Novice Women's Rowing

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Thank you for your interest in Michigan Rowing! Anyone interested in joining Michigan Rowing team MUST click on the link below and fill out a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.

Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire

Michigan Rowing is a premier Division I rowing program that offers a unique opportunity for those with no previous experience! If you are a strong, athletic individual who likes to compete, then this is your place!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I try rowing at Michigan?
• You are a competitive athlete and want to seize the opportunity to be a Division I Student-Athlete at Michigan.
• Opportunity to compete for a Big Ten and NCAA championship for Michigan.
• Find a group of like-minded individuals.
• Get in the best shape of your life.
• Be a Michigan Wolverine!!

Do I need rowing experience to try out for the team?
No! Most of the rowers trying out for the novice squad will have no rowing experience. We are looking for athletes that we can teach to become great rowers. Many of our top rowers are former basketball or volleyball players, swimmers or runners. Rowing is a sport that requires strength and endurance.

What is the tryout procedure?
The first step of the tryout is to fill out the questionnaire. The second step is to attend one of two informational meetings. The first will be held at the Michigan League, third floor - Henderson Room (Directions), on Sunday, Sept. 3rd, 2:30-3:30 p.m. The second will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 5th, 6-7 p.m. at the Michigan League, third floor - Henderson Room. Tryout times and dates will be discussed at the informational meetings. Before any tryout, we will teach you how to row on the indoor rowing machines and later do some physiological testing to determine your potential as a rower. To prepare for the tryout, the best thing to do is to get into the best shape you can by September. Running or any other cardiovascular training as well as body weight exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, squat jumps) and flexibility exercises (yoga and stretching) will help you prepare.

What do you look for in student-athletes?

• Height; 5' 9" or taller generally makes a good rower.
• Athletic Background
• Team Player
• Competitive drive

Does it cost money to row for the novice squad?
No. Women's rowing is a fully funded NCAA sport. As a student-athlete affiliated with a varsity team you will have access to athletic trainers, academic advisors, tutors and athletic facilities at no charge to you. You will also be issued gear in which to train and compete at no charge and all transportation, lodging and meals when traveling with the team are covered by the Michigan Athletic Department.

What support services are available for student-athletes?
Michigan's student-athletes are provided with the best support possible. Each sport is assigned an academic advisor who assists the team's student-athletes in academic issues ranging from developing strategies for academic success to selecting courses. Student-athletes can also arrange through their academic advisor to have a tutor free of charge. In addition, Michigan's athletic department has a career development program for its student-athletes, including unique summer internships and job opportunities. Medical support includes a full-time athletic trainer, student athletic trainers, medical doctors, first-rate rehabilitation facilities, nutritionists and sport psychologists.

I came to Michigan to get a great education. Will my academics suffer if I join rowing?
Many people interested in our team are concerned that the time commitment in rowing will prevent them from getting good grades, however, we have found the opposite to be true! Our team boasts a GPA that is well above the average student body. This is because we have great support services for our athletes, as mentioned above, and because our athletes are incredibly driven, determined people in both athletics and academics. We have had athletes graduate from the LS&A, Engineering, Business, Kinesiology, Art and Nursing schools in a variety of majors. At first, rowing will just be for one hour a day. Throughout the fall as you become more accustomed to being a student-athlete here at Michigan, the time commitment gradually picks up.

What do I need to do before the tryout?
You will need to get the coaches THESE PDF waivers and a photocopy of both the front and back of your insurance to Michigan Rowing. You can e-mail a copy of the form to or mail it to the following address:

Michigan Women's Rowing
Department of Athletics
1000 S State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Should you have time, you also can register for the NCAA Eligibility Center. This does not need to be completed before you come and try the sport, but should you make the team, you will need to register.

Dates for Fall 2017 Informational Meetings

Meeting locations to be determined. Please check back soon.


Catch Michigan Rowing on Campus

Friday, Sept. 2, 8:00-10:00 p.m. -- Escapade (Michigan Union)
Sunday, Sept. 4, 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. -- Recreational Sports Expo (Palmer Field)
Tuesday, Sept. 6, All day -- Check out the U-M Coaches and Athletes on the Diag (Central Campus Diag)

If you are interested in rowing or have further questions, please email Krystina Sarff (