UMW Rowing Frequently Asked Questions

Is rowing experience necessary?
Absolutely not! There are many current and former rowers who never took a stroke before arriving at UMW.

How big is the team?
The women's team typically numbers between 30-40 rowers, the men between 20-30. Both teams prioritize the first and second varsity 8s, followed by novice 8s, then 4s (if team depth permits).

Who are your main rivals?
UMW men's and women's crews are charter members of the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference.  Member schools include Bryn Mawr College, Franklin & Marshall, Marietta, North Park, Richard Stockton, Rutgers-Camden, and Washington College.  The latter school is one that both crews share a friendly, yet strong rivalry.  The women are part of the NCAA Div. III Mid-Atlantic Region, while the men do not have a governing body.  We also frequent competition against Div. I schools George Mason and Loyola.

Varsity status?
Both teams have varsity status at UMW. The men, in fact, are the only varsity team within the state of Virginia.

Where do we row?
The team currently rows at Hope Springs Marina in Stafford, Virginia ( It is about a 20 minute drive from campus, and UMW provides vans for the team to get to and from the site.

What are your practice seasons like?
We typically row 6 or 7 weeks in the fall, beginning in mid-September and ending in late October. The spring season begins in mid-February and ends in mid-May (potentially later if crews qualify for nationals).

What type of student-athlete do you recruit?
A successful student-athlete (with experience or not) typically possesses the following traits:

* A passion to succeed in the sport of rowing
* A positive, team-first attitude
* A great work ethic
* A strong competitive desire
* Great time management skills

The coaching staff feels that these traits promote a healthy, respectful, and competitive atmosphere, where all participants have the opportunity to succeed. Having a good ergometer score is nice (2k: under 7 minutes for men, under 8 minutes for women), but not a requirement at all.