Women's rowing is a popular sport for many colleges, including the Ivy League schools. Some students have found that excelling in rowing can help give them an edge in the college admissions process. However, like any college-level sport, rowing is competitive, and scholarships are scarce. The recruitment process starts early in high school. Students should take care to research their options to choose a college that is a good fit for them in both academics and athletics.
Rowing athletes train and compete year-round with NCAA championships held in the Spring. Any college sport will be a considerable time commitment. Student-athletes should honestly evaluate their abilities, goals, and interests to decide what college to attend, and what division to play in. There are some scholarships available for DI or DII teams, but often the time commitment is more significant and racing more difficult. Division III may be the right choice for students who want to focus more on academics.
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