Recruitment

Recruitment

 

For The Experienced Rower or Coxswain

If you have rowed or coxed in high school, then you have a different perspective on the idea of rowing at SDSU than those who are “walk-on” athletes. You already possess skills that are hard to obtain. Hopefully, you not only know how to sweep row, but have some experience sculling. You know about strength training and aerobic training. And you know about the flow of a season – about the difference between fall training and racing, winter training (erging/weights/etc.), and spring training and racing. And you know something about college rowing programs – especially here on the West Coast.

📣Interested in joining Aztec Rowing? To contact the coaching staff CLICK HERE and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Our athletes have some substantial input into important decisions. We have a group of four Officers who are elected each year by the athletes themselves. Our program enters whatever regattas the coaches and athletes choose to attend. We can change our schedule from year to year if we wish. We can race at whatever levels we choose to = for example, here at SDSU we have prioritized lightweight rowing for more than a generation now … something that is not done at the so-called “big time” programs here in the West. Second or third varsity/novice boats race whenever and wherever we wish it. We race in 8s or 4s whenever we wish it. We may even choose to go to national championship regattas or, as we have done in the past, to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. And none of this requires the support of anybody other than our own rowers, coaches, and alumni!

Sunrise Practice on Mission Bay Sunrise Practice on Mission Bay

If you are interested in staying on the West Coast and living in “America’s Finest City” = San Diego … if you are excited by the idea of going to school on one of the most beautiful campuses in all the world … if your academic goals aim at the state college and university level … and if it is important to you that our four year degree is less expensive than any other on the face of this planet ……. Then please fill out the attached “Recruit Interest” form and/or contact our coaches directly!

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No Rowing Experience?

Most of the men who row for San Diego State have never rowed before they came to the University. They are what is called “walk- on” athletes. The sport of rowing offers a unique opportunity to become involved in college athletics – as an intercollege athlete, competing at the highest levels – even if you have never rowed in high school. The men on our crew come from every type of athletic background – on our team we have football players, swimmers, waterpolo players, track athletes, and so forth. Some very successful Aztecs have never been involved in sports at all before rowing for State.

Our program is designed to teach the fundamentals of the sport to first year rowers, including both a focus upon the skill and grace of the rowing stroke and upon the hard work and fitness involved. It is not at all impossible in your first or second year to compete on the highest level in this country. It is even possible soon after that to row at the highest international level. Three Aztecs from our team have rowed for the United States in the Olympic Games, and another ten Aztecs have represented their country on United States Rowing Teams in non-Olympic years.

Rowing is a participant’s sport. Everyone practices every day – and everyone races. Aside the Varsity Heavyweights, there are races strictly for novices (first-year rowers) and there are races just for lightweights (rowers under 160 pounds). And, of course, there are coxswains’ positions on our team for those under 125 pounds. Rowing combines one of the most beautiful, aesthetic of all sports with an endeavor that involves tremendous physical training and preparation.

The 2013 Aztec Novice 8 launches to race in the world famous San Diego Crew Classic - none of them rowed in high school, but they defeated 15 West Coast crews. The 2013 Aztec Novice 8 launches to race in the world famous San Diego Crew Classic - none of them rowed in high school, but they defeated 15 West Coast crews.

 

More than any other sport, crew is compatible with academics. Thousands of rowers over the course of several hundred years have enjoyed championship performances in the sport while at the same time obtaining the sort of grades necessary not only to graduate but to go to medical school, law school, and graduate schools of all sorts. Thus, while it involves quite a time commitment, crew can fit into just about anyone’s schedule. While only 62% of all people who start college eventually obtain a degree, 91% of all rowers graduate!

There will be few periods in your life when you will have the same amount of time as you have now for serious exercise. There will be few times when you can pursue excellence without many of life’s other responsibilities limiting your commitment. No other opportunity like this will ever be offered to you = to become an intercollegiate athlete without any previous experience in the sport!

Important Points:

  • 🏆The chances of graduating from college go up 28% when a person joins a crew.
  • 🏆 A lifelong rower lives an average of 7 years longer than a non-rower
  • 🏆Rowing is the oldest and most prestigious college sport: The best crews come from Berkeley, Stanford, Wisconsin, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the other Ivy League schools = the best academic institutions on earth
  • 🏆Adding rowing to your college experience engages you in the pursuit of excellence in a way that “just” taking classes and studying does not.
  • 🏆Once Again = There is NO other opportunity like this for you = TO BECOME A COLLEGE ATHLETE WITH NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE!

 

Some of the Aztecs at the San Diego Fall Classic of 2012. Some of the Aztecs at the San Diego Fall Classic of 2012.

 

📣Interested in joining Aztec Rowing? To contact the coaching staff CLICK HERE and tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

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