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Winter Tryouts Open for Lightweight Crew
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/11/2006

Jan. 11, 2006

Lightweight Crew winter tryouts are open to current students interested in training and competing at the varsity level. Half of the 2005 nationally ranked Cardinal Crew learned to row at Stanford. Potential athletes must weight 130 lbs or less and should contact Coach Nicole Younts at nyounts@stanford.edu for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions


What if I have never rowed before? No rowing experience is necessary! More than half of the current lightweight team learned to row in college.
Will I get to compete as a novice? Yes! Athletes in their first year of college rowing are considered novices. Novices race against other collegiate novices during competitions.
Is the team any good? Last year's Varsity and Novice boats won their conference championships. The top boat, the Varsity 8, went on to finish 5th at the National Championships. They have finished in the top 8 at nationals in each of the last 4 years.
What is the time commitment required for the rowing team? NCAA limits the time for practice and competition. Typically rowing as a novice requires 12-14 hours per week in the fall, and 15-18 during the spring season.
When are practices?
Water practices are in the mornings from 6:15 to 8:15, four days a week. We also row on Saturday mornings and cross-train on campus some afternoons.
What are the team requirements?
Positive attitude, competitive spirit, and the ability to thrive in a team atmosphere are a must. The coaching staff will help you get in shape and learn how to row.
What will it cost me to participate?
Rowing is a varsity sport at Stanford and is fully funded by the University. Uniforms, required practice gear, and costs associated with team travel are covered. Vans and buses are provided for transporting athletes to and from practices.
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 Stanford crew has one of the highest GPAs of all varsity teams on campus, and is committed to academic excellence.
What is lightweight rowing?
Lightweight Rowers are those athletes that weigh 130 pounds or less and compete against other athletes of the same size. Height is not a factor.
What is a coxswain?
Coxswains are small, highly competitive athletes who steer the boat, as well as provide strategy and motivation. They are like coaches in the boat. Lightweight coxswains weigh 110 pounds or less and are an integral part of a good crew.


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