Now accepting walk-on athletes for the 2018-2019 season!


Interested in joining the team?

Fill out the recruitment form to tell us about yourself.

Never Rowed Before?

Rowing is a unique sport in the sense that you can start in college, compete on a national level, and possibly go on to join the US National Team. Most rowers on collegiate teams across the country won’t have rowing experience prior to college. In fact, many alumni and members of the team never rowed before college. Three time World Champion, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Bryan Volpenhein, got his rowing start right here at OSU.
All members will initially join the novice team. During fall practices, the novice teams learn the basics of rowing technique. Practice times vary throughout the day so anyone can come according to his or her daily schedule. As the year rolls on, novice rowers compete nationally at the novice level.

Open Boathouses

To find out more about the team come to the Drake Union for an Open Boathouse to speak with the team. These will take place within the first week of the school year. Specific dates to be announced.

Novice Tryouts

Novice tryouts are held at the Drake Union Boathouse by the Olentangy River, located across from Lincoln and Morrill Towers. No rowing experience is required. The tryout tests your athleticism and ability to be coached.


Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm or 6:00pm – 7pm; Whichever fits your schedule better.

What to wear

-Workout shorts
-Running shoes/sneakers

Want More Information?

See the FAQs. To receive more information or ask any questions please feel free to contact us by emailing or filing out a recruitment form.