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Manhattan Junior Crew seeks to build high school student-athletes into strong, motivated young adults, as well as building crews to be competitive regionally and nationally.

Rowing is all about learning to move together, to work together, and to row together. Rowing teaches rhythm, strength, discipline, and self-confidence. It provides the unique combination of a fun sport, a full-body workout, strong friendships, and the opportunity to travel.

About

Rowing began in Kansas in 1963 when Coach Don Rose founded the Kansas State Men’s Crew. A rich tradition quickly grew, and K-State was soon competing at prestigious regattas and defeating traditional powerhouses such as Wisconsin, Purdue, Syracuse and Washington. Manhattan Junior Crew was then developed in the Summer of 1986 when a couple of high school girls wanted to participate in the sport not yet available to this age group. They approached Coach Don Rose, who agreed to coach them “if they could find enough friends to fill an 8-boat”. They melded in with the Men’s Crew and the rest is history.

Locations

We row on Tuttle Creek Lake north of Manhattan. The lake provides several miles of water for all types of training. The boathouse is located at 7560 Spillway Marina Rd.

During the winter, Kansas State Rowing Association provides us with an indoor training facility until it becomes warm enough to move back out to the boathouse. The last three years, we’ve shared a location with Combative Sports Center at 116 S 4th St.

Coaches

Head Coach: Wesley Good

Assistant Coach: Taylor McMorris

Calendar

Seasons

Spring 2018 (February 26 – TBD depending on qualifiers)

  • March 18-24: Spring Break Training Camp (Waco, TX)
  • April 7: Prairie Sprints (Wichita, KS)
  • April 28: Lake Shawnee Spring Classic (Topeka, KS)
  • May 5: USRowing Central Youth Championship (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • June 8-10: USRowing Youth National Championships (Sacramento, CA) – MUST QUALIFY

Summer 2018

  • May 29: Season Starts
  • June 9: Bea Richtie Memorial Regatta (Wichita, KS
  • June 16: Boulder Sprints (Boulder, CO)
  • July 21: Sunflower State Games (Topeka, KS)

Fall 2018

  • Sept 22: Head of the Des Moines (Des Moines, IA)
  • Sept 29: Head of the Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Nov 3: Frostbite Regatta (Wichita, KS)

Winter 2018-19 

  • Dec 8: Oxygen Optional Tournament (Manhattan, KS)
  • Feb 9: Shocker Sprints (Wichita, KS)
  • Feb 16: Pepsi Indoor Rowing Championships (Topeka, KS)

Join

How to Join

Each season starts with 2 weeks to try the sport out. Print out out the forms below, fill them out, and bring them to practice.

Registration      –     Waiver

Summer 2018 starts May 29

Itinerary coming soon.

Competition and Development Crews

Starting Summer 2018, we will be offering development rowing for 8th through 12th grade students who are either trying the sport for the first time or who are not ready for the commitment of being on the competitive team.  Click here for more information and which team is right for you.

Learn-To-Row Camps

During the summer, we offer several opportunities to  learn the sport in 2-week or 1-day formats. Click here for more information and how to join.