Women's Competitive Team

The CRI Competitive Women’s team gives experienced rowers the opportunity to train seriously, receive top-notch coaching, and compete locally and nationally.

Team Members

Athletes on the team are expected to have a minimum of two years rowing experience, ideally including at least one year of competition. Women on the team range in age from early 20s to late 60s, a mix of former collegiate athletes and women who learned to row as adults. All are dedicated athletes looking to refine technique, increase speed, and make connections with other passionate rowers.


The season runs from late March through early November. Practice in team boats occurs Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 5:00 – 7:15 am (with boats docking by 7:00 am). The expectation is that all team members will train six days/week. Workouts are given for the non-rowing days, with sculling encouraged, although erging is also an option with one/two workout(s) a week scheduled for cross-training.


The team competes at approximately six local regattas and one to three larger regattas requiring travel during the course of a typical year. Highlights of the season annually include Masters Nationals in the summer and the Head of the Charles in the fall. Within reason, attendance is expected at all team races. The team attends sprint regattas in the spring and summer and head races in the fall. The standard masters sprint distance is 1K, which allows athletes to compete in multiple events at any given regatta.


2017 Masters Nationals
Women’s Team Points: 2nd overall, 57% of entries medaled

Gold: Open AA 2-, Open A 2-, Open F 2-, Open AA 4-, Open A4-, Open AA 4+, Open A 4+, Open A 8+, Club A 8+, Club B 8+

Silver: Open B 4-, Lwt D 4+, Open B 4+, Open C 4+, Club F 4+, Open A 8+, Open B 8+

Bronze: Open A 2-, Open B 2-, Open C 4-, Open D 4-, Open A 4+, Lwt E 4+, Open AA 4+, Open E 4+, Club A 4+, Club D 4+, Club E 8+

2016 Head of the Charles
Club 8+: 1st amongst club crews - Special Medal Winner (8th overall of 39)

Grand Masters 4+: 2nd amongst Grand Master crews (8th overall of 42)

Masters 4+: 11th overall of 25

Club 4+: 28th overall of 59


The team is always looking for strong additions, both rowers and coxswains. Initial tryouts occur over a two-week period starting in the middle of March. After the initial tryout period, individual rowers can try out and should e-mail the captains (contact info below) directly to inquire. Coxswains are warmly welcomed to join the team at any time!

Women interested in trying out for the team will be evaluated on attitude, good sportswomanship, coachability, rowing technique, and overall fitness (as measured primarily by erg scores).

Team Captains

Theresa Welsh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michelle Ly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CRI runs a large number of programs, does a great deal of outreach, and has a wonderful (but large) boathouse to keep nice, none of which would be possible without the support of the membership in the form of volunteer hours. Each team member is required to volunteer 12 hours/year (an average of 1 hour/month) to help keep the organization running smoothly. In addition, many team members volunteer their time to take on various team leadership roles such as captain, travel coordinator, and social committee.