Rowing to Hold Informational Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28 For Prospective New Members

first_imgThe Drake University rowing program will host an informational meeting for prospective new members on Wednesday Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in Olmsted 313. Below are frequently asked questions about the Drake rowing program. Please contact Assistant Coach Shawn Turner at [email protected] if you have additional questions. Drake Rowing Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: How do I find out more?A: Come to the Rowing Information Meeting on Wednesday, 8/28 at 7:00 pm in Olmsted 313. Q: How often do we practice?A: We practice five times a week and attend 2-3 regattas in the fall. Q: How much does it cost?A: Being a member of the team does not cost anything. We will provide everything you need from uniforms to travel and food. The only cost required is registering with the NCAA. Q: Is rowing a good way to get in shape?A: Yes, rowing is one the most complete full body exercises. It is low impact and a great way to get fitter and stronger. Q: Where do we race?A: Last year we traveled to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois and Nebraska. This includes trips to warm weather over winter and spring break and weekend regattas in the Midwest. Q: Do I need to be able to swim?A: Yes, rowing is a water sport and as such you need to be able to swim. We will conduct a swim test early in September. Q: What are you looking for in potential team members?A: We are looking for committed student-athletes who want to have fun while working to improve every day. Having previous athletic experience is a plus but not a requirement.center_img Q: Is rowing a varsity sport?A: Yes, rowing at Drake is a Division I varsity sport. Drake University Rowing competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for rowing. Q: I am concerned with juggling athletics and academics, is it possible to earn good grades while being a member of the team?A: Yes, academics come first.  Our team GPA last year was over a 3.4 with 7 of the walk-ons earning 4.0 GPA’s in the fall. Q: Where are practices held?A: We practice either on campus in the Knapp Center or at the Bright-Beckwith Boathouse on the Des Moines River. The Bright Beckwith boathouse recently opened and is our off-campus home. Q: I am very small, is there a place on the team for me?A: Absolutely, the team needs both rowers and coxswains. Coxswains tend to be smaller and both steer the boat and give commands to the rowers. Q: I’ve never rowed before can I still be on the team?A: Yes, our coaching staff will teach you everything you need to know. About half of the current team learned to row at Drake! Q: Is rowing fun?A: Rowing is a ton of fun and getting to make memories and friendships is one of the best parts of Drake University Rowing. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more