bg-3 Sparks Summer Rowing Camp – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan – Day 2

Sparks Summer Rowing Camp – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan – Day 2

Sparks Summer Rowing Camp – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan – Day 2

“7:15 am, this is your wake up call!”

Athletes and coaches met outside and walked over to have breakfast before making the trek down to the Boathouse. Athletes and coxswains were assigned their coaches for the morning practice, and each boat had their own private coach.

“Pre-Launch Meeting”

“Meet your Coach”

“Ergometer instruction before getting on the water.”


We had four eights of girls, two eights of boys, and one learn-to-row boat. We spent the morning session working by pairs and fours on various rowing drills. Some drills were new to many athletes, and it is very good for them to get different coaching perspectives. The morning session was long and the early lunch was very welcome.

“Shove together!”

“Suspension Strap Drill”

“Ready to Go!”

Following lunch, athletes could sign up for one-on-one sessions with coaches to talk about different aspects of their rowing.  Topics included training, technique, and racing advice.

Athletes had time to relax before heading back to the Macomber Boathouse for Session #2. During this session, athletes worked with the same coaches from the morning to improve on some of their technical issues. We got off the water a little late, so everyone hustled back to the Usdan Center for dinner!

“Round 2”

“Back out again.”

For our final session of the day, Coach Meyer and Coach Rufo broke the group up into rising juniors/seniors and freshmen/sophomores to discuss the beginning stages of college recruiting. For juniors and seniors, it was an opportunity to start asking questions about the college recruiting process, and how they could get started. For freshmen and sophomores, it was an opportunity to talk about “What I love about rowing?” and “What about rowing is most important to me?” Athletes that identify what they love about rowing and what motivates them will have an easier time choosing a school and knowing how rowing will be integrated into their college life.

Free time again after the Recruiting Talk, before heading inside to beat the impending thunderstorm! We hope it will cool off tonight!

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