Competitive Teams

Competitive teams at the Atlanta Rowing Club practice on a regular schedule and attend regattas in both the spring and fall seasons. These programs are designed to build team morale and rower strength and endurance. Please email coaching@atlantarow.org with any questions.

Open Enrollment for Rosters

An open enrollment period is held twice a year: June-July and Jan-Feb. During this period, ARC members may try out for Men’s Competitive, Women’s Competitive, or Club Competitive teams.

Team Descriptions

COMPETITIVE MASTERS

Coach


Bryce Chung

Captains


Angelica Zeller
&
Brittany Cerny

Target Group

Competitive Masters is a new program that will focus on how to prepare oneself for competitive racing and what to expect at regattas. You must be at least a level 1 sculler in order to join the program.

Program Description

For our members interested in racing at any level of rowing, we offer the Masters Competitive program as an introductory program. With a basic knowledge of rowing technique and terminology, members on this team will go on to learn skills including: the rules of racing, competitive training strategies, and trailer loading.

Training for the Masters Competitive team includes both steady-state and interval pieces along with technical development. Because the focus of this program is to compete at regattas, steady-state pieces are carried at stronger pressures and may run for longer periods of time over Club Sweep. In addition, interval training includes high-intensity pieces that focus on building strength over a general cardiovascular fitness.

Similar to Club Sweep, technical drilling will incorporate more focused exercises that help to build a more consistent stroke for the entire team and also help to get the team to row together. This team meets twice a week with a coach and also practices at least once more without a coach.

Members are expected to leave Novice Masters knowing the following skills:

  • 5000 meter erg test
  • 1000 meter erg test
  • Difference between a head race and a sprint race
  • Rowing at higher rates (28 – 32 spm)
  • Strapping boats to a trailer
  • Rigging and derigging a shell
  • General Racing Rules & Etiquette
    • Rules of passing in a head race
    • Basis for objections and protests
    • Start sequence for sprint races
    • General scheduling requirements for a race, i.e., how early to show up to race

MEN’S COMPETITIVE

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Coach


TBD

Captains


TBD

The Men’s Competitive team focuses on racing in both small (1x’s, 2x’s) and large (4x’s, 4+’s, 8+’s) shells. Male members who show a strong understanding of rowing and desire to represent the Atlanta Rowing Club both regionally and nationally are encouraged to train with this team. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the coach; try outs are held twice a year (June/July and Jan/Feb).

In order to facilitate a strong competitive showing at regattas, our Men’s Competitive team practices twice each week with a coach and generally trains on their own both on and off the water. Regular erg testing for both 1000 meter and 5000 meter pieces also helps to gauge the team’s progress during training and racing seasons. Racing focuses on 5000 meter events in the fall and 1000 meter events in the spring.

R TEAM
Women’s Competitive

Coach


John Pearson

Captains


Laurie Cotton-Smith
&
Nancy Balaun

Target Group

All ARC members with adequate technical rowing ability, good fitness and strength, and a strong commitment to practice and race; at least one year of rowing and racing experience is recommended. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the coach.

Program Description

The main focus of our Women’s Competitive team is to race in both small (1x’s, 2x’s) and large (4x’s, 4+’s, 8+’s) shells. Female members with strong rowing skills and a desire to compete for the gold medal work their way up to the Women’s Competitive team to represent the Atlanta Rowing Club both regionally and nationally.

While some practices may include a focus on technical exercises, the focus is not to build or develop technique, but, instead, to refine your technique so that each boat can race at its fastest. Our competitive women often put in extra time to train on ergs during the racing season and also commit to additional practices beyond the two weekly sessions with a coach. Racing focuses on 5000 meter events in the fall and 1000 meter events in the spring.

A TEAM
Club Competitive

Coach


Nick Johnson

Captains


Shawn Connell
&
William Cloherty

Target Group

All ARC members with adequate technical rowing ability, good fitness and strength, and a strong commitment to practice and race; at least one year of rowing and racing experience is recommended. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the coach.

Program Description

Our Club Competitive program is offered to members who desire to compete in 2000 meter events in the spring – still participating in 5000 meter events in the fall. In addition, many of our Club Competitive members will compete in open events at regattas where race times are not adjusted by the age of competitors. Consequently, many of our post-collegiate athletes are attracted to this team.

The Club Competitive program trains with a coach twice a week. They also train on their own time both on and off the water.

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