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Rowing at a NESCAC!! Anyone?? Even a LAC or some DIII. Advice pls

student1017student1017 - Posts: 389 Member
edited November 2010 in Athletic Recruits
I plan on rowing and plan on trying to get recruited by some small New England LAC's. I'm in love with Williams, Bowdoin, Wesleyan, Swarthmore, Haverford, and the like.

Has anyone been recruited by a DIII school and has anyone been accepted?

FOR A GUY, what kind of erg scores do recruits have at these schools?

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Replies to: Rowing at a NESCAC!! Anyone?? Even a LAC or some DIII. Advice pls

  • mayhewmayhew Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    I can't help much - my daughter is a rower who has chosen the D1 route - but last year, when she was a junior, Williams was a school that was interested in recruiting her. I don't know the erg scores required for men, but one thing they were very clear on was the need for a very strong transcript - SATs in the 700+ range, with the grades to match.
  • student1017student1017 - Posts: 389 Member
    What school is she at and do you know why she chose it in the end?
  • xoxojjjxoxojjj Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Swarthmore doesn't have crew either varsity or club. FYI
  • student1017student1017 - Posts: 389 Member
    Oh that's right.
  • mayhewmayhew Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    ^^^Not yet ready to say where she will be attending, but she ended up taking her 5 OVs to 4 ivies and 1 non-ivy.
    She ended up choosing to go D1 because she has high goals for herself (National Team) and she felt the structure and rigor of a very competitive D1 program, along with challenging academics, was the best fit for her. That is not to say though that you couldn't go all the way to the Olympics coming from a DIII team - this is just the personal choice she made - she wants the rigors of a D1 program. It was pretty clear from the beginning of her recruiting process that she was D1 bound simply due to the athletic level of the schools that were pursuing her the hardest. In referencing Williams though, that is clearly a DIII women's crew team that is more than able to compete at a D1 level. No doubt you will find some DIII men's teams that fit that mold too.
  • beenthere2beenthere2 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    If you want to get help with admission, a club team won't help (e.g. Haverford, Bowdoin). Of the colleges you listed, Williams coaches have probably the most pull. (Not sure about Wesleyan, but since it's a varsity sport, they probably can help.) As far as erg scores go, I would email the coaches and ask what it takes to becoem a part of their team because some will take your size into account. I know of one male rower at Williams whose erg score was around 7:50, but he was a LW.
  • beenthere2beenthere2 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    Sorry, for the typo: It should be 6:50; and he was a member of a boat that did very well at Stotes and Nationals.
  • student1017student1017 - Posts: 389 Member
    @beenthere2 It seems like you only know about lightweights, but do they even have a lightweight team?

    So... should I really contact the coach and ask him what it takes to become a team member? I mean, I'm only a sophomore, but I'm willing to do that if it won't seem weird to him...
  • mayhewmayhew Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    ^^^Go ahead and contact the coach - it certainly won't seem odd to him as he would receive emails like that all the time. It will help you a lot to get the basic criteria necessary straight from the coach at each school you are interested in. Another thing you could do, just for your own interest, is visit the website for Crash Bs, and see where you rank at this time in comparison to other male rowers with your erg score. I remember my daughter being told when she was a sophomore that you need to be in the top 30 at the very least (and that would definitely include Div. III standards), but of course every program is different - it really depends on how strong each program is obviously. Good luck! It is an awesome sport!
  • beenthere2beenthere2 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    @awalczak: No, Williams etc don't have a LW team; however, many of their varsity rowers are LW or close to LW in terms of size adn weight. I only mentioned this to put their erg scores into perspective because, as you know, erg scores highly correlate with your weight. If you're 200+ lbs, a coach will expect a faster time than if you weigh 160 lbs.
    The suggestion to look up CrashB times is very good; you can also look up national team testing times at the USRowing site; however, I don't think that you have to be in the top 30 to be highly recruitable. You can do the math about supply and demand yourself.
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