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About Us


Student-managed collegiate club rowing team 

Northwestern University // Est. 1981

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About Us


Student-managed collegiate club rowing team 

Northwestern University // Est. 1981

About us

In 1981, Northwestern student Derrick Grava decided that the University needed a rowing team. In the early stages Grava, who had rowed in high school, served as both rower and coach, and the team had to borrow boats for both practice and competition. The team’s first home was the Lincoln Park lagoon that borders Lake Shore Drive.

Northwestern Crew eventually relocated (the first of many moves) to a boat house at Navy Pier which served as the team’s home until the late 1990’s. Due to a change in ownership, the team was eventually forced to relocate to a parking lot on the south side of Chicago where they used truck bed storage containers to store their oars and other equipment. The distance between the location of the boats and the Evanston Campus was extremely difficult for the rowers who had to spend as much time traveling to practice as they did training.

Fortunately, the team was able to relocate for the 2002-2003 season to a more convenient site at North Avenue managed by the Lincoln Park Boat Club.

In the 2003-2004 season, Northwestern Crew successfully negotiated a move to the Dammrich Rowing Center (DRC) in Skokie, IL. The team currently shares this space with other area high school and college crews. The DRC is located only three miles from the Northwestern campus and allows the team to maximize their training time and row on a great stretch of sheltered water - the North Shore Channel.

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Our Team


NU Crew is co-ed with novice and varsity divisions 

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Our Team


NU Crew is co-ed with novice and varsity divisions 

Our team

  1. Varsity women
  2. Varsity men

  3. Novice women

  4. Novice men

Although each sub-team has different practice schedules in the fall and spring, we are one collective unit that competes in the same regattas. In addition to building a strong and competitive framework, our team socializes together in small and large settings.

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Facilities


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Facilities


Dammrich Rowing Center

Fall/spring location

Our boathouse is located 3 short miles from campus and situated on a 16 mile stretch of the Chicago river called the North Shore Channel. This section of the river is protected and sheltered so we are able to enjoy some of the best rowing conditions. Just north of the boathouse is a 2 lane 2000 meter straight race course where we hold races and scrimmages throughout the season. The boathouse is a state of the art facility which features 2 indoor sweep rowing tanks, an erg room, and houses all of our boats and equipment

3220 OAKTON STREET

Patten gymnasium

indoor location

Patten Gym is where our erg room is located and we also have access to a full weight room and a full size indoor basketball court. Since it's difficult to get out on the water durring the winter months, we spend a great deal of time indoors from January to March and so having a private room that houses our 24 ergs is a luxury we are fortunate to have. Along with the erg room, we have a 4500 square foot free weight room and a 800 square foot leg weight room. Up stairs is a 3 hardwood court basketball and volleyball gymnasium

2407 SHREDIAN ROAD

Henry Crown Sports Pavilion

indoor location

The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion is a 95,000 square foot fitness facility located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan right on campus. This sports center has a 165-meter 3 lane indoor jogging track, 2 free weight rooms, 6 varsity grade tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, racquetball courts, squash courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a convenience shop, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and even a private beach. Throughout the day there are exercise classes and a myriad of other activities any student can take part in.

2311 CAMPUS DRIVE