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Weekly Update: 7/28/23

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Concluding our summer programming at Dallas United Crew is bittersweet. This week, only Intermediate Development (IDP) and High Performance (HPS) had scheduled programming.

In High Performance, the women's team is diligently preparing for a competitive fall season. Maintaining strong spirits after Summer Nationals has given them a great advantage as they enter a training block where athletes are expected to independently maintain their conditioning.

Here are Coach Andrews thoughts “Great last week of the season. It has been a haul since January, but I am fired up for our return to fall. The changes in the team and culture have been remarkable and we are excited to keep moving forward and making more progress.”

For the men's team, the focus this week has been on familiarizing athletes with Coach Williams style of coaching.

They are starting to grasp the expectations of being oarsmen, revisiting the fundamentals of rowing, practicing in mixed lineups with varying skill levels, and learning Coach Williams' guidelines on Steady State.

“The men’s team came into the last week with a trial run at the structure of the fall season", says Coach Williams. "We reintroduced mixed boats and started the development towards sweeping, sculling and rowing switch hit. The guys finished the summer strong and we are looking forward to a good block away from the boat to come back invigorated for a BIG Fall.”

The Fall 2024 season will kick off on August 21st with a conditioning camp. Registration details will be available soon.

In the Intermediate Program, athletes have continued to master their craft and row as a cohesive unit in this final week. They concluded their rowing sessions with a fun-filled day of Stand Up Paddling and kayaking. The Mr. Sugar Rush ice cream truck made a stop at the boathouse too. Middle School Rowing will begin after Labor Day, and registration will open next week. "It was super fun to cap off our summer season with SUPs and kayaks and a nice change of pace to be moving forwards instead of backwards. Thanks to Dallas Paddle Company for hosting us!" said Coach Nan at the end of practice.

Dallas United's Own Ken Brown showcased remarkable leadership during the White Rock Lake log removal and debris pickup this summer.

His guidance ensured the project's smooth execution, guaranteeing the community's safety and satisfaction.

Ken's hands-on approach, decisive decision-making, and effective communication were critical to the project's success. In Ken's words, "Many of the “Skegerators” have been put out of service. Both Sailing clubs & both Rowing clubs participated. DUC certainly made their quota."

In other exciting news, Lone Star Dragons, the competitive dragon boat program, has secured the opportunity to represent Texas at the Club Crew World Championship in Ravenna, Italy next year!

They achieved remarkable success at the recent US Nationals, winning gold medals in the 500m and 200m races, and earning a silver in the 2000m race. These outstanding performances led them to claim the overall Sr A divisional championship title. The premier team also demonstrated their skill by finishing 4th overall.

Notably, 5 members of the DUC Delite team were part of the Sr A boat, while 3 were on the premier boat. Lone Star Dragons made a memorable debut at Nationals as the dark horse of the competition. We extend our gratitude to DUC for their invaluable support.

Thank you to Cristine Kao for providing us with this information!

Last but not certainly not least Congratulations to Former President of Dallas United, David Slear!!

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to David Slear, the former president of Dallas United Crew (DUC), on his remarkable achievements and recognition as a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award. David's dedication and leadership have made a lasting impact on the lives of countless young athletes in Dallas.

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