2017 Tennessee Rowing Walk-On/Novice Tryout Information

Rowers on the Tennessee River



  • Email Novice Coach Laura Miller at tnrowing@utk.edu with any questions or concerns about the novice rowing experience

Have you dreamed of competing in Division I college athletics? This is your chance! Women's Rowing is a fully funded Division I athletic program at the University of Tennessee. We are looking for strong, athletic, and competitive women with various sports backgrounds to try out for our Novice Rowing Squad.


Plan to meet the coaches and receive information about tryouts on the first day of classes, August 23rd, 2017 at 4:30PM at the Torchbearer Statue in Circle Park.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any prior rowing experience to try out?
Absolutely not! The Novice Squad is designed for Student-Athletes who have no experience with rowing. We will teach you everything you need to know during tryouts and your first year of rowing.

Who is Tennessee Rowing looking for?
Rowers: 5'8 or taller (or tough enough to make up the difference!)
Coxswains: usually very short, naturally around 110 lbs with a big personality, confidence, and a lot of heart!

Jennifer Davis

Qualities of good rower and coxswain candidates:

  • Athletic background
  • Desire to be Division I athlete
  • Positive Attitude
  • Thrives in a team environment
  • Extremely competitive
  • Mentally tough
  • Hard worker

How do I tryout?
Come to the interest meeting on the first day of classes for more information and meet the coaches! We will meet at 4:30PM at the Torchbearer Statue on August 23rd 2017. Tryouts will start a few days after our Interest Meeting and last two weeks.

What time are tryouts and practices?
Tryouts and practices will take place in the afternoons Monday through Friday and occasionally Saturday mornings. If you are interested in trying out, please do your best to arrange your Fall 2017 classes with 4:00PM -6:30 PM free from any conflicts.

What does it cost to be involved with Tennessee Rowing?
There are no dues or yearly costs to be a part of Tennessee Rowing! We are a fully-funded varsity team. Once you make the Novice Squad Roster, all expenses related to travel, equipment, racing, Nike apparel and medical issues are covered by the Athletic Department. The only cost to make the team is the $80 registration fee (one time fee) for the NCAA Eligibility Center. Any athlete interested in Division I Athletics must register with the NCAA in order to be eligible for competition.

I am interested in trying out! What should I do to prepare?
Stay active! Try to run, bike, swim, play soccer or participate in cardiovascular activities you enjoy that elevate your heart rate for an extended amount of time! Although we will start slow with tryouts, it is important to be able to complete the workouts as we progress. Consider signing up for our Learn to Row Camp offered 22-24 June! This is a great opportunity to learn the basics, be exposed to the sport, and meet the coaches.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about tryout preparation, feel free to reach out to Coach Laura Miller at TNrowing@utk.edu.



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