It's All About Team for USD Women's Rowing Alumna
With its high-altitude aridity and land-locked location, Reno, Nev. might be one of the last places on earth you'd expect to find a devoted alumna of the University of San Diego Women's Rowing Team.
Yet, Michaun (Carnahan) Hayes, '93, has managed to thrive wherever the road of life has taken her, and she credits much of her personal and professional success to the lessons she learned on the waters of Mission Bay as a member of the Lady Toreros rowing team.
"Waking up before 5 a.m., carpooling down to the boathouse, working on techniques and drills that were going to make us better as a team - those are such great memories," she says. "I really loved the team environment that rowing provided."
Though they lacked the size and support of many of their rivals, the incredibly devoted and tight-knit band that comprised USD women's rowing in the early 1990s were willing to sacrifice just about anything for the good of the sport — including their graduation!
"We had a conflict in schedule between the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and graduation at USD, so the seniors got together and decided to do both," Hayes says, laughing at the memory. "We raced in the morning, got on a plane in Sacramento (where the competition was located) and made it back in time for the ceremony. What a day!"
The friendships and experiences of those unforgettable days are always near and dear to Hayes' heart, and one of the reasons she has created a living trust that will earmark a gift for USD women's rowing.
"I really enjoyed my years at USD, and I, along with other members of our team, made a pact to give back when we were able to," she says. "It's also really exciting to see how far the program has come since we were there."
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