Mile High Rowing Club offers year-round programs for new and returning rowers and coxswains.

Click on one of the programs below to learn more!

Registration will open on Thursday, August 5th and close on Friday, August 20th.  First Day of Practice is August 23rd.  The Last Day is November 10th after all Boats are put away for Winter.

All paperwork needs to be completed prior to your athlete being permitted to start practice.  Your online signed USRowing Waiver must be done. 

You must have a USRowing Membership.  Championship membership will allow your athlete to get the monthly rowing magazine, very informative magazine particularly for those new to the sport.

The 11 week season fee is $1,100.  This does not include Travel Costs.

Fees for Fall Season Team are set by the Board, note that Fall Season Fees do not  include your travel fees (airfare/hotel).  It does include coaching fees, regatta registration, food at regattas, boat maintenance fees, etc.


No Practice on Labor Day, September 6th. 


Races/Other Events 

October 2-3, Head of the Oklahoma, OKC

November 7th, Wichita Frostbite, (Wichita, Kansas)


Practice Times and Days:  6 mandatory practices per week.  

Monday:  7-8 pm Zoom Practice

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm at Reservoir

Saturday and Sunday 7:30-10:00 am at Reservoir


Be certain to understand our absence policy before registering your athlete. We are a team and train as a team, not individually. We are capping each team (Male/Female) to 25 athletes. Should more wish to register, we will hold try outs.


Are you curious as to how boatings are done?  One measure used for boatings is Erg Scores.   Another is winning seat races. 

Times to be considered for a Varsity Women’s Boat:

Age 13-14 Heavyweight 8:43 or faster; Lwt 8:44 or faster
        15-16 Heavyweight 8:17 or faster; Lwt 8:38 or faster
        17 +    Heavyweight 8:05 or faster; Lwt 8:16 or faster

Times to be considered for a Varsity Men’s Boat:

Age 13-14 Heavyweight 7:50 or faster; Lwt 8:04 or faster
        15-16 Heavyweight 7:21 or faster; Lwt 7:30 or faster
        17 +    Heavyweight 6:59 or faster; Lwt 7:13 or faster

Your athlete must have an online signed USRowing Waiver before being permitted to start practice with the team.


2020 MHRC-Handbook-revised-2020)


Head Coach Grace Malacrida (Level III)

Medical information regarding your athlete is vital to the coaches!  Changes to your athlete’s conditions, medication must immediately be reported to the Head Coach


Assistant Head Coaches

  • Ann Strobridge (Level II)
  • Elizabeth Moore (Level II)


  • Lisa Dirth (Level II)
  • Rachel Baumgartner (Level II)
  • Cass Bruins (Levei I)
  • Anthony Malacrida (Level II)














Mile High rowers are expected to behave with personal responsibility, dignity, and respect for others:  fellow teammates, coaches, parents and park personnel.


At all times

  • Use respectful language (Lemon Pie Rules)
  • Refrain from any inappropriate sexual behavior, including overt public displays of affection
  • Follow the MHRC no bullying and social media policies
  • Take responsibility for your own possessions and respect property that belongs to others
  • Show up on time and prepared for practice
  • Do not use drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco (use of these will result in an immediate dismissal from the team)



At the reservoir

  • Follow all State Park rules, NO SPEEDING nor HORSEPLAY in cars, trucks, bikes, etc.
  • Pick up trash/bottles as needed
  • Wear shirts and closed toe shoes unless otherwise specified by the coach
  • Only enter the park with a valid State Park Pass on your car
  • Refrain from noisy conduct, loud music, or ball games in the marina parking lot
  • Follow all speed limits. The speed limit within the marina parking lot is 10 mph





Rowing or crew is the ultimate team sport, combining individual performance with absolute teamwork. It is both mentally and physically demanding.  The sport uses all the major muscle groups, and requires a great deal of aerobic ability, athleticism, and dedication. There are two types of rowing:

  • Sweep - where every rower has one oar and rows on either port or starboard side
  • Sculling – where each rower has two oars.

Sweep boats are called pairs, straight four (4-), coxed four (4+) and 8s (8+ only).  The plus refers to the coxswain.  Sculling boats can be singles (1x), doubles (2x), or quads (4X).

We row all types of boats at MHRC.


