Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the season?

The rowing season for NCAA Division III varsity rowing programs is divided into two parts: "traditional" and "non-traditional" seasons. The non-traditional season begins in early September and ends on October 31 st . This is the time for the varsity crews to work on endurance and technical skills while training for the "head races" which are held in October. The novice crews learn the basic rowing skills and even participate in two head races in novice events.

The traditional season starts up in mid February and runs until early May. This is the primary racing season in which both the varsity and novice rowers prepare for competition against Mid-Atlantic rowing programs. The races in the traditional season start in late March and finish in early May.

During the off-season (winter training) both the varsity and novice rowers train indoors on the rowing machine, indoor rowing tank, and in the weight room.

How often does the team practice?

The rowing team practices five days a week in the non-traditional season and six days a week in the traditional season. Practices are held early in the morning (bus leaves campus at 5:30 and returns by 8:30) on the Schuylkill River. Practices are an opportunity to improve individual and team rowing skills along with the continued development of endurance and speed for the races in the spring.

Weight training is not required but it is highly recommended for quick lasting results and a noticeable difference in stroke power. Weight training sessions take about 30 minutes and are run by our weight training coach, Ray Tharan. Members of the rowing team meet with Ray two times each week.

How many members are on the team?

We carry between 20 and 30 members in the program. From this group we race in a variety of events that include the Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, Novice 8, and Open and Lightweight 4+.

Rowing experience is not required to join the team. Members of the team are highly motivated and dedicated athletes willing to learn and improve each day whether they have previous rowing experience or just starting out as a novice.

Will participation on the rowing team have a negative impact on my academics?

No. Many Bryn Mawr Scholar-Athletes report that their grades are higher when they are in season than when they are out of season. They cite improved time management skills and increased energy as contributing factors.