Jayhawks Wanted for Kansas Women’s Rowing

Kansas Boathouse | Recruit Questionnaire
LAWRENCE, Kan.— KU freshmen and sophomores are invited to attend the team’s informational meeting for the 2015-16 season, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas Boathouse. The team is looking to add athletic women to its roster to compete across the country as one of the Jayhawks’ 16 Division I sports.
The meeting will be hosted by members of the Kansas rowing coaching staff to discuss opportunities such as life as an NCAA Division I student-athlete and the walk-on experience that Kansas Athletics offers.
Never rowed before? No problem! Most of the current team had never rowed before joining the team. Come to the meeting and hear all about the program, meet recruiting coordinators Kelsey Arnold and Olivia Kinet and see what Jayhawk rowing is all about. Even if you can’t make the meeting, contact Kelsey Arnold at Kelsey.arnold@ku.edu by Sept. 3 to get all the info.
A shuttle bus will be leaving for the Kansas Boathouse from the main entrance of the KU Student Recreation Fitness Center at 6:30, 6:40, and 6:50 p.m. A member of the team, dressed in rowing gear for easy recognition, will be at the location until the last bus departs.
Anyone wanting to drive themselves rather than take the shuttle is welcome to do so. Please be at the Kansas Boathouse by 7 p.m. and click here for directions.
Why should I try rowing at Kansas?

  1. The opportunity to be a Division I Varsity Athlete
  2. The opportunity to compete for a Big 12 Conference Championship
  3. To compete as of one 550 student-athletes at KU

Do I need rowing experience to try out for the team?
No, 93% of our team never rowed before college and probably 75% of all collegiate rowers never rowed before college. We take students who have been successful in other areas of their life and team them how to row and be collegiate student-athletes.
What is the tryout procedure?
The first step of the tryout is to fill out the questionnaire (link is above). The next step is to attend the informational meeting on Sept. 2. The following week, physical tryouts begin. During tryouts you will learn how to row in a boat and on our ergometers (rowing machines) with proper technique. We will also run a variety of circuits and activities to determine your athletic ability. We are looking for overall athleticism and a positive attitude.
How can I prepare for tryouts?
Rowing is an endurance sport so the more you can build on your base endurance fitness the better off you will be. Running and swimming are the best ways to build endurance. Other activities such as body weight exercises (push-ups, squats, core work) will also help you prepare. We do not recommend getting on an indoor rowing machine because bad habits form quickly and we would like to teach you the proper technique at tryouts.
What do you look for in a rower?
Someone with a combination of the following:

  1. Height (5’9″ or taller generally make a good rower)
  2. Athletic background
  3. Team player
  4. Competitiveness
  5. Coachable and willingness to learn

What is a coxswain?
The coxswain is responsible for steering, calling commands, assisting with technique, executing the race plan and providing motivation for the rowers during racing and practices.  The coxswain is small in size, usually under 115 lbs., large in heart and competitive in spirit.
Does it cost money to tryout and row?
Women’s rowing is a fully funded NCAA sport so there are no team dues. As a student-athlete affiliated with the Varsity team you will have access to athletic trainers, academic advisors, tutors and athletic facilities without having to pay any fee. You will be issued gear for training and competition. When traveling for competition or training trips, transportation, lodging and meals are covered by the Kansas Athletic Dept.
What support services are available for student-athletes?

  • Academic Advisor – assists with enrollment, selecting courses, making sure

student-athletes are staying on track academically

  • Tutors – Kansas Athletics employs 100+ tutors and that are available from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.  Regardless of your class/major, they will do their best to find a tutor for you.
  • Student Athlete Development – This department provides many resources for all student-athletes. Career development services offer career fairs, resume building, mock interviews and everything one needs as they progress through college into their career. They also work with teams and individual student-athletes on leadership development.  
  • Medical support – Full-time athletic trainer, student athletic trainers, medical doctors, rehab facilities, nutritionists and sport psychologists

I see there is a Crew team on campus. Are rowing and crew the same thing?
Yes, they are the same sport. However, at the University of Kansas, Crew is a co-ed club team that is run out of recreation services and semester dues are required to participate. Women’s rowing is a fully-funded sport.