Remember that being the 1V is not the only important boat in college. Every member of every boat contributes to the success of the team.  The success and hard work of the 2V makes the 1V faster so-regardless of which boat you are in-give it your best everyday and at every practice. Lots of kids may come to college having had great success in the 1V in their high school program.  Depending on the college program and where you rowed in high school, rowing at the collegiate level can be a significant step up.  Give yourself a break and don’t expect to make the 1V right away.  Read more

University of Michigan men’s rowing team works hard and competes on a elite level.  Club rowing at Michigan is all about training hard, racing hard, representing Michigan and loving being part of a team.   As with Varsity rowing, rowing at Michigan becomes such a part of life that many of the rowers could not imagine being at Michigan without being a member of the team.  So-while club rowing may not have the “cache” of varsity rowing, or be able to recruit at the same level, there is more similarity than difference where Michigan is concerned.,3

Many people wonder how an individual rower is evaluated when there are 4 or 8 rowers in a boat.  The answer has many different components one of the most important of which is the erg score.  The erg score for a rower is similar to the SAT or ACT score for academic performance.  Erg scores are considered when a coach is deciding their level of interest in a particular rower.  Some programs have minimum erg scores when considering a prospective student athlete, while other programs are more flexible.  High school rowers should do themselves a favor and work hard on the erg  since this score will follow them into the college admissions process.  Winter training is the best time to focus on the erg and get your best score.

There is no “one right path” to row in college.  We always say that anyone who wants to row in college can do it.  The issue is which college will be your place.  Many kids are successful in getting recruited to row in college while others decide to “walk on” either at the start of their college career or later on.  Either path (being recruited or being a “walk-on”) can work if the ultimate goal is to row on a college team.  Each path will offer a different experience and how far you progress on a team depends on you.   As  you start to think about the college admissions process, you should consider how you want to proceed with the rowing piece and have a plan which takes all options into consideration.

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.    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: