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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

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 indoors.

Juniors practice 5-6 days per week.

Middle School/Novice


4:30PM - 6PM

We have practice options for both High School and Middle School athletes new to rowing. Contact Coach Carlee for more information.

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. 

Application Process

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

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Contact the coach expressing interest in joining our team.
  3. Schedule a meeting with the coach.
  4. Request letters of recommendation from previous coach / teacher. 
  5. Submit form/letter from your child's school principal/counselor that certifies lack of or disclose disciplinary issues. 
  6. Show that the athlete can complete the erg test or mile run time in accordance with the time standards. 
  7. Parents/Guardians and athlete meet coach at a mutually agreeable time. 
  8.  Coach makes recommendation to MRC board  
  9. Once the MRC Board of Directors vote on whether to accept a new athlete, notice of the decision will be sent to parents/guardians. If accepted, athletes are invited to start training immediately. 

Racing and Regattas

October 6 Tail of The Fox - Wisconsin - De Pere, WI
October 13 Head of the Rock - Rockford, IL
Novermber 2-3 Head of the Hooch - Chattanooga, TN

Meet the coach


Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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