This is the website for the Carnegie Mellon University Rowing Club. Founded in 1987, we've been rowing on Pittsburgh's rivers for over 25 years! Right now we're hard at work training (in Pittsburgh and around the world) for the 2014 Fall Season.
It doesn't matter whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student, there's always space on our team for a new member. We structure our novice program to teach towards any athletic fitness, and any background. Yes, even if you've never gotten on a boat before. We also have an interest form!
Rent A Rower is a program that offers people living in the CMU/Shadyside/Squirrel Hill area the ability to "rent" our team members for various needs: cleaning, house work, yard work, moving, whatever! Fill out the form below to get started.
Whether you're an experienced rower or completely new, you are welcome to join us on the water. Rowing is an excellent way to get into and stay in shape, while also experiencing the outdoors. We row on all three of Pittsburgh's rivers, but spend most of our time on the Allegheny.
In collegiate rowing programs (including our own), all rowers have a full year of novice rowing. This is when you learn to row and begin to bond with your teammates. After a year, you become a varsity oarsmen. Novices typically row 4+ or 8+, while the varsity members also row singles and pairs.
However, not every member of the team pulls an oar. We also have coxswains, who are the people in control of steering the boat and both motivating and leading the boat during races. They are generally smaller than the oarsmen, and the excercise workouts are optional for them.
Women's Eight on the Allegheny.
Credit: ©Will Ross
CMU Novice Men's Four at Camp Bob, SC
Credit: Dan Tal
Our rowers come from every college at CMU, from the School of Computer Science to the College of Fine Arts. This means that we as a crew have to work together and meet diverse scheduling needs. Water practices are daily from Monday to Friday, with either a water practice or excercise session on Saturday. Typically, the novice crewmembers row in the afternoons with the novice coach, while the varsity row in the morning. The practices run from an hour to an hour and half, and you have to get to and from the boathouse, typically by running (it's a great workout!).
The afternoon novice practice times will be decided by the crew to satisfy the most people's schedules as possible, but generally start around 5. Similarly, varsity practices need to end in time for people to eat and be ready for 8:30 classes, so they begin at 5:15 AM.
While there's a lot to know about rowing at CMU, the best thing to do is try it out! We will begin recruitment in the fall, so swing by the CMU Club Fair in August, or email our Recruitment Chair firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or if you have any questions. You should also fill out our interest form so we can contact you in the fall!
|Julia Embody||Senior||International Relations and Politics, Russian Studies|
|Ali McNulty||Senior||Mechanical Engineering, minor in Architecture|
|Bryan Phipps||Senior||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Sam Winslow||Senior||Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy|
|Sophia Zikanova||Senior||Electrical and Computer Engineering, minor in Audio Engineering|
|Laura Caton||Junior||Technical Writing|
|Tennley Noble||Junior||Decision Science|
|Vishal Vala||Junior||Chemical Engineering, minor in Physics|
|Nathaniel Benzaquen||Sophomore||Decision Sciences, Business|
|Oscar Bezi||Sophomore||Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Sinan Cepel||Sophomore||Computer Science|
|Allison Fisher||Sophomore||Mechanical Engineering|
|Shreya Gupta||Sophomore||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|John Huo||Sophomore||Economics and Statistics|
|Alyssa Meyer||Sophomore||Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering|
|Christine Shen||Sophomore||Undeclared Dietrich|
|Gujri Singh||Sophomore||Economics and Statistics|
The rowing club is governed by a board elected by dues-paying members.
If you have any general questions regarding our organization, please email our President at email@example.com, otherwise please find the appropriate person in the list below.
|Vice President||Alison McNultyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Men's Team Captain||Bryan Phippsemail@example.com|
|Women's Team Captain||Alyssa Meyerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fundraising Chairs||Rachel Chang, Nathaniel Benzaquenemail@example.com|
|Public Relations||Tennley Noblefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Equipment Manager||Alyssa Meyeremail@example.com|
|Web Commander||Oscar Bezifirstname.lastname@example.org|
In October 2011, the Tartan Crew Alumni Network (TCAN) was launched! Alumni, parents, and friends are in the process of creating a vibrant alumni network for the Carnegie Mellon University Rowing Club (CMURC). The shape and direction of the network are still in the beta-stage, however the overarching goal is to provide opportunities to:
Connect with alumni
Give back to the team
Support the legacy of CMURC
The network is inclusive to: parents, coaches, advisors, staff, and alumni with any level of team association. If you have an affinity for the Carnegie Mellon University Rowing Club, we want you connected!
Learn more and join here.
We'd also like to welcome the 2014 graduating varsity crewmembers to our alumni network! We'd like to congratulate and thank the following for their years of dedication to the crew:
|Rand Burzese||Mechanical Engineering|
|Isa Daher||Operations Research, Statistics|
|Luke Diorio-Toth||Chemistry, minor in Biological Sciences|
|Andrea Slamkowski||Biology, Psychology|
We are so appreciative to all of our generous donors! For those who are interested in giving back to the CMU Rowing Club, did you know you can donate online?!? You can do so easily by visiting the annual giving website. To designate a gift to the Rowing Club, select “other” from the drop-down menu and type “The University Rowing Club” in the comments box. Easy as that! We are so thankful for any and all support!