The CIR Junior Program is a competitive team that strives to develop exceptional and balanced student-athletes. Fees cover regatta entries and go toward the purchasing of new equipment. Scholarships and payment plans are available; contact Bridget Burke for more information.
Prerequisites: No experience required, grade 8+, ability to attend practice 5-6 days a week
Fall 2017 Schedule and Pricing:
Experienced Team: August 28 – November 6, M-F 3:45 – 6:15pm ($500);
Novice Team: September 18 – November 6, M-Th 3:45 – 6:15 ($350)
*Attendance expected at regular weekend practices and regattas*
Scholarships and Payment Plans
Scholarships and/or Payment Plans are available. Please contact Bridget Burke to discuss the need for either.
For questions, contact Coach Dane Sellers.
The Novice Team is for male and female athletes with no previous rowing experience OR individuals who participated in the summer, fall or winter but have not raced at USRowing Northwest Junior Regional Championships. Athletes are selected for boats and events by the coaching staff based on technical proficiency, physical fitness, attendance, and attitude.
The Varsity Team is for male and female athletes who have completed a competitive spring season. Within the Varsity Team, there are multiple levels of boats, including the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Lightweight Varsity. Athletes are selected for boats and events by the coaching staff based on technical proficiency, physical fitness, attendance, and attitude.
September 9: Bill Richards Memorial Regatta (Varsity Only)
September 17: Row for the Cure (Varsity Only)
October 1: Tail of the Lake (Novice and Varsity)
October 15: American Lake Fall Classic (Novice and Varsity)
November 5: Head of the Lake (Varsity Only)
*Regatta Schedule is subject to change, available entries, and
Meet Coach, Dane Sellers
My name is Dane Sellers. I started rowing in 2007 for Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) in Redmond, WA. During my time at SRA, I competed in a variety of boats: Varsity 8+, Lightweight 8+, Quad (4x-), among others. After a successful rowing career at SRA, culminating in a 3rd place finish at the Youth National Championship Regatta in the Men’s Varsity 4x-, I attended Marietta College in Marietta, OH. In my freshman year, I raced in the Varsity Lightweight 8+ and the Varsity 8+. I continued to row in the Varsity 8+ for the remainder of his time at Marietta, competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta three times and other major races across the country, including the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA.
During summers I trained at Seattle Rowing Center for the Pan American Games Trials, as well as with the Northwest Development Camps at The University of Washington. In the Summer of 2012, I competed in the Under 23 Lightweight Double, beating the Canadian National Team.
My coaching experience began in the summer of 2010 when I started coaching the Summer Novice Program at Sammamish. While coaching at SRA, I coached Junior Novices, Master’s Learn to Row, Master’s Novice Competitive teams, and Junior Competitive teams. In my final year at Marietta College, I was afforded the opportunity to coach for Marietta High School, where I helped lead the Men’s Varsity and Novice crews to one of their most successful seasons in the past five years.
Most recently, I piloted and launched an adaptive rowing program for individuals with disabilities at Sammamish Rowing Association in 2014.
I just graduated from Central Washington University and will be starting a new career as a Special Education teacher at Central Kitsap Middle School in a self-contained classroom. I am excited about this new opportunity to teach and coach. I cannot wait to be back out on the water and working with all of you.