Mendota Middle School rowing is open to youth from 6th (age 11+) through 8th grade who are interested in learning about the sport of rowing.
Middle Schoolers new to the sport 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 may join land training at any time (winter & early spring) and register for one of the summer Learn to Row camp weeks to learn to row in a boat. Students may then progress onto the Middle School Team. If you'd like to know more about our programs, please contact our Coaches Heather Swan and Rose Sears.
Coach Heather Swan - a little bit about me:
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
Rose started rowing first year of high school in West Michigan and quickly fell in love with the sport. They went on to row D3 at Smith College, where they studied Engineering and Spanish. After graduating in the spring, Rose moved to Madison in August 2022 and immediately joined Mendota Rowing Club. They are excited to work with the Middle Schoolers on building teamwork and camaraderie while strengthening fitness and rowing technique. Outside of rowing, Rose is an energy engineer passionate about climate change; they work in implementing renewable energy for heating and cooling buildings.
Rose can be reached at email@example.com