The University of Montana Rowing Club, Montana’s only crew team, wrapped up another season this month with the Head of the Lake regatta in Seattle. The men’s team took fourth place in the master’s regatta and the women’s team took 10th place in the collegiate 4+ regatta. The UM Rowing Club also took first place in both the men’s and women’s races in their divisions in Portland, Ore., in September.
“Considering the size of our club, our resources and the fact that we are self-coached this season, it is reward enough just to get to compete,” said team Captain Ryan Cote.
Because it is the only such club in the state, the UM Rowing Club has to travel to compete, often to Seattle and Portland.
The UM Rowing Club was revitalized in 2006 after a six-year hiatus. There are about a dozen regular members. The team holds practice at Salmon Lake, which is about an hour commute, six mornings a week from the end of August to the beginning of November. After the practice lake is frozen over, the club works out in the gym on ergometric rowing machines, to practice for indoor sprint races in the spring. No experience is required to join the club.
For more information call Cote at 406-214-1495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.