Competitive Crew

Rio Salado Competitive Crew: Raising the Bar


In recent years, Rio Salado Rowing Club has fielded a highly competitive crew. We want to continue to grow the tradition, and continue to row boats that go fast! Whether you sweep or scull, row team boats or a single, enjoy the team atmosphere, enjoy training, and want to get better and faster - come join us!


Competitive Crew is designed for those committed to training. The goal of Competitive Crew is to train Rio Rowers to race, via a combination of regularly-scheduled practices, and an off-water training regimen. It is expected that rowers participating in Competitive Crew have an interest in, and commitment to, a somewhat rigorous schedule of training, and in creating a supportive team atmosphere.




Prerequisites for Competitive Crew are largely determined by the coach, but generally include:

  • A minimum of two years of sweep and/or sculling experience, or a combination.
  • High level of fitness, and/or the willingness to undertake a demanding workout regimen.
  • Permission from the coach.

The racing schedule varies from season-to-season, depending on the size of the crew and the schedule; however, the team usually travels to at least one regatta each racing season and competes in the local regatta each season. (There are two regattas held on Tempe Town Lake: the Desert Sprints regatta in the spring, and the Hot Head regatta in the fall.).


Regattas in which RSRC has competed include:

  • US Rowing Masters Nationals
  • US Rowing Southwest and Northwest Regionals
  • Head of the Charles
  • Head of the American
  • Okie O'Connor Hot Head
  • San Diego Crew Classic
  • San Diego Fall Classic
  • Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
  • Head of the Marina
  • Desert Sprints
  • Covered Bridge Regatta
  • Gold Rush Regatta
  • World Rowing Masters Regatta

If you have any questions regarding Comp Crew, please contact Head Coach Peter Figgins.


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