Men's Crew—Program Overview

Crew is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the nation and for almost 20 years it has grown in size and increased in speed at Colby. The College's crew rows on nearby Messalonskee Lake at the Colby-Hume Center. The center features a recently expanded boathouse and seven miles of beautiful, rowable water.

The Colby crew believes that a student athlete's education can be significantly enhanced outside the classroom and the lessons learned and memories created on the water will stay with students long after they leave Mayflower Hill. Our rowers accomplish this with the commitment they make to one another, to the team, and to the process of attaining athletic excellence.

Through year-round training we maximize cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, rowing technique, and psychological preparation. The combination of training, racing, and team camaraderie provides our students with a rich collegiate experience.

To meet their goals the crew uses the fall to redefine technique, create a base of fitness, and gain valuable racing experience. The winter schedule consists of indoor training crucial to success in the spring. In February the crews return to the water for the challenge of the spring racing season. Each weekend in April includes races against crews from across New England, including the New England Rowing Championships, and the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships. The men's crew won an international race at the Henley Royal Regatta in England in 2005.