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Competitive Rowing Program Summary

This program is for:

  • Experienced adult rowers who wish to make racing the focus of their rowing experience
  • Rowers looking to improve their rowing technique and competitive edge
  • Rowers interested in competing in regional and national regattas

Program Details

The priority of this program is to prepare rowers to perform at their best on race day. The expectation is that all rowers are prepared to commit to rowing sessions that target improvements to technique, fitness and spirit, as well as rowing together cohesively as a group. Participation in this group offers opportunities for sweep and sculling. Rowers who wish to specialize in one discipline or the other should talk to the coaching staff.

Daily practice lineups and workouts are geared toward technical proficiency with the rowing stroke and crew unity. Workouts aim to optimize fitness, minimize injury potential,and give a finessed, competitive edge to rowers as scheduled race dates approach. This program is for athletes: that is, anyone with the desire to set and pursue rowing goals, commit to the challenge of training, make sacrifices within reason, and allow themselves to push their bodies and spirits beyond their natural inclinations, with guidance, support and fun.

This program has a monthly erg test and attendance requirements. The monthly 2k is used to measure fitness and athlete development. Lineups are not made solely on the basis of erg tests- they are one of many factors. The program does also require that participants attend at least 60% of scheduled practices. If you would like to participate in the program but cannot meet the attendance requirement, please talk to the coaches about your situation.

You are welcome to join our club and our practices at anytime during the year. Our on water season runs from about April 1 to October 31 each year. We also have regular coached practices over the winter at our boathouse.

Practice schedule

The water season at Mendota Rowing Club generally runs from April to the end of October. From November to March we offer winter training. More information about winter training is available here.

During on-water season practices are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  
      • 5:15am setup and launch boats
      • 5:25am start time*
      • 5:30am hands-on boat
      • 6:45am off water
  • Saturday: 5:55-7:45 am
  • 5:45am setup and launch boats
  • 5:55am start time*
  • 6:00am hands-on boat
  • 7:45am off water

Rowers must sign up for practice by 5 pm the night before to allow the coaching staff time to put lineups together. Please make sure that the days that you sign up for are the days that you can come to practice. Your absence directly affects your teammates (especially those assigned to your boat). You are considered late if you arrive after the start time. The practice sign up sheet for members is located here.

Coached practices are not open to members with an Independent Sculling Membership. You must have a full, novice, or monthly membership to participated in coached practices. 

Racing and Regattas

For information on racing and regattas check out our Racing page.


Meet the coaches

The Competitive Program is coached by Danielle Scodellaro



622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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