Aug. 25, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State rowing program is holding open tryouts starting Sept. 2. Tryouts are open to all Michigan State female students, and no previous rowing experience is necessary.
The MSU rowing team is made up of about 80 student-athletes, making it the largest women's team on campus. Michigan State has been consistently ranked in the national top-15 of Division I programs since its inception in 1997, qualifying for the NCAA National Championship Regatta in all but twice in it's 14-year history.
The team has won three Big Ten Championships since 2005 (2005, 2008, 2009) and it's varsity eight (top boat) has won three consecutive gold medals at the Big Ten Championships. Two athletes represented their countries at the Under-23 World Championships in Belarus.
A large part of the success the team has enjoyed over the last six years has come from the makeup of the team - more than half of the roster is comprised of athletes who came into the program as walk-ons. Most were athletes who competed in other sports in high school. The best and most recent example is recent graduate Emily Regan - a basketball player who also ran track in high school, Regan walked on to the rowing team as a freshman, and had never tried the sport since they didn't offer it in her hometown area. Four years later, Regan graduated as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and won a gold medal last summer in the US Eight at the U-23 World Championships.