CWRU Crew is a highly competitive collegiate club team at Case Western Reserve University. We travel to regattas across the country including Head of the Charles in Boston, Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, and, for select boats, the ACRA National Championships in Atlanta. At these regattas we test our mettle against some of the nations best club and varsity competition. As rowers and as a team our goal is always to win a national championship title. Members of Case Crew have won several medals at ACRA and Dad Vail National championships and have gone on to row at elite programs including Vesper, Undine, USRowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camp, and Potomac Boat Club.
We have students from many majors, backgrounds and experiences join our team and we all have come to love the competition, friendships and memories the sport provides. We hope that you will take the opportunity to join in the challenge and tradition that is CWRU Rowing.
CWRU Crew practices at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) in Downtown Cleveland. We row on the Cuyahoga River, which has three competitive straight stretches for pieces, many sharp turns to improve steering, and is protected from the wind. On calm mornings, Lake Erie offers an unlimited straight stretch of water with a beautiful view of the Cleveland skyline. In addition to training at CRF, we also have access to an alternate training ground at Aurora Lake, OH, which offers us opportunities to train on a straight course away from the Cuyahoga boat traffic.
During the winter, we bring training indoors for erging (rowing machines), lifting, conditioning, and cardio. CRF has a large erg room that can fit our entire team for morning practices, and the CWRU campus has two full sized weight rooms that support training with olympic lifts. We also hold regular conditioning workouts and yoga on campus for important cross training.
CWRU Crew competes at regional and national regattas throughout the country. We attend head races (5-6k) in the fall, including the Head of the Cuyahoga on our home river, Head of the Genesee, Head of the Rock, Head of the Charles, and Head of the Hooch. During our winter season, we also participate in a local indoor erg race called the Hammer Ergatta.
Our main season is spring racing, where we race head-on with teams for a 2,000m sprint. We attend regattas throughout the country, including Lubber's Cup, MACRA Regional Championships, Dad Vail Championships, and ACRA National Championships. We also attend and host multiple scrimmages throughout the spring season, some of which we host at our Aurora Lake training site.
Every year, the CWRU Crew team travels to Gainesville, GA during spring break to train full time on Lake Lanier, which was the site of the rowing events in the 1996 Olympics. During the trip, we hold two daily on-the-water practices as well as additional training sessions. Many other teams also train at Lake Lanier, so we hold competitive scrimmages with them on the site's buoyed 2k course.
New Rowers - Novices
Most of our team members never rowed before joining the team. First semester rowers train in the afternoon 3 days a week instead of the usual 6 mornings a week, which gives new athletes an opportunity to adjust to the sport. We have coaches specifically dedicated to teaching new rowers, and our curriculum covers the basics of the rowing stroke and also gives each rower individual attention they need. We also hold "learn to lift" sessions to teach the olympic lifts, and we slowly integrate the novices into the varsity training plan.
Novices have a very brief learn to row period before they begin competing in fall head races, so new rowers will have the opportunity to get race experience very early on. By the winter and spring, novices are fully integrated into morning training with the varsity team.
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