Novice Women's Rowing
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I try rowing at Minnesota?
2. I am a little nervous about not knowing anything about rowing. Will I still have a shot at making the team?
OF COURSE! Most of the rowers trying out (about 98%) will have no experience or even really know what rowing is before they step foot on campus! We are looking for good overall athletes that we can teach to be great rowers. Many of our top rowers have had previous experience with swimming, Nordic skiing, volleyball, basketball or have been runners.
3. What do you look for in student-athletes?
We look for someone with the combination of these attributes:
4. How can I prepare for tryouts?
The best thing to do is to get into shape... or get into better shape by the start of school. Running or any other cardiovascular-based exercise, as well as body weight exercises (pushups, squat jumps, or sit-ups), will help you prepare.
5. Does it cost money to join the team?
Women's rowing is a fully-funded NCAA sport. As a student-athlete you will have access to athletic trainers, academic advisors, tutors and athletic facilities at no charge. You'll also receive priority registration after your Fall semester classes. You will also be issued gear to train and compete in at no charge. Transportation, meals and lodging for competitions are also all covered at no cost to you!
6. I have a really difficult major? Are there other rowers in difficult majors and are there support services for athletes?
The answers to those questions are an absolute YES! We have many rowers who are in very difficult majors including Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med -- quite difficult stuff. Gopher athletes are provided with the academic support that rivals the best in the Big Ten Conference. Each sport is assigned an academic advisor who assists the team's student athletes with academic issues (such as scheduling courses to setting up tutors). There is also a career development area and volunteer opportunities all within the academic center to help you get the most out of your education.
7. Do I need a physical before the tryout?
8. Be ahead of the game before school starts!
If you are interested in rowing or have further questions, please email Claudia Herpertz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Gophers!
Minnesota Falls in the Border Battle Regatta
Minnesota competed in their only home meet of the year. They were swept by Wisconsin but showed much improvement
Minnesota Hosts Border Battle Regatta
Minnesota hosts their only home meet of the year. They take on Wisconsin Sunday at Lake Phalen.
Gophers Finish An Impressive Meet at Wisconsin
The University of Minnesota rowing team picked up four first place finishes, seven second place finishes and one third place finish in Wisconsin.