Culver Academies Rowing is a year-round rowing program offering fall, winter, and spring seasons for Culver Girls Academy and Culver Military Academy as well as during the summer for Culver Summer Camps and Schools. The CGA and CMA teams each have a novice and varsity squad, racing with schools throughout the Midwest and on a National level when crews qualify. Culver Rowing focuses on sweep rowing with crews practicing and racing in eights, fours, and pairs. The summer program for CSCS focuses on teaching the foundations of sweep rowing. All programming operates out of the White-Devries Rowing Center, which is located on Culver’s campus along the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.
In service of Culver’s mission, Culver Rowing aims to impart specific life lessons through the fiery crucible that is competitive rowing. We believe sports shouldn’t be considered a competitive zero-sum game where the winners are destined for greatness and the losers are failures; sports should be an active, fun, and engaging environment for purposeful self-improvement. Below we List the life lessons Culver Rowing aims to impart, explain Why these lessons are important, describe How Culver Rowing attempts to methodically impart them, and define What results we expect if we’re being effective in our mission.
- Competition: Bettering Ourselves, Not Beating Others
- Proactive Time Management is Imperative
- Purposeful Hard Work Pays Off
- Successes and Failures Happen, and Both Provide Wisdom
- Thriving Communities Care
- Physical Fitness is Fun!
Competition isn’t about winning; it’s about appreciating and embracing the drive for greatness that compels us towards self-improvement and self-actualization.
o Why? In our quest for success, competition motivates us to improve and strive ever closer to our potential, but the true value of competition is in its transformative process, not in who did or didn’t ‘win’.
o How? Culver Rowing will regularly remind athletes of the broader perspective that win or lose, we need to recognize that our fellow competitors share similar hopes and dreams, and no matter who reaches their dreams at the end of the day or race, it’s only through our shared competition that we’re both empowered to achieve closer to our potential.
o What? Athletes don’t dismiss their teammates or other teams due to poor results and are appreciative of their competition, showing grace in both victory and defeat.
Proactive time management and the self-discipline to impose and stick to it is imperative to achieving success in any competitive environment.
o Why? The amount of productive time spent working towards achieving a goal strongly influences whether that goal is achieved; therefore, time must be maximized in order to best ensure a positive outcome.
o How? Athletes carefully plan their school, rowing, and other commitments well in advance, anticipating and avoiding conflicts whenever possible and communicating with their coaches of unavoidable conflicts beforehand, or else their spot both within their boat and on the team is in jeopardy.
o What? Missed practice time and races are kept to a minimum, training is maximized, and rowing potential is reached.
Steady self-improvement towards achieving goals is the natural result of consistent hard work and focus over time.
o Why? Leisure isn’t synonymous with happiness or fulfillment, and there aren’t shortcuts that can take the place of hard work and focus for anything worth pursuing in life.
o How? Set reasonable individual and team goals for attendance, erg scores, race results, etc., focusing on the decisive roles hard work and focus play in the process of self-improvement.
o What? Athletes continue to steadily improve technically and physically, achieve greater rowing success each season they row or cox, and make the mindful connection between consistent focus and hard work on self-improvement in all areas of life.
Successes and failures are inevitable and shouldn’t be overstated, as neither lasts, but both present meaningful learning opportunities.
o Why? It’s important to appreciate and celebrate our successes while also recognizing that disappointments are inevitable along the path towards self-improvement. It’s only by reflecting on and understanding the reasons behind each success and failure that we’re able to take ownership of them and learn from them.
o How? Regularly reflect on the progress towards individual and team goals, understand the reasons for the successes and failures on the path towards achieving them, adjust the process and goals as necessary, and put both team and individual successes and failures in a broader perspective.
o What? Setbacks during the course of a season are mourned but appreciated as learning tools and a natural part of competition and life, while successes are enjoyed and celebrated but not viewed as capstone life achievements.
In a thriving community each person recognizes the importance of and commits to taking a vested interest in the well-being of other community members as well as their shared spaces and equipment.
o Why? It’s easy to overlook and dismiss something that doesn’t directly affect us as being someone else’s responsibility, but it’s only by expanding our awareness and concern for others as well as to the spaces and equipment which we share together that we are able to foster the development of an entire community, thereby collectively achieving far more together than we ever would apart.
o How? Ingrain into the daily routine of each athlete through both gentle and not-so-gentle reminders (as well as the occasional rambling soliloquy) that having a thriving Community/Team is contingent on maintaining a mindful awareness and empathy for one another, and having a proactive commitment to keeping our shared spaces clean and equipment cared for.
o What? Athletes put Community/Team success before individual success, treat their teammates with the utmost respect and empathy, start noticing things that need doing and teammates that need supporting without needing to be told, and generally do the responsible and mature thing as a thoughtful habit.
