Women's Rowing Novice Team Information

Students who row find that it gives a welcome break from life on campus, and helps bring order to a hectic schedule. The sport attracts young women who are often quite cerebral, competitive and also like the p hysical challenges the sport presents.


* Rowing is the only sport at Holy Cross in which you can participate without ever having had any experience at all! In fact, every member of the novice rowing team will be starting from the same place-- zero.

* You will be notified (via email) of our first team meeting which will be held at the Hart Center on the first day of class. Here you will have an opportunity to meet the coaches, captains and varsity team members.

* Holy Cross is a Division I institution, and therefore all first-time participants must be certified by the NCAA eligibility center. Registration is simple and can be located at http://eligibilitycenter.org. It’s best if you can do this over the summer but it can be completed in September.


* Contrary to popular legend, we do not practice in the early morning. Practices are generally in the late afternoon, and depend largely upon student schedules. If practice is at 4:00 p.m. you can count on being back on campus by 6:30 p.m.

* School always comes first- you are student athletes, the student coming before the athlete. That said we ask that if possible you try to schedule classes before 4:00 p.m. or after 6:30 p.m.


* Where we row: Holy Cross has a boathouse at the Donahue Rowing Center located on Lake Quinsigamond, which is a 15 minute drive from campus. Lake Quinsigamond is a beautiful, narrow four mile long lake, and is the premier rowing/racing venue in the northeast.

* What we do: The novices will spend the first few days in the “tanks” in the Hart Athletic Center  in order to learn the basics of the rowing stroke. By the second week of school you will head to the boathouse and will practice in an eight person racing shell. The learning curve is steep and fun, concluding with our first race at the end of October when we race against other collegiate novice women crews.

* Planning for the year: We will row during the fall until the end of October. After that, there are a few strength and conditioning sessions. In January we will start indoor practices on the rowing machines and in the tanks. Winter training concludes with a spring break trip to Florida. The team travels to Cocoa Beach for a week of double practices, between which there is ample opportunity for beach and pool time. The racing season starts in March and continues through the end of school.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact any of the contacts below:

Lindsay Piotti- lpiotti@holycross.edu or 508-793-3340

Charles Putnam- cputnam@holycross.edu

Patrick Diggins- pdiggins@holycross.edu













2011-2012 Novice Team