The History of UC Davis Crew

In 1977 Santa Barbra oarsman Richard Sundquist journeyed across the United States in a small van to obtain the very beginnings of our rowing club. Strapped to the van in pieces, the very first UC Davis racing shell was driven from the East Coast to West Sacramento to establish the UC Davis Crew team. Hanging in the boathouse, this wooden boat is a reminder of our origins and of the torch that we have chosen to carry for past and for future Davis rowers.

Through the years, our team has been formed by dedication, passion, and hard work. The names of past oarsmen who by hand build the Curt Rocca Boathouse can be seen etched into the concrete foundation. Year after year, students of various athletic abilities enter the family of rowers that has been created here at UC Davis Crew. We’ve produced inspiring Olympians, national level athletes, diligent leaders and team players. Some of the hardest working people and most unique personalities you’ll ever encounter have likely been apart of this incredible sport. Rowing has given us some of our fondest memories and many of our life long friends. We thank all of the past UC Davis Rowers for their passion and effort helping to build us into the team we are today.