Finding the Balance between Student and Athlete at Elite Schools

By Sparks Editorial Staff | October 1, 2015

by Nate Rooks As a former rower, coach, and recruiter at Stanford University, one of the top recruit questions I received was, “how do rowers balance school and rowing… and maybe have a life too?” From my time...

For UK Students Seeking to Row in the US

By Sparks Editorial Staff | August 1, 2015

The number of students from the UK interested in rowing at an American university has been rising steadily since the government increased the maximum allowable tuition to £9,000 in 2012. After a few trips to the UK and working with a number...

Beyond the 2K: What intangibles are rowing recruiting coaches seeking?

By Sparks Editorial Staff | June 1, 2015

If you’re a junior rower and interested in rowing for a competitive college program, you already know grades and erg score are super important. Those are the first and last attributes a coach looks at and they’re the entry points for the...