Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Harvard Rowing Recruit

rowingisfunrowingisfun Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited February 2013 in Athletic Recruits
What is a good height for a Harvard rowing recruit (6' 2",6' 3", etc.)? Also, what 2k is needed by the end of winter (junior) to have a high chance at being recruited? My academics are very good.
Post edited by rowingisfun on

Replies to: Harvard Rowing Recruit

  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Registered User Posts: 2,059 Senior Member
    Go on the Harvard team page and look at the times. Stats(like height) may be posted as well.
  • rowingisfunrowingisfun Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    They are, but I was wondering about what a generally acceptable heavyweight recruit height is. And their 2k times are not on there.
  • OldScarecrowOldScarecrow Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Above 6'3" with a sub-6:20 erg.
  • rowingisfunrowingisfun Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    So 6' 3" is generally considered to be too short?
  • tallgirltallgirl Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    How about those same stats for lightweight woen recruits? thanks!
  • beenthere2beenthere2 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    Pull the time and the height won't be an issue.
  • ROWER95ROWER95 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @beenthere2 that is not true at all, D1 schools tend to require a height of 6'4", and a good time for harvard or any top tier rowing school to look at you would bet a 1:30 500m, 6:25 2000m, and 21:20 6000m, also what is your weight
  • 3xboys3xboys Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    As OldScarecrow says, 6:20 or better for a 2K.
  • beenthere2beenthere2 Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    My point is that you can't change your height, but you can change your erg time. So if you pull a great erg time and have a relatively low weight, a few inches of the 'required' height become a non-issue. For instance, I know a male LW rower who was heavily recruited by ivy HW teams (low 6:20s erg time and below 6'3"). And as you said, weight is a factor. Also, keep in mind that Harvard, CAL, and Washington have the highest standards rowing wise and heavily recruit overseas.
  • pHyRe7pHyRe7 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    height is not an issue, my mate got into harvard (i think a scholarship maybe not) for rowing and he pulled close to a 6:00 and was around the 6 foot mark, maybe shorter. But he did row for Australia in the U21 Junior World Champs and is 18.
  • MarkBassMarkBass Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    I will offer only one-cent since I am far, far from an expert on the subject. This is only what I’ve heard and read . . .

    For top boats, height is an issue. Not the one deciding factor. Just part of the equation.

    Having a great Erg time is of course very important but so is good technique and teamwork.

    Part of the speed of a boat comes from the mechanics, efficiency and harmony of the four or eight rowers. And it is thought, I believe, that rowers of similar height contribute better to the synchronized arc and flow through all phases of the stroke.

    If you want to see a visual example of this, just watch new rowers on a slide who have never worked together. It is a Keystone comedy.
  • imafanimafan Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    No athlete competes in ANY sport at an ivy league on a scholarship. Never. No matter what anyone says.

    It IS possible that your mate got an ADMISSIONS BOOST to help get into college; but the financial arrangement will always be based on financial aid.
  • rowingisfunrowingisfun Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Thank you for the answers. What kind of summer camps to Ivy Coaches recommend or look for when recruiting? Also, when should these times be achieved by in order to be a potential recruit. Lastly, does it affect the equation if i have a near 4.0 gpa and good SAT scores?
  • fauvefauve Registered User Posts: 3,521 Senior Member
    For the last question--most rowers have decent to great academic stats so you will not see much advantage with "good scores" . But they will alow your application to get through admissions IF you are recruited by the coach--i.e. on his "list" of top recruits.

    As noted above, crew at Harvard recruits heavily internationally, and loves junior national champions. Take a look at the rowing roster for last year's freshmen (gocrimson.com) to see how many heavyweight rowers are from Britain, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • metallica4rowmetallica4row Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    i am rower who want to be one of a rowing team this some deatils about
    me to judge it by yourself :
    weight : 90kg
    height :1.86m
    date of birth : 10 december 1994
    nationaly: Tunisian
    acheivement :
    The National Championships of Tunisia:
    -Three gold medals in CM1X 2010 JM2X 2011 and JM1X 2012
    Arab Championships 2012 in Tunisia:
    -Gold medal in JM1X
    -Silver medal in JM4X
    African Championships 2012 Egypt(cairo)
    -silver medal in JM1X
    -silver medal in JM4X
    Junior regatta of munich on 5 and 6 may 2012:
    -rank 19/29 on 5 may
    -rank 12/25 on 6 may
    Best time on the ergometre : 6:20
    The world Rowing Junior & senior Championships Plovdiv Bulgaria august 2012:
    -final B rank 12 (best time:7:15 min) source:


    I hope that you will answer me soon :)
This discussion has been closed.