Texas A&M Crew was established in 2001 by Greg Wood. After finally acquiring the financial help he needed from the University, he and a few other founding members drove across the country to purchase our first boat, an old wooden Pocock. Because of the difficulties associated with starting a team, the crew did not race their first year. The following year, the team made its debut at the 2002 Head of the Colorado regatta in Austin, TX. It is there that they took the gold in the Mixed 8.
Crew is the ultimate team sport. Whether it's racing in an eight-person or four-person boat, the best crews consist of groups of athletes working together to achieve harmony, rhythm, balance, and speed. Done well, rowing can feel like flying across the surface of the water. It also serves as a wonderful way to enhance one's personal fitness, as a low-impact sport that requires a combination of strength, speed, endurance, and technical skill.
One of the best things about rowing is that it is a lifetime sport. Anybody can learn to row, at any age, and can master the basics in a short period of time. Longtime rowers and coaches, however, will remind you that it can take the rest of one's life to master the remaining skills, meaning that there is always room to improve as an athlete and a person.