The sport of rowing requires stamina, concentration, and teamwork; and now students at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf will have a chance to strut their stuff.

Rivermont Collegiate, in partnership with the Y Quad-Cities Rowing Club, will add a competitive rowing program open to its middle and high-school students.

Participants will learn from former Olympians, college coaches, prep school coaches, and national team rowers. Qualified student rowers will travel throughout the nation to compete.

The program is led by Coach Deidrah Kennedy, a longtime rower and a U.S. Rowing Association Level 1 certified coach. According to a Rivermont Collegiate news release, Coach Kennedy brings her love of rowing and her collegiate, masters, club, and prep school coaching experience to Rivermont Rowing Academy.

The Academy, through its partnership, has access to 6 quads, 12 doubles, 12 racing singles and 3 beginner singles. Students will row on the beautiful Mississippi River and travel the United States to compete with the best rowing programs in the country.

Rivermont Collegiate is ranked #1 Best Private High School in Iowa and Best High School for STEM in Iowa on Niche’s list of 2018.

For more information, contact Coach Kennedy  at or at the school’s website.


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