Saugatuck Junior Rowing Camp


Camp Details

Beginner / Intermediate Programs

This is a beginner level program designed to introduce young athletes to all aspects of rowing. Athletes are exposed to both sweep (one oar) and sculling (two oars) and experience rowing in singles as well as team boats. Focus is on technique as well as improving fitness. In addition to spending time in the boats, athletes will do land training (erging, running, and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for on the water. On the recommendation of coaches, participants can graduate to the intermediate or be invited for a try-out for the competitive program.

Competitive Programs

This is a competitive program that represents the club at many regattas throughout the year. Athletes have the opportunity to compete in several regattas each season in both sweep and sculling events. Attendance at practice and regattas is required (more than 3 unexcused absences could jeopardize the athlete’s boat placement as well as result in dismissal from the program). Water and land training are used to help athletes develop both mentally and physically. Improvements in technique and fitness level are measured through periodic testing. Seat placement (varsity, junior varsity, and novice) is determined by test performance, commitment, and work ethic.

Admittance into the program is based on technique, erg scores, coach’s recommendation, and a try-out. 


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Meet Leanne

Director of Counseling

Leanne has guided countless families through the rowing recruiting and college admissions process since joining Sparks in 2010. A lightweight rower at the U.S. Naval Academy, former helicopter pilot and Division I rowing coach, Leanne will hold her M.Ed. in Higher Education from George Washington with a concentration in policy and finance by 2018 and also holds a graduate certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She is a member of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

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