Judson “Jud” O. Ross (left) started Wayne State's rowing program in 1957 and led it until 1976. Ross is pictured with the 1958 team. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.
When Mason Chudzik and Gianna Manchester came to Wayne State University, they had no idea they’d revive a sport that had been dormant for nearly four decades.
The pair are behind Wayne State Club Rowing, an effort to put university oars back in the Detroit River, a place they haven’t been since 1984.
“Once I settled into Wayne State, I looked into all the club sports they had so I could decide how I wanted to involve myself at the university. I noticed we didn’t have a rowing program,” said Chudzik, a 21-year-old finance major in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. “I thought about how odd it was that we have this great resource in Detroit — the Detroit Boat Club Crew — that Wayne State wasn’t using.”