Middle School/High School Learn to Row
MS/HS LTR is open to all incoming 6th graders through outgoing 12th graders interested in learning the basics of rowing, teamwork and physical fitness via dryland training. After completing this week of LTR rowers are invited to join junior novice practices through August 31st at no additional charge! Junior Novice practices are held M-F 2p-4p.
No prior experience necessary.
Class size is limited to 5 rowers to ensure physical distancing. Rowers will be learning to to row in singles so come prepared to get wet!
MS/HS LTR and Junior Novice programs will be coached by Justin Stevens.
Justin rowed four years as a member of the Vanderbilt Men's Rowing team and sculled competitively for the New York Athletic Club. Recently, he was announced as an invitee to USA U23 lwt 4x selection camp that would have been selected for the world championships this summer.
MS/HS Learn to Row
June 15th-19th 8am-11:15am
June 22nd-26th 8am-11:15am - FULL
June 29th-July 3rd 8am-11:15am - FULL
July 6th-10th 8-11:15 am
July 13th-17th 8-11:15am
July 20th-24th 8-11:15am
July 27-31 8-11:15am
Aug. 3-7 8-11:15am
Aug 10-14 8a-11:15a
The water season at Mendota Rowing Club generally runs from April to the end of October. From November to March we offer winter training indoors.
Juniors practice 5-6 days per week.
4:30PM - 6PM
We have practice options for both High School and Middle School athletes new to rowing. Contact Coach Carlee for more information.
Athletes are asked to agree to an honor code so that they avoid:
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.
While this application process might seem extreme, MRC is the only rowing club in Madison offering almost entirely new purchased equipment and significant support from club members to help athletes realize their rowing goals. The club regularly buys new equipment to make sure our athletes have the equipment they need to win. Our dedicated coaches offer detailed training programs and extremely low athlete to coach ratios (currently 7/1). As such, we believe that this process helps determine if an athlete and club are compatible.
Steps to Apply
Racing and Regattas
October 6 Tail of The Fox - Wisconsin - De Pere, WI
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