WJ Crew is a club team made up of rowers and coxswains who attend Walter Johnson High School. We are in the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA), a 12 school regional league. WJ Crew had 75+ rowers in the Spring of 2021, but we still have room to grow! So, we are offering the week of September 20-25 as an opportunity to try it out without financial commitment. Come to a week of practice and then decide if you want to register as a novice rower at our reduced novice rower rate.
TO REGISTER FOR THE TRY IT WEEK, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM
If you join the team, you will have to submit a US Rowing Waiver and complete an MCPS physical form, or equivalent.
Questions should be directed to Head Coach Andrew Lalley at: Andrew@walterjohnsoncrew.org
WHY JOIN WJ CREW?
INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION: Rowers receive individualized attention and advance quickly. Few rowers have rowing experience before joining WJ Crew. Coaches teach rowing fundamentals while training for excellence. WJ Crew is a no-cut team. Everyone rows, everyone competes.
BOATHOUSE: Our on-the-water training home is the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Bus transportation is provided for after school practices.
SEASON: Crew can be a 3-season sport. Fall and Spring are on the water. We also offer Winter Conditioning. The Varsity Team participates in about 6 regattas (races) in the fall and about 8 in the spring. Our Novice Team will participate in one or two regattas this fall, and in most regattas in the spring.
PRACTICES: During the Spring and Fall seasons, water practices are held 4 days a week at the boathouse. Buses leave WJHS at 2:45 and return at 7:00. One day a week is reserved for shorter land practices at WJ. Saturdays the team either practices at the boathouse or races.
SUCCESSES: Our rowers develop sportsmanship, leadership, and time management skills. In addition to medals and trophies, we have several athletes and boats that have been awarded ALL-Met by the Washington Post. Our rowers have vast interests beyond crew and are involved in band, orchestra, honor societies and APEX to name a few.
COLLEGES LOVE ROWERS: A few of the colleges our WJ Crew members have attended or are attending are: Boston University, University of California Davis, University of Colorado, Cornell University, Ithaca College, University of Maryland, MIT, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Syracuse University, University of Tennessee, University of Washington, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Virginia, Wake Forest, and more.
COSTS: Crew is not supported by Montgomery County Schools. As a private non-profit 501(c)(3) club we support our coaches, our equipment, and our transportation – so crew costs about as much as other travel sports teams.
For a glimpse at what WJ Crew is all about click here: This is WJ Crew
*Swimming skills are required. Coaches will be on the water in safety launches.