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Alexandria mom writes step-by-step guide for parents with kids in crew-rowing

Alexandria’s Southerlyn Marino wrote a step-by-step guide for parents with kids in crew-rowing (staff photo by James Cullum)

Cold, wet and exhilarating: Alexandria parent Southerlyn Marino learned so much about her high schooler’s crew-rowing that she wrote a book about it.

Marino’s youngest son Pierce (now 17) started rowing for Gonzaga College High School three years ago, and learning about the sport was a step-by-step, word-of-mouth process for her. Last month, Marino published Crew: A Guide to Rowing for parents who quickly want to get up to speed on the sport and know which side of the boat is starboard.

“I wanted to share what I learned,” Marino said. “It’s early, it’s muddy, it’s cold. You think it’s gonna be this grand sport. It’s not. You’re more like a birder, and you see your child for like six seconds, and you’re not really sure which one’s yours because they all kind of look alike in the river.”

Marino is a public relations consultant and started writing the book last summer.

“There’s a parent culture in every sport, for sure,” she said. “Like football has a super different culture from crew, and I couldn’t find any books about it to understand crew races, the structure, any of that.”

Marino said that the sport is a good outlet for her son.

“It’s a sport that can really transform them, and it can really help them develop and grow.

The book includes:

  • How and where to get started
  • Key features of rowing boats, gear and equipment
  • Crew and seating positions
  • Rowing strategies
  • Training techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Rowing etiquette
  • Competition and racing tips
  • How to support your child’s crew journey
  • Recovery and injury prevention techniques
  • How to balance rowing and academic study
  • The lifelong lessons of crew racing.

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