Rowing is a year-round sport, which MHRC runs as four separate seasons. The fall season runs from August through November.  Fall is head race season, where boats go down the course one at a time in rolling starts (typically 10-20 seconds apart), racing against the clock.  The course is usually 5K.  In the past, MHRC has attended the Head of the Oklahoma and the Wichita Frostbite regattas during the fall season.


Mile High’s winter season is spent focusing on indoor rowing, culminating in the Denver Indoor Rowing Championships. The winter season typically runs from November through February. During this season, rowers build their aerobic fitness and physical strength through training on ergs (rowing machines), and doing conditioning.


Spring season runs from March through May (or June for rowers who qualify for Youth Nationals). During the spring, teams participate in sprint races, with six or seven boats racing side by side over a 2K course, the Olympic distance. MHRC’S primary focus during the spring is on qualifying as many boats as possible for Youth Nationals.  MHRC has qualified at least one boat each year since we began in 2009! Qualification happens at Central Youths in Oklahoma City. Preliminary heats determine which boats qualify for finals, and boats must finish in the top two in finals to qualify. Novice boats are not eligible to qualify for Youth Nationals. Please note that a novice rower may row in a varsity boat - and would then be eligible to qualify for Youth Nationals. Rowers who qualify are required to attend Youth Nationals in June and will continue to practice up until they leave for the regatta.  Participating in Youth Nationals does involve significant additional expense (approximately $1,800 per rower), and spring rowers need to be prepared for this commitment if they qualify.  Rowers who do not qualify will typically be finished with their season following Central Youths.


Late Spring/Summer allows the rowers to stay in shape and continue with rowing under more casual conditions.  MHRC typically runs several Learn to Row sessions during the summer, and experienced rowers volunteer their time to help with these sessions in addition to having their own practices.  MHRC typically attends one local regattas during the summer, and rowers who are enrolled for the season are required to attend.  Experienced rowers and rowers who have completed a Learn to Row session over the summer are welcome to try out for the team in the Fall.


Rower Minimum Requirements

Rowers must be at least 13 years old (NO EXCEPTIONS) and must be able to carry a minimum of 25 lbs over their heads. They must be able to swim and tread water for at least 10 minutes.  Rowers must complete a Learn to Row program the summer before they intend to join the team or have previous rowing experience. Final determination of rower readiness will be made by the head coach prior to the start of the season.


Weight Classifications

Women who weigh 130 pounds and above and men who weigh 150 pounds and above are classified as Open Weight or Heavy Weight rowers.  Women who weigh less than 130 pounds and men who weigh less than 150 pounds can also row as Lightweight rowers. Lightweight rowers should be able to maintain this weight without dieting - as their natural body weight. Lightweight rowers are required to weigh in prior to each race to ensure that they meet this qualification. (Please note that these classifications are set by USRowing and FISA, and sometimes they get changed)



The coxswain is the member of the team who sits in the stern, facing the bow.  The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. The coxswain is also responsible for motivating the crew members, making tactical decisions during a race, organizing and directing the crew at all times, putting the boats away, and assisting with implementing the coaches training regimen. Coxswains are typically much smaller than the average rower and must be able to naturally maintain the required weight – under 110 pounds for a women’s boat or under 120 pounds for a men’s boat.  Coxswains are a critical part of the team and can compete at the highest level of the sport and qualify for college scholarships just like the rest of the team.  MHRC will train qualified athletes for this position. Please contact our head coach if you feel that you are qualified and may be interested in taking on this responsibility.


Practice and Regattas


Rowers should come to practices properly attired or they will not be permitted to practice with the team.  Temperatures under 45 degrees, legs and arms must be covered for outside practice.  No cotton layers on top, some form of poly-propelene or polyester fabric to keep athletes


Medical information regarding your athlete is vital to the coaches!  Changes to your athlete’s conditions, medication must immediately be reported to the Head Coach!

Race Schedules and Results:




Where to buy rowing attire

Official site for the USA National and Junior National Rowing Teams:

Concept 2:

Rowers can set up their own accounts and track their meters on Concept II

NCAA Eligibility:

If your athlete wishes to row in college, he or she should start their research early.  Number #1 should be course of study. #2 does the athlete have the required grades? #3 does the school have a crew team? #4 does the athlete meet the requirements for that crew team?  Your athlete can fill out college recruiting questionnaires to get that schools’ attention.


Questions about our programs?