Recruitment

 Becoming Part of WWU Rowing

Being part of WWU Men’s Crew is being part of a sport and a team that requires dedication, physical strength, and mental fortitude. Rowing is a sport of equal parts finesse and brute force, and though it is highly demanding of time and energy, is known for creating close bonds between teammates and lifelong friendships.

 

The WWU Men's Novice 4+ stand on the shore of Lake Natoma after winning the N4+ title at the WIRA Championship Regatta. Only one rower had prior experience. From left: Coach Thomas Downey, Jackson Wood '17, Gabriel Solseng '16, Marielle Face '17, Drew Falabella '17, Brendan Aune '17 and Coach Sean O'Meara. Photo courtesy of Tohn Keagle
The WWU Men’s Novice 4+ stand on the shore of Lake Natoma after winning the N4+ title at the 2014 WIRA Championship Regatta. Only one rower had prior experience. From left: Coach Thomas Downey, Jackson Wood ’17, Gabriel Solseng ’16, Marielle Face ’16, Drew Falabella ’17, Brendan Aune ’17 and Coach Sean O’Meara. Photo courtesy of Tohn Keagle

 

The Men’s Crew Program at Western Washington University is always accepting dedicated new athletes. No experience is required to join, and no physical benchmarks need to be met initially. Our team is dedicated to taking on anyone interested and working with them to bring them to the point where they will be competitive and successful in competition on the collegiate level.

Experienced rowers who have rowed in high school or with other clubs will find Western’s crew program challenging and rewarding.

New rowers will be on the water within a couple of days of joining and will be taught the basics of rowing to compete in both Fall head races and Spring sprints.

 

The Novice 4+ that placed third at the WIRA Championships, 2012. Only one member had rowing experience prior to attending Western.

 

Training Information

In the Fall the team practices 4-5 days a week, and in the Winter and Spring 6 days a week in the morning. We start practice from 5am-7am Monday-Friday, and at 7am on Saturdays. While this may seem insanely early to you now, most new rowers acclimate and get used to the schedule change by the end of their first season. When it’s part of the culture and you have 30+ other people sharing the experience, it’s easier to get on board! We also have a dedicated team strength coach and have afternoon workouts on the ergometer or in the weight-room.  We train in all sorts of weather conditions, so be prepared!

*Novice rowers are slowly assimilated into the rigorous winter and spring seasons, with afternoon land practices mixed in with morning practices 2-4 times a week.

 

 

The victorious Novice 8 at the NCRC championships, 2012

 

Joining

Contact us if you are interested in more information or would like to come out and observe a morning practice! You can also check out the Men’s Crew booth at the annual WWU Info Fair in Red Square. Join us for the fall season info meeting!