MILWAUKEE – MSOE director of athletics Brian Miller has announced that women's rowing will be offered as a varsity sport starting in the upcoming 2019-20 school year. The Raiders hope that this program will continue to build on the already stellar legacy of rowing at MSOE for years to come.
"Our goal is to develop our women's program into a national power," said Miller. "We have the kind of driven student-athletes here that can make that transformation happen, as shown by their exceptional results as a club team. At the same time, the addition of the department's 24th sport will give a another opportunity to the female members of the student body to participate in intercollegiate athletics."
The women's team may be new to the varsity level, but it's not their first foray in competing. A group of female student-athletes formed a club team three years ago and began racing right away. The young program found success almost immediately, placing third at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in the women's lightweight 4+ category in 2018 and won the novice women's 4+ race at the MACRA conference championships this past spring.
"The goal is to build the program up with as many as 20 student-athletes," said head rowing coach Chuck Stollenwerk. "The women's team will be provided the same resources and opportunities as the men's squad, working together towards the same goal of being the best rowing program in the country. Our intent, as always, is to develop an outstanding program while allowing them to succeed with excellent academic work in the classroom."
The program will embark on their historic first varsity season on September 21st when they compete in the Milwaukee River Challenge.