UW Health Sports Medicine 

Wisconsin rowing walk-on tradition continues with open houses


Aug. 20, 2014

• Wednesday, August 27 -- 3:30 PM @ Porter Boathouse (680 Babcock Drive)
• Thursday, August 28 -- 3:30 PM @ Porter Boathouse
• Friday, August 29 --  3:30 PM @ Porter Boathouse

MADISON, Wis. -– The Big Ten’s oldest rowing program boasts great tradition. From national championships to Olympic champions and coaching trees that reach all across the collegiate rowing landscape, Wisconsin rowing is among the nation’s marquee rowing programs.

Another one of those great traditions is turning walk-ons into those national and Olympic champions. That process begins Aug. 27-29, when the teams hold open houses for students interested in rowing for the Badgers.

Open to all UW-Madison students, the open houses will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 27-29 at Porter Boathouse.

“Every year we are excited at the level and sheer number of athletes who walk through our boathouse doors on campus,” assistant coach Nancy LaRocque said. “In nine months they transition from complete novices in the sport to being extremely competitive at the Big Ten Conference championships. They not only get to learn a new sport and forge lifelong friendships, but they also have the opportunity to be a Badger, not just a Badger fan – how cool is that?”

At the open houses, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Division I sport, talk to the coaches and current rowers and tour the state-of-the-art boathouse, built in 2005. Porter Boathouse is located at 680 Babcock Drive on the south shore of Lake Mendota. 

Coaches are looking for athletes and no rowing experience is necessary.

For more information about joining Wisconsin's oldest varsity sport, perspective members should contact coach Nancy LaRocque at NLL@athletics.wisc.edu or coach Simon Carcagno at SGC@athletics.wisc.edu.

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