Women's Rowing Looking For Interested Athletes
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University's women's rowing program is looking for individuals who enjoy being athletes and who want to commit to being part of a Division I program. No prior rowing experience required. The Bulldog program will have their informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
In becoming a member of Gonzaga's program you will get the opportunity to travel and compete against many of the best schools in the nation. The Bulldog women have won 23 WIRA Championship titles and 12 West Coast Conference Championship titles.
Novice rowing includes:
No experience necessary
High level of Division I competition
Competitive and cohesive team atmosphere
Gonzaga is looking for individuals that are competitive in nature and have a desire to challenge themselves and others athletically. There are two positions on the team: coxswains and the rowers. The coxswain is in charge of steering the boat, motivating the crew and executing the race or practice plan. Coxswains tend to be small and light because they are not physically propelling the boat. Rowers, on the other hand, tend to be tall and strong. The average height is 5-9, although student-athletes vary from 5-5 to 6-2. Neither position requires any experience or familiarity with rowing, but important qualities are determination, strong work ethic, a willingness to learn and a desire to compete.
The Bulldog women are looking for student-athletes 5-8 or taller as well as smaller athletes (120 lbs or less).
The informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Women's Rowing Coach Kari Durgan
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have never rowed before?
No rowing experience is necessary! Generally over half of the team is composed of walk-on athletes, and they play a key role in the success of the team. Many current and former Olympic rowers began their rowing careers in college as novice walk-ons. You do NOT need to be in great shape in the fall, but you will be in the best shape of your life by spring. A positive attitude, competitive spirit, and the ability to thrive in a team atmosphere are a must.
Will I get to compete as a walk-on?
Yes! Athletes in their first year of college rowing are considered novices. Novices race in their own category at intercollegiate regattas and dual races.
How many people make the team?
We don't look to make cuts based on roster size; every capable athlete with the right attitude and dedication to the team will find a place on the squad.
What is the time commitment for the rowing team?
NCAA limits the time for practice and competition to 20 hours per week in-season. Typically rowing freshman year requires 12-14 hours per week in the fall, and about 14-16 during the spring season. This includes on the water practice, weight training, and competition.
When are practices?
The Novice squad will generally practice Monday through Friday, from 3:15pm to 5:45pm, and also Saturday mornings.
What are the requirements to participate?
For safety reasons, all athletes must be able to pass a swim/tread water test. In addition, to try out for the team you will need to have had a physical from your personal doctor performed within six months of the try-out date (per NCAA Policy). A copy of the signed physical form from your physician (must be a Medical Doctor, or Physician's Assistant) must be submitted to the coach before try-outs begin, and will be kept confidential by the coaching and medical staff.
What will it cost me to participate?
Rowing is a varsity sport here at Gonzaga and is funded by the University. Uniforms, equipment and costs associated with team travel are covered. A bus is provided for transporting athletes to and from the boathouse.
How will being on the team impact my studies?
Participation in a varsity sport challenges your time management skills and your study habits, but often provides a useful framework and adds discipline. The Athletic Academic Center is a resource for student athletes to take advantage of comprehensive tutoring for any academic area, as well as on-site academic and career counseling. Gonzaga women's crew consistently has one of the highest GPA's of any team on campus, and is committed to academic excellence.
Why do you want very tall or very short people?
Tall rowers have a leverage advantage in the boat. They are able to take a longer stroke to pry the boat ahead. We also look for small, highly competitive athletes who are light to be the coxswain and steer the boat, as well as providing focus, strategy and motivation.