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UC San Diego Women's Crew is Recruiting! Come Out and Join Our Team!


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The UC San Diego women's rowing program invites talented athletes to join our varsity squad as walk-ons. Our program is nationally-ranked and recruits dedicated athletes who are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join an extraordinary squad. No experience is needed as walk-ons are taught to row and compete in a 'first year' category called Novice rowing.

Interested student-athletes should attend the first team meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Dugout Conference Room (below Peet's) and should plan on attending the free Athletics Department team physical on Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Spanos Athletic Performance Center. The Athletics Department physical is mandatory for participation and competition on a varsity squad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to join the team?
Women's rowing at UC San Diego is an intercollegiate program, so competition, team travel, uniforms and training costs are covered by the Athletics Department.

I've heard that you have to register with the NCAA to compete in intercollegiate sports. What if you haven't done that?
All incoming freshman student-athletes have to have their eligibility and amateurism confirmed by the NCAA in order to take part in intercollegiate sports. You can visit to get started today.

How will being a student-athlete affect my academics?
UC San Diego women's rowers are highly successful students, with nearly two-thirds of the squad earning spots on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for their cumulative GPA. The discipline and determination needed to be a successful student-athlete generally carries over into academics and you will have peer and departmental support in excelling at academics and athletics.

I don't know how to row and I worry that I 'm not in the best shape.
95% of collegiate rowers begin their rowing careers after getting to college. The coaching staff will teach you the skills you need and provide you with a challenging and progressive training program. Train hard with us and you will attain your highest EVER fitness level.

I've heard that rowers have to get up in the middle of the night to row. Really?
Rowers choose to train in the morning for the best water and to clear their schedule for the rest of the day. Like most morning sports, rowers train between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., and are rewarded with good water, gorgeous sun rises and dolphin encounters.

Where does the team row and how do we get there?
The Triton women's and men's crews train out of their boathouse on Mission Bay, which is about 10 miles from campus. Coaches help arrange car pools within the squad.

How often does the team train? What if my classes conflict?
The team trains Monday through Saturday from 6:00-8:00 a.m. out of the Mission Bay boathouse or on campus at Spanos. We also practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on campus at Spanos. Times will be determined by your schedules. We understand that there will be class conflicts and the coaching staff will address your needs as we go forward. For the winter quarter, you will get priority class registration which will allow you to schedule your classes around practice.

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