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What is Crew?

The term "crew" is often used when talking about rowing. This term is commonly misused, so this may clarify the truths of the names of the sport. "Crew", as a noun, can refer to either the people in a specific high school or collegiate rowing boat or the entire sport of rowing in high school or college. The term "crew team" is redundant and is not properly used. After college, the term "crew" is no longer used to describe the sport or people in a boat, and "rowing team" or "rowing club" is proper. In the sport of rowing, "crew" is never, ever properly used as a verb, i.e., one does not "go crewing", rather one would "go rowing". When in doubt, the noun "rowing team" or verb "rowing" will always be correct when describing the sport.

Rowing is truly a sport which can be done throughout one's lifetime, although in the past thought of as a rich man's sport, has become more accessible to the high schoolers. New equipment can be quite expensive but with the prevalence of many men's and women's crew found at many colleges these days, used equipment is much more affordable to the scholastic programs like CCA, Inc.  However, rowing still seems to have difficulties when it comes to becoming a varsity sport in the local high schools. Thankfully, Colgan High School, just happens to be in an area with a great deal of history and tradition when it comes to scholastic rowing.  Colgan becomes the 6th High School in Prince William County to support its students in the participation in the sport.  Woodbridge High School was the first to offer crew followed by Gar-field, Potomac, Hylton and Forest Park.  Fairfax County Schools also have a large contingent of schools that offer the sport as well.  All total, roughly 48 schools participated in the State Championship Regatta in 2017 with 37 of those programs calling NOVA Home.

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