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Grant Gwadz ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
  • Washington, DC
  • Men's Rowing
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Grant Gwadz's Men's Rowing Recruiting Profile
Prim. Position:
2K ERG Score
6K ERG Score
  • 2021 Highlights

Personal Statement

I'm a strong rower, with 4 years of experience under my belt. 

My first time rowing on the water was the summer after 7th grade in a learn-to-row program on the Potomac river under the head coach of BCC's team. I fell in love with the sport, the feeling of the boat moving under me as I exerted every ounce of strength, and the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment after finishing a piece. The year after, in my 8th grade year, I participated in a sculling program for 8th graders interested in getting some exercise in a fun way, and from there I participated in a winter training program with the Woodrow Wilson freshman team as an 8th grader that would introduce me to the challenging nature of the erg. I quickly realized my strength and found that excelling at a sport was a satisfaction that couldn't be matched in many other aspects of life.

As a freshman in high school, my growth truly began and I genuinely started paying more attention to and understanding what the numbers on my monitor truly meant. My 2k wasn't just good because it was faster than the person sitting next to me, it was now good because I was competing with myself above everything- and winning.  My freshman 8 was decently fast in terms of raw power, but our technique, as is the case with a majority of freshman 8's, was less than  proficient. My freshman year, I participated in Mid-Atlantic Erg sprints and up until that point, had seldom tasted defeat on the erg against someone my age. I placed second, and from there, I knew I had to get faster. The following summer, I participated in an Olympic development program that drastically sped the development of my technique - teaching me that there was more to the rowing stroke than simply yanking on the handle. I learned finesse and how to more efficiently apply my power. My form wasn't and still isn't perfect, but it's what earned me a seat in the V8 that would be at head of the Charles my sophomore year. Sadly in this race, we crashed into another boat and were penalized. Our splits had us in contention for top 10 so it was hard to see. That winter, along with my team, I got a lot faster on the erg in preparation for my second round at Mid Atlantic erg sprints. In the u15, I got first with a 2k of 6:29.0 and set my sights on CRASH-B's. At crash B's I fought the onset of Mononucleosis with a fever of about 103 and managed to get 3rd with a 2k that was about 15 seconds off of my pr. 

Since then, I've been training and have big plans for this upcoming spring season which will be my junior year. My team will be a part of SRAA's, Stotesbury, WMIRA's, and youth Nats. I will be in a boat whether it be v8 or v4 for each of these competitions.

Academically, I thoroughly enjoy math subjects such as physics, as well as history and other sciences. I have taken several APs and as a junior, I'm a part of several clubs. In my free time, I enjoy relaxation through forms such as sleep, guitar, video games, chess, reading, and quality time with friends and family.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-State
  • Team Awards:
    Regional 3rd Place
  • 2019 Freshman Team
  • Individual Awards:
    2nd Team All-State, 2nd Team All-Region

Coach References

  • High School Coach
  • Joe Mcmullin
  • High School Coach
  • Joe Mcmullin

Additional Sports

  • Soccer
  • 6 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Martial Arts
  • 3 Years
  • Club/Travel Team



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High School Information

High School:
Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors precalc, Honors, physics B
AP Classes:
Yes. Currently taking AP biology, AP US History, AP psychology, and AP Lang.
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Activity
    • I currently participate in Wilson chess club
  • Activity
    • Wilson Spikeball club
  • Activity
    • and Wilson Roots and Shoots club

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