U23 Summer Program

Undine Barge Club U23 Summer Program

The mission of the Undine Barge Club’s U23 Summer Program is to identify and develop highly motivated scullers into nationally competitive, world-class athletes through this high intensity program. Our program is intended for serious collegiate/post collegiate athletes looking to gain racing experience and reach their full rowing potential, and will pursue excellence at local, national and international events. Selected crews will race at U23 World Championship Trials in sculling events based on Undine’s U23 Program selection criteria.

History of U23 Excellence

The Undine U23 Summer Program has had numerous successes in recent years for both men and women on national and international stages. In addition to numerous sculling medals at local regattas, recent highlights from national and international events include:

Men

  • U23 World Championships (2016 and 2015) – Undine’s Ltwt Mens 4x won at trials and represented the USA at the World Championships
  • 2016 U23 World Championships Trials- Ltwt Mens 4x (1st place), Ltwt Mens 2x (2nd place), and Ltwt Mens 1x (3rd place)
  • 2015 U23 World Championships Trials- Ltwt Mens 4x (1st place)
  • 2015 USRowing Club Nationals- Mens Intermediate Ltwt 4x (2nd place), Mens Intermediate Ltwt 2x (3rd place), and Mens Intermediate Ltwt 1x (3rd place)

Women

  • 2016 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta- U23 Womens 2x (2nd place), U23 Womens 4x (3rd place), and U23 Ltwt Womens 1x (finals)
  • 2016 USRowing Club Nationals- Finals appearances in the Womens Intermediate 2x and Womens Intermediate 4x
  • 2016 U23 World Championships Trials- Ltwt Womens 1x (3rd place) and Womens 2x (semi-finals)
The qualities that we seek:
    • Desire to race and willingness to commit to our U23 sculling program for the summer;
    • Rowing experience (sculling experience is even better);
    • Current university students or recent alumni, both men and women in lightweight and open weight classes.
 What you can expect:
    • Excellent, attentive and individualized coaching in sculling technique;
    • Opportunities to race in sculling events at the Schuylkill Navy Regatta, Independence Day Regatta, USRowing Club National Championships, and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (selected crews, see Competition Schedule below);
    • Full membership to Undine, which has a proud history of over 160 years of sculling excellence;
    • Access to updated equipment and a young fleet of Filippi singles, doubles and quads;
    • Improvements to your technical skills by learning to scull and rowing in small boats. The technical improvements will carry over to your college programs and club rowing in the fall.

Training Schedule

There are usually 7 – 10 workouts per week scheduled, and U23 summer program members will be integrated into Undine’s full time racing squad practice schedule alongside senior athletes. From June to early August, the coached sessions are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at 6AM, and Saturday mornings at 7AM. All other workouts are generally completed individually or in small self-organized groups (additional coached practices may be added at the discretion of the coaching staff and availability of the athletes).

The morning workouts during the week generally last about 90 minutes, and we try to be off the water around 7:30am – 7:45am to accommodate those who need to get to work. The Saturday morning workouts (on non-racing weekends) are longer, usually 2 – 2.5 hours, mostly technique and long steady-state rows.

Competition Schedule

The following is the competition schedule for the 2017 summer season, with entries depending on proficiency:

June 17, 2017: Schuylkill Navy Regatta, Philadelphia, PA

June 26-30, 2017 : Junior & Under 23 World Championship Trials, West Windsor, NJ

June 30-July 2, 2017: Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia, PA

July 12-16, 2017: USRowing Club National Championships, Bethel, OH

August 8-13, 2017: Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines, ON

Coaching Staff

Undine U23 Summer Program athletes will be coached by Undine’s full time coaching staff, who have a history of success with both our full time and summer racing programs. U23 athletes will be incorporated into practice with Undine’s full time racing squad. Assistant coach Chris McElroy will serve as the primary coach for the women’s program and Head Coach Joe Quaid will serve as the primary coach for the men, with Assistant Coach Mike Naughton working with both groups. Click here for full bios of our coaching staff.

Program Application and Admission

Please note: there is a priority deadline of April 28 for application submission.

Acceptances/decisions are planned to be sent starting the week of May 8.

How to apply:

STEP 1Complete the internal Undine informational questionnaire: Undine 2017 U23 Summer Sculling Program Application

STEP 2Complete the 2017 USRowing Development Camp Athlete Application and select Undine Development Camp under “Camps that you are interested in.”


What to expect next: We will follow-up to notify you if you have been selected for the program. Invited athletes will become full members of Undine, and we will assist athletes in completing the steps required for Undine’s official membership application process.

Program Costs: The membership fee for Undine covers an athlete’s general participation in the U23 summer program. Athletes under 21 years old at the time of application will owe a junior membership fee of $300, and athletes over 21 will owe Undine’s senior membership fee of $500.

The membership fee includes:

  • All coaching and race entry fees
  • Access to club facilities (individual lockers not guaranteed)
  • Invitation to club-wide membership and social events, such as monthly club dinners (additional cost to participate)

The membership fee does not include:

  • Summer housing for out of town athletes
  • Transportation and lodging for out of town regattas (cost varies) *Disclaimer: any crews selected to represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in the past have received support from the club through donations and fundraising efforts.
  • Undine JLRacing unisuit (cost is typically in the $50-80 range)

NOTE: Application to the Undine U23 Summer Program for 2017 does not guarantee admission to the program. You will be contacted by a coach if you have been selected. Admission to the program will be based on the quality and quantity of applicants, and selections will be made at the discretion of the coaching staff. Acceptances/decisions are planned to be sent starting the week of May 8.

For questions and more information, please email coach Joe Quaid (quaidjp@msn.com).