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CSU crew team members meet every morning at 5:30 a.m., take a mile run, and then take the boats and oars out for half an hour. Their next meet is on Oct. 27.

CSU’s crew team has early risers

Waking up at 4:30 in the morning to get ready for practice is normal routine for Cleveland State University crew members. Practice al-ways starts at 5:30 a.m.

CSU’s 25 member crew team meets for those early morning practices every day during the week at its boathouse down in The Flats.

The practices consist of a mile run and then half an hour on the water with the boats.

The crew team does more than just practice. On weekends team members go to the boathouse to check and repair boats.

Times of practice and other duties could be difficult for some, but is rewarding for crew mem-bers. But Meghan Jacobs, a social work major at CSU, has no problem getting up early for crew. “What normal person wants to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to go to practice?” asked Jacobs. “Rowing just pulls you in. It’s like a craving.”

Jacobs said one of the biggest rewards about crew is it makes a person push themselves harder.

“There is just something about gliding through the water and pushing your-self harder than you thought you could,” Jacobs said. “It’s about knowing that you pushed your hardest, and that your teammates pushed their hardest.”

The crew team’s next meet is at Elkhart, Ind. on Oct. 27.

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