Depaul Crew Fundraising Banquet

Join us for the 2nd annual DePaul Crew Fundraising Banquet! This year, guests are invited to join us to mix n' mingle with the team, enjoy a catered brunch buffet that includes an omelette bar, and hear from the coaches about how this years season went. Raffle tickets will be available in-person at the event and online for those unable to make it as you need not be present in order to win. 

One lucky raffle winner will have the option to pick one of three amazing prizes! Airfare included in all!

  • A 3-night stay at any Hyatt North American Hotel or Resort for two! Over 100 locations to choose from!

  • A once in a lifetime sailing experience for two on an America's Cup Yacht in San Diego with a 2-night stay at the Machester Grand Hyatt San Diego!

  • A 4-night stay for two at the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun! Also includes a full day catamaran cruise and parasailing adventure! 

 

A wide variety of silent auction items will be available to bid on at the event as well as a "coaches corner" where you can sponsor upcoming team expenses such as equipment and facility rentals for the upcoming year. Donations are also welcomed, tax deductible, and greatly appreciated no matter what amount. Dress is formal attire. We look forward to having you at another successful banquet!

Updates

Friday & Saturday May 8th & 9th, 2015
Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia

-Congrats to DePaul putting up some competitive times at Dad Vail's! And special notice to Novice Mens, making it into the semi-finals on Saturday. Check out the results here!

Saturday April 25th, 2015
Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association (MACRA)

-Congrats to the women's team getting our first medal at this event! Check out the results here.

Saturday April 18th, 2015
Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational (ICRI)

-Congrats to DePaul Men's Novice 8+ taking 1st in their event! Women's Novice 8+ got 2nd, Men's JV 8+ got 3rd and finally the Men's Varsity 8+ with an exciting and close 3rd! Check out the results here.

 

Fall Newsletter - 2014-2015

This Past Year… 

The DePaul Men’s Team ended last spring on a high note, establishing itself as a truly competitive team in the Midwest. With the rapid improvements of our novices we were able to see exponential growth throughout the spring race season after losing many graduating seniors and returning only four varsity members to help guide the incoming novice class. 

This year the DePaul Rowing Team expanded immensely, nearly quadrupling in size with the addition of a Women’s Team. Much of the newfound interest around campus was due to an intense recruitment campaign over the summer through social media and daily individual efforts by the Varsity team. We held our first ever boathouse tour allowing interested athletes to meet the coaches and returning members of the team. The event turned out to be a huge success and we hope to continue this tradition in the future. Since its inception in 2012, The DePaul Rowing Team has continued to be one of the most popular and professional organizations on campus. We pride ourselves on representing DePaul University at regattas around the country and hope that this current novice class helps propel us to the next echelon of club rowing teams. 
 

DePaul adds its first ever Women’s Team

We are excited to announce the inclusion of a Women’s Team to the DePaul Rowing family! This addition to the program is the next step in offering the DePaul community a complete rowing experience. Many of the lessons learned during the last two years with the Men’s team have helped guide and direct the formation of this young squad. On top of that, much of the early success the Women’s Team experienced this past fall is due to the hard work and dedication of first year head coach, Betsy Trevarthen. After a successful high school rowing career, Betsy began her coaching career with the inaugural team at the University of Illinois. The team feels extremely lucky to have such an experienced and passionate coach join the staff. 
 

Fall Race Results

DePaul competed in three races this fall including the Milwaukee River Challenge, Rowtoberfest, and the first ever Chicago Frostbite Regatta, hosted by DePaul Rowing. This was the first time DePaul has sent a boat to the Milwaukee River Challenge and was able to compete against the likes of the US National Team, as well as Division I and club programs. The Men’s Varsity 8 finished middle of the pack with some of the top Midwestern crews and got a taste of their potential for the upcoming spring. At Rowtoberfest, hosted by the Chicago Rowing Foundation, the Men’s Varsity 8 was only 3 seconds behind the 1st place finisher, Northwestern, but bested Iowa and University of Chicago. The Women’s Novice 8 came out of the gates swinging in their first competitive outing but were bested by a tough North Park University boat by less than one second. The Frostbite Challenge provided another first for DePaul Rowing, fielding four boats for the first time in program history. The Men’s Novice 8 showed an exciting glimpse of the future for DePaul Rowing by edging out Northwestern’s Novice 8 by a significant margin to win their race. The Men’s JV 8 was also able to best the Novice 8 fielded by Northwestern. The Men’s Varsity 8 fell just short to an experienced Northwestern boat and the Women’s Novice 8 took their first win of the season, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of their Northwestern counterparts. 
 

Spring Preparation

The Men’s and Women’s Teams will be competing in five regattas this spring traveling across the country to the likes of Michigan, Philadelphia, and Georgia. The first event on the schedule is an indoor race on March 7th at Chicago State University where over 30 athletes will represent the DePaul Rowing Team. The first opportunity to showcase the program’s speed on the water will come on April 11th with a scrimmage on the Chicago River. On April 18th the team will travel to the IL State Championships at Clinton Lake, Illinois. For more information on regatta times and locations please visit our Facebook Page or check out our website http://depaulrowing.org/. 

The team is currently wrapping up its winter training and gearing up to return to the water. DePaul Rowing has benefitted from having access to winter training facilities such as the WMS Clark Park Boathouse and the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. After months of grueling, indoor erg, and crossfit training sessions, the team is anxious to get back in boats. 
 

Coaches’ Corner

Head Novice Men’s Coach, Justin Gordon, on winter training: I have been incredibly pleased with how the athletes on all squads have handled winter training this year. December through March is arguably the most challenging part of the season simply because it is easy to lose sight of the big picture when every morning is spent on an erg staring at numbers rather than generating direct boatspeed. This group has shown their maturity by pushing themselves on a daily basis because they understand that they need to embrace and conquer the workload now if they want to have success in the spring. I believe there are few greater tests of dedication than what a crew goes through during the winter and so far they have been passing with flying colors. We as a group are excited to apply what we have worked so hard for these last few months on the water once it warms up. 
 

Contribute a Part of DePaul Crew History

DePaul Crew is offering supporters an opportunity to become a part of the team’s history. With a donation of $1,600 you can sponsor and have your family’s name on a set of eight oars. This donation will help provide the team with ample equipment to match its current expansion, and would have a lasting effect that the team will benefit from for years to come. If this is something you or your family are interested in please contact depaulrowing@gmail.com. 

For general donations please visit DePaul Rowing's Go Fund Me. We greatly appreciate any amount donated and thank everyone for their generosity in supporting our team. 

The Men’s and Women’s Teams have continued to show a lot of progress and have laid the foundation for a promising future. Thank you again for continued support as we get prepared for our racing season.