Aug. 17, 2007
The University of Dayton Women's Rowing team will hold an informational meeting for athletes interested in trying out for the 2007-2008 team on Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. ET in the atrium of Frericks Athletic Center. The meeting is open to all students, no prior rowing experience is necessary.
During the meeting, the coaching staff will explain what being a member of UD Women's Rowing involves and outline the tryout procedure. Anyone who is interested in learning more about rowing is encouraged to attend.
For more information on joining the rowing team, or if you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact head coach Derek Copeland at (937) 477-6667 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I join the rowing team if I have never rowed before?
Things to know about UD rowing
While you do need to be athletic and fit, you do not need to have any prior rowing experience. In fact, a large percentage of the current team had not rowed before enrolling at UD. The coaches will teach you everything you need to know to become a competitive collegiate rower. If you have been thinking about playing sports in college, this could be the opportunity for you!
What kind of people are you looking for?
While the prototypical rower is tall and lean, the team is looking for athletic individuals with a desire to work hard, a competitive spirit and a willingness to learn a new sport. Many team members excelled in soccer, swimming, basketball or track in high school before learning to row at Dayton. In addition to rowers, the team is also looking for coxswains (pronounced "cox-in") who serve as a strategist, coach and motivator in the boat. Coxswains weigh less than 120 pounds and are competitive and quick thinking individuals with strong leadership skills. They are in many ways the brains behind the brawn.
What is rowing like at UD?
The Women's Rowing Team is a Division I varsity sport at UD. The team consists of approximately 50-60 student-athletes and trains about 18 hours per week during the season. During the fall, you will learn to row, lift weights and train on land (mainly running and body circuits). You will race against other first-time collegiate rowers from all over the Midwest and East Coast. The main racing season is from March to May. During this time, the team competes against schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference as well as schools like Tennessee, Purdue, Buffalo, Ohio State and University of Miami (FL).
What is the practice schedule?
The novice team practices two week-day afternoons and on the weekends, during the early part of the fall semester. As racing season approaches, additional practices will be added. The coaching staff is willing to work around your class schedule in the fall so do not let conflicts with practice keep you from trying out for the team.
Will rowing impact my grades?
Members of University of Dayton Women's Rowing excel in the classroom. The team traditionally has one of the highest GPAs of any team on campus. Last year, the team had 7 members recognized by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as national scholar-athletes and 18 members named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll during the spring semester.
What do I do next if I know I want to join the team?
Make sure that you attend the Flyers' information meeting on Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. ET in the atrium of Frericks Athletic Center. In the meantime, running, basketball, swimming and cycling are all activities that can help get you in shape for the coming year! You will also need to meet with our team physicians before you can participate in coach led physical activity.