Prep Rowing is a year-round coed sport, with fall and spring racing seasons and on-the-water training during the winter months. Both varsity and novice (for those with less than one year of racing experience) teams compete at regattas throughout the Northwest region (Seattle, Portland, and Eugene) and beyond (BC, Canada, Ohio, Florida, Boston, and California).
Rowing is a full-time commitment. Each athlete participates in a rigorous training plan designed to develop character in addition to strength, endurance, skill, and grit. Crews are dependent on the consistent attendance of all members, so daily attendance is compulsory.
Prep Crew fosters a “team first” mentality, emphasizing the importance of whole-team development and success, rather than isolating a select few. Along with ample time spent in boats on Seattle’s waterways, practices also consist of indoor strength and conditioning training with a certified personal trainer, erging, and running. Coaches provide extra-sport guidance in time management, injury prevention, nutrition, and college recruitment/planning.
In its three short years of existence, the Prep Crew team has had three of its athletes recruited by Division 1 colleges, with one of those athletes earning a full athletic scholarship. Some of the team’s top results include winning Northwest Youth Regionals in the Women's Novice Quad, the Men’s Novice Double, and the Men’s Varsity Single in 2018, qualifying for the A Final of Youth National Championships in the Women’s Single in 2018, placing third at Youth National Championships in the Men’s Single in 2018, winning Northwest Youth Regionals in the Women’s Lightweight Single in 2019, and winning Scholastic Nationals in the Women's Freshman Quad in 2019.
Tom Kellett started his coaching career in England as the Head Women’s Coach at the Grange School for over three years. Tom was hired by Seattle Rowing Center in 2012 as their Head Novice coach, where his program won numerous regional championships and included an undefeated season. Since starting the Seattle Prep rowing program in Spring 2016, Tom has sent seven boats of Prep rowers to USRowing Youth Nationals. He has also coached Prep crew to win or medal in multiple USRowing Youth Regionals events, as well as numerous prestigious regattas throughout the US and Canada, including Head of the American in California, Brentwood International Regatta in BC, Scholastic Nationals in Ohio, and Head of the Lake right here in Seattle. Tom is also the Boathouse Manager at College Club Seattle, where the Prep team practices.