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Originating from the dream of a first-year student in the Fall of 1998, Justin List, brought Crew to the Augustana campus. Never before rowing in his life, List was always curious about rowing. After contacting the Quad City Rowing Association, the rest is history. When March rolled around the newly formed team of 20+ practices on the river five times a week starting at 5:45am. Why do we do it ... Why not!

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The team welcomes male and female Augustana College full time students to its rowing program.

We offer a novice rowing program for people interested in learning about the sport and taking it to the next level. The Varsity program is for the most experienced and competitive rowers.
Our team competes in both sweep and skulling. Sweep or sweep-oar rowing is a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, usually held with both hands. As each rower has only one oar, the rowers have to be paired so that there is an oar on each side of the boat. This is in contrast to sculling when a rower has two oars, one in each hand.

Our team motto is “Augie Crew… We’re a fun bunch of people”. Once you get to know the team, you will surely understand the meaning.

Our Philosophy

COMMITMENT Give it your all! This team is committed to this program. We give our time and energy to make ourselves the best rowers we can possibly be. When you join the team, you are making a commitment to the team that you will give it your all to make the team the best it can be. All new endeavors take a lot of work, and we will not get there if we all don’t work together.

CONSISTENCY Show up! Our expectation is that the rowers will be there every day. Be on time be on the water. The only thing that makes a person a better rower is taking more strokes, and you cannot do that if you are not there.

COMMUNICATION Talk to us! We can’t read minds! If there are problems or issues that you see, please communicate them to us. Rowing is a team sport, and we can’t get anywhere if we are working as individuals or as small groups.

COMPETITION Work harder and use each other! We will be learning and developing a lot on the water, and at times it will appear to be moving slowly. Be patient. There is a lot to learn and develop in order to be fast in the end. We expect a lot of our rowers. Some are learning how to row, and others are working to develop their rowing ability in order to row as competitively as they can. This competition will be within the team, against other rowers and eventually against other teams. We will use each other to push ourselves to be the best that we can be. Teammates will be very valuable resources for motivation.

CONFIDENCE Working hard, training hard and performing well will give you an amazing confidence both on and off the water. If there is anything you will walk away with this year, we want it to be a confidence in yourself as rowers, athletes, student, and beyond.

Why do you Row?

"I don't row, I cox. This question is biased. And I cox because I never shut up when I row, so it only made sense to take the position where it's ok to talk a lot. And also because "cox" makes me giggle. And I get to say Cox-Box a lot." - Bryan Poole

"It's a great activity and it keeps me in shape." - Lynette Bisanz

"I love the full body excercise and the challenge!" - Joanna Link

Why do you get up at 5:15 am in the morning?

"Because it is an amazing thing to see the moon and the sun up at the same time. Also because I love to row ." - Ann Janowski

"I get up because rowing is such a great way to start the day! You gotta be a lil' crazy sometimes!" - Joanna Link

"I like the feeling of accomplishment when I get home and need to shower already because I had such a good workout while the people who live around me are still fast asleep." -Amanda Vandermeer

What got you interested in Crew?

"I went to the activities fair and talked to some people and thought i would try it." - Lynette Bisanz

"A few of my friends row, and they said it is a ton of fun. " - Ann Janowski

"I have always wanted to join a sport but I cannot run. I figured college was a good time to try something new. I knew I would enver get the chance to try this again!" - Amanda Vandermeer

What do you like best about Crew?

"I love getting to know so many different and interesting people and bonding with them in a way that only rowers can identify with. It's like a big club filled with crazy and fun nuts who don't mind getting up before the sun or most of the civilized world. It's cool how the river and the shell unite us so that we have to really and truly act as a team in order to accomplish our goals. I think it is one of the only sports with which the term "team work" can be accurately defined." - Bryan Poole

"Its an adreniline rush. the first time I competed was in Des Moines and my boat got 2nd place. It was the most awesome feeling ever to hear augie cheered down the water, your cox cheering you on, and crossing the finish line" - Lynette Bisanz

"There is nothing like getting up at the butt crack of dawn to row on the Mighty Mississippi in 30 degree weather. I do it because I love the feeling of gliding across the water in the blackness of the moring." - Greg Choyke


Our Site

Our practice facility during the fall and spring is the Sylvan Boat House, 1701 1st Avenue, Moline, IL. It is just off of River Drive, right next to the Stoney Creek Inn. In the winter our practice facility can shift to PepsiCo at Augie.


There are no tryouts for the Augustana Crew Team. We will have a learn-to-row the 1st or 2nd weekend of school on Saturday around 10am. During the learn-to-row you will go over boat safety, proper rowing technique, and water time.


We practice on the Mississippi, weather permitting, five days a week at the 5am in morning. We finish at around 7am, so there is plenty of time to get ready before your 8:30am classes.


The cost for competitive rowing at Augustana is around $145 for the whole year. This covers the cost of equipment, uniform and entry fees.


Contact Information

Dave Weaver (Head Coach)
P: 309-781-3904

Alix Rozolis (President)

Emily Matuseski (Vice President)

Dan Shultz (Webmaster)