About WWU Men’s Rowing

Who We Are

Western Washington University Men’s Rowing is a community of dedicated student athletes. Our team pursues excellence on the water, in the weight room, and in the classroom. We train six days a week and compete around the country at the highest levels of collegiate club rowing. We are entirely self-funded through donations and our own rent-a-rower program.

Where We Row

Situated just fifteen minutes from campus, the Jack Marolich shellhouse sits on beautiful Lake Whatcom as part of the Lakewood Facility. Surrounded by mountains and forests, Lake Whatcom provides over thirteen kilometers of year-round, uninterrupted rowing.


Established in 1969 through a grant by Red Haskell, WWU Men’s Rowing has been a staple of the Pacific Northwest rowing scene for over 50 years. The team’s early years were marked with extraordinary success, including a top five finish at the IRA Championship Regatta.

The Viking Crew were the first men’s rowing team in the country to compete in a major competition with a female coxswain, paving the way for generations of rowers. The Viking Crew also hosted one of the premiere West Coast regattas in the Samish Sprints held every spring.

The team transitioned into a club sport in 2000 and continues the legacy built by previous generations of rowers. Today, the Viking Crew rows out of the Jack Marolich shell house on beautiful Lake Whatcom. The team boasts over thirty dedicated rowers and coxswains, and travels to regattas around the country.




Join our email list, our coaches will be notified if you submit an online questionnaire. Or you can email us directly here.



Fall Info Fair: Sept. 26-27th, 2023. Find our booth in front of the Wade King Rec Center! Meet current rowers & coaches along with learning how to erg.



Whether you're a new rower or an experienced rower, we welcome athletes of all skill levels to try out.

Our Mission

At WWU Crew, we pride ourselves on providing a competitive and athletic environment for student athletes. We help train current and new rowers to be the best they can be to compete around the country at a high level and provide experiences that will last a lifetime.

If you are motivated to row,
join our team!


Lakewood Watersports Facility

2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd
Bellingham, WA 98229

Main Campus

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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