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Congratulations, Erg Rentals Saturday, Men’s Unis Arrived, Craft Show Planning Meeting, Green Days

posted Jun 13, 2019, 9:01 AM by Anne Fernandez

Good morning,

I know we said Monday was the last email of the season, but we decided there was enough important information to send one more email (details below):

  1. Congratulations

  2. Erg Rentals on Saturday, June 15th

  3. Men’s Unis Have Arrived

  4. Craft Show Planning Meeting

  5. Summer Green Days


1. NEW: Congratulations to Abby Pesansky for being recognized as a Washington Post high school All Met Honorable Mention.  Here is the link to the article.


2. REMINDER: Erg Rentals and Help Needed This Saturday. We are still looking for student-athletes and parents to help work this event, please sign up below if  you are available between 9am-noon on Saturday. Rent an erg on June 15th and stay in shape this summer! Rowers returning next year can rent an erg on Saturday June 15th at the erg shed at Woodson. Rent an erg for the summer (until mid-October) for $150 and add a pair of slides for $20. Sign up here to rent or volunteer. Let us know if you want to rent an erg between 10 and 11:30am OR if you want to assist with the rentals and help get the ergs in shape for next season between 9am-12pm. We also have a few ergs for sale. Have questions about renting or buying one of our ergs? Email wtwcrewlogistics@gmail.com.


3. NEW: Men’s Unis Have Arrived. Unisuits for the Men’s team have arrived! If you ordered a men’s uni, you can pick it up at Babette Korn’s home between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday, June 14th or Wednesday, June 19th. If neither of those dates are convenient, additional dates will be arranged once the women’s unis have been delivered. Babette’s address: 4036 Hadley Lane, Fairfax. Please email babskorn@gmail.com with any questions.


4. NEW: Craft Show Planning Meeting. The initial Craft Show planning meeting will be at Lesley Kowalski’s house (8306 Chapel Lake Court, Annandale, VA 22003) on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30pm. She has reached out specifically to certain folk, but if others want to get involved in the planning you are welcome to join.  Please contact Melinda with any questions at melindathompson1@aol.com.


5. SAVE THE DATES: Summer Green Days for experienced rowers will be held during August 12 - 23. Specific days and times will be announced as details are finalized.

Thank you, Congratulations, Missing Jacket, Crew Athlete Survey, Spring Sports Night, Five Guys, Etc

posted Jun 3, 2019, 5:13 AM by Tarek Rizk

In this email (details below):

  1. Thank you and Congratulations

  2. Missing Jacket

  3. WTW Crew Athlete Survey

  4. Spring Sports Night this Thursday

  5. Restaurant Fundraiser at Five Guys this Thursday

  6. Erg Rentals on June 15th


1. NEW: Thank you for all who participated in the Boathouse Workday on Saturday and for an amazing end-of-year celebration on Friday!


Congratulations to class of 2019 who graduates tomorrow!  We will miss you!

Congratulations to our Lightening Award winners, Kira McCarthy and Ethan Pepper.  

Congratulations to our Hammer Award winners, Abby Pesansky and Joe Bishop.  

Congratulations to our inaugural Newcomers of the Year, Afton Stahl, and Kaleb Griffin.

Cavalier Awards and MVPs will be announced at the Spring Sports Night this Friday at WT Woodson.  We hope you will join us there at 7pm.


The Leadership Council members for the girl’s team were announced and are Abby Pesansky, Jenny Park, Jillian Michelson, Leila Benjelloun, and Sophia Welsh. The men’s team was not announced and will be announced once Coach Tylander has talked to all applicants.


We also voted in our new Board Members.  Congratulations to:

Julie Middleton - President

Lesley Kowalski - VP for Activities

Tarek Rizk - VP for Communications

Mona Malaveetil - Secretary

Suzy Peeler - Treasurer

Jenn Ros and Sue Moore - Membership Chairs

Kim Sandino - Fundraising Chair

Susan Burger - Volunteer Chair

Warren Stump and Brian Michelson - Equipment/Logistics Chairs

Monica Perry - Uniform/Spirit Wear Chair

Joe Hester - VASRA Representative


Finally, a huge THANK YOU to our Board Members and Captains for this past season, Joy Kim, Marie Korn, Ethan Pepper, and Nick Shawley.


2. NEW: MISSING JL Jacket.  A parent picked up a jacket for Luc Camou at one of the pasta dinners and said they would get it to him, but he and his family have not received the jacket.  If you happened to pick it up for him, please email gwkorn@yahoo.com so we can get the jacket to him.  Thank you.


3. NEW: WTW Crew Athlete Survey. Please take the time to fill out the attached survey. These are important, whether positive or negative, in providing feedback for the year. Thank you for your time and thank you for a fun and rewarding season!


4. REMINDER: Spring Sports Night. All are encouraged to attend the Woodson Spring Sports Night this Thursday, June 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium. The Cavalier and MVP Awards for the team will be announced at that time.


5. NEW: Restaurant Fundraiser at Five Guys. Please join the team before or after the Spring Sports Night at Five Guys, located at 10940 Lee Hwy, Ste A, Fairfax, VA 22030 this Thursday, June 6, 4-9pm. Present the attached flyer or tell the cashier prior to ordering that you are with the Crew team fundraiser.


6. REMINDER: Erg Rentals. Rent an erg on June 15th and stay in shape this summer! Rowers returning next year can rent an erg on Saturday June 15th at the erg shed at Woodson. Rent an erg for the summer (until mid-October) for $150 and add a pair of slides for $20. Sign up here to rent or volunteer. Let us know if you want to rent an erg between 10 and 11:30am OR if you want to assist with the rentals and help get the ergs in shape for next season between 9am-12pm.

Nationals, Tuesday Trailer Unloading, End of Year Celebration, Boathouse Workday, Leadership Council

posted May 27, 2019, 6:29 PM by Tarek Rizk

The season is winding down, but there is still a lot of important information below:


  1. Nationals Summary

  2. Tuesday Unloading Boat Trailer/Rigging

  3. End-of-Year Crew Celebration this Friday, May 31st

  4. Boathouse Workday this Saturday, June 1st

  5. Leadership Council Applications due this Tuesday, May 28th

  6. Erg Rentals on June 15th

  7. Upcoming Dates


1. NEW: Nationals Summary. We had a great weekend in Ohio with two of our four boats advancing to semi-finals and our Women’s Junior 8 placing 4th in the nation. Here are all of the results for all of the races. Check out photos from the weekend on our WTW Crew photo page: https://wtwoodsoncrew.smugmug.com/. If anyone has any photos of the team they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com.


The Women’s Junior 8 (W-JR-8) pulled a 5:21.321 placing 1st in their qualifying heat and advanced to the semi-finals.They were the 3rd fastest boat across the heats and highest placing boat from Virginia in their category beating Oakton, Langley, and Wakefield. They came in 3rd in their semi-final heat with a 5:23.070 and advanced to the finals where they placed 4th in the nation. Amazing row and congratulations to Jenny P., Celia M., Rory B., Abby P., Leah B., Sarina P., Isabelle K., Kira M., and Maddie C. (cox).


The Men’s 1st 4 (M-1-4) pulled a 5:49.201 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat advancing to repechage heats where they placed 3rd with a 5:22.618 just behind Forest Park. They advanced to the semi-finals where they placed 5th in their heat, beating Forest Park with a 5:12.390 (the 9th fastest time across the semi-finals). Unfortunately, due to an injury, they were not able to race in the Petite Finals, but finished in the top 12 in the nation. Great rows and congratulations to Nick S., Ethan F., Ethan P., Richie E., and Sage B. (cox).


The Women’s Lightweight 8 (W-LT-8) pulled a 5:41.352  placing 3rd in their qualifying heat, but unfortunately just missed advancing to semi-finals. They were 5th fastest across the qualifying heats and they were the highest placing boat from Virginia in their category beating TC Williams. Congratulations to Marie K. Joy K., Mya R., Gail S., Katy H., Caroline R., Jill M., Katlyn H. and Leila B. (cox).


The Men’s Junior 8 (M-JR-8) pulled a 5:04.027 placing 5th in their qualifying heat. They were 14th fastest across the heats and they beat Langley. Congratulations to Reid R., Glen S., Beau S., Joseph B., Brady S., Walter K., Zach M., Mason P., and Ethan Ph. (cox).


We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated at Nationals and to the whole team for an amazing season! Thank you also to our amazing parents who volunteered throughout the season!


2. NEW: Tuesday Boat Unloading/Rigging. All team members who raced at Nationals should go to the river to unload and rig the boats tomorrow, Tuesday, at normal practice time. We will be done by 5:45pm.


3. REMINDER & PLEASE RSVP: The End-of-Year Crew Celebration. Another fast-and-furious crew season has come to an end and it's time to celebrate! The banquet will be held this Friday, May 31st, from 7pm - 9pm at the LDS Church in Annandale (3900 Howard Street). The team will provide pizza.


We need your RSVP here and a few people to either help set up or to bring some ancillary items. IF YOU SIGN-UP TO PROVIDE PARTY FOOD OR SUPPLIES, PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 6:30pm.


Here are the nominees for the 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board. We will vote at the End-of-Year Celebration and Annual Meeting on May 31st.


4. NEW: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday is this Saturday, June 1st from 9am to noon at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. We need student-athletes and some parents to help pull motors and move launches out of the water and prepare shells for storage until green days. We will also clean out the chuck wagon in preparation for the off-season. If you are available to help, please sign-up here.


5. REMINDER: Applications for WTW Crew’s 3-5 person Leadership Council are due Tuesday, May 28th.  This is an update to how we will be conducting Captain search moving forward. This is based upon guidance given to us by the DSA's office. Spring sports teams are no longer to select team Captains out of season. Instead, we will allow athletes to submit their names to be part of a "Leadership Council". The Leadership Council will be a group of men and women that will perform the duties that have been traditionally done by Captains in off-season; primarily recruiting in the fall, leadership at green days, and mentorship at winter conditioning. Team Captains (two men and two women) will be selected from the Leadership Council at the time the team starts on-the-water practices in Spring 2020. Coaches are communicating this change to the students.

Expectations of the Leadership Council are:

  • Recruit new team members

  • Motivate teammates

  • Foster an atmosphere of friendliness and cooperation among fellow members

  • Act as the first point of communication/resolution for issues within the team

  • Set the example for fellow rowers to follow/emulate as an athlete, leader, and citizen

  • Assist the coaches with getting crews on and off the water during the off-season/Green Days and during Winter Conditioning

  • Liaison with coaches and bring any important issues to the attention of the coaches

  • Be well organized and willing to take the time to effectively carry out the role

  • Not let personal differences affect their relationship with coaches or other rowers

  • Organize special events as appropriate

  • Help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the boathouse and equipment and teach fellow members the care of equipment and rules of the boathouse  

  • Supervise other rowers during boat loading and unloading during Green Days


Athletes interested in being considered as part of the WTW Crew Leadership Council should write a short letter of application (200-400 words in length) explaining why they would make a good council member. Letters should be received by Coach Tylander or Coach Fitz by this Tuesday May 28th unless told otherwise by the coaches.  Please contact your coach if you have any questions.


6. NEW: ERG RENTALS. Rent an erg on June 15th and stay in shape this summer! Rowers returning next year can rent an erg on Saturday June 15th at the erg shed at Woodson. Rent an erg for the summer (until mid-October) for $150 and add a pair of slides for $20. Sign up here to rent or volunteer. Let us know if you want to rent an erg between 10 and 11:30am OR if you want to assist with the rentals and help get the ergs in shape for next season between 9am-12pm. Thanks!  


7. Only a Few Things Left On The Team Calendar This Season:  

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting (see above)

  • June 1--Boathouse Workday (see above)

  • June 6--Spring Sports Awards Night, 7 pm at WTW Auditorium. Cavalier and team MVP awards will be announced at this event.

  • June 10-- WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11--Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm at the Stump’s home.

  • June 15--Erg Rentals (see above)

Stotesbury Summary, Practice Today, Nationals, Leadership Council, End of Year Celebration, etc.

posted May 20, 2019, 6:09 PM by Tarek Rizk


  1. Stotesbury Summary

  2. Monday Practice and Unloading Trailer/Rigging

  3. Booster Board Nominees
  4. Nationals Plan and Parent Info

  5. Nationals Volunteer Needs

  6. Leadership Council Applications

  7. Help Needed to Prepare for Craft Show Next Year

  8. End-of-Year Crew Celebration on May 31st

  9. Boathouse Workday on June 1st

  10. Upcoming Dates



1. NEW: Stotesbury Summary. Stotesbury is the largest and oldest scholastic rowing event in the world.  This year there were 186 schools represented, 923 boats entered, and approximately 5,500 student-athletes on the water. We had an amazing two days with 4 of our 7 boats advancing to the finals or semi-finals.


Here are all of the results for all of the races. Check out photos from the weekend on our WTW Crew photo page: https://wtwoodsoncrew.smugmug.com/. If anyone has any photos of the team they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com.


The Women’s Junior 8 (W-JR-8) pulled a 5:22.67 in their qualifying heat placing 4th out of 43 boats and advanced to the semi-finals.They were the highest placing boat from Virginia in their category. They came in 2nd in their semi-final heat with a 4:54.78 and advanced to the finals where they placed 5th overall. Congratulations to Kira M., Isabelle K., Sarina P., Leah B., Abby P., Rory B., Celia M., Jenny P., and Maddie C. (cox).


The Women’s Lightweight 8 (W-LT-8) pulled a 5:39.39 in their qualifying heat placing 6th out of 11 boats and advanced to the finals. They were one of only two Virginia boats to advance to the finals in their category. In the finals they pulled a 5:03.50 placing 6th overall. Congratulations to Marie K. Joy K., Mya R., Gail S., Katy H., Kaitlyn R., Jill M., Katlyn H. and Leila B. (cox).


The Men’s 1st 4 (M-1-4) pulled a 5:12.37 in their qualifying heat placing 6th out of 54 boats and advanced to the semi-finals. They were the fastest boat from Virginia in qualifying. They had a great row in semi-finals and had their fastest time of the season with a 4:55.73. They placed 4th in their semi-final heat. Congratulations to Nick S., Ethan F., Ethan P., Richie E., and Sage B. (cox).


The Men’s Junior 8 (M-JR-8) pulled a 4:54.16 in their qualifying heat placing 10th out of 44 boats and advanced to the semi-finals. They were the only boat from Virginia to advance to the semi-finals in their category. They had a great row in semi-finals and had their fastest time of the season with a 4:40.01.  They placed 5th in their semi-final heat. Congratulations to Reid R., Glen S., Beau S., Joseph B., Brady S., Walter K., Zach M., Mason P., and Ethan Ph. (cox).


The Men’s Freshman 8 (M-FR-8) pulled a 5:07.54 in their qualifying heat placing 29th out of 41 boats in their category. Congratulations for a great season to Rohan M., Joseph S., Martin H., Sam P., Jack R., Phillip J., Lance U., Steven L., and Kaleb G. (Cox).  


The Women’s Freshman 8 (W-F-8) pulled a 6:02.51 in their qualifying heat and placed 40 out of 47 boats in their category. Congratulations for a great season to Vera B., Alicen M., Annika M., Ava A., Grace L., Sophia F., Afton S., Anna A., and Aria M. (cox).


The Men’s Junior 4 (M-JR-4) pulled a 5:51.8 in their qualifying heat placing 42nd out of 59 boats in their category. Congratulations on a great season to Avery H., Owen H., Wayne B., Eli H., and Justin Y. (cox).


We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated at Stotesbury and now get ready to pull for Woodson at Nationals this coming weekend.


2. NEW: Monday (today) Practice and Boat Unloading/Rigging. All team members who raced at Stotesbury should go to the river to either practice (for those going to Nationals) or to unload and rig the boats. Practice is at the normal time. Coaches will communicate the practice schedule for the remainder of the week to those athletes traveling to Nationals.


3. NEW: 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board Nominations. Here are the nominees for the 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board.  We are still looking for a nominee for the Men’s Membership Chair. If you are interested in this role, please contact wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. We will vote at the End-of-Year Celebration and Annual Meeting on May 31st.


4. NEW: Nationals Luggage/Medicine Turn-In this Wednesday, May 22nd from 7-8pm WTW Door #3, near Wrestling Room! All bags except carry-ons must be turned in at this time; this baggage will be inaccessible during bus travel.  All bags will be searched, taped/sealed and checked-in. Students (or their parent) must present their own bags for this search, which is supervised by the coaching staff. This expedites the team's departure on Thursday and leaves only carry-on bags to be searched before boarding the bus.  All bags will be secured in a locked room until the bus is loaded on Thursday, May 23rd.

Medication CANNOT be stored in luggage.

Epinephrine will not be stocked on this trip. Please plan to have your rower carry their own epinephrine, inhalers, and other necessary medications.


Prescription Medications: Please annotate it on the form and have rower bring in the original container with the needed amount for trip.


Over the Counter Medications: Please keep in the original containers. However, please do not send FULL NEW bottles of medication. Please only send a sufficient, reasonable amount of medication for the 3 day event.  


The medication form is a crew team form and not required by FCPS. All medications in their original containers, must be placed in a sealable plastic bag, labeled with the crew member's name.This will be reviewed and checked-in Wednesday evening during the baggage search (Please just send enough for your student for just the trip). Students will receive their checked medications as they board the bus the following day. Students will be responsible for taking their own medication according to the dosage indicated while on the trip. Team-mates will not be allowed to share any drugs, whether prescription or over-the counter.


Packing Suggestions:

  • Uni-suit and Cool Max shirt, marked with your athlete's name is REQUIRED

  • BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS:  Bring a small towel, rain gear, extra shoes; and warm clothing for cold weather; layered clothing, sunscreen, and a hat for hot weather.  Remember: LAYERS, layers.

  • Medications properly labeled and packaged (see below)

  • Water bottle

  • No valuables!

  • Pack light

  • Cash for any purchases students may want to make at Nationals and for any food on the road

  • Sack lunch/Snack and beverages for the drive Thursday afternoon. Although there will be a stop along the way for a bathroom break.


Bus departure on Thursday, May 23rd is at 6:45am.  All student-athletes should be at WTW Door #3 by 6:15am on Thursday. For more details please visit our Nationals Information Page.  


Parents attending Nationals please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com by noon today (Monday) as to whether or not you will be eating dinner Thursday and/or Friday with the team. A final count to the caterer is due today.


Parents who are staying at the team's hotel at Nationals please be sure to confirm your hotel room under your own credit card. Best to call during the business day.


5. NEW: Nationals Parent Volunteers Needed. There are tasks for parents going to Nationals and those not traveling with the team, we need your help! All parents attending Nationals are strongly encouraged to sign up for something. We will all need to pitch in! Please sign-up here for Nationals Volunteer Opportunities.


6. REMINDER: Applications for WTW Crew’s 3-5 person Leadership Council are due Tuesday, May 28th.  This is an update to how we will be conducting Captain search moving forward. This is based upon guidance given to us by the DSA's office. Spring sports teams are no longer to select team Captains out of season. Instead, we will allow athletes to submit their names to be part of a "Leadership Council". The Leadership Council will be a group of men and women that will perform the duties that have been traditionally done by Captains in off-season; primarily recruiting in the fall, leadership at green days, and mentorship at winter conditioning. Team Captains (two men and two women) will be selected from the Leadership Council at the time the team starts on-the-water practices in Spring 2020. Coaches are communicating this change to the students.

Expectations of the Leadership Council are:

  • Recruit new team members

  • Motivate teammates

  • Foster an atmosphere of friendliness and cooperation among fellow members

  • Act as the first point of communication/resolution for issues within the team

  • Set the example for fellow rowers to follow/emulate as an athlete, leader, and citizen

  • Assist the coaches with getting crews on and off the water during the off-season/Green Days and during Winter Conditioning

  • Liaison with coaches and bring any important issues to the attention of the coaches

  • Be well organized and willing to take the time to effectively carry out the role

  • Not let personal differences affect their relationship with coaches or other rowers

  • Organize special events as appropriate

  • Help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the boathouse and equipment and teach fellow members the care of equipment and rules of the boathouse  

  • Supervise other rowers during boat loading and unloading during Green Days


Athletes interested in being considered as part of the WTW Crew Leadership Council should write a short letter of application (200-400 words in length) explaining why they would make a good council member. Letters should be received by Coach Tylander or Coach Fitz by Tuesday May 28th unless told otherwise by the coaches.  Please contact your coach if you have any questions.


7. REMINDER: Craft Show Fall 2019 Preparation Help Needed. Not too early to start thinking about it!  Traditionally our second largest fundraiser, the WTW Crew Boosters Association sponsors the annual WTW Holiday Happenings Craft Show in November. This year it will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 and requires multiple volunteers, so if you think crew is in your future for next year, we hope you can help us out that day.  We are looking for a few people to assist with preparations beginning in September who can commit now. If you are interested and able, please contact Melinda Thompson at melindathompson1@aol.com.


8. REMINDER: The End-of-Year Crew Celebration. Another fast-and-furious crew season has almost ended and it's time to celebrate! The banquet will be held Friday, May 31st, from 7pm - 9pm at the LDS Church in Annandale (3900 Howard Street). The team will provide pizza.


We need your RSVP here and a few people to either help set up or to bring some ancillary items. IF YOU SIGN-UP TO PROVIDE PARTY FOOD OR SUPPLIES, PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 6:30pm.


9. NEW: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday, Saturday, June 1st from 9am to noon at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. We need student-athletes and some parents to help pull motors and move launches out of the water and prepare shells for storage until green days. If you are available to help, please sign-up here.


10. UPCOMING DATES:  

  • May 22--Nationals Luggage Check-in (see above)

  • May 23--Bus departs for Nationals at 6:45am

  • May 24-25--SRAA National Championship Regatta  in Dillon Lake, OH

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting (see above)

  • June 1--Boathouse Workday (see above)

  • June 6--Spring Sports Awards Night

  • June 10-- WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11--Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm at the Stump’s home.

  • June 14--Erg Rentals (more information coming soon)

Stotesbury Summary, Practice Today, Nationals, Leadership Council, End of Year Celebration, etc.

posted May 20, 2019, 6:09 PM by Tarek Rizk


  1. Stotesbury Summary

  2. Monday Practice and Unloading Trailer/Rigging

  3. Booster Board Nominees
  4. Nationals Plan and Parent Info

  5. Nationals Volunteer Needs

  6. Leadership Council Applications

  7. Help Needed to Prepare for Craft Show Next Year

  8. End-of-Year Crew Celebration on May 31st

  9. Boathouse Workday on June 1st

  10. Upcoming Dates



1. NEW: Stotesbury Summary. Stotesbury is the largest and oldest scholastic rowing event in the world.  This year there were 186 schools represented, 923 boats entered, and approximately 5,500 student-athletes on the water. We had an amazing two days with 4 of our 7 boats advancing to the finals or semi-finals.


Here are all of the results for all of the races. Check out photos from the weekend on our WTW Crew photo page: https://wtwoodsoncrew.smugmug.com/. If anyone has any photos of the team they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com.


The Women’s Junior 8 (W-JR-8) pulled a 5:22.67 in their qualifying heat placing 4th out of 43 boats and advanced to the semi-finals.They were the highest placing boat from Virginia in their category. They came in 2nd in their semi-final heat with a 4:54.78 and advanced to the finals where they placed 5th overall. Congratulations to Kira M., Isabelle K., Sarina P., Leah B., Abby P., Rory B., Celia M., Jenny P., and Maddie C. (cox).


The Women’s Lightweight 8 (W-LT-8) pulled a 5:39.39 in their qualifying heat placing 6th out of 11 boats and advanced to the finals. They were one of only two Virginia boats to advance to the finals in their category. In the finals they pulled a 5:03.50 placing 6th overall. Congratulations to Marie K. Joy K., Mya R., Gail S., Katy H., Kaitlyn R., Jill M., Katlyn H. and Leila B. (cox).


The Men’s 1st 4 (M-1-4) pulled a 5:12.37 in their qualifying heat placing 6th out of 54 boats and advanced to the semi-finals. They were the fastest boat from Virginia in qualifying. They had a great row in semi-finals and had their fastest time of the season with a 4:55.73. They placed 4th in their semi-final heat. Congratulations to Nick S., Ethan F., Ethan P., Richie E., and Sage B. (cox).


The Men’s Junior 8 (M-JR-8) pulled a 4:54.16 in their qualifying heat placing 10th out of 44 boats and advanced to the semi-finals. They were the only boat from Virginia to advance to the semi-finals in their category. They had a great row in semi-finals and had their fastest time of the season with a 4:40.01.  They placed 5th in their semi-final heat. Congratulations to Reid R., Glen S., Beau S., Joseph B., Brady S., Walter K., Zach M., Mason P., and Ethan Ph. (cox).


The Men’s Freshman 8 (M-FR-8) pulled a 5:07.54 in their qualifying heat placing 29th out of 41 boats in their category. Congratulations for a great season to Rohan M., Joseph S., Martin H., Sam P., Jack R., Phillip J., Lance U., Steven L., and Kaleb G. (Cox).  


The Women’s Freshman 8 (W-F-8) pulled a 6:02.51 in their qualifying heat and placed 40 out of 47 boats in their category. Congratulations for a great season to Vera B., Alicen M., Annika M., Ava A., Grace L., Sophia F., Afton S., Anna A., and Aria M. (cox).


The Men’s Junior 4 (M-JR-4) pulled a 5:51.8 in their qualifying heat placing 42nd out of 59 boats in their category. Congratulations on a great season to Avery H., Owen H., Wayne B., Eli H., and Justin Y. (cox).


We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated at Stotesbury and now get ready to pull for Woodson at Nationals this coming weekend.


2. NEW: Monday (today) Practice and Boat Unloading/Rigging. All team members who raced at Stotesbury should go to the river to either practice (for those going to Nationals) or to unload and rig the boats. Practice is at the normal time. Coaches will communicate the practice schedule for the remainder of the week to those athletes traveling to Nationals.


3. NEW: 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board Nominations. Here are the nominees for the 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board.  We are still looking for a nominee for the Men’s Membership Chair. If you are interested in this role, please contact wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. We will vote at the End-of-Year Celebration and Annual Meeting on May 31st.


4. NEW: Nationals Luggage/Medicine Turn-In this Wednesday, May 22nd from 7-8pm WTW Door #3, near Wrestling Room! All bags except carry-ons must be turned in at this time; this baggage will be inaccessible during bus travel.  All bags will be searched, taped/sealed and checked-in. Students (or their parent) must present their own bags for this search, which is supervised by the coaching staff. This expedites the team's departure on Thursday and leaves only carry-on bags to be searched before boarding the bus.  All bags will be secured in a locked room until the bus is loaded on Thursday, May 23rd.

Medication CANNOT be stored in luggage.

Epinephrine will not be stocked on this trip. Please plan to have your rower carry their own epinephrine, inhalers, and other necessary medications.


Prescription Medications: Please annotate it on the form and have rower bring in the original container with the needed amount for trip.


Over the Counter Medications: Please keep in the original containers. However, please do not send FULL NEW bottles of medication. Please only send a sufficient, reasonable amount of medication for the 3 day event.  


The medication form is a crew team form and not required by FCPS. All medications in their original containers, must be placed in a sealable plastic bag, labeled with the crew member's name.This will be reviewed and checked-in Wednesday evening during the baggage search (Please just send enough for your student for just the trip). Students will receive their checked medications as they board the bus the following day. Students will be responsible for taking their own medication according to the dosage indicated while on the trip. Team-mates will not be allowed to share any drugs, whether prescription or over-the counter.


Packing Suggestions:

  • Uni-suit and Cool Max shirt, marked with your athlete's name is REQUIRED

  • BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS:  Bring a small towel, rain gear, extra shoes; and warm clothing for cold weather; layered clothing, sunscreen, and a hat for hot weather.  Remember: LAYERS, layers.

  • Medications properly labeled and packaged (see below)

  • Water bottle

  • No valuables!

  • Pack light

  • Cash for any purchases students may want to make at Nationals and for any food on the road

  • Sack lunch/Snack and beverages for the drive Thursday afternoon. Although there will be a stop along the way for a bathroom break.


Bus departure on Thursday, May 23rd is at 6:45am.  All student-athletes should be at WTW Door #3 by 6:15am on Thursday. For more details please visit our Nationals Information Page.  


Parents attending Nationals please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com by noon today (Monday) as to whether or not you will be eating dinner Thursday and/or Friday with the team. A final count to the caterer is due today.


Parents who are staying at the team's hotel at Nationals please be sure to confirm your hotel room under your own credit card. Best to call during the business day.


5. NEW: Nationals Parent Volunteers Needed. There are tasks for parents going to Nationals and those not traveling with the team, we need your help! All parents attending Nationals are strongly encouraged to sign up for something. We will all need to pitch in! Please sign-up here for Nationals Volunteer Opportunities.


6. REMINDER: Applications for WTW Crew’s 3-5 person Leadership Council are due Tuesday, May 28th.  This is an update to how we will be conducting Captain search moving forward. This is based upon guidance given to us by the DSA's office. Spring sports teams are no longer to select team Captains out of season. Instead, we will allow athletes to submit their names to be part of a "Leadership Council". The Leadership Council will be a group of men and women that will perform the duties that have been traditionally done by Captains in off-season; primarily recruiting in the fall, leadership at green days, and mentorship at winter conditioning. Team Captains (two men and two women) will be selected from the Leadership Council at the time the team starts on-the-water practices in Spring 2020. Coaches are communicating this change to the students.

Expectations of the Leadership Council are:

  • Recruit new team members

  • Motivate teammates

  • Foster an atmosphere of friendliness and cooperation among fellow members

  • Act as the first point of communication/resolution for issues within the team

  • Set the example for fellow rowers to follow/emulate as an athlete, leader, and citizen

  • Assist the coaches with getting crews on and off the water during the off-season/Green Days and during Winter Conditioning

  • Liaison with coaches and bring any important issues to the attention of the coaches

  • Be well organized and willing to take the time to effectively carry out the role

  • Not let personal differences affect their relationship with coaches or other rowers

  • Organize special events as appropriate

  • Help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the boathouse and equipment and teach fellow members the care of equipment and rules of the boathouse  

  • Supervise other rowers during boat loading and unloading during Green Days


Athletes interested in being considered as part of the WTW Crew Leadership Council should write a short letter of application (200-400 words in length) explaining why they would make a good council member. Letters should be received by Coach Tylander or Coach Fitz by Tuesday May 28th unless told otherwise by the coaches.  Please contact your coach if you have any questions.


7. REMINDER: Craft Show Fall 2019 Preparation Help Needed. Not too early to start thinking about it!  Traditionally our second largest fundraiser, the WTW Crew Boosters Association sponsors the annual WTW Holiday Happenings Craft Show in November. This year it will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 and requires multiple volunteers, so if you think crew is in your future for next year, we hope you can help us out that day.  We are looking for a few people to assist with preparations beginning in September who can commit now. If you are interested and able, please contact Melinda Thompson at melindathompson1@aol.com.


8. REMINDER: The End-of-Year Crew Celebration. Another fast-and-furious crew season has almost ended and it's time to celebrate! The banquet will be held Friday, May 31st, from 7pm - 9pm at the LDS Church in Annandale (3900 Howard Street). The team will provide pizza.


We need your RSVP here and a few people to either help set up or to bring some ancillary items. IF YOU SIGN-UP TO PROVIDE PARTY FOOD OR SUPPLIES, PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 6:30pm.


9. NEW: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday, Saturday, June 1st from 9am to noon at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. We need student-athletes and some parents to help pull motors and move launches out of the water and prepare shells for storage until green days. If you are available to help, please sign-up here.


10. UPCOMING DATES:  

  • May 22--Nationals Luggage Check-in (see above)

  • May 23--Bus departs for Nationals at 6:45am

  • May 24-25--SRAA National Championship Regatta  in Dillon Lake, OH

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting (see above)

  • June 1--Boathouse Workday (see above)

  • June 6--Spring Sports Awards Night

  • June 10-- WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11--Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm at the Stump’s home.

  • June 14--Erg Rentals (more information coming soon)

VSRC Summary, Nationals Payments, Board Nominations, Practice Bus, Stotesbury, Leadership Council

posted May 13, 2019, 5:47 PM by Tarek Rizk   [ updated May 13, 2019, 5:51 PM ]

  1. VSRC Day 2 Summary

  2. Nationals Payments Due Immediately

  3. Call for 2019-2020 Board Nominations

  4. Last Day of Practice Bus on Wednesday

  5. Stotesbury

  6. Stotesbury Volunteers

  7. Optional Stotesbury Official Shirts

  8. Leadership Council Applications

  9. Craft Show Preparations

  10. End-of-Year Crew Celebration Sign-Up

  11. Upcoming Dates


1. NEW: VSRC Day 2 Summary. This weekend was VSRC Day 2 (“States”), a qualifying regatta for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships. There were 46 clubs and 199 boats entered.  We had four boats racing and three advanced to the VSRC finals and one to VSRC Petite finals! It was another amazing day for both the women’s and men’s teams, with our Women’s Lightweight 4 and Men’s 1st 4 taking home the Silver Medals (2nd) in the State Championships!


After VSRC Day 1 and Day 2, our men’s team took 2nd place in the VSRC Championship Division 1 Team Points out of 29 teams!  Way to go guys! Our women’s team also had a great result with a 9th place finish in Team Points out of 28 teams. We are so proud of you all!


Photos are posted here and videos are posted here. If anyone has any photos from the day they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com.


The Men’s 1st 4 (M-1-4) pulled a 5:41.36 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat and taking home silver (2nd) in the VASRA State finals with a 5:25.99. Amazing row and huge congratulations to Nick S., Ethan F., Ethan P., Richie E., and Sage B. (cox).



The Women’s Lightweight 4 (W-LT-4) pulled a 6:43.58 placing 2nd in the VASRA State finals. Amazing row and huge congratulations to Natalie M., Julia H., Katy H., Kaitlyn R., and Leila B. (cox).



The Women’s 2nd 8 (W-2-8) pulled a 6:10.94 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat and placing 5th in the VASRA State finals with a 5:57.75. Congratulations to Marie K. Joy K., Mya R., MacKenna W., Gail S., Caroline R., Jill M., Katlyn H., and Leila B. (cox).


The Women’s 1st 8 (W-1-8) pulled a 5:36.36 placing 3rd in their qualifying heat and advancing to the Petite Finals placing 1st in the Petite Final with a 5:34.10. Congratulations to Jenny P., Celia M., Rory B., Abby P., Leah B., Sarina P., Isabelle K., Kira M., and Sophie D-G. (cox).


We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated in VSRC Day 2 and now onto Stotesbury this coming weekend.


2. URGENT REMINDER: Nationals Payments are Due Now!  If your student-athlete qualified for Nationals or is an alternate, payments are due immediately. The forms submitted for the Stotesbury Regatta will satisfy all the requirements for Nationals. A $475 payment either via PayPal or via check made payable to WT Woodson Crew Boosters is also required. Checks can be dropped off at the home of Lesley Kowalski, 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, Va 22003. Please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com if you've paid by PayPal so we can confirm payment.


3. REMINDER: 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board Nominations Requested. Unbelievably, the end of the 2018-2019 season is nearly upon us and we need to begin planning for the 2019-2020 WTW Crew season!  At the end of the year celebration on May 31st, the WTW Crew Boosters (all parents of crew athletes) will vote to elect next year's executive officers (President, Vice President for Team Liaison and Activities, Vice President for Communications, Treasurer, and Secretary) and key chair positions. The 2019-2020 board positions that we do not have nominees for are: President, Membership Chair for Men, and Volunteer Coordinator.


For board position descriptions, please refer to the By-Laws. If you are interested in serving in any of these positions or if you'd like to nominate someone that you think would be great and willing, please contact the nominating committee at wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. If a committee members reaches out to you to discuss the possibility, please keep an open mind. It takes a whole village to make this awesome club run!  Huge thanks to all of the parent volunteers throughout the year - including board members and every other volunteer job. Your kids appreciate it - whether they realize it or not!


4. REMINDER: Wednesday is the last day for Practice Bus.


5. NEW: Stotesbury Luggage/Medicine Turn-In Wednesday, May 15th from 7-8pm WTW Door #3, near Wrestling Room!


For more details on Stotesbury, please see our Stotesbury information page.


REMINDER: Practice will end early on Wednesday. All bags except carry-ons must be turned in at this time; this baggage will be inaccessible during bus travel.  All bags will be searched, taped/sealed and checked-in. Students (or their parent) must present their own bags for this search, which is supervised by the coaching staff. This expedites the team's departure on Thursday and leaves only carry-on bags to be searched before boarding the bus.  All bags will be secured in a locked room until the bus is loaded on Thursday, May 16th.

Medication CANNOT be stored in luggage.

Epinephrine will not be stocked on this trip. Please plan to have your rower carry their own epinephrine, inhalers, and other necessary medications.


Prescription Medications: Please annotate it on the form and have rower bring in the original container with the needed amount for trip.


Over the Counter Medications: Please keep in the original containers. However, please do not send FULL NEW bottles of medication. Please only send a sufficient, reasonable amount of medication for the 3 day event.  


The medication form is a crew team form and not required by FCPS. All medications in their original containers, must be placed in a sealable plastic bag, labeled with the crew member's name.This will be reviewed and checked-in Wednesday evening during the baggage search (Please just send enough for your student for just the trip). Students will receive their checked medications as they board the bus the following day. Students will be responsible for taking their own medication according to the dosage indicated while on the trip. Team-mates will not be allowed to share any drugs, whether prescription or over-the counter.


