The Ohio State Women’s Rowing Team has a great opportunity for the best female athletes in the State of Ohio. We are looking to recruit tall, strong women (no rowing experience necessary) that have a drive to be national champions.


We are recruiting for the 2019 and 2020 Novice Rowing team. If you are interested in learning more you can apply here:


or contact Novice Coach: Anna Goodale –


Ohio State Women’s Rowing relies heavily on tall high school athletes that are excited to try something new and determined to be champions. We can give the right athlete what they need to know to be part of one of the most competitive Division 1 programs in the country.

Do I need experience?
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! A novice rower is an athlete in their first year of collegiate competition. At Ohio State we design a program that will teach you everything you need to know to transition to the varsity squad your second year. 90% of our novice team has no previous rowing experience. On the 2016 NCAA team (that placed 2nd in the nation) 12 of 25 athletes started on the novice team. You bring the grit, we will give you the training.

Is this a club?
We are a fully funded NCAA Division I team that competes in the Big 10 Conference. The designation of “novice rower” is only used within the squad to describe first year rowers. To the athletic department and the rest of the university you are a varsity athlete with all the privileges and responsibilities that status accords. Ohio State does have a club team that operates as a separate entity.

What type of athlete are you looking for?
Someone with a combination of the following:

  • Grit and determination– the willingness to work hard every day to be better
  • Resiliency
  • Athletic Background
  • Team player
  • Height (5’8” or taller or tough enough to make up the difference) and long wingspan
  • Competitiveness and strong desire to win
  • Great work ethic
  • Love for being a Buckeye!

Is this you? Be a Buckeye. Be a Champion.

How fast are we?
Ohio State women’s rowing has won 3 of the last 6 National Championships. We made history in 2018 by sweeping the Big Ten Championship; winning all 7 events (5 varsity and two novice). The 2 gold medal novice boats were full of people who had never taken a stroke before September!

We have been to the past 17 NCAA championships and won 8 Big Ten Championships. You can be a part of the legacy of champions. As a Buckeye you will race with and against the best.

As an Ohio State Rower, you will:

  • Be a part of something amazing.
  • Be your best self.
  • Learn how to endure, push yourself and accomplish your goals.
  • Learn life skills that you can’t learn anywhere else.
  • Meet amazing people.

What about my class schedule?
We understand that you didn’t come to Ohio State this fall planning on being a member of Buckeye athletics. For this reason we work around your current class schedule. As a varsity athlete, you will have priority scheduling for the spring semester and beyond which makes it easy to accommodate both classes and rowing.

What is practice like?
In the fall we practice 5-6 days a week for about 90 minutes. Practices are held at St. John Arena and at our Boathouse on the Scioto River. Fall practices start the first week of class. You choose one session per day: 7:30-9am or 5:15-7:00pm.

We start with the basics technique on the erg (indoor rowing machine) and functional movement/strength. From there we progress to rowing on the water while always expanding your cardio base and core strength. We use our winter season to get fit – consisting of running, erging and strength training. As soon as the weather allows we will be back out on the water. Each day we build on the day before (physically, mentally and technically) to be as prepared and fit as possible when we race at the Big 10 Championship in May.

When are tryouts?
The first step to becoming a varsity athlete is the informational meetings in the first week of fall classes. The first 40 days of the fall is consider a tryout period. It is an opportunity for you to try a new sport and see if it is something that you are interested in pursuing.

What can I do now to help me prepare for my first fall as a rower?
The best thing that you can do to prepare for your first year as a rower is to be active. There are many sports and physical activities that can grow your aerobic base, and the fitter you start the faster we will be for the Big Ten Championship.

If you have time over the summer you can register with the NCAA eligibility center. Getting this done in advance can save some time later in the year, but you don’t have to do it before you try the sport.

What is a coxswain?
The coxswain is an essential part of our team as they are responsible for steering the boat, communicating with the coaches and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. There is only one coxswain in each boat. A typical coxswain is 5’5” or shorter and weighs around 110lbs. We look for athletes that have clear communication skills and a desire to be a leader.

What about my grades?
We know that you have come to Ohio State to be a student first. Throughout the year we gradually build on the time demands of being a varsity athlete to give you the opportunity to adjust. The 2018 team had 53 rowers who earned student scholar athlete honors in a wide variety of majors. As a varsity athlete you have access to academic support throughout the year.

NOT SURE? Try out!

You never know if you don’t try.

Rowing is one of the few sports that you can learn in college and have an opportunity to compete at the highest level. Many of our rowers have gone one to represent their countries on the international level and compete in the Olympics.

This is a great opportunity for competitive, team minded athletes to attend a top athletic and academic university. No experience necessary! In the novice (first) year at Ohio State new rowers gain the skill, culture and fitness to be successful competing at the NCAA Division 1 level.

Ready to Join the Team?

Athletes can apply at this link:

Coaches,  Athletic Directors, and parents can nominate athletes at this link:

Questions? Contact Anna Goodale –


Be a Buckeye. Be a Champion.