Niagara Gazette — “You can catch their little boat that’s in front of you on the screen, and it’s exciting because you never get to see yourself catch up to your competitors (in normal rowing).”
The road to success hasn’t been without its bumps for Dreher. In August of 2011, she found herself fainting during practice. She went to a doctor and, after a few months, was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope, which is a loss of consciousness caused by a drop in arterial blood pressure when the body is stressed.
The ailment caused her to miss qualifications for the 2011 Head of the Charles, which Dreher said was a big blow after putting so much effort into making the race. Since then, medication and a modified workout routine have helped her return to her normal self.
“I trained harder, I got a lot better at cardio and my endurance improved,” Dreher said. “It’s definitely been a process, and it’s helped me, I think. I’ve learned to push past something I can’t control, no matter what, and that’s helped me in a race situation because you can’t control how fast the other boats are going. You can’t control if they’re moving on you. All you can do is improve yourself, improve your race, change it and come back.”