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.
Current Practice Schedule:
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.
Middle School / HS Novice Program
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.
Racing and Regattas 2021
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: