The Junior Program at The Saugatuck Rowing Club was started in 1993. Since then numerous young athletes have not only experienced successful junior rowing careers but have been sought out by top universities, including Harvard, Brown, UPenn, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Yale, Georgetown, University of California at Berkley, University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Wesleyan and Hobart. Several of our athletes have also gone on to represent the United States at the Junior, Under 23, and Senior World Championships as well as the Olympic Games. Most recently Harry Burke (’18), Grace McGinley (’17) and Kelsey McGinley (’18) represented the USA at the 2016 Junior World Rowing Championships placing 3rd in the Men’s 4+, 5th in the Women’s 8+ and 3rd in the Women’s 4-. Lucas Manning (’15) and Oliver Bub (’15) represented the USA in the 2- at the 2015 Junior World Rowing Championships. Max Meyer-Bosse (’11) raced in the USA 8+ at the 2015 and 2013 Under 23 World Rowing Championships, Nick Lacava (’05) raced in the Lightweight 4- at the 2012 Olympics Games and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (’00) raced the pair to a 6th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2016 we also saw our Girls Varsity 8+ win the San Diego Crew Classic, Youth National Championships, and the Head of the Charles.
The Saugatuck Rowing Club’s Junior Program is open to both boys and girls ages 12-18. Practices in the spring, summer and fall seasons consist of both water and land training while the winter season is completely indoors. In all seasons, young athletes learn the importance of teamwork while having fun, meeting new friends, and developing competence in the sport of rowing.
SRC’s goal is to enable all interested young people to reach their maximum potential, for both recreational and competitive rowing. For that reason, participants in the Junior Program need not be the children of members, though members’ children have priority if there is a wait list.
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.
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. Those interested on being on the team should contact Junior Program Coordinator, Mary Green, at email@example.com. The Fall Pre-Season/Try Out is open to anyone interested. In the winter athletes from the intermediate program will be invited to competitive practice for a try out session as time and space allows.