Penn AC Gold

“Penn AC Gold changed my life…  Go there to become a rower, to learn how to row and live well.” Ben Chuter, Penn AC Gold 2010

Junior Program Overview

Penn AC Gold (Men’s & Women’s Junior Programs) provides high school male and female athletes with the complete competitive summer racing experience from beginning to end. Our goal is to instruct athletes on all aspects of rowing necessary to prepare for collegiate and national level competition. Penn AC Gold is not a recreational summer rowing camp. Our goal is to promote learning, teamwork, and competitiveness by providing education, common standards and accountability. Additionally we seek to reinforce the concept that achieving success in rowing is not dependent on erg scores or technical skill.  Rather, it requires proficiency in both, mental toughness, and working functionally with others.  Penn AC Gold will provide you the opportunity to challenge yourself in all of those areas.  What you learn here will serve you long after you leave. Penn AC Gold athletes will be exposed to a level of competition they cannot receive with other high school programs. Penn AC Rowing Association is structured to provide a team atmosphere that is unparalleled. Penn AC Gold athletes are part of a larger structure made up of collegiate athletes as well as Elite athletes that are training to make the US Senior National Team. Penn AC Gold athletes will have the opportunity to train and learn what is necessary to reach that level. At the same time, our program introduces athletes to past and current Penn AC coaches and athletes that are World and Olympic Medalists who still support and compete for Penn AC.

Program Dates
Start Date*End Date
SessionJune 12, 2018July 15, 2018
*Start Date: Rowing starts on June 13th but athletes must arrive in Philadelphia on June 12th.

Final regatta will be the US Rowing Club Nationals on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ.

Program Details – Coaches

Penn AC Gold is a competitive and intensive  summer rowing program for high school athletes operating out of Penn AC Rowing Association in Philadelphia, PA. Penn AC Gold educates and prepares athletes to handle all aspects of rowing necessary for top-level competition:

  • Technique
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Flexibility
  • Mental Training and Race Preparation
  • Proper Nutrition
  • Coxing – Practice and Race Preparation
  • Team Building – Leadership and Communication Skills

Housing, meals and all travel expenses are included in the cost of the program. Local athletes opting out of room and board will receive a reduced rate. Coaching staff and chaperones will live in the dormitories with the athletes. 2018 Junior Coaching Staff

Director of Programs – Paul Coomes
Men’s Staff
Associate Head Coach: David Herrick
Assistant Coach: TBD
Women’s Staff
Associate Head Coach: TBD
Assistant Coach: TBD

Daily Schedule Penn AC Gold offers a comprehensive program which provides a daily schedule that simulates the training schedules of collegiate and pre-elite athletes. The final practice schedule will be provided to accepted athletes in their welcome packets:

Practice Sessions Athletes will likely practice on the water two times a day, weather permitting. Penn AC has designed a training program that is balanced and allows athletes to recover and progress throughout the summer. On-the-water sessions will be dedicated to rowing technique, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, as well as racing and regatta preparation.

Team Lectures Athletes will have scheduled team lectures that cover all aspects of rowing necessary to prepare for top-level competition. Athletes will keep training journals that will allow them to track their progress as well as balance their overall training schedules. Each week athletes will also meet a current or past athlete of Penn AC that will share their experiences of training and racing for Penn AC, and discuss what it takes to be a top-level athlete or coxswain.

Eligible Athletes

For 2018, Penn AC Gold will accept applications for the following categories:

U19 Team:Maximum of 20 male athletes; 3 coxswainsMaximum of 20 female athletes; 3 coxswains
High school rowers born in the year 2000 or after who have at least 1 to 2 years of rowing or sculling experience. Novices who are upperclassmen are encouraged to apply.  A rower can compete in the U19 category through December 31st of the year of their 18th birthday.
U17 Team:Maximum of 8 male athletes; 1 coxswainsMaximum of 8 female athletes; 1 coxswains
High school freshmen and sophomores born in the year 2002 or after who have at least 1 year of sweep and sculling experience.  A rower can compete in the U17 category through December 31st of the year of the their 16th birthday.

Coaching Recommendations Athlete’s are encouraged to provide a recommendation from their current coach. Recommendations should be emailed to the Director of Programs (, before the close of registration on April 9, 2018.

Erg Standards

The following are recommended erg times for male and female athletes who wish to participate and compete for our Junior Program.

2k Erg Score6k Erg Score
U19 Men:6:35 or better21:30 or better
U19 Women:7:35 or better24:45 or better
U17 Men:6:50 or better22:30 or better
U17 Women:7:50 or better25:45 or better
Program Tuition
TuitionOut-of-town AthletesLocal Athletes
Total$6800 (includes housing and meal plan)$3800 (no housing or meal plan)
Down Payment (due by April 30, 2018)$1500 (non-refundable)$1500 (non-refundable)
Remainder (due by June 1, 2018)$5300$2300
Online Applications

Applications open January 10, 2018 and close on April 9, 2018. Accepted athletes will be notified at the latest by April 16th, 2018. Athletes who wish to apply to the Penn AC Gold Program must register through Regatta Central.

Team Trophies

Penn AC Gold athletes will unite with Penn AC’s U23 High Performance Program, and the High Performance Group (HPG) to compete for the following trophies:

Independence Day RegattaMariner Points Trophy
US Rowing Club NationalsOverall Team Points Trophy
Sulgar-Barnes Points Trophy (Overall Men’s)
Marion D. Ventura Points Trophy (Overall Women’s)