At Gulliver, she is in the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Scuba Club.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld