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Important Dates

Novice Callout Meeting
August 31st
Loutit Lecture Hall, 9 PM

Captain’s Crewz
September 1st – 2nd
GVSU Boathouse

First Novice Practice
September 7th
GVSU Boathouse


GVSU Rowing Club Looking for New Recruits!


After another successful year for the Laker Navy, the team is looking for students with the drive and determination to row against top teams in collegiate rowing. With high ambitions, the team now shifts its sights to the upcoming season which has the potential to have the fastest crews in club history. No previous rowing experience is required to try out for the team. The only requirement is to be a full time students taking 12 credits or more at the university.

Recruiting is perhaps the most important event for our team. In order to be successful at the top regattas in the country, we require a large fleet full of tremendous athletes. We are a team built on walk-ons. Nearly 80 percent of the current team had never picked up an oar before coming to Grand Valley. Despite this fact, the team has churned out numerous world class athletes and even an Olympian.

From Kansas to Florida and Philadelphia to Georgia, the Laker Navy has always been a very well-traveled teams for the university. In the fall season you will train your body to be able to row a course anywhere from 4000 meters to 6000 meters at full throttle. Then, in the spring you will be prepared to unleash everything you’ve got over the span of a 2000 meter sprint race. The season culminates every year with what is known as the triple crown of rowing which is made of the three championship regattas for collegiate rowing (MACRA, Dad Vail, and ACRA). Unlike most rowing programs, GVSU has no morning practices. If you row for Grand Valley you will only have PM practices either from 3:30-5:30pm or 5:30-7:30pm.

Rowing is by no means easy. This sport will push you to your limits and test your strength and determination every day. But the rewards that come at the end of the season are what makes all of this hard work worth it. Winning a championship regatta will be an accomplishment that you will never forget, a feeling many of our rowers know well. To learn more about the opportunity to row for Grand Valley fill out our recruiting form Here.






The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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