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... the Tigers, the Princeton Tigers for crew! He was recruited heavily by all of the Ivies but it came down to Harvard (Crimson) and Princeton and after a lot of back and forth, he chose Princeton. It was interesting to go through the recruiting process, and I now have a lot more empathy for the kids who get heavily recruited in football. We - the family - were worn out over the process; It was really stressful to say no to these great coaches from great schools. Glad it's over and yes I am a very proud dad.
If any of you ever need advice on how to navigate Ivy League recruiting, I'm your guy.
Congratulations to your son and your family.
Crew is something I've always found to be interesting given how HUGE it is in the IVey Leagues. How did your son get into rowing? I'd love to hear more about it -- especially what it was like on his visits.
As I was reading your heading I was fully prepared to rip you a new one. However after reading your post I can only say: Wow! Well done and congratulations. What's his study interest, or has he decided?
I did the Ivy League rounds for football, and it is certainly a different animal up there. Princeton was my favorite of them, with Penn a close second. I wasn't a good enough football player for my parents to forgo a donation for me to gain entrance, so I settled and walked on here instead. But man, I would have loved to have been a part of that program.
Congratulations to your son and family.
Thanks everyone. We live in Winter Park Florida, and our local high school has had a crew program for many years. Winter Park High is public, but the crew program is privately subsidized by families - we pay about 1500 per year for him to row - and alumni. It's an amazing sport.
My son went out for the team as a freshman. He was only 5'5 and weighted 105 lbs then grew 7 inches in one year and is now 6'3" but weighs only 155lbs - so he is a perfect lightweight rower. He went on three visits, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Could have gone to more, but we wanted to get this wrapped up. Loved all three schools. Liked Princeton the school the best, but liked the crew program at Harvard a lot - and they are currently on top. Liked the culture at Princeton - all of the rowers, be they upper class/under-class, Male/Female, Heavy/Light, hang out together. Said at Harvard, the rowers were very segregated based on which team they rowed for. Loved both places though. Liked Yale too, but New Haven is not very nice.
Great choice and Congrats to your son. Very impressive.
The state is the great fictitious entity by which every man believes he can live at the expense of every other. - Frédéric Bastiat
Congrats to you and your son.
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
Sounds like y'all really did a great job searching! Congrats to you and your son! +1
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Congrats to your Student-Athlete and to your family. You are very blessed.
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That's awesome that you walked on at Bama. I did the opposite - i was recruited to Bama - a long time ago - until I partially tore my MCL in my senior year and missed the 2nd half of the season. My knee healed (no surgery) and the Ivies and Academies started recruiting me. I took one visit to Princeton, and it blew my mind, so I became a Tiger. Always wondered though what it would have been like to play at Bama. I would have had Bear for just one year then Perkins, but no regrets.
Awesome! My daughter is shooting for Ivy in either hoops or soccer so I might pick your brain. Congrats to your son!
Please do, would love to help. It's a rigorous process. What grade is she in? Can't start too early getting things in order and building up communication with the coaches of the schools she's interested in.
Thanks! She's a freshman. Already filled out recruiting questionaires for Yale, Columbia and Princeton. Want to get her up to some of the schools next summer.
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Very impressive! Congratulations.
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VERY COOL!!! You deserve to be proud!!!
I hear that Princeton soccer players have a bounty system set up. A sprained ankle = $25 Barnes and Nobles gift card, a concussion = $50 Kindle gift card, etc.
Also, Dartmouth's basketball bagman hooks up players with all kinds of event tickets, from the King Tut tour to the Bodies exhibit to Kenny G.
I'll hook you up too if you need it.
My son was recruited by Princeton for football and we just could not swing it financially. I made too much to get help but definitely not enough to afford Princeton.
Kudos to your family for being able to pull this off and best of luck to your son. Great place, beautiful campus and best undergrad education anywhere.
The way she plays soccer, she'll rack up on the gift cards. Ha!
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