Important Updates and Events:
Beaver Creek Sculling, a local high school rowing team; the Dietz International Rowing Academy, an organization providing international rowing and cultural experiences for underprivileged youth; and the Virginia Rowing Association (UVA) will host Arshay, the team captain of the first all-black high school rowing team A Most Beautiful Thing is based on Arshay’s memoir depicting life as teen during the 90’s in gang-laden Chicago’s West Side; Arshay and his teammates attribute their very survival amidst such violence to the moving forward attitude, the discipline and cooperation they learned as rowing teammates.
On October 27, at 6:30PM, at the Western Albemarle Gymnasium, Arshay Cooper will be joined by Jim Dietz, 4-time Olympian, Frank Biller, UVA’s Director of Rowing and Craig Redinger, Head Coach of Beaver Creek Sculling and Western Albemarle High School Rowing Team for a discussion on his experiences leading the first all-black rowing team in the country. A viewing of the film will follow. The event is open to the public.
September 12th, 2021
The Season has started! We are incredibly grateful for the many students who tried out – selections were very competitive and are still on-going in Phase 2 with 92 people. Our 2021/2022 Roster will be announced in the beginning of October.
Overview and Welcome, from the Team:
Virginia Rowing represents the University of Virginia at races all over the United States and even in Europe. It recruits high school athletes as well as on-Grounds athletes. Those recruits range from high school rowers who have won scholastic national rowing championships to those who arrive on Grounds having never seen a rowing shell.
Last year, Virginia Men’s Rowing finished an incredibly difficult year on a real high note by winning the Oak Ridge Invitational Regatta, a.k.a. “Fake ACRAs”! Although not “officially” National Champions – we sure celebrated like we were!
A special thank you to all the teams that participated, especially our biggest rivals, the University of Michigan. The hope to race them at the end of May gave us optimism and purpose all year, regardless of the result (which turned out in our favor). The entire regatta was entirely coach/athlete-run in order to keep costs down, everyone worked hard and contributed immensely in order for all the athletes to race. We are simply grateful for this opportunity. THANK YOU!