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About Crew: Crew is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and for good reasons. Rowing builds your body. It develops the muscles of your legs, arms, back and stomach. It is a balanced sport that builds both strength and endurance.

Rowing builds discipline. It's a great way to challenge yourself and press your personal limits. Through months of rigorous training, you'll build character strength that will stay with you the rest of your life.

Rowing builds teamwork. When you join a four- or eight-oared crew, unity takes on new meaning. Each rower must move in perfect unison with the others or speed is lost. No other sport demands more teamwork.

Finally, rowing builds excitement. More and more participants and spectators are being attracted by the competition and finesse of crew.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a part of crew at SPU then please take the time to fill out this questionnaire. You are not committing to anything, but merely letting us know you have an interested in learning more.

 

Frequently asked Questions

Do I need experience?
Do you have to be a certain size to row?
Are there scholarships?
Are there tryouts?
When/where is the first meeting/practice?
How long does the crew season last?
What clothing should I have?

Are there cuts?

How much does it cost?

How should I get in shape for it?
What do I need before I arrive?
Champion race results 1981-present

Do I need to have experience to join?
No, approximately 95% of new joins are true walk-ons with no former rowing experience. One great thing about collegiate rowing is that there are novice race categories, accordingly, as a novice rower you will not be out-matched by opponent crews with greater experience.

Do you have to be a certain size to row?
There are several weight classifications for men and women. As the NCAA does not recognize lightweight women's rowing we are not actively recruiting or racing lightweight women's categories, though it is typical for us to have a few lightweights on the team. Being light is not necessarily a disqualifier for participation. Openweight (no weight requirement) for women is unrestricted, but typically we're looking for women above 5'8" tall. We do however, need small women for coxswain positions. A coxswain (the person who steers and motivates the crew) can be male or female for men's crews (women only for women's crews). and of small stature, usually under 135lbs. Men's lightweight is 160lbs max with a crew averaging 155lbs total; Men's openweight is any male over 160lbs, we strongly encourage all to tryout. These weights are enforced during the racing season, not during the first practices.

Are there scholarships?
We currently have the equivalent of one full-time scholarship for women. It is divided into a number of partial scholarships.

Are there tryouts?
Yes. Autumn quarter is basically the tryout period. You will be fully oriented to rowing and conditioning over autumn quarter and coached by the staff. Winter quarter you will be definitely training for competition which is in spring. You may tryout as many times as you like.

When/where is the first meeting/practice?
There are no meetings or training before autumn quarter begins. Informational meetings for walk-on candidates for each team are typically planned for the first week of school each Autumn so look for announcements or contact the staff directly. The first practice for both men and women new joins is the following week. The shellhouse is located on the bottom floor of the northwest corner of Royal Brougham Pavilion (SPU gym), accessed from the outside in back.

How long does the crew season last?
Crew is a year-long sport. Practices begin in the fall and continue through winter and spring. The collegiate racing season is primarily in the spring (March, April, and May). Rowers are not required to practice over Winter break, but we do practice over Spring Break because it falls during racing season.

What should I expect from training?

Training varies widely in rowing but involves six days a week of committed effort, this is a varsity sport. Two hours daily for organized practice on the water, and an additional one hour per day for supplementary conditioning is typical, adding up to anywhere from 18 to 20 hours per week. The practices are usually from 5 to 7 a.m. weekdays, 6 to 8 a.m. on Saturdays, though the new rowers will start in the afternoons for the first week or so at 4 p.m. All of the training is prescribed, the supplementary conditioning is three days per week in the weight room and three days per week on the rowing machines. Again the type of training varies throughout the season from long sets of aerobic training early on, transitioning to quite rigorous sprint pace, interval training in winter and spring. Rowing uses more muscle mass than any other activity known to mankind. You will work long and hard.

What clothing should I have?
The first week is all orientation, there will not be much outdoor work and no heavy exercise. Dress in normal workout clothes however, as you will be on the rowing machines, and rowing in the boats at the dock. Clothing should allow full range of motion and freedom of movement, but should NOT be excessively loose or baggy. Shorts or shirt tails that are too loose or long get caught in the seat tracks. Also, clothing commonly gets very dirty or even snagged on equipment so expensive sweat outfits are not recommended.

Are there cuts?
Each year is different with regards to rosters, budget, and capacity, the possibility exists for cuts on the women's rowing team.

How much does it cost?
There is a $95 fee which includes practice shirts, racing tank, and equipment fee. Additional uniform items can be purchased but are optional. Additional costs include the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse, the float test, and the Sports Participation physical. These costs are only for your first year of participation.

