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CRF High School Team

CRF is an independent high school sweep rowing (one oar per rower) program that consists of intensive physical indoor and outdoor practice. Competitive sweep rowing is a sport that cultivates hardworking athletes into successful individuals and thus, teams. Rowing achieves this through the mental and physical strength of each participating individual.  Often compared to marathon running or cross-country skiing, rowing is a sport that demands cardio-vascular strength and mental focus.  Competitive rowing demands the ultimate level of teamwork from each participating individual. 

Competitive High School rowers (Juniors) can start at any grade, at any experience level. Regardless of when they start, after a year of Novice rowing, all high school rowers are considered Varsity.  High School rowers, made up of all-girl or all-boy crews of 8 plus a coxswain, train 5 times a week in Winter, and 6 days during the Spring and Fall Regatta Seasons. All High School rowers compete in USRowing-sanctioned events held at local and regional regattas, while Varsity also competes nationally.  

CRF is Chicago’s team. Like the city it represents, CRF attracts a diverse team by providing any high school student, regardless of socio-economic or geographic background, the opportunity to row. We do not distinguish between private or public school, race or gender.  And through our scholarship program, we offer financial support to any athlete who wants to work hard and become part of a winning team.  


Head Coach Mike Wallin and other members of CRF's coaching staff oversee the High School team. All of our coaches are former collegiate athletes, including national champions and former national team members. Training is held at the new state-of-the-start WMS Boathouse at Clark Park utlizing the ergometers, indoor rowing tanks and in 4+ and 8+ person racing shells on the Chicago River.

Head of the Rock- 2016

For more great photos of CRF's high school athletes, check out this album from Head of the Rock 2016.

ROWtoberfest 2016

For more great photos of CRF's high school athletes, check out these images from ROWtoberfest 2016.

High School Spring - Chicago Location

Location: 3400 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60618
Dates: February 26th - May 21st
Monday - Friday: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Saturday: 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Fee: $1450
Experience: None required

Chicago Registration

Regatta Schedule

Regatta Location Date Transportation
New Trier Duel (ALL Rowers) Skokie, IL April 7 Car pool
Nashville Sprints (ALL Rowers) Nashville, TN April 20-22 Bus
Judge Dunne Invitational Skokie, IL May 5 Car pool
Midwest Regional Championship (ALL rowers) Bethel ,OH May 18-20 Bus
USRowing Jr. National Championship (only qualifying crews) Gold River, CA June 8-10 Plane (qualifying crews only)

High School Spring - Burr Ridge Location

Location: Monday - Friday: 9951 Madison Street, Lemont, IL 60439 / Saturday: WMS Boathouse at Clark Park (3400 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60618)
Dates: February 26th - May 21st
Monday - Friday: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Fee: $1450
Experience: None required

Burr Ridge Registration

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Useful Information for New and Returning Families

Upcoming Season Details

Winter 2016

Details Winter 2016
Dates: November 28-February 25
Practice Days: Varies based on squad
Practice Times: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Spring 2017

Details Spring 2017
Dates: February 26-May 23
Practice Days: Monday-Saturday
Monday-Friday Practice Times: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Saturday Practice Time 7:00am-8:30am