Physical activity can be enjoyable and is a necessary component of a balanced, healthy life.
o Why? The rowing and cross-training that occur over the course of a rowing season encourages a lifelong love and appreciation for physical activity and fitness.
o How? Include a variety of rowing pieces/workouts and a cross-training of biking, running, yoga, etc., into our training plan to minimize workout repetitiveness and tedium, help promote balanced muscle development and mitigate injury risk, as well as introduce athletes to a wide variety of physical activity and competitive disciplines they might stay active with later in life.
o What? Rowers are excited to come to practice and enthusiastic about different workouts and cross-training activities, carrying a joie de vivre with them wherever they go.
Founded in 1894, Culver Military Academy added a summer naval school in 1902, which offered boys the opportunity to row in two fixed-seat, ten-oared "man-o-war" cutters. Thus began Culver's long history of rowing on Lake Maxinkuckee. By 1921 Culver Military Academy created a rowing team for the boys enrolled in winter school, and a few years after the founding of Culver Girls Academy, the girls formed a rowing team in 1978. In 1984 Culver Academies hosted the first Midwest Scholastic Regatta on Lake Maxinkuckee.
|Sierra||Grant||11||Fort Wayne, IN|
|Sydney||Herczeg||12||South Bend, IN|
|Gianna||Maroney||11||New Buffalo, MI|
|Katherine||Vickers||11||Temple Terrace, FL|
|Paloma Alejandra||Guerrero Perez||10||Tlalpan, DF|
|Leah||Marquell||9||Fort Wayne, IN|
|Mary||Wright||11||South Bend, IN|
Peter Miller joined Culver Rowing in August 2013, coaching the novice girls and boys, and he became the Head Coach for CGA Rowing in August 2018. Miller has been passionate about rowing since he picked up the sport during his ninth-grade year at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts. After rowing for four years there, he continued his competitive rowing career for another four years at Bates College in Maine. In addition to rowing at Bates, he earned a B.A. in Art History with concentrations in Physics and Urbanism. Prior to returning to Culver in 2018, he spent a year earning an M.A. in Private School Leadership from Columbia University. In addition to his work with CGA Rowing, Mr. Miller serves as a Humanities Instructor, teaching the ninth-grade course, Western Perspectives. He appreciates the sport of rowing for all the life lessons it has taught him, and he hopes to pass on those lessons, as outlined in Culver Rowing’s mission, to all of his rowers and coxswains.
|Benjamin||Brummell||11||Highlands Ranch, CO|
|Maximo||Gallardo||11||Beverly Hills, CA|
|Jeffrey||Henderson||11||River Forest, IL|
|Manuel||Rodriguez Rubio||10||Mexico, DF|
|Luis||Franco Almaral||9||Coxswain||Culiacán Rosales, Sin.|
|Xinwei||Huang||9||Palo Alto, CA|
|Dong Gwan||Lee||10||San Jose, CA|
|Kyle||Letke||10||New Albany, IN|
|Mitchell||Schott||9||Newport Beach, CA|
|Xinrui||Shi||9||Palo Alto, CA|
Director of Rowing, CMA Varsity Head Coach
Nathan Walker grew up in Northwest Indiana and the South Suburbs of Chicago. Walker graduated from Purdue University with a degree in English Secondary Education and Philosophy, where he rowed for four years and earned two Most Valuable Oarsman Awards. He chose to pursue a career in coaching after graduation as it combined his passion for the sport of rowing with his dedication to mentorship and instruction, and has since coached at the high school, college, and masters levels. He has served as the Head Novice Men’s Coach at Purdue University, Head Coach at Fairfax High School, Masters Coach at Alexandria Community Rowing, Director of Rowing at The College of William and Mary, Head Men’s Coach at Norcal Crew, as well as his current position as Director of Rowing and Head Varsity Men’s Coach at Culver Academies, where he also works as an Associate Director of College Advising. He has coached athletes that have competed on the Junior, U23, and Senior USA National Rowing Teams, has coached boats to seven USRowing Youth Nationals/Scholastic Rowing Nationals titles, and his athletes have been recruited to and rowed for Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, U-Penn, Dartmouth, MIT, Washington, Cal-Berkeley, Boston University, and most every other top collegiate rowing program.
Walker is proud of the purposeful mission driven culture of Culver Rowing, which, “aims to impart specific life lessons through the fiery crucible that is competitive rowing. Culver Academies Rowing believes sports shouldn’t be considered a competitive zero-sum game where the winners are destined for greatness and the losers are failures; sports should be an active, fun, and engaging environment for purposeful self-improvement.”