Name: John Ferenczy Year in school: senior (transferred to UB in the fall of my junior year) Major: Computer Science
Are you a walk on or experienced rower?
I was a walk on in the fall of 2019.
Why did you start rowing?
I started rowing for a couple of reasons. I first became interested in the sport when I read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The book captured the charm of rowing without ignoring the rigorous physical requirements in a way that just made it fascinating to me. Despite that, I almost didn't join the club when I walked past the table; Rob called out to me thankfully and I didn't need much convincing.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory of rowing is the head of the Niagara (I could have the wrong race name) when Andy, Tom, Eric, and I rowed in the coxed four. There was so much power between the four of us and we cut through the water like I've never felt in the eight.
What have you learned about yourself through rowing? I think rowing has helped me to constantly find the upper limits of my physicality, and push that limit. Rowing forces me to contend with exactly how much strength I have; be it little or large, you can't lie to an oar or an ergometer. I've honestly surprised myself by how much physical strain I can handle. I didn't expect to be able to get up at 5 every morning and do a cardiac-arrest inspiring workout before my day had even begun. What is your favorite thing about rowing that keeps you coming back each day? I have two favorite things about rowing. The first and foremost is camaraderie; I've met some of my favorite people through the rowing team and I hope to meet more before the year is done. The second reason that I keep coming back is that it makes me feel strong. I ran cross country for a year in high school, but aside from that, I've never had a dedicated workout routine. Crew gives me a reason to develop my body, and I'm grateful for it.