Duke will increase rowing scholarships to maximum allowed by NCAA.


Temple University decision to reduce varsity teams from 24 to 17 affects both men’s and women’s rowing.


Take a look at the 2012 Head of the Charles entries and you will see that junior rowing is exploding.  The youth 8+ and 4+ events each had 85 entries for boys and 85 entries for girls totaling 340 events for youth for just 4’s and 8’s.  The Boston Globe recently reported that for college rowing “there were 2,053 men competing for 48 schools in 1982 compared with 1,187 women for 43 programs. This year there were 2,364 men at 60 schools and 7,282 women at 145 schools, many of them on scholarship”.  As junior rowing has increased in popularity, there has been  a rise in collegiate rowing programs most dramatically for women as a result of Title IX.


Erg scores are really important when it comes to recruiting.  Many high school rowers  benefit from intensive erg training.  Take a look at remote “coxing” by Xeno Muller with great results.


Rower’s Edge is pleased to partner with Xeno Muller.  Xeno is a resource for Rower’s Edge clients as well as other student athletes who are looking to improve their rowing skills with particular emphasis on erg training.  Xeno is an Olympic gold and silver medalist and Olympic record holder in the single scull. As a member of the Brown University crew, he was undefeated in collegiate rowing, winning the Eastern Sprints, I.R.A., and the Henley Royal Regatta. As a club rower, Xeno won 12 national championships, the Crash-B indoor rowing world championship and three silver medals at the elite world championship in the single scull.

Xeno specializes in slow motion digital stroke analysis. By sending in your digital recording of your rowing stroke you receive a frame by frame commentary of every aspect of your rowing stroke and a list of specific technical drills which improve your technical deficiencies. You will also receive a personalized one month training program to follow or use as reference in conjunction with your club program.

http://www.xenorowingcoach.com    phone: 1 (949) 400-7630



Rower’s Edge is pleased to partner with Mary Whipple and Taylor Ritzel.  Mary and Taylor are resources for Rower’s Edge clients as well as other student athletes who are looking to improve their coxing and rowing skills.

Mary Whipple has been the coxswain for the United States Women’s 8+ for 11 of the past 12 years. Mary coxed the 2004 Olympic eight to a Silver medal and steered the 8+  to three World Championship titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as well as a Gold medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

As many coxswains know, there may not be a lot of coaching when it comes to coxswains.  Some coaches like the coxswain to learn as they cox while others just don’t have time to concentrate on the coxswain.  Still others will give some coaching but the coxswain may want more personal attention.  Mary will work individually with coxswains-reviewing tapes and setting goals for both practice and racing with the goal of improving technical and motivational skills.  She is an independent resource of expertise for the high school coxswain which can be invaluable.

If you are interested in getting more information, please feel free to contact Mary:


Taylor Ritzel graduated from Yale in May 2010. She is a three-time NCAA Division I Champion, gold medalist in 2 events at the 2010 Worlds Rowing U-23 championships, and the current World Champion in the Women’s 8+. Taylor is a gold medalist in the  2012 Olympic Women’s 8+.

We have found  that some of our clients (and non-clients as well) have goals that they want to attain but for some reason cannot achieve them.  Taylor will work individually with high school rowers to develop a training plan that works for them.  She will work both on sharpening the mental edge of the rower as well as improving their physical base.  This can happen during any season-whether on the water or off.  We are very excited for our clients to work with Taylor to reach their potential.

If you are interested in getting more information, please feel free to contact Taylor:




Row2k’s new feature called “Headquarters” is a great resource for specifics about collegiate teams-which can be really helpful when starting your college search and recruiting process.  Kudos to Ed and Row2k.