By Wendell Maxey, King Sports Information and Social Media Liaison
As the 2020-21 school year officially gets underway at King School, Viking student-athletes have already been hard at work on campus with Fall preseason training and skills development sessions taking place for Crew, Cross Country, Football, Field Hockey, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, and Beach Volleyball.
Led by our dedicated and passionate King coaches, each program will continue to offer competitive and skill-based training opportunities, a challenging and engaging atmosphere, while also supporting the physical, mental, and social-emotional health of our students.
To kick-off the 2020 Fall Preview series, Head Coach Doug Fishkin and Team Captain Elizabeth Rizk share their thoughts on the growth of King Crew and what it means to come back together as a team this Fall...
Coaches: Doug Fishkin (Head Coach) and Mike Lasky (Assistant Coach)
Team Captain: Elizabeth Rizk
Returning Vikings: Nick Jiang, Nick Clark, Elizabeth Rizk, Rex Morris
One-on-One with King Crew Head Coach, Doug Fishkin
What are some of your reflections about last season: “Last Fall produced some great results! At the Head of the Riverfront in Hartford, King athletes took First and Second place in the Boys novice Single, Second place in the Girls Varsity single, and 5th place in the Girls Varsity quad against some of the fastest crews in the country. It was, overall, a good Fall season.”
What are you looking forward to the most about this Fall season: “We have 15 Freshman rowing this Fall, so I am very excited about the prospect of coaching these athletes for the next four years. Five of them I have been coaching since 7th grade! We have a great group of young team members!”
What’s the biggest message you want your team to come away with this preseason and through their skills training sessions: “I want all of the athletes -- experienced and new -- to the sport to come away feeling they have gotten more comfortable with the technique of the rowing stroke, feel more relaxed, and buy into the training regimen.”
One word to describe what it means to be back on campus working with student athletes at King: One word can't possibly describe how wonderful it was to just see the kids again! It wasn't just the Summer break that we have not seen them, but for six very long months. It is just fantastic!
Team Captain Spotlight: Elizabeth Rizk
What does it mean to be named Team Captain as King Crew gets underway this Fall: Being the Team Captain for Fall Crew is the best feeling because I get to meet the new freshman before school starts! For every sport, but especially for crew, it takes a while for people to learn the technique. Teaching all the new teammates takes some time, but that is how we all get close: by learning from each other and experienced rowers.
What has been your focus to start preseason workouts and training: We focus on several aspects in preseason for Crew. Most of the focus is on getting back into shape from summer break, strengthening our core and legs, teaching new rowers the technique, and helping experienced rowers become faster and work as a team.
As the Team Captain, what are you excited about when it comes to bringing the team together: I look forward to getting back on the water and being able to row in the boats with everyone! That is definitely what makes rowing so fun and exciting!