How can I get in shape for it?
While there is plenty of time during the year to get in shape, it is recommended to interested prospects that they attempt to do some basic aerobic activities three days per week. This can include just about anything that sustains an elevated heart rate such as running, tennis, etc. It is also recommended that you attempt another three days of strength training in a weight room, rowing is a total body sport so work as many muscle groups as you can. It is suggested that you start at a fairly light pace and work up on both aerobic and strength routines, especially if you are inexperienced at either. You can contact the staff directly for more specific information, but these are provided as recommendations only.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

  1. IMPORTANT!!! - NCAA Academic Eligibility. It is important that you understand that all of your freshman year academic eligibility is based upon your high school academic performance; ninth through twelfth grade. There are many criteria to being eligible, to include core course requirements, minimum SAT/ACT scores, and grade point average. You absolutely need to do two things in preparation for your collegiate athletic career: Go to the NCAA eligibility Clearinghouse website NCAA Eligibility Center online and check the requirements, everything you need to know is in there. Then register using this same website. It is critical that you do this as soon as possible and your ability to practice and compete depend on you being designated eligible through this process. Additionally you will need to verify your amateur status once you register at this link as well .
  2. First Year Sports Physical. Your first year physical is your responsibility, after that SPU arranges your physicals. As of 2014, you will be required to utilize our team physician for all sports physicals located at the Sports Medicine Clinic.  You must be on the crew roster to make an appointment for this purpose so you must contact the Rowing Coach prior for this to be arranged. 
  3. Medical Insurance. Per NCAA and SPU medical policy It is REQUIRED that you have your own personal medical insurance, and your policy MUST COVER ATHLETICALLY RELATED INJURIES. You cannot practice or compete without it. You will need to bring all your information with you in order to complete an online form.
  4. There are many eligibility requirements for you to be familiar with and you can get started on all of those at these sites: Eligibility for prospective student athletes, Eligibility for current student athletes, and Athletic Training.

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Championship Results 1981-Present

 

Place Crew Competition Year
5th Women's Varsity 8 DII NCAA Div. II Women's Rowing Championships 2011
2nd Women's Varsity 8 DII Dad Vail Collegiate Championships 2011
3rd Men's Varsity 4 Pacific Coast Championships 2011
1st Men's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2011
2nd Women's Varsity 8 DII WIRA Championships 2011
2nd Women's Team Div. II NCAA Division II Women's Rowing Championships 2010
3rd Women's Varsity 8 DII Dad Vail Collegiate Championships 2010
1st Women's Varsity 8 DII WIRA Championships 2010
3rd Women's Varsity 8 NCAA Division II Women's Rowing Championships 2009
3rd Women's Varsity 8/4 DII WIRA Championships 2009
1st Women's Varsity 8 DII WIRA Championships 2008
5th Women's Varsity 8 NCAA Division II Women's Rowing Championships 2007
3rd Men's Varsity 4 ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships 2006
1st Men's Varsity Pair WIRA Championships 2005
2nd Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2005
1st Women's Varsity 4 ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships 2004
1st Women's Varsity 4 Pacific Coast Championships 2004
1st Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2004
3rd Men's Novice 4 WIRA Championships 2004
1st Women's Varsity 4 ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships 2003
1st Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2003
1st Men's Light Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2003
2nd Men's Varsity 2 WIRA Championships 2003
2nd Men's Light Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2003
1st Women's Varsity 2 Dad Vail Collegiate Championships 2002
1st Women's Novice 4 Dad Vail Collegiate Championships 2002
3rd Women's Light Varsity 4 Dad Vail Collegiate Championships 2002
1st Women's Varsity 2 WIRA Championships 2002
1st Women's Novice 4 WIRA Championships 2002
2nd Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2002
1st Women's Light Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2002
1st Women's Varsity 4 ACCC National Collegiate Championships 2001
3rd Men's Novice 4 Dad Vail Championships 2001
2nd Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2001
3rd Men's Novice 4 WIRA Championships 2001
1st Men's Light Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2001
1st Women's Light Novice 4 WIRA Championships 2001
Women's Team Champion NCRC Championships 2001
1st Women's Varsity 4 CICR National Collegiate Championships 2000
2nd Men's Light Varsity 4 Dad Vail Championships 2000
2nd Men's Novice 4 WIRA Championships 2000
2nd Women's Varsity 4 WIRA Championships 2000
1st Women's Light Novice 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1999
1st Men's Light Novice 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1999
3rd Women's Varsity 4 CICR National Collegiate Championships 1999
4th Women's Light Varsity 8 CICR National Collegiate Championships 1998
7th Women's Light Varsity 8 IRA National Championships 1997
3rd Women's Light Varsity 4 Dad Vail Championships 1997
3rd Women's Light Novice 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
3rd Women's Light Varsity 8 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
7th Men's Novice 4 IRA National Championships 1996
1st Men's Novice 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
3rd Men's Light Varsity 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
2nd Women's Light Varsity 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
1st Women's Light Novice 8 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1996
5th Men's Open 4 IRA National Championships 1995
3rd Men's Varsity 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1995
2nd Women's Novice 4 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1994
2nd Men's Quad Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1991
2nd Women's Light Varsity 8 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1986
1st Women's Light Varsity 8 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships 1985
3rd Men's Varsity 4 Dad Vail Championships 1981
3rd Women's Varsity 4 National Women's Collegiate Rowing Championships 1981
4th Women's Novice 4 National Women's Collegiate Rowing Championships 1981

 

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