Everyone loves to win but 1st place is not always the place to learn the most from a race.
High school rowers and coxswains need to remember that they are in high school and should always be looking to learn from and improve for their next race and next season. College coaches want to know not only the race result but what was learned from the race. This can include everything from strategic miscalculations and management of equipment malfunctions to how other competitors actions affected your race. Your analysis will give the coaches a “window” into your ability to progress as a rower and coxswain. College coaches are most interested in athletes who will continue to improve through their college career. Your analysis of past results and how to improve going forward can be one of the many factors that college coaches consider to determine their interest in you as a potential future member of their team.