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Pause at the Release: A Coxswain's Perspective

Betsy Govig and Natalie Hall
Betsy Govig and Natalie Hall
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Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.

Pause at the Release - A Coxswain's Perspective

It is a well-known fact that coxswains rarely get coached and that most all they learn they teach themselves. Here at Tulsa, while most of what you learn you have to do on your own, the support network is more than any coxswain can dream of.

Upon my arrival at Tulsa, we (the "Elite Coxswain Corps") began having weekly coxswain meetings with a fifth-year retired coxswain, Natalie Hall. Before long, Nat had taken me under her wing as a mentor, but more notably, as a close friend. As I have grown here at Tulsa, Nat has been there at every step, holding my hand when I need it, boosting my confidence and giving me a kick in the pants when required. Having access to a mentor who is 100% there has made a complete difference in how my career at Tulsa has been.

In addition to Nat, the biggest support that a Tulsa coxswain has access to is the other coxswains. We have made it a goal to do our best to support each other in all that we do; both in and out of rowing. This season, there are 10 coxswains on the roster and five competition boats; while this makes for fierce competition on the water that pushes us to be better and faster everyday, once we are on land, we are first and foremost teammates, helping each other grow in all facets of our lives.

Ask anyone, being a Division I student-athlete is not a walk in the park, and being a coxswain is no exception. At Tulsa, the expectation of greatness is seen all around us, and as coxswains, we are given access to all the tools we need to reach and exceed our potential. I cannot imagine completing my four years of college eligibility anywhere else, The University of Tulsa Women's Rowing is my home, One Team, One Goal, One Family, always.



- Betsy Govig

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