Our Mission & Vision
The mission of San Diego State Men’s Rowing is to teach the student-athlete discipline and strength of body & mind through the sport of rowing. We strive to create an environment where dedication, leadership, and teamwork are buoyed by daily progress to become the best team we can collectively be. By doing so, this program gives students a chance to grow as leaders and individuals through their hard work and learned ethic. As members of Aztec Rowing and San Diego State University, SDSU Men’s Rowing will strive to proudly represent these institutions and their commitment to sportsmanship, athletic achievement and academic rigor on both the Regional and National level.
Team Philosophy & Culture
Operating as a Sport Club under the guidance of Associated Students at San Diego State University our program is focused on providing a competitive atmosphere on the water while being a support structure off of it. With the penultimate goal always being to go fast (really fast), Aztec Rowing primary purpose is to create an atmosphere that allows for it’s student-athletes to learn and grow in preparation for their lives beyond SDSU. There is a place to be both highly competitive with an emphasis on high performance while also creating space for those student-athletes to learn life lessons they’ll carry with them forever.
With more and more high school rowing programs popping up across the country, it’s no surprise to see collegiate rowing growing as well. Like most sports, each has it’s own appeal and the transition to college is a great opportunity for some former high school athletes to try out a new sport. While there are a number of reasons why someone may try rowing in college, these are the most common we hear from our student-athletes as to why the stay wih the sport:
1. Competition – Athletes from other sports come to rowing as a way to try something new, but stay with rowing because of the daily competition on the water in practice, in the erg room on the rowing machines or while striving to become an “Iron Aztec” in the weight room.
2. The People – Whether you’re looking for a tight network of friends on-campus, an extensive Alumni network, or a worldwide community centered around sport/athletics you’ll assuredly find all three with Aztec Rowing.
3. Being on the Water – It’s almost impossible to explain, but any rower will tell you, there’s nothiing quite like being on Mission Bay with your teammates to make the boat go faster. No matter how hard the workout, when you get back on land, you miss getting the chance to chase that feeling.
Our World Class Facilities
The H Del Beekley Boathouse is connected to Mission Bay Aquatic Center and has three boat bays that house both the Men’s & Women’s Crew for San Diego State. Located on the beautiful waters of Mission Bay near the heart of San Diego, we are blessed to row in one of rowing’s greatest cities on it’s finest body of water.
We currently have a boathouse centered around sweep rowing with 7 Eight-oar shells and 4 Four-oar shells available for daily use. Ergometers are available at the boathouse in the incredibly rare case that weather impacts our practice. Other amenities available at the H Del Beekley Boathouse and attached MBAC are a Men’s & Women’s lockerroom with showers as well as classrooms where the team can gather for meetings and video review sessions.
The Ergometer Room is located on campus on the North side of Peterson Gym, just across the street from the ARC. The room possesses 40 state-of-the-art ergometers for use in teaching and training both Novice and Varsity rowers. Mirrors on the walls and access to video review allows the team to monitor your athletic progress while giving you the feedback you need to reach your goals.
Located on campus in Peterson Gym across from the Aztec Recreation Center, our dedicated weight room houses all the equipment needed to assist rowers getting in the physical shape they need to compete at the highest level.