Atomic Athletes in College

Sarah Kate Rogers - Class of 2020, Boston University Women's Lightweight Rowing

  • Oak Ridge High School (2016). Atomic Juniors (2011-2016). Team Captain (2015, 2016).
  • 2016 USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta: 6th, Grand Final, W1x
  • 2015 USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta: 6th, Grand Final, W1x
  • 2015 USRowing Club National Championship Regatta: 4th, Junior A W1x
  • 50th Head of the Charles Regatta: 4th, U19 W1x
  • 133rd Royal Canadian Henley: 5th, U19 W1X.
  • 2014 U.S. Junior Women's National Team Sculling Selection Camp
  • 2014 USRowing Southeast Region Youth Championship Regatta: 1st, W4+
  • 2014 USRowing Club National Championship Regatta: 2nd, Junior A W2x

Isla McRae - Class of 2019, Clemson University Women's Rowing

  • Catholic High School (2015).
  • 2014 USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta: 11th, W4+
  • 2014 USRowing Southeast Region Youth Championship Regatta: 1st, W4+
  • 2014 Selection to U.S Junior Women's National High Performance Team

Samantha Barber - Class of 2019, University of Tulsa Women's Rowing (Coxswain)

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  • Oak Ridge High School (2015). Member, National Honor Society.
  • University of Tulsa: Fall 2015 Dean's List; Spring 2016 Dean's List; Fall 2016 Dean's List
  • University of Tulsa: Conference Honor Roll, American Conference
  • Atomic Juniors (2011-2015).
  • 2014 USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta: 11th, W4+ (Coxswain)
  • 2014 USRowing Southeast Region Youth Championship Regatta: 1st, W4+ (Coxswain)
  • 2013 USRowing Club National Championship Regatta: 5th, W4+(Junior B) as member of Southeast Juniors Rowing (SEJ) (Coxswain)

Sam is from Oak Ridge, TN and was a Member of the Atomic Juniors throughout high school. Her experience with Atomic provided her a unique opportunity to continue to pursue rowing in college. "At 2013's Club Nationals, I met several rowing coaches, including Coach Harris at Tulsa. My experience as a coxswain created unique opportunities to look at colleges and universities that I might not have otherwise considered."  Sam received both academic and athletic scholarship offers from Tulsa, and enrolled as a Freshman in Fall 2015. Sam is pursuing a degree in Psychology, and has made the Dean's List every semester.


Rae Oleshansky - Class of 2018, University of Michigan Women's Rowing

  • Bearden High School (2014)
  • 2011 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team Sweep Selection Camp

Rae started rowing at Atomic when she was in seventh grade. Six years later, she was a two-time Atomic team captain and had attended Nationals three consecutive times. "I owe a lot of my success in rowing and in life in general to my time at Atomic", Rae says.

Rae is currently a junior (class of 2018) at the University of Michigan and a rower on the Division I Varsity Women’s team. When asked how she began her college search, she responded, "For me, when it came time to start looking at colleges there was only a few things I knew: that I wanted to row on a competitive team and that I did not want to go to Michigan as my older sister already went there. Obviously, one of those things changed." She goes on to say, "Because of this experience my main advice to Atomic athletes is to keep your mind open. There are so many aspects that go into finding the right school that you never know what is going to end up being the best for you all around."

But Rae also encourages her teammates to keep things in perspective. She says, "Be sure that wherever you go to school is where you want to be academically and socially and that the rowing team is just an added bonus." Rae also recommends that athletes "start the recruiting process early. You are allowed to take five official visits, but it is tiring and hard to fit all five in. If you are able to visit schools on unofficials during junior year it can help in narrowing it down. That being said, if you have taken three officials and still do not know where you want to go I suggest taking another one or two." While searching for the right college, Rae took her time, and didn't make a decision until things felt right. She says, "It sounds cheesy, but you really will know where you are meant to be from the first time you step on campus."

When asked about any advice to future collegiate rowers, Rae commented, "Rowing in college is very demanding. You are fighting for your seat every day and every meter as well as being challenged to perform in the classroom. It is very rewarding but do not underestimate how demanding and challenging it will be."

Her reminder for all high school rowers is: "Work hard and take high school seriously but also enjoy it! Especially high school rowing, there is nothing quite like club rowing so enjoy it and do not take it for granted!"