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Crew welcomes inquires from all students interested in rowing for UC Irvine. We look for tall, athletic individuals who are committed to working hard and wish to compete in the oldest intercollegiate sport and one of UCI’s founding sports.
A premium is placed on “tall” athletes, 6’2″ and above, as height is an advantage in rowing (stroke length/leverage). There are also opportunities for those who weigh less to compete as coxswains who steer the shells and coordinate race strategy. Lower weight limits for coxswains are 125 lbs for men’s boats and because of this, it is quite common for women to cox men’s boats in collegiate competition.
Interest is welcome from both experienced and novice rowers. Those rowers new to UCI with rowing experience from high school, clubs or other universities may sometimes begin workouts with UCI’s varsity. Each season UCI welcomes new students who may have previously rowed at Newport Aquatic Center, Marin Rowing Assn., Serra HS, Long Beach Junior Crew or Capital Crew.
However, like other top schools across the country, the majority of UCI’s candidate student-rowers did not compete in rowing prior to starting university. No previous experience is required. And you can be either a new, continuing or transfer student. We have even seen some graduate students down at the boathouse from time to time.
The majority of UCI’s boats enter Heavyweight competitions. Some UCI boats qualify as Lightweight events with restrictions on rowers as follows:
- Boat average of 155 lbs
- No individual rower over 160 lbs