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MRC Junior rowing is open to all youth from 6th grade to 8th grade interested in learning about the sport of rowing.

Middle Schoolers will learn the basics of rowing in a fun and supportive environment with experienced coaches, progressively building their skills as rowers. Athletes will practice the essentials of sculling (two oars per person) and sweep rowing (one oar per person) in racing shells on Lake Mendota with land-based cross training via yoga, running, erging and other middle school athlete friendly activities.

Middle Schoolers with no prior rowing experience must first register for one week of Learn to Row, and then may progress to join the Middle School Team. If you'd like to know more about our programs, please contact our Middle School Coaches Heather Swan and Sara Krizan.

2021 Autumn Schedule

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:45p-6:45p
  • Saturday 9a-11a

Team Registration  

New to rowing? Please check out our Learn to Row offerings:

Learn to Row Registration 


Coach Heather

Coach Heather Swan - a little bit about me:

My family and I moved to Cross Plains from Vermont in June of 2020 to be closer to my sister and her family in Middleton. We are slowly settling in and I not only found this coaching opportunity at Mendota Rowing Club but I am also the head crew coach at Madison Country Day School. 

My rowing/coaching experience started in 93' at Drexel University in Philadelphia where I rowed sweep in college and then went on to compete nationally in sculling at PGRC and Bachelor's boat clubs. After a few life turns I found myself in Portland Maine where I was an assistant rowing coach for two seasons at Wayflete HS. I then moved to Vermont where I was an assistant track coach for a season at Harwood Middle School.  Empowering individuals through coaching is my jam!

I have also been a fitness instructor for over 15 years, certified Yoga teacher & ACE certified personal trainer. I am CPR certified, a US Rowing Level 1 coach and Safe Sport certified and have a WI boater safety license.

Coach Swan: 267-679-4195 

email: hswan@mendotarowingclub.com


Coach Sara


Sara, a Madison native, found her passion for rowing while living in Seattle, Washington, where she took her first rowing class in 2011. She soon earned a seat on the Lake Union Crew nationally competitive women’s team, with whom she rowed for three years and had the opportunity to compete in a number of regattas, including Masters Nationals and Head of the Charles. During that time, Sara also led yoga classes for her fellow rowers and served as an assistant coach for adult learn-to-row classes. 

Since returning to Wisconsin, Sara has continued to row as a member of the Milwaukee and Mendota Rowing Clubs, and is a US Rowing Assistant Referee. She is delighted to now be back in Madison and is enthusiastically looking forward to coaching with the Mendota Rowing Club.

Reach Coach Sara at:  skrizan@mendotarowingclub.com





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