Novice, athletes first year beginners, train together to allow time to become acquainted with the sport, but race separately from the varsity against similar experienced athletes. The novice year is focused on athlete development, establishing a fitness base, and gaining boat moving skills to prepare athletes to contribute toward future varsity squad success. There have been instances, particularly talented novices are brought up to the varsity crews.
Varsity athletes have competed through a spring season as a Novice. The Varsity teams compete at the highest level of junior rowing against some of the premier rowing teams in the Southeast. The Varsity team’s priority is to field the fastest boats possible in all categories Varsity crews earn seats based on positive attitude, work ethic, being a good teammate, attendance, athleticism (e.g. fitness, strength), a series of ergometer test and seat racing results to see who rows better than who based on blade skill and boat moving ability.
Coxswains are very important to the success of a crew as they are the individual responsible for the steering of the shell and giving commands to the rowers to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of the crew as a unit. The coxswain is the leader of the crew while on the water, and we expect our coxswains to be leaders off the water as well. Girls' crew coxswains are up to 113 pounds and 120 pounds for boys' crews.