Vernetti rows her way to success with Spartans

Hanna Vernetti was a standout weightlifter at Navarre.

But rowing?

She had never done it before. She knew little about the sport.

“The only thing I knew was that it had sometimes been called weightlifting on the water, which is what sparked my interest in joining a rowing team in college,” Vernetti said.

When she arrived at the University of Tampa in 2016, Vernetti was approached about joining the club rowing team. A year later, she made the official NCAA team at the school, earning a spot after a year of training with the club team.

Looking back on it now, she’ll tell you it wasn’t easy.

“The first time I gave it a try, I was shocked. Rowing is much harder than it looks and my first time on the water proved that,” Vernetti said.

As difficult as it proved to be, Vernetti, a senior for the Spartans, loves the challenge that comes with rowing.

“Boats are very reactive, so rowing takes very intense focus and every moment counts,” Vernetti said. “Rowing is also extremely competitive, which is something I love since I have been part of competitive teams my entire life.”

Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.


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