Western Albemarle High School Crew
Rowing is one of the most demanding sports in which the athlete utilizes over 80% of her musculature.
Sweep rowing differs from sculling in that the former uses but one oar per rower; our program is exclusively sculling in which the rower utilizes two oars, applying equal pressure on both.
Competitive Rowing Team
WAHS has become a very competitive crew; its members have gone on to row at some of the top schools in the country and it continues to place very well in national competitions. For instance, the senior girls’ quad placed first, and the girls jv quad placed third at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships in 2016. Consequently, we encourage rowers to participate year round and conduct tryouts in the spring and again in the fall before the competitive seasons begin.
WAHS Crew is a club team; we do not receive support from Western or from Albemarle County, however we compete in the spring under the WAHS banner as we are required by the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (“VASRA”). During the remainder of the year, we row under the auspices of our nonprofit entity, Beaver Creek Sculling, Inc. (“BCS”). The majority of our regattas during the spring season involve race distances of 1500 meters; in the fall we compete in “head” races, typically over distances of roughly 3 miles.
The fall and spring water practice schedules vary; they may begin before school or immediately after at the Beaver Creek Reservoir, and will change during the season. Most last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Rowers are responsible for their own transportation to and from practice, however they can ride a WAHS to the boathouse with written permission from a parent.
Winter practice starts in December and lasts typically until tryouts for the spring season. It consists of erging, and other conditioning. In the summer we conduct a two week on-water training program. Though a rower need not participate in all four seasons of our practices, the level of competition makes it very difficult for an athlete to make the team without training hard year round.
Regattas are full day competition racing events (usually held 7:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.) and we attend 4 – 6 regattas each spring season. They are held on Saturdays in April and May in Northern Virginia, which requires travel and sometimes a Friday overnight stay. We enter several regattas in the fall season which are typically in more remote locations. The coach determines the week of the regatta which rowers will be entered, so all rowers are expected to be available on regatta weekends. The coach must be notified in advance if a rower is unavailable to compete on a regatta weekend.
Fees And Expenses
All expenses and transportation for regattas are the parents’ responsibility. In addition, rowers pay a per season participation fee of $750.
Parents have been a very generous to the program – donating not only financial support but also providing food for events and serving in volunteer roles. We could not operate without their valued help.
We receive no funding from the high school and all of our equipment and the boathouse and dock have been purchased with gifts from parents, families, and friends in the community and through the hard work of our team’s fundraising efforts. All of our coaching, maintenance, land stewardship, and research is done for free.
Alumni WAHS Rowers 2008-2016
Sadeeka Dosu ~ Sacramento State
Nick Sjolinder ~ Liberty University
Victoria Jump ~ Virginia Commonwealth University
Rachael Nidiffer ~ James Madison University
Chelsea Trice ~ Old Dominion University
Jennifer Bisgaier ~ Georgetown University
Carolyn Schneller ~ Ohio State University
Dani Lucas ~ Stanford University
Erin Heald ~ William & Mary College
Hayes Shannon ~ Rochester Institute of Technology
Neve Gallagher ~ UT Austin
Carrie Smith – Notre Dame
Grace von Elten – University of Virginia
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Please e-mail Coach Craig Redinger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.