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2015 News


VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for VSRCSaturday, May 9, 2015 - News - 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.

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Ted Phoenix Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Ted Phoenix RegattaSaturday, May 2, 2015 - News - 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.

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Charlie Butt Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Charlie Butt RegattaSaturday, April 25, 2015 - News - 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.

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Smockey Jacobs Regatta

VASRA Volunteer Jobs for Smockey JacobsSaturday, April 18, 2015 - News - 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.

Launch Boat Training -- 2015 Season

Launch Boat Training -- 2015 SeasonSunday, March 22, 2015 - News - 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.

Food Prep Party

Food Prep PartySunday, March 15, 2015 - News -
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.

For the fourth year in a row, the prep party will be held at the beautiful home of Sarah & Roger Conrad, located at 3516 Halcyon Drive in Alexandria. Please bring a cutting board and/or knives. Come for an hour or come and stay!


Click on the link below to volunteer.

Spring Program Orientation Meeting Recap

Spring Program Orientation RecapMonday, February 23, 2015 - News - Thanks to all of you who came out on Saturday for our kick-off event at the Dee Campbell Boathouse. I hope you got all of the information you needed. New parents, if you still have questions, please contact Sarah Conrad at sbconrad28@gmail.com.

Spring crew practice started Monday, February 23! We are excited to begin a new season that will allow our young athletes to get in great shape, compete with teams from around the region and possibly the nation, and develop new friendships and experiences. It will be an incredible experience for rowers and families alike.

Just a reminder that each rower should have....
  • Registered Instructions and online registration are available at TC Williams Spring 2015 Registration. Important: Only 8th-12th graders from ACPS can register for the Spring Programs. If you have not already paid, 8th grader rowers should bring checks for $50, and 9th-12th graders should bring checks in the amount of $170 made out to "ACB" to their coaches, with the name of the rower in the memo area.

  • Checked Eligibility - All student athletes must be deemed ‘eligible’ by TC Williams High School requirements to participate in spring sports.

  • Brought a completed VHSL (Virginia High School League) Physical Form to the TC Williams Athletic Office, or if the rower has a valid physical on record, advised the Athletic Office that he/she will participate in spring season crew.

  • Filled out a US Rowing waiver: All athletes must complete and sign the US Rowing Online Waiver. A parent has to sign if you're under 18. Go to https://rosters.usrowing.org/waiver/USRowing.jsp and use the Club Code: LFPCS. Attached are further instructions.

  • Passed a swim test at Chinquapin Recreation Center. If a rower did not have an opportunity to take the test on Saturday Feb 21st, he/she should talk to a coach immediately about rescheduling.

ACPS will provide bus transportation to and from weekday practices when school is in session. Below is the bus information for getting to the Boat house:
  • From GW: 43, 49

  • From FH: 65

  • From MH: 18, 68

  • From TC: 4, 24, 66

Lost an I-Phone? We found one in the snow outside of the boathouse after the kickoff meeting on Saturday. If you think it is your, please contact Sarah Conrad (sbconrad28@gmail.com) and provide a description.

Volunteering: As we discussed on Saturday, we are an all-volunteer organization, and we need all families to make a contribution in some way to support our rowers. If you did not have a chance to volunteer during the meeting, please watch for volunteer opportunities on the website http://www.tcwcrew.org/.

Throughout the season, we will be providing regular updates by email, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alexandria.crewboosters), and on the website. Please watch for new information and contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you all this spring for another great season of TC crew!

Steve Scroggs, President, Alexandria Crew Boosters

Mandatory Parent Meeting and New Rower Orientation for Spring Crew Season, Saturday, February 21

Mandatory Meeting for Parents and AthletesFriday, February 20, 2015 - News - The spring season for TC Crew is almost here! Please join us for mandatory kick-off meetings for the spring crew season on Saturday, February 21 for parents of both new and returning rowers. It will be a great opportunity to prepare for the new season and connect with coaches and other families.

10 AM - New rowers and at least one parent must attend the safety training/orientation, 10-11 AM at the Dee Campbell Boathouse.

11 AM - New and returning parents must attend the season kick off meeting, which includes breakfast, from 11-noon. This is a great way for both returning and new parents to learn about the upcoming season and get to know other parents. Rowers are welcome to come, but it is not mandatory for them. However, one parent for each rower should plan to attend.

A mandatory swim test for rowers will take place at Chinquapin Rec Center on February 21 at 1 PM.

If you haven't registered online yet, please do so immediately. All registration must be done online. Please go to http://www.tcwcrew.org/programs/signup.html to register.

Practice starts on Monday, February 23.

Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Steve Scroggs
President, Alexandria Crew Boosters

2015 Spring Crew Registration

2015 Spring Crew RegistrationTuesday, February 17, 2015 - News - Sign up now for spring crew! Registration is now open for the spring crew season at TC Williams. TC's crew team is open to anyone at any level who is interested in competing and become part of an extraordinary team. TC's crew team has been extremely successful over several decades, regularly winning regional, state, national and even international medals. The program's outstanding coaching helps to support young people of all levels to achieve impressive performances. The program is open to 8th to 12th graders. You can sign up at http://www.tcwcrew.org/programs/signup.html. If you are a new rower (have not competed for one competitive spring season), you and a parent should join us for a novice orientation on Saturday, February 21, 10-11 am at the Dee Campbell Boathouse, 1 Madison Street. A welcome session for all parents, including those of returning rowers, will follow at 11 am. Questions and concerns can be sent to alexandriacrewboosters@gmail.com.

Hope we'll see you on the Potomac this spring!

Click on the link below for more details about the 2015 Spring Crew program.

ErgSprints 2015 - 30th Anniversary

ErgSprints 2015Sunday, February 8, 2015 - News - A new world record in the half marathon by Olympic gold medalist Esther Lofgren capped an exciting day of competition at the 2015 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, hosted by TC Williams High School and Alexandria Crew Boosters on January 31. Over 1,700 athletes from 130 teams in 14 states competed. The McLean High School Crew Club earned the Top High School Rowing Team and Top Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Team honors. During the event, the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints celebrated its 30th anniversary in Alexandria, growing from a handful of competitors in 1986 to become the world’s second largest indoor rowing competition and the largest high school indoor rowing event. Enthusiastic rowers, ranging from Olympic athletes to novices, from ages 5 to 87, competed in over 100 events.

During the event, Esther Lofgren, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and eight-time member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, shattered the world record for the half marathon, posting a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 12 seconds, beating a 2003 record by three minutes. Alexandria Crew Boosters (ACB) President Stephen Scroggs stated, “It was incredibly exciting to see Esther compete, and her world-record performance inspired all the participants. We also appreciated her support for the rowing community, including speaking at a seminar on rowing in college, taking photos with young athletes, and participating in the 30th anniversary celebration.” MidAtlantic Erg Sprints Director Jeff Byron added, “This record drives home that the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints has become one of the preeminent events of its kind in the world.”

The MidAtlantic Erg Sprints presents trophies to different teams for their consolidated performances. This year, McLean High School Crew Club won the trophy for the Top High School Rowing Team, as well as the Top Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Team. Georgetown Lightweight claimed the honors for Top College Rowing Team. MedStar NRH Paralympic Sport Club dominated the Top Fitness Club Team category. Bishop-Ireton High School Rowing Team and Walt Whitman High School tied for first place in the Top Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association Team. Great Bridge High School grabbed the Top Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Team honors, and Annapolis Junior Rowing Association

In a short ceremony mid-day, organizers commemorated the 30th anniversary of the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, which has been held at TC Williams every year since January 1986. Past ACB presidents Paul Bea and Dan Shipp, along with former TC crew coach Mike Penn, recounted the history of the event, which started in the TC gymnasium with a handful of competitors as a way to motivate rowers to stay in shape during the off-season. The original bicycle-wheel erg rowing machine used during that event, on display for the ceremony, was a reminder of how far the sport has come. The ceremony highlighted the contributions of the many coaches who coax top performances out of their athletes. It included top U.S. national rowers Esther Lofgren and Yohann Rigogne who threw T-shirts to participants.

ACB President Scroggs stated, “Taking a few moments to commemorate the past thirty years of the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints highlights how far the event has come, becoming the second largest indoor rowing competition in the world and the largest for high school rowers. Instead of a handful of local athletes, this year’s competition featured 2,000 entries from 1,700 athletes associated with 130 teams in 14 states and DC.”

While the Olympians put in inspiring performances, TC Williams students also excelled in their events. Against fierce competition, three TC Williams students grabbed silver medals. Senior Kyra McClary took silver in the Junior (Age 17) Lightweight Women 2000 meters with a time of seven minutes, forty-three seconds (7:43.0). Junior Amelia Bender finished a close second in the Junior (age 17) Women 2000 meters, with a time of 7:24.6, and sophomore Isabel Montenegro grabbed two silver medals for her performances in the Junior (age 16) Women’s 1500M(5:29.6) and Junior Women 500M Sprint Championship (1:40.5). Other TC students who ranked high in their races included Sierra Arnold, Ella Benbow, Ann Caprio, Addison Guynn, Reed Kenny, Alexander Psaltis-Ivanis, Jacob Souza, Tyler Souza, and Carter Weitekamp. The TC mixed relay teams also excelled in their event. Over 65 students from TC competed during the day.

In terms of individual performances, other stars of the day included the adaptive rowers who overcome physical and other challenges to compete. Their competitions were intense, and some of those participating are looking at possible Paralympic competition in the future. For example, Dammy Onafeko of the Capital Rowing Club scored an impressive victory in the Adaptive Physically Disabled category. Rowers from Athletes Without Borders, MedStar NRH Paralympic Sports Club, and Capital Adaptive Rowing Program participated. Eighty-seven-year old rower William Brownlee, the oldest competitor, proved that you are never too old to excel, winning his event.

More than 130 teams competed at the MidAtlantic Sprints, including high school and university rowers. High schools with the large participation included Yorktown, Robinson, TC Williams, Walt Whitman, Bishop O’Connell, Gonzaga, Woodrow Wilson, Washington Lee, and Oakton, and Bishop Ireton. Universities represented included Liberty, George Mason, University of Mary Washington, Catholic, Georgetown, St. Johns, American, and the Naval Academy.

The MidAtlantic Erg Sprints were hosted by the Alexandria Crew Boosters, the Alexandria City Public Schools, and TC Williams High School. More than 250 local volunteers staffed this event. Proceeds help pay for the TC Crew Program, including buying a new racing shell and giving scholarships to rowers for travel and other costs.

2015 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints

 2015 MidAtlantic Erg SprintsTuesday, January 20, 2015 - News - Register Now for the 2015 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints! On January 31, the TC Williams High School Gymnasium will come alive with powerful rowers, screaming coxswains, and cheering fans as the Alexandria Crew Boosters host the 30th anniversary MidAtlantic Erg Sprints. The event has grown to become not only the second largest indoor rowing competition in the world but also the world’s largest competition of its kind for high school rowers. With a world record set at last year's Erg Sprints and new trophy categories this year, 2015 is shaping up to be the most exciting Erg Sprints ever. Registration is now open; rowers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate.

Athletes interested in competing in this year’s Erg Sprints can register by visiting www.ergsprints.com . Online registration is open through January 25th.

We also need volunteers! We encourage volunteers, vendors and sponsors to sign up at www.ergsprints.com .

This is the 30th anniversary of the event, which is sponsored by the Alexandria Crew Boosters. The MidAtlantic Erg Sprints were first held in Alexandria in the fall of 1985. They began with a couple of dozen TC High School rowers and have grown to more than 2,000 entries from 110 clubs.

Races on January 31st will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at approximately 4:00 pm. The top finishers in the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints will qualify to compete in the World Indoor Rowing Championship – also known as the Crash-B Sprints – which will be held at Boston University's Agganis Arena on March 1.
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