Julia Campbell ’22’s essay (“A View From the Boat,” June issue) is a gripping, poignant, and informative piece on heavyweight crew, the role of the coxswain, and competitive athletics in general. I will never cross Lake Carnegie again without thinking of her description of the 2019 race where the Tigers lost by six-tenths of a second to Yale. Campbell’s short composition embodies the skill of an entertaining writer as she shines a light on the dedication, coordination, brute force, and fine tuning of the nine-person “team.” As a Division I swimmer (many moons ago) and a lifetime lover of water sports, I finally understand what a challenge and thrill it is to be a competitor in this illustrious sport. Thanks for the treat! 

David Myerberg ’69
Morgantown, W.Va.