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M1? M2? ...Is that you?!

Former MU rowers will remember our M1 and M2. But will they recognize them now? Probably not! Thanks to Finish Line Rowing and Alumnus CJ Bown, these beauties got some much needed repairs and a brand new, custom paint job - check it out!

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50 Rowing Definitions for Novice Parents

Rowing Term

Novice Parent Definition 


The Rowing term for an event. Boats gather together and race. 


AKA “The Drive” The motion of moving your oar through the water. 


The main tool used by a rower. A long pole with a blade at the end that moves the boat. 


The flat, painted part at the end of the oar. Drives through the water and generates power. 


The metal rods sticking out the side of the boat that holds the oars in place. 


A pair of shoes attached to the boat a rower velcro’s their feet into. Makes sure that a rower has a steady anchor point to push off from during the race. 


Where the rower sits. Slides back and forth to allow the rower to easily move back and forth to fully complete their strokes during a race. 


Before a race, when rowers attach the riggers to the side of the boat with nuts and bolts

Racing Shell

Simply put; the boat. Without any riggers, foot stretchers, or wiring. 


Your oar points out the right side of the boat. Your left hand is your outside hand. 


Your oar points out to the left side of the boat. Right hand is your outside hand


Sits in the front of the boat. Steers the boat and motivates the rowers. 

Cox Box

Plugs into the boat. Allows the coxswain to see stroke rate and talk to the rowers in the back of the boat using the built-in microphone. 


Runs throughout the boat. Connects everything to the Cox Box

Stroke Seat

The rower at the front of the boat. Sets the tempo for the entire boat

Bow Seat

The rower in the back of the boat. 

Stoke Rate

How many strokes a rower takes per minute. In the fall, we normally sit around a 26 or 28 stroke rate.


Right before a rower takes a stroke. The blade is right above the water, the rower’s legs are bent, and their hands are turned and extended outside the boat


The end of the stroke. A rower's legs are extended and their hands are pressed against their abdomen. 


During the finish, a rower bend backward to allows the boat to more easily glide through the water. 


 Slowly moving from the finish back to the catch. Where feathering occurs. 

Square Rowing

Keeping the blade perpendicular to the water the entire time. 


On the recovery, flipping your oar from squared (perpendicular) to flat. This makes it easier for the boat to glide on the water but makes the boat harder to control. 


When a rower's recovery is too fast. The boat loses momentum because rowers are pushing too hard in the opposite direction. 


How level the boat is. Boats are not supposed to wobble back and forth. Perfect set means the boat will stay completely still the whole time. Bad set means the boat might flip. 

Handle Height

Where each rower holds their hands. Everyone’s hands should be on the same plane. 


A four-person boat. Harder to keep set (control) than an eight-person boat


An eight-person boat. Easy to set (control) and extremely powerful. 

Way ‘nuff

Coxswain slang for “way enough” tells the rowers to immediately stop what they’re doing.


AKA “rowing machine.” What we use to continue training in the winterMeasures power and stroke rate. 

Power 10

A “call” by the coxswain to motivate the rowers.  The rowers put all their effort into the next ten strokes. 


Your oar catches too much water, turns sideways, and pops back into your face

Ejector Crab

When you crab so bad, you’re launched out of the boat (doesn’t happen too often).

Bow Loader

When a Coxswain sits behind the rower in the bow

Stern Loader

When a Coxswain sits in the front of the boat

Seat Numbers

2 seat, 3 seat, 4 seat, 5 seat, 6 seat, and 7 seat

Numbers used to identify where rowers in the middle of the boat sit. 

In rowing, we count backward. So, the higher the number, the closer to the front the rower is. 

Paddle Pressure

A coxswain tells a rower to give as little pressure as possible. 


The steering mechanism in the boat. 

Hot Seat

When a group of rowers jumps in a boat that just finished a race and doesn't remove the boat from the water at all. 


A five thousand meter race only rowed in the fall. A slower paced, long-distance race. 


A two thousand meter race only rowed in the spring. A full out sprint. 

Washing Out

Completely Missing water on a stroke 


When your blade is too high off the surface of the water. 


When a rower carries their hands too low at the catch, and the boat shifts one way. 


When a rower’s oar is more submerged in the water than necessary. 

Outside Hand

Depends on whether a rower is a port or a starboard. The outside hand provides most of the power

Inside Hand

Depends on whether a rower is a port or a starboard. The inside hand does the feather and maintains control of the stroke. 


When everyone in the boat is out of synch, and each of the eight oars is going in a different direction. 


When a rower puts their oar up and down to quickly stop the boat from moving. 

Fight Club Frenzy 2017

On January 28th, the team headed on over to the 3rd annual Fight Club Frenzy in order to compete in a 2000m indoor regatta against rowers from MSOE and Milwaukee Rowing Club. The rowers competed in several different heats where all of the ergs were linked to a computer so that the racing would be shown on a screen. The competition was fierce, but Marquette still pushed through and brought home 2 medals! Novice Woman, Audrey Gordon, took 1st in her race finishing with 7:30.5 piece. Varsity Woman, Sarah Reis, also took 1st in her heat for the second year in a row finishing with a time of 7:24.2. Overall, all the rowers had a great time competing and was a great stepping stone for what the spring season has in store for us!

You can find the rest of the results here.


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