Skip to main content

News / Articles

College Rowers Join DC Strokes for Summer

Ruth Dickey, a summer rower with DC Strokes, on the water with her Case Western women's varsity rowing team. Dickey will be returning this summer to DC Strokes to remain competitive for her college rowing season.


Like many college rowers, student Ruth Dickey wasn’t ready to set her oar down and take the summer off when her semester at college came to a close for the school year. Instead, she searched for a team she could work with over her break to improve her skills and have some fun.

She joined DC Strokes last summer and spent her time rowing the waters of the district, building her competitive edge for the fall and a network of friends for a lifetime.

“I joined the Strokes family last summer when working in D.C., fresh out of my novice season with Case Crew,” said Dickey, who plans on returning to DC Strokes this summer. “I learned a lot and came back to school ready to compete. After a summer of conditioning with Strokes, I knocked out a 6k with the lowest split time of all the Case Crew ladies, and beat some of the guys on our men’s team.”

Each year, more and more students find their way to the Anacostia Community Boathouse for the challenge of tough conditioning and the experience of rowing with a unique group of rowers. Last year, rowers included students from American University, Ithaca College and Case Western. No matter your learning level, there’s a group waiting to keep you on your toes this summer.

Women’s boats, men’s boats, mixed boats – this club can get you in the training you need to keep you competition ready.

“DC Strokes is an incredibly diverse and welcoming team,” Dickey said. “Some of the women have been rowing for 20 years or more, but the coaches helped each of us improve in our own way.”

Cost is $150 for the summer. Regatta fees are extra. To learn more about DC Strokes College Rowing program, contact DC Strokes Director of Programs Arend Fish: