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ODBC Rowers Finish Fall Season with a Flourish

ODBC End of SeasonTuesday, November 8, 2016 - News - ODBC rowers took 17 boats to the water in two separate regattas to finish the fall rowing season on Nov. 5-6, capturing 6 medals and strong performances by a number of boats. The ODBC Men’s and Women’s Second 8s and Lightweight boats competed at the prestigious Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, TN, while the First 8s, a number of 4-seats, lower boats, and singles competed locally at the Head of the Occoquan (HOTO) Regatta.

Billing itself as the “Last of the Great Fall Regattas,” the Hooch included over 200 boats in the two-day event. With warm, beautiful weather at both venues, racing on Saturday, Nov. 5, began with ODBC Second 8 Men and Women competing against dozens on First 8 boats from top schools and clubs from around the country and overseas. First up for ODBC, the Women’s 2V rowed the 5000 meter course with a time of 18:20.2, finishing a respectable 24th out of 73 boats. The Men’s 2V also rowed a strong race against a competitive 62-boat field, finishing 32nd with a time of 16:52.3.

On the same day but 600 miles from the Hooch, three women from the ODBC First 8 spent part of their Saturday racing in single boats on the 5000 meter course at the HOTO Regatta to “warm up” for their 1V race the following day. T.C. Williams seniors Reed Kenny and Katy Murphy earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively, with impressive times of 23:22.95 and 23:45:06. T.C. sophomore Blythe Markel placed 7th with a time of 24:16.53.

Early the next morning in Chattanooga, the ODBC Men’s and Women’s Lightweight 8s hit the water. The Men’s Lights raced first, placing 12th out of 22 boats with a time of 16:41.8. Next, the Women’s Light 8s blazed down the course and scored the silver medal in their 20-boat race with an impressive time of 17:31.6, a little more than 3 seconds after first place Cincinnati Jr. Rowing club and 8 seconds ahead of 3rd place Detroit Boat Club. The ODBC Women’s Lightweight 8s include rowers Charlotte Carey, Lauren Kelly, Alyish Motsinger, Emily DeBodene, Astrid Henkle, Cecilia Fernandez, Chloe Marsh, and Anissa Ashraf, and coxswain Paula Filios. Back in Alexandria, T.C. senior Emily DeBodene reflected on the race.

Later on Sunday morning at the HOTO, the ODBC Men’s First and Third 8s started the day racing in the Men’s Youth 8 Upper Boat category with 27 other boats. The First 8 placed 4th with a time of 16:41.51.

Next up, the ODBC Women’s First and Third 8s competed in the 30-boat Women’s Youth 8 Upper Boat category, where the First 8s took the bronze medal with a time of 18:09.12. Members of the ODBC Women’s First 8 include coxswain Camila Cardwell and rowers Grace Hogan, Caroline Hill, Katy Murphy, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Reed Kenny, Blythe Markel, and Grace Fluharty.

The ODBC Men’s Fourth 8 competed energetically in the Men’s Youth 8 Lower Boat category with 11 other boats and captured the bronze medal with a time of 18:53.48. The 4V rowers include Townson Cocke, Emmett Cocke, Jack Lutzker, CJ Chidlow, Dylan Wright, Joey Subyak, Connor Rex, and Raja Janjua, and coxswain Jackson Quinn. The ODBC Women’s Fourth 8 competed in the Women’s Youth 8 Lower Boat category with 12 other boats and placed 5th with a time of 21:40.44.

ODBC entered two boats in the popular 31-boat Men’s Youth 4 (with cox) Upper Boat Category, and finished the day with two boats in the 9-boat Women’s 4X (no cox) category. In the latter race, the ODBC Women’s First 4 won the silver medal with a time of 21:27.25, 5 seconds behind first place Prince William and over 19 seconds ahead of Steel City Rowing Club. Members of the ODBC Women’s First 4 include Sarah Vest, Tess Moran, Anna Jane Guynn, and Ella Benbow.

Head of the Occoquan - Fairfax, VA

Head of the OccoquanSunday, November 6, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

Head of the Hooch - Chattanooga, TN

Head of the HoochNovember 4-6, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: All Day
Race Time: TBD

ODBC Rowers Post Improved Performances in Philadelphia

ODBC at HOSTuesday, November 1, 2016 - News - The ODBC Crew team took 11 boats to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (HOSR) on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia early in the morning on Oct. 30, and brought medals and improved performances back to Alexandria at the end of the day. The HOSR is one of the premier fall regattas, drawing teams from the both the U.S. and Europe, many of which competed the previous weekend at the Head of the Charles in Boston. Conditions at the HOSR were excellent, with sunny skies, balmy temperatures for late October, and light breezes on the 5000 meter course.

HOSR highlights for ODBC included a bronze medal winning performance with a time of 15:39.337 for the Women’s First 8 crew in the 45-boat Varsity/First Boats category. Members of the ODBC First 8 include coxswain Camila Cardwell and rowers Ailysh Motsinger, Caroline Hill, Katy Murphy, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Reed Kenny, Blythe Markel, and Grace Fluharty. After the race, T.C. Williams senior Reed Kenny said that the team’s race at the HOSR was “by far the best of the season. We came together as a boat and medaled at the Head of the Schuylkill for the first time in a very long time. This has been a very good season for ODBC and I can't wait to see what we can do in the spring for T.C. Williams!”

The ODBC Second 8 Women also brought hardware back from Philadelphia, claiming the silver medal in the Junior Varsity/Lower Boats category with a time of 16:17.200 in a spirited race that included 50 boats. The Women’s Second 8 crew includes coxswain Paige St. John, and rowers Hope Parsons, Emma Carroll, Celia Lane, Lily Warden, Rachel Sedehi, Rachel Saez Knapp, Alexa Liquori, and Cleo Lewis.

Other ODBC highlights from Philadelphia included a strong performance by the ODBC Men’s First 8, who placed 11th with a time of 13:57.099 in a highly competitive 70-boat field in the Men’s Varsity/First Boats category. Racing in the Women’s Varsity/First Boats category, the ODBC Lightweight Women finished in 12th place with a time of 16:11.187, the highest placement of any club’s second boat in that category. In the Men’s Junior Varsity/Lower Boats category, the ODBC Men’s Third 8 placed 16th out of 58 boats with a time of 15:10.503. Finally, in the 30-boat Women’s Frosh/Novice category, the ODBC Frosh 8 showed promise with a solid 4th place finish and a time of 17:36.

ODBC Women’s Head Coach Patrick Marquardt pronounced the day a success: “ODBC performed beautifully with near perfect race-day weather conditions.”

ODBC rowers enter the last races of the season on November 5-6, with the Men’s and Women’s First 8s and lower boats competing at the Head of the Occoquan, and Second and Third 8s travelling to Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch.

Head of the Schuylkill - Philadelphia, PA

 Head of the SchuylkillSunday, October 30, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

Honoring Dee Campbell

Honoring Dee CampbellWednesday, October 26, 2016 - News - DeArcey Thomas "Dee" Campbell

On behalf of the Alexandria Crew Boosters Board, the ACB members, our current student rowers, the TC Williams alumni rowers and all those who have enjoyed the fruits of the amazing crew program built in Alexandria by rowing and coaching legend Dee Campbell, we send our deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Campbell family. We are reminded of the vast contributions that Dee made, not only to TC William Rowing, but to the whole rowing community in Alexandria, the Commonwealth of Virginia and nationally, every time we visit our boat house, The Dee Campbell Rowing Center.

Yet these contributions and acknowledgements pale in comparison to the outpourings of love and affection we have seen by those who knew him, who rowed for him, and the many people whose lives were touched by him. We hope that the tributes, photos, and vignettes about Dee that have been posted on social media and elsewhere provide Dee's family some comfort and a smile in this difficult hour. There will never be another Dee Campbell and he will be greatly missed.

Michael Souza, President, Alexandria Crew Boosters.

Dee's family will receive friends on Thursday, October 27th from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA, where funeral services will be held on Friday, October 28th at 12;00 noon. Graveside services will follow immediately at National Memorial Park, Falls Church. In lieu of flowers, Dee's family asks that you please consider making a donation in Dee Campbell's name to the Alexandria Crew Boosters, PO Box 3202, Alexandria, Va. 22302.
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ODBC First 8 Rowers Fight Blustery Winds in Boston

ODBC at HOCRTuesday, October 25, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA – In weather better suited for sailing than rowing, the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) women’s and men’s crew teams competed with some of the world’s fastest boats on October 22-23 at the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston. As the largest two-day rowing competition in the world, this year’s event on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge included over 2250 boats from 820 schools and clubs.

The ODBC Women’s First 8 improved on their 2015 HOCR performance by placing 21st out of 85 highly competitive boats. Rowing against the current and with a strong breeze at almost 15 miles per hour in their face for much of the race, the ODBC Women finished the winding course with a time of 18:50.558.

TC Williams senior Katie Murphy summed up the battle against her competitors and the elements. "Though the racing conditions were less than ideal, we still rowed a very solid race. [ODBC coxswain] Camila [Cardwell] did a fantastic job navigating the course, especially for her first time at the Charles."

In addition to Murphy and Cardwell, the ODBC Women’s First 8 includes Reed Kenny, Caroline Hill, Grace Vannatta, Grace Asch, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, and Ailysh Motsinger.

The ODBC Men’s First 8 faced even stronger gales when their race began almost three hours after the ODBC Women rowed. With winds at 25 miles per hour and stronger gusts, the men fell behind their normal robust pace in the first quarter of the race and finished with a time of 17:46.092, well behind their strong finishes in previous races this season.

Members of the ODBC Men’s First 8 include coxswain Michaela Gleeson, and rowers Asher Elkins, Addison Guynn, David Pratt, Jamie Ehlers, Nick Belvin, Julien Depeyrot, Jacob Souza, and Connor McGivern.

ODBC rowers are on the road again next weekend at the prestigious Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia.

Head of the Charles - Boston, MA

Head of the CharlesOctober 22-23, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: All Day
Race Time: TBD

In Memoriam - Dee Campbell

In Memoriam - Dee CampbellWednesday, October 19, 2016 - News -

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ODBC Rowers Show Team Strength at Occoquan Chase

ODBC Strength at Occoquan ChaseTuesday, October 18, 2016 - News - Ideal weather combined with remarkable team performances from the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) women’s and men’s 8s on the 3-mile course at the 24th Anniversary Occoquan Chase Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 16. Sunday’s races were a tune-up before Club rowers enter a series of prestigious national regattas over the coming weekends.
The ODBC women’s first 8 boat powered their way to a 2nd place finish in the 30-boat women’s junior 8 category with a time of 18:31.53, 5 seconds behind Resilient Rowing Club and over 5 seconds ahead of 3rd place Thompson Boat Center (TBC) Racing. TC Williams senior Katie Murphy summed up the battle on the water. “Overall, we had a very solid race and had a good rhythm this weekend. Resilient is a competitive team and we look forward to racing them again.”

The ODBC women’s second and third 8 boats also had very competitive races, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively. ODBC women’s head coach Patrick Marquardt said “the girls first 8 did a great job placing 2nd overall and I'm really impressed with our 2V8s and 3V8s coming in ahead of all second 8s.”

The 3 ODBC men’s 8s also faced a field of talented, local competitors in the men’s junior 8 category, which included 31 boats from 13 clubs and schools. The ODBC first 8 men finished 3rd with a time of 17:14.30, behind 2nd place TBC and 1st place Gonzaga. The ODBC men’s second and third 8s also had strong races, finishing 11th and 12th. Of the men’s crew programs with 3 boats in Sunday’s race, only ODBC finished with all 3 boats in the top half.

Starting this weekend, ODBC rowers and top boats from the Chase will compete in races at 3 esteemed national events. On October 22-23, ODBC men’s and women’s first 8s travel to Boston for the Head of the Charles, which will include 11,000 athletes and some of the best crew teams in the world. On October 29-30, ODBC crews head to Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, where over 8,000 athletes will compete. On November 5-6, ODBC rowers travel to Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch Regatta, which regularly features 2000 boats.

Occoquan Chase - Fairfax, VA

Occoquan ChaseSunday, October 16, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

ODBC Men Win Occoquan Challenge

ODBC Men Win Occoquan ChallengeTuesday, October 11, 2016 - News - Stiff breezes from the remnants of Hurricane Matthew did not deter the men from the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) first 8 crew team as they swept a field of 12 upper class boats to win the 2016 Occoquan Challenge Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 9. The OBDC men finished the 5000 meter race with a time of 12:03.44, 3 seconds ahead of 2nd place Resilient Rowing and over 31 seconds ahead of 3rd place Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

"Because of the extreme winds, at first the race felt a little frenzied," said TC Williams senior Asher Elkins, "but the boat was really focused and we pulled it out in the end."

ODBC men's head coach Peter Stramese was pleased with Sunday's results.
"This year's ODBC squad is the largest in several years, and includes many tough, talented athletes. After a few days of selection, and racking and stacking, it's great to see results that these guys are capable of producing. The next few weeks should produce big things from our younger crews too."

Along with the men's first 8, 10 other ODBC boats competed in 7 races as they enter the heart of the fall rowing season. In the 12-boat women's upper class category, the ODBC first 8 women finished 2nd with a time of 13:31.43 behind 1st place Resilient Rowing, and the ODBC lightweight women claimed 3rd with a time of 13:39.81. The ODBC men's lightweight 8 also finished 3rd, with a time of 12:51.56, in a race that pitted these high schoolers against 7 boats from local colleges.

In the women's lower boat category, the ODBC fourth 8 bested a 9-boat field with a time of 14:45.72. The ODBC frosh women's 8 also won their race against 2 other crews with a time of 16:02.5.

ODBC rowers return to Occoquan on Sunday, Oct. 16, for the 2016 Occoquan Chase Regatta.

Occoquan Challenge - Fairfax, VA

Occoquan ChallengeSunday, October 9, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

Home Scrimmage - Alexandria, VA

 Home ScrimmageSaturday, October 1, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

ODBC Rowers Start Strong at Potomac Regatta

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - News - The Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) crew team roared into the fall competitive season on Sunday, September 25 with a strong showing at the 36th Annual Charlie Butt Scullers Head of the Potomac (SHOP) Regatta. Bright sunshine and cool temperatures provided ideal conditions for the 13 ODBC boats competing in three different races on the Potomac River across from the Georgetown/Foggy Bottom waterfront in Washington, D.C.

The SHOP and other fall regattas are head races, where all boats in a single race category launched in 10-15 second intervals, with winners determined by the crew that has the best time down the course. This compares to spring season races, that generally have multiple heats in which a subset of boats in a race category launch simultaneously, with winners of individual heats advancing to the finals. Fall head races also cover longer distances - 4500 or 5000 meters (three miles) compared to the 1500 meter sprints in spring regattas – and typically have multiple turns over the course.

The ODBC program includes student athletes from TC Williams in Alexandria and other local high schools, including McLean, West Potomac, Yorktown, Wakefield, HB Woodlawn, Annandale, and Gonzaga. At the SHOP Regatta, they competed against ten other strong crew programs mostly from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The first race of the day for ODBC was the Men’s Youth Eight category, in which ODBC and home team Thompson Boat Center (TBC) each fielded five boats in the 27-boat field. ODBC coxswains guided their rowers down the 2.8 mile course with times that beat by more than 30 seconds the best times from last year’s choppy race conditions at the SHOP. The ODBC A boat oarsmen placed third, with a time of 14:48.7, behind Fordham Prep from the Bronx and first place TBC, the same three top finishers from last year’s race. Of the five clubs that entered three or more boats in this race, ODBC was the only club with three boats that finished in the top ten, with 7th and 8th place finishes by the ODBC B and C boats, respectively. The ODBC Men’s crew program is guided by head coach Pete Stramese.

The 23-boat Women’s Youth Eight category included six boats each from ODBC and rival TBC. For the fourth year in a row, the ODBC A boat took top honors in this race with a time 16:19:8, a minute and a half faster than their SHOP regatta winning time last year. Making another strong statement about the competitiveness of the ODBC women’s program, the ODBC C boat placed second with a time of 16:37.6, followed by third place TBC. Both ODBC and TBC have claimed the top three places in this race for the last three years, but this year for the first time ODBC took two of those winning slots. And like the ODBC men, with a 6th place finish by the women’s ODBC D boat, ODBC women went home with three finishes in the top ten. Head coach Patrick Marquardt guides the ODBC Women’s crew program.

ODBC’s final race of the day was in the Men’s Youth Four category, in which ODBC brought to the course two boats in the 14-boat field. These boats, with more junior rowers from ODBC, rowed a good race and finished in the middle of the pack.

After an in-house scrimmage on October 1 at the Dee Campbell Rowing Center in Alexandria, ODBC rowers next will compete at the Occoquan Challenge on Sunday, October 9.

ACB Fall General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - News - Please join us on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at our boat house, the Dee Campbell Rowing Center, for the Alexandria Crew Boosters fall general membership meeting. In addition to updating all of you on ACB activities, we also will review the Fiscal Year 2017 ACB budget and recommend its approval. We look forward to seeing you!

Scullers Head of the Potomac - Washington, DC

Scullers Head of the PotomacSunday, September 25, 2016 - Regatta -
Race Time: TBD

TITAN ROWERS MINE GOLD IN ONTARIO

TITAN ROWERS MINE GOLD IN ONTARIOMonday, June 13, 2016 - News -

TITANS END 2016 SEASON WITH 3 GOLD MEDALS AT CANADIAN NATIONALS


ALEXANDRIA, VA – In their last event of the season, the T.C. Williams Crew Team traveled to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada to compete in the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championships, commonly referred to as the Canadian Nationals, on June 3-5. The Titans are regular, strong competitors at this annual event held at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta course, the world class international rowing site that hosted the 1970 and 1999 World Rowing Championships and rowers for the 2015 Pan American Games.

Titan rowers challenged themselves and their competition and left their mark. Every one of the 41 Titan student-athletes excelled in early races and fought their way to Sunday’s finals. All three Titan women’s boats – the Girls First Varsity 8, the Girls Varsity Lightweight 8 and the Girls Freshman 8 - captured gold medals in the Canadian Nationals. This was the best T.C. result in this regatta for years and capped an outstanding season for the Titan rowers.

The CSSRA has hosted this championship series, which is open to high school teams from around the world, since 1945. This year’s event included boats from almost 100 Canadian high schools from coast to coast, and 27 U.S. schools, mostly from New York and Michigan. The 200o-meter Henley Course is the same distance used for World Championship and Olympic rowing, compared to the 1500-meter courses run in most U.S. regattas. In addition to the longer race course, the Canadian Nationals also include different weight categories than in U.S. regattas, so T.C. Women and Men Lightweight rowers competed against rowers who, on average, were able to weigh 8 pounds more throughout the racing season.

The Women’s First 8 captured the gold medal (and the Canadian National title) in the premier female category of the regatta, posting outstanding times in its heat, semi-finals and the final itself. The Girls Varsity First 8 ended the season on a strong note with a gold-medal winning time of 6:49.14 against a tough field of competitors, crossing the line almost five seconds ahead of Havergal College and seven seconds ahead of Pioneer Rowing Club. This is the third consecutive year that T.C. has won the gold in the premier women’s category at the Canadian Nationals. Members of the boat included Brooke Teferra (coxswain), Maria Justiniano, Grace Hogan, Kathleen Murphy, Reed Kenny, Amelia Bender, Giulia Pastore, Rachel Sedehi, and Caroline Hill. They are coached by Jaime Rubini.

The Titan Girls Varsity Lightweight 8, competing in the Senior Women’s 63 Kilogram final, also dominated its category, winning both the preliminary and final race. It earned the gold medal with a time of 6:49.79, over six seconds ahead of second-place Denis Morris Catholic High School. Its finish was only .65 seconds slower than the First 8, showing the power of this lightweight team, which had previously won a bronze medal in the Nationals and a silver medal in the national-level Stotesbury regatta. The Girls Varsity Lightweight 8 included Paige St. John (coxswain), Anissa Ashraf, Lauren Kelly, Sierra Arnold, Leeann Richards, Tori Cook, Olivia Anthony, Sarah Scroggs, and Emily Debodene. Coach Jaime Rubini guides these women.

The Titan Freshman Girls boat, which has won or medalled in every event in which it participated this season, scored a decisive victory in the Canadian Nationals, sprinting for the victory in the Junior Women 8 final. With a time of 7:01.43, it finished over five seconds faster than second-place Havergal College and almost 15 seconds ahead of bronze medal winner Branksome Hall. The gold medal-winning Women Freshman 8 includes Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, and Anna Guynn. Their coach is TC Girls Head Coach Patrick Marquardt.

The T.C. Men also excelled throughout the regatta, with each of the boys competing on boats in two separate categories during the regatta, showing the strength and versatility of the Titan male rowers. Three of the four boys boats made it to the final round.

The T.C. Boys Varsity First 8, rowing together as a group for the first time this season, excelled in its heat and semi-final, advancing to the finals in the premier male category of the regatta, the Senior Men Eight. Battling against the best boats in Canada and from many U.S. locations, the boys captured fifth place overall, an outstanding result, with a time of 6:22.376. The senior boat, made up of members of the T.C. Boys First 4 and the Lightweight 8, included Carter Weitekamp, Asher Elkins, Gareth Markel, Preston Tracy, Ian Willmore, Connor McGivern, Jacob Souza, Peter Laboy and Michaela Gleeson (coxswain).

The Titan Boys Lightweight 8, with a strong season that included a silver medal at the national Stotesbury regatta, also excelled in the Senior Men 72 Kg category. Taking second in its heat, the Titans faced a final with the worst weather conditions of the weekend, with strong winds and white-capped water. Battling against the elements and their competitors, the lightweight boys took fifth place with a time of 6:20.606, shaving 10 seconds off its semi-final performance in an outstanding finale to a great season. The Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8 boat included Claire Williams (coxswain), Stefanos Psaltis-Ivanos, Connor McGivern, Ian Willmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, Drew Jones, and Peter Laboy.

The Boys Lightweight 4, racing in the Senior Men 66 Kg 4 category, won its heat in a thrilling victory and excelled in its semi-final round. Competing against the strongest boats in the finals, it captured fifth place in the regatta, with an outstanding time of 7:14.47.

The TC Boys First 4, racing in a highly competitive category, put in a strong performance in its initial heat, making it to semi-finals. While it was not successful in its bid for the finals, its outstanding effort capped a strong season for the First 4, which regularly won or placed high in its competitions.

The Canadian Nationals ended an outstanding season for the Titan rowers, which included three Canadian gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals at Nationals, three silver medals and one bronze medal at the national-level Stotesbury regatta, and 2 gold medals, a silver, and four bronze medals at the Virginia state championships. The Titans will celebrate their superb season with awards on June 8, wish the seniors well as they leave for college, and be ready for another winning season in 2017.

TITAN ROWERS WIN BIG AT NATIONALS!

TITAN ROWERS WIN BIG AT NATIONALS!Saturday, June 4, 2016 - News -

BRINGING HOME THREE MEDALS



ALEXANDRIA, VA – Seven T.C. Williams Crew Team boats qualified to compete in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta on May 27-28 on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio. More commonly referred to as the Nationals, this regatta is informally recognized by the rowing community as the national high school championship. A week following the Titans’ record-setting medal haul at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, T.C. rowers again proved that they are able to compete against the best high school rowing programs in the nation.

Four Titan boats won slots in the finals with the six fastest boats in their categories in this national championship event. By the time the last oar sliced the water on a hot, humid Saturday in central Ohio, these four Titan boats captured a silver medal, two bronze medals, and a fourth place finish that missed another bronze by a mere second.

This year’s “Nationals” included thousands of athletes from 159 schools and clubs. All seven Titan boats that traveled to Ohio advanced through the first round of heats. The Womens Varsity Junior 8 placed third in their first heat, and raced a spirited semi-final but did not advance. The Mens Varsity 4 placed third in their heat to qualify for a “repechage” seeding late on Friday afternoon, where their hopes for advancement ended. And the Womens Varsity First 8 provided an outstanding effort with a third place showing in their first heat but did not advance past their semi-final race on Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon’s finals for T.C. began with the Womens Freshman 8, whose members have won or medalled in every regatta they entered this spring. These Virginia State Champions rowed to a respectable second place finish and 5:23.212 time in their first heat on Friday, and on Saturday morning’s semi-final placed third to make the cut for the finals behind rowing powerhouses Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Saratoga. At Stotesbury, Saratoga and Mount St. Joe’s finished 1 and 2, respectively, just ahead of the Bronze medal winning Titan Frosh 8.

Their third place finish in the semis left the Titans out of the preferred middle lanes for the six-boat final, but not out of the hunt. With a strong chorus of “Row TC” shouted from the shore, four boats battled closely over the 1500 meter course in a thrilling race. In the end, the Titans set a blistering 5:15.665 pace for the Silver medal behind Saratoga and ahead of Mount St. Joe’s. Finishing fourth was New Trier, a Chicago area high school team who had won their semi-final match earlier in the day and who two weeks earlier won the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association (MSRA) Championship, also held at Dillon Lake.

The silver medal-winning Womens Freshman 8 include Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, and Anna Guynn. Their coach is Patrick Marquardt.

The next three finals with T.C. boats came back to back. First up was the Womens Varsity Lightweight 8, who won the Silver medal at Stotesbury. They placed second in their finals qualifying race at Lake Dillon with a time of 5:18.154, behind New Trier. Two weeks earlier the New Trier boat won the MSRA Championship. The final race was a nail-biter between the three top boats, with the T.C. Lights capturing the bronze with a time of 5:15.125 behind Stotesbury winner Mount St. Joe’s and second place New Trier.

The Womens Varsity Lightweight 8 includes Paige St. John (coxswain), Anissa Ashraf, Lauren Kelly, Sierra Arnold, Leeann Richards, Tori Cook, Olivia Anthony, Sarah Scroggs, and Emily Debodene. Coach Jaime Rubini regularly guides these women.

Next up was the Mens Varsity Lightweight 8, the Silver medal winners at Stotesbury who placed second in their finals qualifying race on Friday with a time of 4:37.154, the third fastest qualifying time in their category. The final included a Who’s Who of U.S. Mens high school rowing programs, including T.C., Belen Jesuit of Miami, St. Joseph’s Prep (the Stotesbury winner), Radnor (4th place at Stotesbury), New Trier (winner of the 2016 MSRA Championship), and Christian Brothers (Bronze medal winners at Stotesbury). The men dashed up the lake with four boats changing leads and places before a screaming crowd. In the end, Belen Jesuit crossed the line first, followed by St. Joe’s, with the T.C. Men posting a time of 4:35.465, only 1.178 seconds behind third place Radnor.

The Mens Varsity Lightweight 8 includes Brianna Zuckerman (coxswain), Stefanos Psaltis-Ivanos, Connor McGivern, Ian Willmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, Drew Jones, and Peter Laboy. The boat is led by Titan Mens head coach Peter Stramese.

The last T.C. final of the day was the Womens Second Varsity 8, the Silver medal winners at Stotesbury. The 2V placed third in their qualifying heat on Friday, and advanced to the Saturday semi-finals, where they placed second with a time of 5:22.225. In another close final involving the top tier of Womens high school crew programs, T.C. battled New Trier (winner of the 2016 MSRA Championship), St. Ignacious from San Francisco, Winter Park, Saratoga, and Mt. St. Joe’s (Bronze medal winner at Stotesbury). New Trier took the Gold and St. Ignacious the Silver, followed the Bronze medal winning T.C. Second Varsity 8 Women only .44 seconds later.

The Womens Second Varsity 8 includes Camila Cardwell (coxswain), Rachel Saez Knapp, Alyssa Forbes, Hannah Posson, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Lily Warden, Emma Carroll, and Charlotte Carey. They are coached by Gracie Barbara.

The medals and superb overall performance of the Titans in Ohio captures only part of what makes this program a success. First-rate coaches expertly guide these student-athletes, and parents and alumni parents support this program in ways large and small year after year. The T.C. seniors provided leadership to more junior rowers, and Titan alumni rowers traveled to Ohio to cheer on their alma mater. The crowd at Nashport repeatedly heard Titan rowers celebrate their teammates by singing “We are the Titans” after hard fought races. And the Men’s Varsity Light Weight 8 showed their sportsmanship when they reached out to congratulate the winning boat from Belen Jesuit after a grueling 1500-meter final.

Titan crew boats will compete June 3-5 in the last regatta of the season: the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Regatta, also known as the Canadian Nationals, held at St. Catharines, Ontario.

CSSRA Championships at St. Catharines, Ontario

CSSRAJune 3-5, 2016 - Regatta - The Canadian Scholastic Championship Regatta. A three-day event, on a world-class 2000-meter course. Finals are Sunday.
Event Timing: TBD
Race Time: All Day

SRAA Nationals, Nashport, OH

SRAAMay 27-28, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: TBD
Race Time: All Day

T.C. Crew Captures Four Medals at Stotesbury!

T.C. Crew Captures Four Medals at Stotesbury!Thursday, May 26, 2016 - News -

Best T.C. Showing in Years in this National Regatta



ALEXANDRIA, VA – The T.C. Williams Crew team proved this weekend that it can compete with the best boats in the country. Participating in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest and oldest high school rowing competition in the world, the T.C. boats excelled. During the May 20-21 event, T.C. boats posted impressive times, with three capturing silver medals and one winning a bronze medal. This is the best T.C. showing in years in this national competition. The Titans chant rang out each time the Titan rowers ascended the medal dock, clearly answering any lingering questions about who the mighty Titans were.

Racing on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the T.C. crew team rowed with 984 boats with 5,679 athletes from 191 schools who participated in the 90th anniversary of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

The T.C. Freshman Girls, Virginia state champions who entered the regatta undefeated this season, led T.C.’s medal wave. With a strong race in the finals, the boat captured a bronze medal in its category in 5.07.55, behind only Saratoga and Mt. Saint Joseph. The freshman girls had won their semi-final race.

The T.C. Girls Varsity Lightweight 8 then competed in its final, after winning its semi-final competition. The lightweight girls came out strong, with only perennial lightweight champ Mt. Saint Joseph pulling ahead of it. The lightweights quickly pulled ahead of all other competitors and sprinted after Mt. Saint Joseph, closing the gap with every stroke. The lightweights crossed the border virtually even with the lead boat, only 1.6 second behind, with an impressive time of 5.00.76.

The Titan Lightweight Boys then began their final race, taking on a full field of the fastest high school boats in its category. The lightweight boys sprinted down the course, vying for the lead with rowing heavyweight St. Joseph Prep, which enjoyed home field advantage. The boys crossed the line in 4:27.01, behind only St. Joseph Prep. They accepted their medals to the sound of their team mates, parents, and supporter doing the T.C. chant.

Rowing in one of the most competitive races of the day, the T.C. Girls Second 8 made a strong start and rowed with the leaders all the way down the 1,500 meter course. With a strong final sprint, the T.C. oarswomen pulled into second place, clinching the silver medal with a time of 5:04.78, behind only National Cathedral School.

The Girls First Varsity 8, rowing in the most competitive category for high school girls, put in an outstanding effort in a series of races. Excelling in its heat and then again in the semi-final race, the First Varsity advanced all the way to the finals. With a strong stroke, followed by a powerful sprint, the boat took fifth place, besting dozens of the best boats in the country, with a time of 5:01.45.

The Boys First 4, competing against the strongest men’s 4s in the country, excelled in its heat and advanced to the semi-finals, where it posted an impressive time of 5:05.08.

Members of the medal winning boats were as follows:

Girls Second Varsity 8/Silver Medal: Camila Cardwell (coxswain), Rachel Saez Knapp, Alyssa Forbes, Hannah Posson, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Lily Warden, Emma Carroll, and Charlotte Carey. They are coached by Gracie Barbara.

Boys Lightweight 8/Silver Medal: Brianna Zuckerman (coxswain), Stefanos Psaltis-Ivanos, Connor McGivern, Ian Willmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, Drew Jones, and Peter Laboy. Peter Stramese, the Titan Boys head coach, guides this boat.

Girls Varsity Lightweight 8/Silver Medal: Paige St. John (coxswain), Anissa Ashraf, Lauren Kelly, Sierra Arnold, Leeann Richards, Tori Cook, Olivia Anthony, Sarah Scroggs, and Emily Debodene. Jaime Rubini coaches the boat.

Girls Freshman 8/Bronze Medal: Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, and Anna Guynn. It is coached by Patrick Marquardt.

With strong momentum from this regatta, these T.C. boats will head for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta, commonly called “the Nationals,” which will be held in Dillon State Park near Zanesville, Ohio next weekend.

Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Schuylkill, Philadelphia, PA

Stotesbury CupMay 20-21, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: TBD
Race Time: All Day

TC Williams Crew Captures Two More State Titles!

2 More State TitlesFriday, May 20, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA – The T.C. Williams Crew team put in a powerful performance at the May 14 “States” competition, capturing two state titles, as well as a silver and two bronze medals. The Titans Boys Second 4 and Girls Junior Varsity 8 boats captured gold medals; the Girls Second Varsity 8 won a silver medal; and the Girls First Varsity 8 and Boys Junior 4 earned bronze medals.

The May 14 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships were a battle of top boats in the Commonwealth, which in turn has some of the nation’s strongest teams. The boats raced on the Occoquan Reservoir in Sandy Run Park in Fairfax on Saturday, May 14. This competition among the Upper Boats was the second week of competition for Virginia state titles. A strong storm that blew in about 3 PM caused the cancellation of afternoon races. Categories where no finals had occurred awarded medals based on times in heats; no medals were given in categories that had not yet raced, dashing the medal hopes of some Titan rowers.

Building on a season of outstanding performances, the Boys Second 4 won a decisive victory in its category, finishing 5 seconds ahead of Langley High School with a time of 5:19.8. The storm, which suspended and then cancelled racing for the day, precluded a Titan trip to the medal dock to pick up the gold medals. However, the boys will receive their hardware in the next week. Members of the Boys Second 4 boat include Kai Linehan (coxswain), Anthony Burke, Julien Depeyrot, Kevin Maldonado Aguilar, and Will Milone. They are coached by Spencer Allin.

The Titan Junior 8 Girls also captured the gold medal in a highly competitive race. The T.C. oarswomen held off a strong final sprint by Lake Braddock, which finished .5 seconds behind the Titans. The Junior Varsity 8 included Coxswain Victoria Anthony, Hope Parsons, Cleo Lewis, Marley Osborne, Tess Moran, Catherine Mellette, Lila Greiner, Ella Benbow, and Cecilia Fernandez. The boat is coached by Mary Carey.

The T.C. Girls Second Varsity 8 also turned in an outstanding performance, powering down the 1,500 meter course against tough competition to earn a silver medal in 5:12.8, finishing about a second behind National Cathedral School. Members of the Girls Second 8 include Camila Cardwell, Rachel Saez Knapp, Alyssa Forbes, Hannah Posson, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Lily Warden, Emma Carroll, and Charlotte Carey. They are coached by Gracie Barbara.

The Girls First Varsity 8 showed its fighting spirit as it sprinted down the course against the fastest female boats in the Commonwealth. The T.C. girls grabbed second place in their heat, and with an incredible final sprint, clinched the bronze medal in the final. Members of the boat include Brooke Teferra, Rachel Sedehi, Kathleen Murphy, Giulia Pastore, Amelia Bender, Reed Kenny, Ithaca Hogan, Caroline Hill, and Maria Justiniano. They are coached by Jaime Rubini.

The Boys Junior 4, which competed as a boat for the first time in the state competition, came out strong against its competitors, earning a bronze medal with a time of 5:10.1. Only Great Bridge and St. Albans High Schools bested it. Rowers on the Boys Junior 4 included Ian Wilmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, and Clare Williams (coxswain). Men’s Head Coach Pete Stramese coaches the boat.

The T.C. Crew Team’s performance this past Saturday caps a successful two week run for the Titans, during which T.C. rowers competed in Virginia championship regattas for both the Upper and Lower Boats. The team earned 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 5 bronze medals in the state championships this year.

Next up for the T.C. Williams Crew team is the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia this weekend. A two-day competition, Stotesbury is the oldest and largest high school regatta in the United States.

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for VSRCSaturday, May 14, 2016 - VASRA - There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available, and many of them are critical for successful regattas. Most of these positions don't require any special skills, and we will be fined for each one left unfilled.

Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship, Occoquan, VA - Upper Boats

VSRC - Upper BoatsSaturday, May 14, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 6:00 AM at TC
Race Time: TBD

T.C. CREW FRESHMAN GIRLS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Girls Freshman 8 wins StateFriday, May 13, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA – On May 7, the T.C. Williams Girls Freshman 8 boat captured a gold medal, winning the Virginia Championship Regatta for Lower Boats and claiming the Ted Phoenix trophy that is presented annually to the Commonwealth’s fastest freshman girls boat. Two other Titan crew boats also medalled, taking bronze medals in highly competitive contests. The state competition took place at Sandy Run Park on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax.

The Girls Freshman 8 boat sprinted down the 1,500 meter course to win its heat in the morning in 5:55.8. Facing the fastest boats in the state for the afternoon final, the Freshman Girls once again turned on the power, crossing the finish line about 11 seconds ahead of rival National Cathedral School. With a final time of 5:45.5, the girls claimed the gold medal and brought back to Alexandria the Ted Phoenix Trophy. This victory continues the Freshman Girls’ undefeated season for 2016. It is also the third time in four years that T.C. has claimed the state championship for freshman girls.

Members of the Freshman 8 include Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, and Anna Guynn. It is coached by Patrick Marquardt. Marquardt commented, “I am really proud of the efforts the freshman rowers have made this season. They have trained hard and stayed focused in every race. I am looking forward to seeing their results in the upcoming competitions when they face some of the country’s best boats.”

The Frosh 8 were not the only Titan boat to visit the medal dock at Saturday's Championship Regatta. Also capturing medals were the following:

- The T.C. Williams Boys Novice 8 barreled down the course to win its heat in the morning, with a time of 5:44.8. They returned in the afternoon to face the fastest boats in Virginia and claimed a bronze medal in a highly competitive contest in which they finished only five seconds behind winner Robinson High School. Their time was 5:41.2. Members of the boat include Townson Cocke, Lars Kirchoff, Owen Malone, Joey Subyak, Carl Chidlaw, Jack Lutzer, Matthew Cheung, Emmott Cocke, and coxswain Emmanuel Teferra. Colin Cantfil, Spencer Allin and Jeff Coan coach the Novice Boys.

- The T.C. Girls Novice 8 boat took second in its heat, fighting its way into the finals. The Novice Girls came out strong and fought the competition the entire course, capturing the bronze medal with a time 6:31.7. Members of the T.C. Girls Novice 8 include coxswain Sara Rider, Lila Arnold, Julia Clements, Ava Elkins, Maria Lyons, Alyssa Umpar, Cammi Cook, Sophia Cavanaugh, Alaina Broward (c). The Girls Novice coaches are Andrea Huggins, Cara Donley and Catie Serex.

-The Boys Freshman 8 also turned on the power during the Petit Men’s Final, battling with Woodbridge down the entire 1,500 meter course. With a final sprint, Woodbridge edged ahead at the last moment, with T.C. finishing .43 seconds behind it, to earn second place in 5:34.03.

The T.C. Williams Crew Team will compete next in the Virginia Championship Regatta for Upper Boats, which will be held at Occoquan on Saturday, May 14th. Qualifying boats will then compete in major national competitions, including the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on May 20-21 and the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in Nashport, Ohio on May 27-28. The final race of the season is international: the Canadian Scholastic Championship Regatta in St. Catharine’s, Ontario on June 3-5. The Titans are guided by Boys Head Coach Pete Stramese and Girls Head Coach Marquardt.

Ted Phoenix, Occoquan, VA - Lower Boats

Ted Phoenix - Lower BoatsSaturday, May 7, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 6:00 AM at TC
Race Time: TBD

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Ted Phoenix Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Ted Phoenix RegattaSaturday, May 7, 2016 - VASRA - There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available, and many of them are critical for successful regattas. Most of these positions don't require any special skills, and we will be fined for each one left unfilled.

Charlie Butt Regatta - on the Potomac at Georgetown, DC

Charlie ButtSaturday, April 30, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: TBD
Race Time: TBD

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Charlie Butt Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Charlie Butt RegattaSaturday, April 30, 2016 - VASRA - There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available, and many of them are critical for successful regattas. Most of these positions don't require any special skills, and we will be fined for each one left unfilled.

T.C. WILLIAMS CREW RACKS UP THE WINS AT THE DARRELL WINSLOW REGATTA ON APRIL 16

TCW Racks up the Wins at Darrell WinslowTuesday, April 26, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA – The T.C. Williams Crew team turned in another powerful performance on Saturday, April 16, with seven Titan boats winning their races at the Darrell Winslow Regatta in Lorton.

Raced on the Occoquan Reservoir 15 miles south of DC, the Darrell Winslow is one of the largest regattas of the early spring season. About 1,700 rowers took to the water this past Saturday representing schools from around the area. Against this large, competitive field, the Titan Crew excelled. T.C. boats won seven races, capturing top honors in four categories: Men’s Second Four, Women’s Second Varsity Eight, Women’s Varsity Lightweight Eight, and Women’s Freshman Eight.

Leading the way for T.C. Williams was the Boys First Varsity 4 boat, which sprinted down the 1,500 meter course to win its heat and later took fourth place overall in the category, with a time of 5:28.0. The Boys Second 4 boat, with four rowers and a coxswain, then powered down the course to claim victory overall in its category, with a time of 5:39.7, 2 seconds ahead of Langley.

Leading for the Titan Girls was the Girls First Varsity 8, which won its heat and took fourth overall in the category of top female boat in the region. The Girls Second Varsity 8 then proved its strength with a strong finish that earned it an impressive first place finish, with a time of 5:09.4, about three seconds ahead of McLean High School. Continuing the winning streak, the Girls Varsity Lightweight 8 charged down the course to win the most decisive victory of the day, with a time of 5:26.1, almost twenty seconds ahead of closest competitor Lake Braddock. The Girls Freshman 8 turned on power as it raced down the 1,500 meter course, capturing first place in its category with a time of 5:40.3, about 9 seconds ahead of Lake Braddock. The Girls’ Junior 8 also clinched first place in its heat, taking third overall in its category, with a time of 5:51.5.

Showing the depth of the Titan crew team, the Girls’ Fourth 8 captured second place in its category, the Girls Novice Boat won second place in its flight, and the Boys Novice 8 powered down the course for a third place in its flight.

Rowers, coxswain, and coaches on the winning boats were as follows:

Boys Second 4: Coxswain Cox: Kai Linehan, Asher Elkins, Julien Depeyrot , Anthony Burke, Kevin Maldonado Aguilar; coached by Spencer Allin

Girls Second 8: Camila Cardwell (coxswain), Charlotte Carey, Grace Hogan, Lily Warden, Guilia Pastore, Emma Carroll, Grace Vannatta, Cecilia Fernandez, Rachel Suez-Knapp; coached by Gracie Barbara

Girls Varsity Lightweight 8: Paige St. John (coxswain), Anissa Ashraf, Lauren Kelly, Sierra Arnold, Leeann Richards, Tori Cook, Olivia Anthony, Sarah Scroggs, Emily Debodene; coached by Jaime Rubini

Girls Freshman 8: Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Marley Osboren, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, Anna Guynn; coached by Patrick Marquardt

The Titan Girls are returning to St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware next weekend for their third competition at Noxontown Pond. Both the T.C. Crew Boys and Girls will be competing at the Charlie Butt Regatta on the Georgetown waterfront on Saturday, April 30.

Chipotle Fundraiser - April 24, 2016

Chipotle FundraiserSunday, April 24, 2016 - Fundraiser -

When: Sunday, April 24, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Chipotle, Potomac Yard, 3425 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Why: When you eat at Chipotle during support TC Crew's Fundraiser, Chipotle will donate 505 of proceeds to our team!


Please show the official Fundraiser Flier (print a hard copy OR open on your phone) to the cashier and let him/her know that you are a supporter of the TC Williams Crew Team.


Thank you for your support!

Click on the link below to get your Flier

Noxontown Regatta # 3 - St. Andrew's School, DE - GIRLS ONLY

Saint Andrews #3 - GIRLS ONLYSaturday, April 23, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 7:00 AM at TC
Race Time: 1:00PM ~ 4:00 PM

Darrell Winslow Regatta - Occoquan, VA

Darrell Winslow RegattaSaturday, April 16, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 6:00 AM at TC
Race Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Darrell Winslow Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Darrell Winslow RegattaSaturday, April 16, 2016 - VASRA - There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available, and many of them are critical for successful regattas. Most of these positions don't require any special skills, and we will be fined for each one left unfilled.

TITAN CREW EXCELS AT ST ANDREWS REGATTA SIX BOATS CLAIM FIRST OR SECOND PLACE HONORS

TCW Excels at St. Andrews RegattaWednesday, April 13, 2016 - News - TITAN CREW EXCELS AT ST ANDREWS REGATTA SIX BOATS CLAIM FIRST OR SECOND PLACE HONORS

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Undaunted by occasional downpours, the T.C. Williams Crew Team excelled in the St. Andrews Regatta on Noxontown Pond in Middletown, Delaware on Saturday, April 2. The Titan Crew Team finished first or second in six separate races, with the Girls Freshman Team earning an impressive victory in the Second 8 category.

The Titan Crew team put in a powerful performance during its second appearance at a St. Andrews Regatta in two weeks. The Titan Freshman Girls demonstrated that they will be a force to contend with this season, capturing victory in the Second Varsity Category, which pitted them against more experienced boats. The Freshman Girls started strong, battled with boats throughout the 1,500 meter race, and sprinted to a victory in a time of 5:28.9. They finished 4 seconds ahead of crew powerhouse Holy Spirit. Members of the T.C. Girls Freshman 8 are Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motsinger, Elspeth Collard, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, and Anna Jane Guynn. Titan Head Girls Coach Patrick Marquardt guides the Freshman 8. The Titan Girls Second Varsity team also excelled in the race, capturing third place with a time of 5:35.5.

The Boys First Varsity 4 also put in a powerful performance, maintaining a strong pace throughout the race and sprinting to a second place finish in 5:31.2, behind Chaminade High School. Members of the Boys First 4 include Preston Tracy, Carter Weitekamp, Sarin Suvanasai, Gareth Markel, and Coxswain Kai Linehan. Peter Hearding is the coach for the Boys Varsity 4.

The Titan Girls First Varsity 8 boat also showed its strength, taking second place in a hard-fought race against Holy Spirit. With a time of 5:13.7, the T.C. varsity team finished only 1.3 seconds behind Holy Spirit. It beat the Washington Lee High School First 8, which had bested the Titans in a prior contest in Alexandria. Members of the Girls First Varsity include Brooke Teferra (coxswain), Maria Justiniano, Alyssa Forbes, Katie Murphy, Grace Asch, Amelia Bender, Reed Kenny, Hannah Posson and Caroline Hill. Veteran coach Jaime Rubini coaches the First 8.

The T.C. Boys Second Varsity 8 boat also captured a second place prize, charging down the 1,500 meter course in 4:49.8. Only Chaminade High School, a strong regional contender, bested them. Members of the Boys Second 8 include Brianna Zuckerman (coxswain), Stefanos Psaltis-Ivanis, Conor Mcgivern, Ian Wilmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, Drew Jones, and Peter Laboy. They are coached by Boys Head Coach Peter Stramese.

Continuing the strong team performance, the T.C. Girls Junior 8 took second place in its category with a time of 5:49.6. Members of the Junior 8, coached by Mary Carey, include Victoria Anthony (coxswain), Hope Parsons, Rachel Sedehi, Emma Carroll, Tess Moran, Fatima Chavez, Catherine Mellette, Cleo Lewis, and Brielle Quarles. Demonstrating the depth of the T.C. crew team, the T.C. Girls Fifth 8 also captured second place in its category with a time of 6:46.0. Six other T.C. boats, including the novice boats that will provide the future strength for the T.C. crew program, also put in powerful performances during the regatta.

Other high schools taking part in the regatta included host St. Andrew’s School, Holy Spirit High School from New Jersey, Chaminade High School from New Jersey, Robinson High School from Virginia, and long-time rival Washington Lee High School from Virginia.

T.C. Williams Girls Head Coach Patrick Marquardt commented, “The Titan Girls are making a strong start this season against some very tough teams. While we still have a lot of work to do, this team has strong potential to do well in the competitions ahead of us.”

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Walter Mess Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Walter Mess RegattaSaturday, April 9, 2016 - VASRA - There are still lots of volunteer opportunities available, and many of them are critical for successful regattas. Most of these positions don't require any special skills, and we will be fined for each one left unfilled.

Walter Mess Regatta - Occoquan, VA

Walter Mess RegattaSaturday, April 9, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 6:00 AM at TC
Race Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM

Noxontown Regatta # 2 - St. Andrew's School, DE - BOYS & GIRLS

Saint Andrews #2 - BOYS & GIRLSSaturday, April 2, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 7:00 AM at TC
Race Time: 1:00PM ~ 4:00 PM

Noxontown Regatta # 1 - St. Andrew's School, DE - GIRLS ONLY

Saint Andrews #1 - GIRLS ONLYSaturday, March 26, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 7:00 AM at TC
Race Time: 1:00PM ~ 4:00 PM

T.C. CREW KICKS OFF SPRING SEASON WITH BIG WINS

T.C. CREW KICKS OFF SPRING SEASON WITH BIG WINSTuesday, March 22, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The T.C. Williams Crew team took to the water this Saturday for its first races of the year, a scrimmage against Washington-Lee and West Potomac High Schools at the Dee Campbell Boathouse in Old Town. Seasoned Potomac River rowers, the Titans met the challenge of winds and choppy water to score impressive performances.

At the March 19 scrimmage, the Titan Boys Second Varsity Eight (2V) boat won a decisive victory in its race, crossing the finish line about 18 seconds ahead of a boat from the Washington-Lee Generals. The T.C. Girls’ Second Varsity 8 and Girls Freshman 8 captured first and second places in the Second Varsity category. The Titan Freshman Boys also powered to the finish line, beating Washington-Lee by a second. Showing the depth and strength of the Titan team, the T.C. Girls Third 8, the Boys Novice 8, and the Girls Novice 8 all crossed the finish line in first place. Faced with tough competition from Washington-Lee, the Boys First Varsity 8 and the Girls First Varsity posted powerful second place finishes, with the Girls Lightweight Varsity 8 only seconds behind the First Varsity. The results overall showed a strong start for the Titans – and some significant work ahead as their future schedule will pit them against some of the best boats in the country.

“I’m encouraged,” stated T.C. Crew Boys Head Coach Pete Stramese when asked about the results. “But I also know it’s a long season, and what happens from one weekend to the next depends entirely on the hard work that’s put in on the days in between. Our guys have been working hard this spring. It showed last Saturday. The job now is to keep it up.”

The March 19 Scrimmage continued a tradition that dates back to March 1949. W-L Crew's first race ever was against Alexandria's George Washington High School (now GW Middle School) in March 1949. GW had started crew two years earlier, and W-L was the second high school team in the area. So Saturday's race continued a rivalry that goes back 66 years. This was the first time that West Potomac had joined the scrimmage for a number of years, making the competition even more challenging. It provided a good opportunity for all the boats to test themselves against strong rowers from the other teams and prepare for their spring seasons.

“The scrimmage against Washington-Lee and West Potomac is a great way to start the season, and we faced some tough competition that will help our girls train for future races,” said Patrick Marquardt, Head Coach for the Titan Girls Crew team. “We will be travelling to the Noxontown Regatta at St. Andrews Prep School in Middletown, Delaware next weekend. The girls will race against some outstanding boats there. So, they will be using this spring break to train hard for what is ahead next week and throughout the season.”

Stramese and Marquardt head up a coaching staff that includes Peter Hearding, Enoch Cleckley, Spenser Allin, Jeff Coan, and Colin Cantfil on the boys side, and Jaime Rubini, Gracie Barbara, Mary Carey, Cara Donley, Chris Ottie, Catie Serex, and Andrea Huggins.

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Additional photos of the scrimmage are available at
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Information about the team’s schedule is available at
http://www.tcwcrew.org/events/Regattas.php

TCW - Washington & Lee - West Potomac - Dee Campbell Rowing Center (Boathouse), Alexandria, VA

TCW - W&L - WestPo ScrimmageSaturday, March 19, 2016 - Regatta -
Event Timing: 7:00 am-10:30 am
Race Time: 7:30 am-9:30 am

Food Prep Party

Food Prep PartySunday, March 13, 2016 - Food Preparation -
One of the many jobs of the Alexandria Crew Boosters is to make sure our rowers are well fed at the regattas throughout the season. That job begins before the regattas actually begin -- at our annual food prep party, where chicken, potatoes, and other vegetables are sliced, diced, and bagged to get them ready for the spring.

Click on the link below to volunteer.

Launch Boat Training -- 2015 Season

Launch Boat Training -- 2016 SeasonSunday, March 13, 2016 - VASRA - All launch boat drivers must complete training and take USBoating certification test to prepare for driving launch boats during regattas held at Occoquan and Georgetown.

Alexandria’s MidAtlantic Erg Sprints Yield Record Turnout

Erg Sprints Yield Record TurnoutTuesday, February 23, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA -- On January 30, T.C. Williams High School hosted the 2016 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, showcasing an arena of success that has been building over thirty years of competition. The Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints began in 1985 as a way to motivate a handful of rowers to stay in shape through during “off-season” and are now the world’s second largest indoor rowing competition and the largest for high school athletes. Sanctioned by U.S. Rowing and hosted by Alexandria Crew Boosters, the competition drew rowers and coaches from all over the region to the Gerry Bertier Gymnasium to compete in 137 different events. The competition attracted over 2,000 entries from 130 teams, with competitors ranging in age from 5 to 88. Olympic athletes, veteran and novice rowers, disabled athletes, parent-child pairings and rowers of all ages and abilities joined together to test their strength and endurance.

The MidAtlantic Erg Sprints presented medals for individual performances and trophies for consolidated performances. Woodrow Wilson High School captured the trophy for the top high school rowing team, with McLean and TC Williams High Schools taking second and third. Virginia Tech Crew earned first place honors as the top collegiate rowing competitors, followed by Virginia Commonwealth University and Catholic University took second and third places. Junior League team winners were Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association), James River High School Rowing (Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association), McLean High School (Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association), and the Annapolis Junior Rowing Association (Baltimore). The MedStar NRH Paralympic Sport Club Rowers dominated the top Fitness Club Team category again this year.


Stars of the day included rowers powering through a distance of 2000 meters, qualifying for the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship on February 28th in Boston:

  • Veteran Rower William Brownlee from St. Andrew’s Rowing Club, for the second consecutive year;

  • Robert Spousa from the Occoquan Boat Club;

  • Paul Siebach, lightweight rower from Northern Virginia Rowing Club;

  • Christian Tabash and Joseph Johnson, both from Gonzaga College High School.


High School Gold medal recipients included TC William’s, Jillian Jones TC Williams (kids 500M) and Blythe Markel TC Williams (junior women 1500M lightweight), Bishop Ireton’s Elizabeth McCabe (junior women 500M championship lightweight) and Clayton Kiyonaga (junior men 1500M); Abigail Koerner (junior women 20-minute row lightweight), Sam Snedden from Woodrow Wilson (junior men 2000M). Two TC Williams rowers students grabbed silver medals, Kelly Jones (junior women 1000M), and Ailysh Motsinger (womens open 2000M lightweight).

Alexandria Community Rowing competitors Christina Swartz (veteran women 2000M), Mary Cato (veteran women 500M sprint championship), and Lori Criado (masters women 30-minute row) took home gold medals.
The race field contained great performances from all categories—seniors, adaptive, juniors—impressive and inspiring in their own way. Full race results are available, as well as photographs from the event are on the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints website http://ergsprints.com/

T.C. Rowers Take on Blizzard to Raise Funds

T.C. Rowers Take on Blizzard to Raise FundsWednesday, February 10, 2016 - News - ALEXANDRIA, VA – Talk about your cross-training! The T.C. Williams Girls Crew Team put down their oars and picked up snow shovels to raise funds for the team and support their community during a three-day marathon of shoveling snow for local homeowners in the aftermath of the January 22-23 blizzard in Alexandria. The girls raised $5,800 with their efforts.

More than twenty rowers from the T.C. Girls Crew team raced through the heavy snows left by Jonas to form shoveling teams to clear paths for homeowners throughout Alexandria on Sunday and Monday. The girls, who are currently doing winter conditioning in preparation for the beginning of the spring competitive season at T.C. Williams, showed that their strength comes in handy during a crisis. Energetically shoveling more than thirty homes, the girls demonstrated the commitment, strength, and teamwork that have made them formidable competitors for the Titan Crew Team.

Gracie Barbara, Assistant Girls Coach for T.C. Williams High and former Titan rower, conceived of and organized the effort to raise funds for the team. She explained, “The girls were quick to jump on board with the shoveling. Some girls even did some on their own before I sent them out to shoveling appointments I made. Most of the houses in the neighborhoods were glad to help! Some of the homeowners even had rowers in their family or rowed themselves so it was great to still have that support for the team. The girls shoveled over 30 homes and did a fantastic job. They were open to going to more houses. For the first time we have done this with only two days of planning, it has been a great success!”

Patrick Marquardt, Head Coach for the T.C. Girls Crew Team, said, “The girls did a fantastic job. Feedback from homeowners has been outstanding. I am always impressed by the dedication our girls bring to everything they do.”

Donna Munoz, an Alexandria resident and crew parent, echoed Marquardt’s comments about the value of the girls’ work, saying “Two smiling and energetic girls showed up and took over our shoveling duties. They were soon joined by an additional rower and managed to free our car and dig down to the driveway asphalt. Thanks T.C. Titan Girls Crew!”

Olivia Anthony, a junior at T.C. Williams High School, met up with her team mates to shovel snow in the Beverly Hills and Northridge neighborhoods. Enjoying the team work that bonds the Titan girls as competitors, the girls stayed focused on their objective. "We were shoveling snow to earn money for Alexandria Crew Boosters. This group helps to support our crew team when we compete in the spring," explained Anthony. According to Marquardt, the girls raised $5,800 for T.C. Williams Crew over three days.

The Titan Girls are raising funds to help support their spring season, which begins with practice on February 22 and a first scrimmage on March 19. T.C. Williams has a long tradition of excellence in rowing, regularly earning state, national and even international medals. Last year, Titan boats won four state championships, national medals, and a gold medal at the Canadian National Championship. Learn more about the different opportunities for rowing in Alexandria at www.tcwcrew.org.

Photo: Teams of rowers from the T.C. Girls Crew team shoveled more than 30 homes over the weekend to help homeowners and raise funds for the spring season. Pictured here are (top, from left) Grace Vannatta, Grace Hogan, Paige St. John, Grace Fluharty, Sierra Arnold, and Olivia Anthony; (bottom, from left) Charlotte Carey, Paula Filios, and Victoria Anthony.
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