Training for Competitive Rowing
Wakefield Crew is a highly competitive rowing team in Northern Virginia. Each year Wakefield routinely medals at the Virginia State Championship Regatta and sends boats to Scholastic Nationals. We hold all our student athletes to high standards, and their performance reflects that.
Rowing is a year round sport for our Varsity Rowers. Wakefield combines with TC Williams High School for a fall season with Old Dominion Boat Club. In the fall season we compete at local races as well as traveling to Boston and Tennessee. (See Off-Season Training.)
Over the winter the Anacostia River freezes and forces us indoor. Rowers are expected to either complete winter training indoors at Wakefield on rowing machines or participate in another winter sport at Wakefield. Perfecting the rowing strokes over the fall season and then building strength and fitness over the winter allow us to start our Spring Championship season at full strength. (See Winter Conditioning.)
Our spring season is on the water from the end of February to the middle of May. We have races most weekends in April. In May we have the Virginia State Championships, National Championships, and the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Stotesbury is the largest high school sporting event in the world.
Summer takes a slower pace, but athletes are encouraged to continue to exercise several times a week. Newcomers to the sport can get a chance to try it out during Learn to Row Camps. (See Learn to Row Camp.)