Rowing is hard work!
My Freshman did get to race and it was pretty exciting. They did really well... everything you want from a freshman first race... they made it down the course, they didn't run into anyone, no one fell out of the boat and they weren't last!! I think it was a pretty insane day for them, the wind was crazy so they had a very difficult time at the start platforms, the wind blew them into another lane (but they weren't the only ones) no penalty and they didn't impede anyone.
I think they felt pretty good, getting one under their belts. Now they can focus on getting better and it won't be so scary next time.... for any of us! :o)