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Rowing Recruiting as a Transfer

smileystubbssmileystubbs Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
Hi there!

I am beginning to consider recruitment as a rower as a transfer student. I just finished my 1st year of college and began rowing this year for my school just for fun as a walk on. It's D1 but not especially known for rowing at all. I seem to have a natural talent for it and have comparable times to girls that were recruited.

I was a very competitive runner in high school until I suffered a serious knee injury. Before my injury I was considering running at some pretty competitive schools including NYU, Berkeley, and Cornell. I loved the idea of being a student athlete but unfortunately that didn't quite happen. I was a good student in high school but in all honesty running was pretty key to my admission at those schools (or affording out of state). So I am quite familiar with the regular recruitment process for potential runners but I know nothing of rowing or of transfer recruitment. Do D1 schools even recruit transfer students as athletes? What is the process?

I understand how unrealistic (even childish) wanting to pick up a sport and transfer to a prestigious school based on it sounds, but I really am quite good and I can't shake my desire to be a student athlete at one of those schools. I'm 5'8 and have very broad shoulders for a girl. It was my dream to run for Berkeley. I can't run, but maybe I could be recruited as a rower in a year. I am in chemical engineering and currently have a 4.0 from a decent state school.

Any advice/experience would be great! Or if you think I should just row for fun, focus on my studies, and forget about this transfer recruitment nonsense, that'd be appreciated too. :)

Replies to: Rowing Recruiting as a Transfer

  • EmpireappleEmpireapple Registered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    I don't think your dream is foolish at all. I know a few people who started rowing late getting some sweet offers. Maybe someone else here can help you find the path but go for it. Why not?
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 21,454 Senior Member
    All you can do is contact the coaches but if you are on a team, make sure you follow the NCAA transfer rules by getting a release from your current school before talking with another team. In fact, talk to your current coach. He/she may be a lot of help. You've picked some of the top teams in the country and it may be very difficult to transfer to them, school or team. Your coach may know of other schools looking for rowers.
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