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Aug. 13, 2012

Tulsa, Okla. - All female Tulsa students are invited to become part of a Legacy! The Women's Rowing Team is holding an information meeting and mixer with current team members in Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center, inside Mabee Gym, Sunday Aug. 19, 2012, from 6-7 PM.

Every year The University of Tulsa women's rowing team invites the women of TU to open tryouts. No Experience Necessary- you can Walk-On to a Varsity Sport! All we ask for is a great attitude and the desire to challenge yourself! We will teach you everything you need to know about the sport.

This meeting is just the beginning of competing around the country, and being part of the Golden Hurricane athletic tradition. If you are interested, you MUST fill out the questionnaire HERE.

If you have questions, please contact Assistant Coach Taurii Coyne at Taurii-Coyne@UTulsa.edu or (918) 630-4479.

Please read on for Frequently Asked Questions and Next Steps.

Find more information about the Novice rowing tradition at Tulsa in the Walk-On Information section of the main rowing home page.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need experience?

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! 'Novice' rowing is, by definition, only for people in their first year of college rowing. 'Novice' was created so women can learn the sport and race against athletes of similar experience at other schools.

How do I know if I'll be any good?

Trust your coaches to get you where you need to be. If you really want to try something new, and you are a positive person who likes learning and challenging herself, then come out. There are no cuts, if you bring a good attitude and are working hard, we will work hard to make sure you have every opportunity for success. And you never know unless you try!



What about my grades?

Many incoming freshman are concerned that this will be too much for them along with school. We have found just the opposite. The members of our team have a higher average GPA than the female student population. Our team also just won the Conference USA Award for the rowing team with the highest GPA, and The University of Tulsa Athletic Department as a whole just won the Conference USA Award for highest GPA department-wide. Both of those awards were won against schools like OU, Texas, Kansas, Kansas State, Rice, SMU, UTEP, UCF, Alabama, Tennessee and more!

When is practice? I have lots and lots of class conflicts!

We understand class comes first and we will work with you on this. Our team didn't get really high grades on accident! The novice practice schedule is very fluid and we will work with you to make sure you have the best schedule you can, as well as to make sure that you are able to progress as you should!

So how does practice work?
Well, since you've never rowed before we start off slow. We teach you the basic rowing stroke on land in our indoor rowing facility, The Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center. We have rowing machines and an indoor rowing tank! We will also assess and work up your aerobic and strength conditioning. We start slow and your progress is mostly dictated by you. If you are athletic or plan to work out a lot when you get to TU, you will find a lot of success in rowing. After we've taught you what you need to know on the machine and in the tank, we take you out in our racing shells and get you going on the beautiful Verdigris River!

Lightweight/Openweight/Coxswain....HUH??? Which one is right for me?
Within the TU rowing team there are two sub-squads: Open Weight and Light Weight. Lightweights are women of smaller stature who volunteer to row at 130lbs or lighter. If you are naturally around 115-130lbs, you should definitely consider lightweight rowing. Open weight rowing is for everyone over 130lbs. Coxswains (pronounced cox-ns) are generally the smallest team members (under 110lbs), but have the biggest personality. A cox's primary responsibility is becoming a junior coach. They learn the technique and the motivation and their rower's personalities. Then we put them in a seat where they have a microphone and can talk to the whole boat. They steer, motivate, and make sure that the boat is always safely away from shore. We teach everyone how to row in the beginning and work on coxing skill sets from there.

What type of athlete are you looking for?

Someone with a combination of the following:
• Athletic Background 

• Good Team Player

• Eager to Learn
• Wants to represent the Golden Hurricane across the country!

Why try out for Varsity rowing?

• We have 20 scholarships you become eligible for your sophomore year

• Instant family

• Get in the best shape you have ever been

• Race for a Conference USA Championship, and NCAA Championship bid

• Take advantage of everything the Athletic Department has to offer (free tutors, athlete-only computer lab, personal academic coordinator, gear, athletic training and medicine, etc.)

What's the difference between club and Varsity?
This is not a club. This is a varsity team. To the athletic department and the rest of the university you are a varsity athlete with all the privileges and responsibilities that status accords. It means that our sport is funded by the University and we compete on the national scene representing TU. Total funding; apparel for practice and competition; complete funding for all travel and racing; complete medical attention for anything related to athletics; a full array of academic counseling, tutoring, and support services to support your academics.

Next Steps!
I'M IN!!! Now what? 
First: Email Coach Taurii Coyne Taurii-coyne@utulsa.edu and let her know! She is the Freshman coach and is in charge of all the novices.

Second: head straight over to the NCAA Eligibility Center and register. You have to be cleared as eligible in order to compete this Fall.

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Contact Natasha Ostopovich at natasha-ostopovich@utulsa.edu