"It was when he tried to talk about 'the boat' that his words began to falter and tears welled up in his eyes...Finally, watching Joe struggle for composure over and over, I realized that 'the boat' was something more than just the shell or its crew. To Joe, it encompassed but transcended both - it was something mysterious and almost beyond definition. It was a shared experience - a singular thing that had unfolded in a golden sliver of time long gone, when nine good-hearted young men strove together, pulled together as one, gave everything they had for one another, bound together forever by pride and respect and love. Joe was crying, at least in part, for the loss of that vanished moment but much more, I think, for the sheer beauty of it."

Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

One of the few sports one can still walk onto in college with no experience, rowing is a power-endurance sport, requiring aerobic and anaerobic fitness in equal parts. The premier event is the 2000 meter sprint, over which two to eight crews battle side-by-side in order to get the bow(front) of their boat past the finish line first.


Here at CWRU we keep the tradition alive by rowing on Cleveland's own Cuyahoga River. Founded in 1991 with the help of University President at the time, Agnar Pytte, CWRU Rowing has grown to become one of the most competitive and successful sports clubs at Case Western Reserve University.