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Are you interested in starting or continuing your rowing/coxing career at a top 20 university? Located in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University offers the resources of a major metropolitan city along with the comforts of a tight-knit community on campus. Emory Crew is a student-run organization founded in 1990. Despite most of our team members having no prior rowing or coxing experience before coming to Emory, our boats have medaled at some of the most competitive regattas in the country including Head of the Charles, Dad Vails, Head of the Hooch, SIRAs, and ACRAs.
As a club sport, students have the opportunity to make an impact and acquire leadership positions early on. We are seeking dedicated and hard-working individuals who are interested in adding to the success of our team.
Our team practices 3-5 times a week. We are the only crew that rows at Stone Mountain Lake, which offers almost 5,000 meters of straight, smooth water 365 days of the year. Although our team members are highly dedicated to the team and sport, they are still able to be involved with various clubs and organizations on campus including Greek Life, ResLife, music groups, religious groups, and study abroad programs. We have students pursuing almost every major and pre-professional track. We have an alumni network made up of hundreds of individuals across the country employed in industries such as healthcare, law, finance, education, and more.
At Emory, you will not only find a quality rowing program but also an excellent academic experience, all at the doorstep of Atlanta.
We welcome new team members at any point in the school year, although we recommend getting started at the beginning of a semester. Check out our table at Rec the Night, student activities fairs, or contact us to get involved!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any prior rowing or coxing experience to join?
No! We welcome anyone, regardless of rowing/coxing experience. While some of our members have prior experience, nearly 90% of the team had none before joining the team.
How do the novice and varsity squads work?
All new rowers and coxswains are part of our novice squad for their first year on Emory Crew, regardless of grade level. This program will teach you all you need to know about rowing and/or coxing to get you ready for national-level races by the end of the spring season. After your first year on Emory Crew, everyone is moved up to our varsity squad. Regardless of the squad, the entire team attends all regattas and usually practices at the same time.
What is a coxswain?
A coxswain is a vital member of our 8-person and 4-person boats as they steer, give feedback on technique, push the rowers to reach their peak capabilities, and serve as a coach-like figure when on the water. Coxswains need strong leadership skills, quick adaptability, and a keen sense of awareness. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to reach out to the team to learn more about the position.
What does a typical school year look like?
In the fall semester, we typically attend 3 head race regattas across the South. Head races are when each boat is sent off one at a time, approximately 10-15 seconds apart, and the time is based on when you cross the start and finish lines. These races are typically 4500-5000 meters long.
In the spring semester, we typically attend 5 regattas. Sprint races are when all the boats in a heat line up and start the race together. These races are typically 2000 meters long. In addition to regattas, we also have an annual spring break trip, usually to Florida, where we train all week long to get ready for the season.
Why should I join the team?
Emory Crew is a tight-knit group of athletes and students who are friends both in and out of the boat. Outside of practices and regattas, the team hosts many bonding events, including an annual spring break trip, volunteer events, group study sessions, end-of-season banquets, alumni connection events, and more. Through rowing, Emory Crew fosters a community of camaraderie and support that leads to lifelong friendships.
Rowing itself is also a highly rewarding sport. If you played other competitive sports in high school or are looking to get involved in a competitive club sport on campus, rowing is the perfect sport to pick up at Emory.
What kind of boats does Emory Crew row in?
Emory Crew has a fleet of three 8+, four 4+, two 2x, and two 1x shells. We primarily race in eights and fours, but also occasionally race in smaller, sculling boats.
How do practices at Stone Mountain Lake work?
Our boathouse at Stone Mountain Lake is about a 20-30 minute drive from campus. We meet at the WoodPEC on main campus and carpool so everyone can get to practice, regardless of whether they have a car.
How do regattas work?
For local regattas (within a 2.5 hour drive), we typically leave campus early in the morning and return in the late afternoon. The entire team travels together in rented vans. For regattas that are further, we sometimes stay overnight in a hotel. We’d leave campus in the late afternoon (so athletes miss as few classes as possible) and return the following night.