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What is Cougar Crew?

Men's and Women's club crew is a sport of strength, courage, teamwork, and, above all, determination. It requires both synchronization and coordination that can be mastered through challenging, but rewarding practice. The payoff to all this hard work is each person who rows with us will find themselves in peak physical condition, feeling a sense of pride of accomplishment few have ever experienced, and finding friendship with those who work just as hard to be as competitive as possible.

Cougar Crew has been a major sport club on campus for more than 40 years. Today, we are the only Varsity Sport Club at WSU. Despite being a club sport, we compete at a high level, racing against other rowing teams from across the country. 

Crew is a sport unlike any other. It is an experience that will leave a lasting impression on you for the rest of your life. We like to say, "If you can do crew, you can do anything."

Want to Join Cougar Crew?

The new school year is fast approaching and it has come time once again where we start gathering another fine class of recruits. WSU Men's Crew is recruiting rowers for the 2016-2017 school year. This call for recruits is not restricted to the incoming freshman class, and we welcome anyone who is interested to try out.To get involved right now or for more information, contact us at devonmccornack@wsu.edu

The Training

We generally practice 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday. These practices include rowing on the water, using rowing machines (ergs), and strength/conditioning. Practices on weekdays start at 3:15 in the afternoon. The coaches are flexible on practice attendance if you have conflicts in your schedule. Everyone who makes the effort will make the team. 


Perhaps the most common question among recruits is about time. Crew is a large commitment, but it doesn't mean that rowers cannot excel in the classroom and in other extracurricular activities. There are rowers involved in ROTC, Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Intramural Sports, and other clubs. Cougar Crew prides itself on committing to a rigorous year-long training regiment while still shining in the classroom.

Learning to Row

Rowing experience is not necessary and few members of the team had ever rowed before joining. Joining now will give you the most time possible to learn to row before spring racing picks up.

The Structure

The team is athlete run by an Officer Corps elected by the rowers. 40+ students hire the coaches, decide where we race, and help to raise funds for the team. As a result, the paid coaches are left to focus on coaching.

The Competition

Cougar Crew competes at a variety of rowing competitions (called regattas) during both the fall and spring. The team is constantly medaling at many of the events we attend. We compete against the other schools in the PAC-12 as well as universities from all over the west coast. The team and coaches provide the elements necessary to produce winning boats; all that is needed from you is your hard work and dedication.

Other Information

At Washington State University, Cougar Crew is open to all who are interested. We rarely make cuts, for we are a team who believes that everyone should row if they work hard at it. We are looking for both men and women to join at any time. Of course, no experience is necessary. We will teach you! Interested? Email us at devonmccornack@wsu.edu

Practice Information

Generally, the team practices eight to nine times a week during the Fall and Spring seasons. For more specific information about our practices, check out the practice information section of this site.


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