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Harvard Lightweight women recruiting

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Replies to: Harvard Lightweight women recruiting

  • CH3COOHCH3COOH Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    just be persistent and keep emailing/calling the coach showing your interest.

    If your erg score is low enough your SAT scores don't need to be 2100+, I would say around 2000.
  • elileoelileo Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    I would amend the above to say that a 2000 SAT score for a female lightweight rower is quite low, possibly too low. From reports this year, 2080 will be ok at Harvard and like schools if you have a solid GPA and an erg time under 7:40. Possibly even 2050. I think it's wise to echo the CC veterans in saying: aim for 2100, 700's across the board, if hoping to row for Harvard, Stanford or Princeton, where women's lightweight rowing is a dedicated sport (as it is also at Georgetown, Wisconsin and MIT). The coaches at HPS will ask for 2100 and then adjust their SAT expectations if the erg score is exceptional. And vice-versa: higher SAT offsets slower erg. Georgetown is a bit more forgiving re SAT and erg scores.
  • Beach4422Beach4422 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Thank you all so much for the responses! Out of curiosity, how much would an SAT score higher than a 2300 offset a 2k time?
  • elcrewelcrew Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    If you have an SAT higher than 2300 than you have a good chance of getting in to stanford, harvard, princeton etc without the coach supporting your application (given the rest of your academic stats are excellent). Harvard told me that with an erg score around 8:00, you can join the team as a walk on rather than a recruit. This would require that you get accepted to that school without the help of the coach. To be recruited and have your application supported, you still need to have a really strong 2k.

    I know for lightweight women, many of them come from places where they haven't had much racing experience but are amazing athletes. If you have raced in a lot of large regattas and placed well, that can also help your chances of recruitment. In the end, it's all about how you market yourself and your strengths. Make the coaches WANT you
  • varskavarska Registered User Posts: 1,430 Senior Member
    If you have an SAT higher than 2300 than you have a good chance of getting in to stanford, harvard, princeton etc without the coach supporting your application (given the rest of your academic stats are excellent).

    I'm going to have to disagree with you, elcrew. The reject pile at HYPS is littered with 2300+ kids with great ECs. If a coach won't support your ap, your chances are the same as everyone else - slim.
  • elcrewelcrew Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Of course everyone has a slim chance--the admit rate for those schools is 8%. What I should have said is that the score falls under the usual range for acceptance to those schools. Bottom line is a coach isn't going to recruit someone with an "ok" erg score and +2300 SAT. He/she will tell the athlete that if they can get accepted without any support then they can join as a walk on.
  • varskavarska Registered User Posts: 1,430 Senior Member
    More to the point, a coach isn't going to recruit someone with an "ok" erg score, period. And if it's a hot recruit, you can be damn sure they'll get support even with a 2300+ SAT. Coaches don't roll the dice with admissions with their top recruits.
  • imafanimafan Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    Beach - that sounds about right. D met with a Top 5 women's rowing program coach a week or so ago and the coach told us that they start looking at rowers at sub 7:50 (which I too found amazing). Now, that doesn't mean that's scholarship time, or even a guarantee admissions spot -- just a "start looking" number.
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