Shortly after Tempe Town Lake opened, a few ASU students came together and founded a rowing club. Almost as soon as ASU students started rowing, they started looking to race against other crews. ASU’s student rowing club rapidly evolved into the ASU Women’s Crew and the ASU Men’s Crew, Arizona’s first intercollegiate rowing teams.
In the beginning, the ASU crews struggled. Funded entirely with dues paid by the students themselves, the ASU crews barely could afford to rent even basic equipment, leaving no money to pay for racing-quality boats or for travel (as the only collegiate crews in Arizona, the ASU crews must travel to compete against other collegiate crews).
The ASU crews still receive little support from the University itself. The crews are not part of the Athletic Department and receive no Athletic Department funding. Aside from funds raised by ACRF, the crews continue to be almost exclusively student-funded.
There are no crew scholarships for student participants, and all crew coaches are volunteers who receive no regular salary or other compensation from the University.
Rowing and academic excellence go together. Across the country, participants in crew consistently have among the highest GPAs not only among all student-athletes, but also among the entire student body.
Crew alumni consistently go on to become among a school’s most successful graduates. An investment in the ASU crews is an investment in today’s ASU students, in the University itself, and in the community that ASU serves.
Team practices are from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday. Practices are held at Tempe Town Lake Marina, located on the north side of the lake.
The team has two home regattas a year and travels 1-3 times each semester, primarily on weekends.
Fall is the head racing season, or long distance races (5k). Spring is the sprint season (2k).