NOVICE YEAR

"One of the unique aspects of rowing is that novices strive to perfect the same motions as Olympic contenders. Few other sports can make this claim. In figure skating, for instance, the novice practices only simple moves. After years of training, the skater then proceeds to the jumps and spins that make up an elite skater's program. But the novice rower, from day one, strives to duplicate a motion that he'll still be doing on the day of the Olympic finals."
- Brad Alan Lewis

Rowing is primarily a sport of strength and endurance. It requires a great deal of strength to move an oar quickly through water, and it requires a great deal of endurance to be able to do it consistently over an entire race course. As such, training for race day is necessarily intense, and there is truly no off-season during the school year. The fall consists of longer "head races," about 5000 meters, while the spring races or "sprints" are shorter and only 2000 meters. When not racing, you are on the water and you are rowing, practicing your stroke and training your body. During the winter, we condition on rowing machines called ergs (or ergometers) and weight-train.

Rowing is difficult, and it may break you down occasionally. You will work harder for this sport than you have ever had to work before. You will row hundreds of thousands of meters, get up before the sun while your roommate stays in bed, do this six days a week for an entire year, and make sacrifices because "I have crew tomorrow". The only way you can survive is if you commit yourself to the sport, to the team, to yourself; you must refuse to break that bond no matter how much it hurts.

If this is something you're interested in, talk to a member and see if their enthusiasm can get you involved. Just know that if you commit to us, the team will commit to you in return. And that is certainly not something you'll find in other sports.