University of California, Davis Women’s Rowing is a successful club program that competes in Northern California against some of the best club and varsity teams in the country. The team is open to anyone willing to make the rigorous commitment.
The team was founded in 1977 under the leadership of Rich Sundiust. Since then, the UC Davis Rowing Program has been teaching young women about rowing, teamwork, responsibility, commitment, competition and success.
The club program is open to all UC Davis students who are interested in trying the sport. Many of our rowers had never touched an oar. The program has a history of taking inexperienced athletes and making them into champions. A few of our athletes have gone on to train at US Rowing sponsored U23 national team camps.
The team trains throughout the school year, from September to June. UC Davis competes in a few head races in the fall (Ex. Head of the American). However the real racing season runs in the spring from early March to late May. Schools on our regular racing schedule are as follows; OCC, St. Mary’s College, Sacramento State, Santa Clara University, Mills College. The team competes every year at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Sacramento, CA in the end of April. We typically finish the season off with a bang at the end of May, competing at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in Gainesville, GA.
The team rows in the deep water channel (a.k.a. Lake Washington) out of the Port of Sacramento. The Curt Rocca boathouse facility houses two spacious boat bays and a nicely landscaped yard. Built in late-1993, the 4,000 square-foot boathouse was largely made possible from the fundraising efforts of former Cal rower Curt Rocca, team members, alumni donations, and the University. Lake Washington offers a 2000 meter, four lane race course, as well as unlimited miles of rowable water further downstream.
The program is minimally subsidized by the Campus Recreation Department under the direction of Sport Clubs. However, most of the financial support comes from dues and generous alumni, parents and friends.
Because of the support from Alumni, Parents & Friends, the team is blessed with a great rowing facility, good equipment, and a committed coaching staff.