The rowing team is looking for athletes interested in joining the squad for the 2012-13 season.
Has being a Division I college athlete crossed your mind? Here is your chance! The SDSU Women's Rowing Team is looking for walk-on athletes for the 2012-2013 academic year. We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated, and hard working women that are ready to elevate themselves and their team to new standards.
Rowing is undoubtedly known as the ultimate team sport, where you can create friendships for life while getting a total body workout. The SDSU Rowing Program allows you to compete against other Division I schools, train in top notch facilities, and may lead to potential athletic scholarship opportunities in your future. No previous rowing experience is necessary although an athletic background is preferred.
If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm in the Fowler Athletic Center Auditorium. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email assistant coach Hector Alvarez by clicking here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is required to join the team?
Email Coach Hector by clicking here and let him know that you are interested. Please include your Red ID number.
Attend the informational meeting on Wednesday September 5 at 6pm.
Complete the physical examination paperwork through your doctor. To print a copy of the require paperwork click here.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by clicking here.
Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units at San Diego State University (Extended Studies and Open University do not count toward these units).
What are the coaches looking for during try-outs?
There will be a two-week session of try-outs that will consist of various physical activities. This will include learning how to use the rowing machines with proper technique and learning how to row in a rowing shell. We will be looking for motivated, athletic, team-oriented and coachable athletes.
How much will it cost to be on the team?
Once on the team, the Aztec Athletic department provides funding for everything from uniforms to travel expenses. Before making the team, however, there are two out-of-pocket fees that you'll need to cover. One is the NCAA registration fee, which is $65 through the end of August and $70 beginning September 1, and the other is the cost of a physical exam through your own doctor.
Are there different "positions" on the team?
Yes, there are a few. There are nine people in a boat. Four rowers will row on port side, or the right side of the boat, and four rowers on starboard side, or the left side of the boat. The rowers are responsible for physically moving the boat. The ninth person is a coxswain. The coxswain is responsible for steering and assisting the coach in practice. The coxswain sits in the stern of the boat and is usually a smaller individual, weighing in at 115 pounds or less.
How big is the team?
The team consists of about 35 returning varsity athletes, 15 recruited freshmen, and about 25 walk-on athletes for a total of 75 athletes.
Where does the team practice?
The team has water practice at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center located off of Santa Clara Point in Mission Beach. Land workouts are held on campus at the Fowler Athletic Center and Peterson Gym.
What are practices like and when do practice?
Water practice: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:30-7:30am and Saturday 7-10am.
Ergs: Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm and Thursday 6-7:30am.
When is rowing in season?
The rowing season is broken up into two parts. The fall season starts in September and lasts until mid-November. During this time the team competes in long distance races known as head races. The spring season starts in January and lasts until May and the team participates in shortened sprint races.
Does the whole team get to travel?
The team travels together to the majority of the races. Most of the traveling occurs during the spring season.