I raced the whole year in the novice A boat and even made the Eastern Nationals. I, unfortunately, didn't get to compete in that race as I had a robot competition the same day (don't judge me). I did come back to the team in the fall and stayed on for a few months until my advisor told me rowing or engineering and I chose engineering.
Hindsight, I wish I had stayed on the team as I would have received my varsity letter and I would have gotten to compete in the Big Tens. But, I did go to college to study and study I did!
By the way, I was not a coxswain for the men's team, which was a club sport. I was on the women's team which was a varsity sport. Novice is the fancy term for JV, but in team competition novice points count toward the final score. My highlight was beating Michigan in a dual and getting thrown in the water (tradition for a winning coxswain). I got my picture in the Columbus Dispatch and even got interviewed. I have that sports page framed and hanging on my wall.
Thanks for asking the question.