I doubt any of them have won a side-by-side ARA regatta?
Nor have quite a lot of senior college crews. I'm not sure what point that's supposed to make?
Once you start town rowing, the term 'novice' does change a bit! I had 6 tub outings before I even set foot in an eight...
I think lots of colleges would love to be able to do this, and it would mean that people had a bit more of a clue in those lovely first few weeks of Mich term. Unfortunately, given the way the terms and the novice competitions work, that's just not feasible.