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High School Rowing Program

MRC Junior rowing is open to all youth from 9th grade to 12th grade interested in learning about the sport of rowing. 

Registration is open for new athletes with experience and for Learn-to_Row classes for those without experience.

Current Practice Schedule:

  • M-Th 4:45-6:445
  • Sat. 8:00-10:00am

MRC is offering a monthly commitment for junior rowers because of the uncertainty around COVID-19. This allows families the flexibility to take participation one month at a time. It also allows MRC staff the ability to plan in accordance with the latest Dane County Orders around COVID protocol.

Team Registration 

Learn to Row Registration 

Middle School / HS Novice Program

Registration is now open for the Middle School & High School Novice Team if you already have experience or for Learn-to-Row if you have no experience. 

Contact our coaches for more info:

Heather Swan or Sara Krizan


Team Registration  

Learn to Row Registration 

Admission Requirements

Honor Code

Athletes are asked to agree to an honor code so that they avoid:  

    • Action that misleads or deceives; 
    • Conduct that gives them or others an unfair advantage;
    • Action that deprives another person of his/her rightful property; 
    • Action that hurts or disrespects another person; and 
    • Action that brings discredit to MRC community and reputation. 

To help create the best environment that allows every participant to realize their goals in the sport of rowing, we ask that as part of the admissions process, prospective athletes submit a letter of recommendation from a previous coach or current teacher and a signed form from a school administrator certifying or disclosing that the prospective athlete does / does not have any significant or chronic disciplinary issues (suspensions, chronic detentions, kicked out of class, sent to the principle, etc.). 

Athletic and Physical Requirements

MRC strongly believes that a teenager’s future athletic potential is limitless if they are willing to work hard. While prior experience in rowing will certainly be helpful, it is not required so long as the athlete promises to work his/her hardest. If the athlete has no prior rowing experience, they must be able to demonstrate a moderate level of physical fitness (8:40 / 2k on the ergometer; or 9 minute mile pace) after a short period of initial instruction and pass a swim test. 

Racing and Regattas 2021

  • April 24th (Saturday) - Camp Randall Dual - Madison WI
  • May 1st (Saturday) - Camp Randall Invite, Madison WI
  • May 14th-16th (Friday-Sunday) - Midwest JR Championship, Cincinnati OH
  • July 9th (Friday-Sunday) - 41st Annual Chicago Sprints, Chicago IL

  • October 2nd (Saturday) - Fox Tail 4K, Green Bay WI

  • October 10th (Sunday) - Head of the Rock, Rockford IL

  • October 23rd-24th (Saturday-Sunday) - Head of the Charles, Boston MA

meet the HEAD COACH - Heather Swan


One of Heather's stipulations when selecting a college was that they have a novice crew team. In 93' this led her to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia where she became team captain her first season on a winning novice crew.  Her senior year of college she went on to learn sculling with PGRC and Bachelors Boat Club on the historic boat house row competing at the national level for 4 more years. After a 12 break Heather came back to rowing as an assistant coach at the Waynflete school in Portland Maine and is now very excited to be a part of the Mendota coaching team. Heather can also help excel your land training as she is a certified yoga, health and fitness coach!

You can reach Coach Heather at:


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Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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