Hello - I am new here, so please bear with me if this has been discussed before.
I am a male, entering sophomore year of high school, and have a few questions. Currently I swim (this will be my fifth year competitively) and am looking to do so in college, preferably DI.
Here are my goal times for this year (I am primarily a sprinter):
50 free - 22.79
100 free - 48.69
200 free - 1:48.69
200 IM - 2:06.79
My first question is 1). will I be able to swim DI (not with these times, but as I develop) and 2). will I be able to do another sport: rowing.
I am athletic (having played almost every sport under the sun), and my Dad rowed in college. He even earned a silver medal at Nationals in the 90's. I earned straight A's in every quarterly and final grade in all of my classes (all honors) this past year, so I don't think grades will be an issue.
I practically know nothing about rowing, and have only been on an ergometer three times. My three times (all from this past week) were 8:48, 7:44, and 7:23. However, I've heard many collegiate rowers didn't even pick up an oar before they reach college. My Dad was one of them. (Just as an FYI, crew isn't offered at my school, let alone any school in the state).
Do you think I could do it? Swimming in fall/winter and crew in the spring? I have a very driven work ethic in everything I do and am looking forward to any new challenges I have to face.
(P.S. - I don't want to row because my Dad is pushing me to do it; my parents aren't like that. They'll support me in everything I do, but I want to do it because it's a challenge and seems fun).