Join the Miami Rowing Team - No Experience Necessary

Aug. 6, 2004

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The University of Miami women’s rowing team will hold an informational meeting for 2004 tryouts, Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hecht Athletic Center.

The meeting is open to all students, no experience necessary.

The Hurricane Rowing team comes off one of the most impressive seasons in school history including a first place finish at the 2004 Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.

Other notable accomplishments in 2003-04 include:

Finished the season ranked fifth in the South RegionFirst place at the 2003 Head of the Chattahoochee RegattaSix first place finishes at the First Annual Hurricane InvitationalSecond place at the 2004 San Diego Crew ClassicFirst place at the 2004 Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association ChampionshipsSecond place at the 2004 BIG EAST ChallengeJenny Krawec was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America Second Team and All-South Region First TeamRachel Clausing was named to the CRCA All-South Region Second Team

Things to know about Miami rowing…

Can I join the rowing team if I have never rowed before?
While you do need to be athletic and fit, you do not need to have any prior rowing experience. We will teach you everything you need to know to be a competitive collegiate rower. 80% of the 2000 Olympic Rowing Team took their first strokes in college. If you have been thinking about playing sports in college, this could be the opportunity for you!

What is rowing like at the University of Miami?
The Women’s Rowing Team is a competitive varsity sport at the University of Miami. There is a staff of 5 coaches for a team of about 60 athletes. The team trains for about 15 hours per week. During the Fall, you will learn to row, lift weights and train on land (mainly running and body circuits). You will race at the end of the Fall semester against other first time collegiate rowers from all over Florida. The main racing season is from March to May. During this time, the team travels throughout Florida,to Virginia, South Carolina, Atlanta, San Diego and Camden, N.J.

As a member of a varsity sport at the University of Miami, you will have access to free tutors and other academic support services. You will also be able to register for your Spring classes before the general student population to prevent conflicts between class and practice times.

What is the difference between a rower and a coxswain?
A coxswain (pronounced “cox-in”) is the team leader and strategist. She must weigh less than 120 lbs, be competitive, quick thinking and have fully developed leadership skills. The coxswain is the brain behind the brawn.

Rowers are generally tall (there are always exceptions) and most will have previous athletic experience (although not necessarily in rowing.) Athletes who have excelled in soccer, swimming, basketball or track usually enjoy and do well in the sport of rowing.

What kind of athletes are we looking for?
The University of Miami Rowing Team is seeking women who are interested in doing something new, fun and challenging. We are in search of enthusiastic team players who are excited to compete at the collegiate championship level.

What is the practice schedule?
There will be several morning practice times to choose from, depending on your class schedule. Once you learn how to row it is ideal to not have class before 9:00am. Please attempt to schedule your classes and work schedules around the practice times. If you have a conflict, email the Novice Coach, Andrea Saathoff, at or 305-284-3811 so that a possible solution can be found.

What do I do next if I know I want to join the team?
Our first information meeting is Thursday August 27, at 7pm in the Hecht Athletic Center on campus. This meeting is mandatory for anyone interested in rowing. Until then, have an active and enjoyable summer. Running, basketball, swimming, cycling, aerobics and weightlifting are all activities that can help get you in shape for the coming year!

This is your chance to become involved in a new sport where your potential is infinite and the only limits for success are the ones that you set for yourself. All of the coaches look forward to seeing you at the first meeting!

For more information please contact assistant rowing coach Andrea Saathoff at 305-284-3811 or email at