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Freshman/Novice Women's Rowing
 
 
 
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1. What should I know about the MSU Varsity Women's Rowing Team?
• The team is made up of about 85 student-athletes, making it the largest women's team on campus.
• Top-15 Division-One program since its inception in 1997.
• Big Ten Champions three times since 2005.
• 7th at the NCAA National Championship in May, 2011.
• Over half of the team is made up of walk-ons.

2. Do I need rowing experience to try out for the team?
• No. Most of the rowers trying out for the freshmen/novice squad will have no prior rowing experience.
• Most will have some kind of high school athletic background.

3. What is the tryout procedure?
• Tryout dates and times are posted below. Each session will include a brief informational presentation and a workout.
• Tryouts will include conditioning (bodyweight exercises, running, etc), physiological testing, team competitions and training on the ergometers (rowing machines).

4. How can I prepare for the tryout?
• Check out the information on the Facebook page ("friend" us), in the "Discussions" section.

5. What are the coaches looking for during tryouts?
• Effort
• Overall athletic potential
• Competitiveness
• Positive attitude
• Coachability
• Team Players
• Stature - generally, rowers are 5' 7" or taller, but there are many exceptions. Coxswains generally weigh less than 115 pounds.

6. Does it cost money to row for the Varsity Women's Team?
• Not a cent. The Varsity team is a fully-funded NCAA sport. As a member of the team, you will have access to student-athlete academic services, athletic trainers, Athletic Department facilities, team-issued training and racing apparel, and all necessary transportation, lodging and meals related to team travel.
• There is also a Club Rowing team on campus. This is a totally separate student-run organization funded through member dues and fundraising. The Club does not compete in the Big Tenor NCAA Conferences.

7. What do you need in order to tryout?
• Proof of a complete physical, sports physical, or a doctor's note that says that you are "cleared for athletic participation" Get this from your family physician, a clinic, or Olin Health Center (on campus). Any type of paperwork will due, so long as it is no more than 6 months old.
• A photocopy of an insurance card, front and back (if you have medical insurance).
• A photocopy of your driver's license, or some other government-issued ID, front and back.
• It is best to fax this paperwork to (517) 432-1662, Attn: Novice Rowing. If absolutely necessary, bring the paperwork with you to tryouts.
• You must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. Transfer students, sophomores, and upperclassmen may have additional academic requirements.

8. Dates, Times and Location of Tryouts
• Tryouts run Wed Sept 2 thru Wed Sept 14. You can start tryouts on any day, but earlier is better. Athletes will be named to the roster on a rolling basis. The full team roster will be named on or before Sept 15. There are no tryouts held on Saturdays, Sundays or Labor Day (Sept. 5).
o Sept 2: 6:00-7:30pm. Jenison Field House Room 209.
o Sept 3: 6:00-7:30pm.Outside IM East on Shaw.
o Sept 6: 7:00-8:30am or 6:00-7:30pm, attend one tryout session each day.The Rock, near bridge over the Red Cedar River, on Farm Lane.
o Sept 7: 7:00-8:30am or 6:00-7:30pm, attend one tryout session each day.Shaw Lane, in front of MSC smokestack.
o Sept 8: 7:00-8:30am or 6:00-7:30pm, attend one tryout session each day. The Rock, near bridge over the Red Cedar River, on Farm Lane.
o Sept 9: 7:00-8:30am or 3:30-5:00pm.Jenison Field House Room 405. JFH is located near the Kellogg Center off of Kalamazoo, North of the Breslin Center. Enter JFH through the East doors and take the stairs up to the 4th floor.
o Sept 12: 6:30-8am, 3:30-5:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm. Shaw Lane, in front of MSC smokestack.
o Sept 13: 6:30-8am, 3:30-5:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm. Outside IM East on Shaw.
o Sept 14: 6:30-8am, 3:30-5:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm. Jenison Field House Room 405.

9. For more information
• Contact the Coach Scott Travis: email traviss@ath.msu.edu or call (517) 432-0876.
• Search "MSU Varsity Women's Rowing Tryouts " on Facebook
• Check out the Official MSU Rowing page

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