Elyse's ACL Tear
The story of Elyse McNamara-Pittler's summer at Row West was not just one of medals and fun in the sun. Two months before camp was set to begin, Elyse was on a skiing trip with her family and tore her ACL in an unfortunate accident. With the help and advice of her doctors she was able to avoid surgery and continue to train for camp, albeit with significant physical therapy and limited abilities.
The doctors told me I had a small tear in my calf, a complete tear in my ACL and I needed to get surgery. It would be at least 9 months before I could row again.
While I was deeply saddened and upset by the news, I knew that if I was capable of skiing the rest of that day, I could row.
For the rest of the week I did intense physical therapy three times a day and regained nearly full range of motion. Five days later, I flew to LA for the start of Row West.
Colette, Annika, and Carly were invaluable in helping me make it through camp. If I had a bad practice or if I was in a lot of pain they reminded me to take my ibuprofen and did the physical therapy with me. While they were all competing for the top boat, I was bouncing between the A and B boats. My desire to row with my friends and Pacific teammates pushed me even harder. By the end of camp, I had earned the name Gimpy, and six seat in the top 8+.
- Elyse McNamara-Pittler - PRC Class of 2018