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Join the Freshman/Novice Team this fall! 

  • No experience needed
  • Build physical strength and endurance
  • Compete at a national level
  • Make life-long friends
  • Get recruited for college scholarships

Getting Started:

  1. Attend the interest meeting on Wednesday, August 28th, 3:30 PM in the Wilson library. Meet the coaches, learn about the program, ask questions.
  2. Full program registration and dues payment is now open (see link below and on the website Home page).
  3. Required Swim Test is 9/3 at 3:30 pm at the Wilson Pool (see info below)--you will need to reschedule the Swim Test if you missed it.
  4. Parent Meeting (required) on 9/3 (see slides from meeting below)

More Info:

Additional information about the fall schedule, required forms, and contact info for the coaching staff is included below. Be sure to also check out the videos below where you can catch the team in action!

Team Success:

Boys V8 - 2019 Scholastic National Champions!

Girls Freshman 8 - 4th Place at Nationals 2019!

Girls V8 - 3rd at DC-Area Championship

Girls V8 - Bronze Medalists at DC-Area Championship 2019!

Girls Freshman 8 - Silver Medalists at DC-Area Championship 2019!

Boys Novice 8 - 2018 DC-Area Champions!

Girls Novice 8 - 2017 DC-Area Champions!

Questions? E-mail us!

Chris Rickard

Chris Rickard

Director of Rowing

Elisabeth Bott

Elisabeth Bott

Freshman/Novice Boys Coach

Natalie Clark

Natalie Clark

Freshman/Novice Girls Coach


8/28 - Fall Interest Meeting for incoming freshman and first-time rowers

  • 3:30-4:00 PM @Wilson Library

8/30 - First day of Freshman/Novice practice

  • 3:30-5:30 PM @Wilson Cafeteria

  • Athletic attire suggested but not required (preferably tight shorts or spandex)

9/3 - Required Swim Test

  • 3:30-4:30 PM @Wilson Pool

  • Athletic attire required (non-cotton athletic clothing) and change of clothes

  • Prospective rowers must swim 100 yards without stopping and tread water for 5 minutes (this is NOT a tryout or a competition, simply a safety check)

9/3 - Required Parent Info Meeting (not required for students)

  • 7:00-8:00 PM @Wilson Library

  • Introduction to the coaching staff, information on team structure, schedule, etc.

  • Meet varsity parents and ask questions

9/4 - First boathouse day!

  • 4:30-6:30 PM @Thomson's Boat Center in Georgetown

  • Varsity rowers will meet new rowers immediately after school at the flagpole in front of Wilson and show them how to take the bus to the boathouse

  • New rowers take a tour of the boathouse, learn how to handle equipment

9/5-6 - First days on the water!

  • 4:30-6:30 PM @Thomson's Boat Center in Georgetown
  • New rowers get a taste of what it's like to get out on the river!

9/9 - 11/1 - Regular Practice

  • Team practices will run 4:30-6:30 PM at Thompson's Boat Center in Georgetown
  • Forms must be submitted before new rowers can get on the water
  • From 9/9 - 9/27 practices will run 4 days/week
  • From 9/30 - 11/1 practices will run 5 days/week

11/2 - Novice Race

  • 7:00 - 11:00 am @Thompson's Boat Center in Georgetown
  • Compete against local high schools in a 5-kilometer race
  • Parent attendance highly encouraged!

December - February: Winter Season

March - May: Spring Season


Questions? E-mail us!

Chris Rickard

Chris Rickard

Director of Rowing

Elisabeth Bott

Elisabeth Bott

Freshman/Novice Boys Coach

Natalie Clark

Natalie Clark

Freshman/Novice Girls Coach

Why Should I Row?


When I am rowing I am with the people that I love and I am pushing my body to its limit, which I love.  Rowing allows me to be fit, have fun, and be totally obsessed with something.


I love rowing because it has given me the confidence to believe that there is no limit to the things I can achieve. Rowing is incredibly taxing both mentally and physically, yet you will never meet a rower who merely "likes" the sport. It's an all or nothing situation and I, for one, am all in.


I've found that there is more to rowing than just that same motion over and over again, it is centered around creating a community and enjoying the process.


I row because I find peace in the process of taking strokes, and the repetition of the sport and I haven't found anything in the world as rewarding as winning a race. Over the years, I have formed unbreakable bonds with my teammates who will continue to row by my side for the remainder of high school.