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.
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.
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.
Head Coach: Wesley Good
Assistant Coach: Taylor McMorris
Fall 2018 – PDF Calendar
- Aug 20: Fall Season Starts
- Sept 29: Head of the Des Moines (Des Moines, IA)
- Oct 13: Row The Miss (Moline, IL)
- Nov 4: Frostbite Regatta (Wichita, KS)
- Dec: Oxygen Optional Tournament (Manhattan, KS)
- Feb: Shocker Sprints (Wichita, KS)
- Feb: Pepsi Indoor Rowing Championships (Topeka, KS)
- March 17-23 : Spring Break Training Camp (Waco, TX)
- April : Prairie Sprints (Wichita, KS)
- April : Lake Shawnee Spring Classic (Topeka, KS)
- May: USRowing Central Youth Championship (Oklahoma City, OK)
- June : USRowing Youth National Championships
- June: Bea Richtie Memorial Regatta (Wichita, KS)
- June: Boulder Sprints (Boulder, CO)
- July: Sunflower State Games (Topeka, KS)
How to Join
Winter 2018 Intro session: Nov 13 – 16
Each season starts with a introduction period to try the sport out. Print out out the forms below, fill them out, and bring them to practice.
Competition and Development Crews
We will be offer 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.
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.