Packing Suggestions:

Uniform, marked with your athlete's name is REQUIRED

  • BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS:  Bring a small towel, rain gear, extra shoes; and warm clothing for cold weather; layered clothing, sunscreen, and a hat for hot weather.  Remember: LAYERS, layers.

  • Medications properly labeled and packaged (see above)

  • Water bottle

  • No valuables!

  • Pack light

Sack Lunch, Snack and beverages for the bus Thursday afternoon. The bus will not stop for meals. Dinner will be served at 7:30pm.


REMINDER: Subscribe here to "THE STOTESBURY CURRENT" to ensure you are receiving news and alerts or you can text the word "STOTESCURRENT" to 22828 to receive Stotesbury news and alerts.  


6. REMINDER: Stotesbury Parent Volunteers Needed. Parents going to Stotesbury, we need your help! Going to Stotesbury is an incredible experience for athletes and families alike. MANY parent volunteers are needed for this away regatta. Please sign-up here for Stotesbury Volunteer Opportunities. We will need help with the following:

  • Chaperone the bus to Philadelphia and back

  • Boat Parents at the hotel during the Regatta   

    • Help ensure each boat's athletes are in the right place at right time

  • Maintain the food tent during the Regatta

  • Logistics (e.g.,luggage check, load bus, load/unload Chuck Wagon, etc.) in Virginia & PA


7. REMINDER: Optional Stotesbury T-shirts Pre-Order Deadline Today.  Here is the link to pre-order official Stotesbury shirts. Pre-order by today, May 13, 2019, 10:00 AM EST and pick it up at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta event on May 16, 17 or 18, 2019 at the main merchandise tent. Please have a copy of your order with you to present it to one of the RegattaWear.com team members.


8. REMINDER: Applications for WTW Crew’s 3-5 person Leadership Council are due Tuesday, May 28th.  This is an update to how we will be conducting Captain search moving forward. This is based upon guidance given to us by the DSA's office. Spring sports teams are no longer to select team Captains out of season. Instead, we will allow athletes to submit their names to be part of a "Leadership Council". The Leadership Council will be a group of men and women that will perform the duties that have been traditionally done by Captains in off-season; primarily recruiting in the fall, leadership at green days, and mentorship at winter conditioning. Team Captains (two men and two women) will be selected from the Leadership Council at the time the team starts on-the-water practices in Spring 2020. Coaches are communicating this change to the students.

Expectations of the Leadership Council are:

  • Recruit new team members

  • Motivate teammates

  • Foster an atmosphere of friendliness and cooperation among fellow members

  • Act as the first point of communication/resolution for issues within the team

  • Set the example for fellow rowers to follow/emulate as an athlete, leader, and citizen

  • Assist the coaches with getting crews on and off the water during the off-season/Green Days and during Winter Conditioning

  • Liaison with coaches and bring any important issues to the attention of the coaches

  • Be well organized and willing to take the time to effectively carry out the role

  • Not let personal differences affect their relationship with coaches or other rowers

  • Organize special events as appropriate

  • Help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the boathouse and equipment and teach fellow members the care of equipment and rules of the boathouse  

  • Supervise other rowers during boat loading and unloading during Green Days


Athletes interested in being considered as part of the WTW Crew Leadership Council should write a short letter of application (200-400 words in length) explaining why they would make a good council member. Letters should be received by Coach Tylander or Coach Fitz by Tuesday May 28th unless told otherwise by the coaches.  Please contact your coach if you have any questions.


9. NEW: Craft Show Fall 2019 Preparation Help Needed. Not too early to start thinking about it!  Traditionally our second largest fundraiser, the WTW Crew Boosters Association sponsors the annual WTW Holiday Happenings Craft Show in November. This year it will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 and requires multiple volunteers, so if you think crew is in your future for next year, we hope you can help us out that day.  We are looking for a few people to assist with preparations beginning in September who can commit now. If you are interested and able, please contact Melinda Thompson at melindathompson1@aol.com.


10. SAVE THE DATE: The End-of-Year Crew Celebration. Another fast-and-furious crew season has almost ended and it's time to celebrate! The banquet will be held Friday, May 31st, from 7pm - 9pm at the LDS Church in Annandale (3900 Howard Street). The team will provide pizza.


We need your RSVP here and a few people to either help set up or to bring some ancillary items. IF YOU SIGN-UP TO PROVIDE PARTY FOOD OR SUPPLIES, PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 6:30pm.


11. UPCOMING DATES:  

  • May 15--Last day of the Practice Bus

  • May 16--Bus departs for Stotesbury

  • May 17-18--Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, PA

  • May 23--Bus departs for Nationals

  • May 24-25--SRAA National Championship Regatta  in Dillon Lake, OH

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting

  • June 1--Boathouse Workday

  • June 6--Spring Sports Awards Night

  • June 10-- WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11-- Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm. Location TBD.

  • June 14--Erg Rentals

Senior Night Food Assignments and Stotesbury Registration Due Today

posted May 7, 2019, 6:54 PM by Tarek Rizk

  1. Senior Night Pre-Regatta Dinner and RAFT Food Assignments

  2. Stotesbury Registration Due Today


1. UPDATE: Senior Night Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments for all families. Our final pre-regatta dinner and Senior Night is this Friday from 7-9pm hosted by the McClintick Family. Thank you for hosting and to the parents who have signed up to help.


Here is the link to the dinner and RAFT food assignments.


Families of Seniors, unless you have a younger athlete on the team as well, there is NO food assignment for Seniors.  Parents of Seniors are also invited to the team dinner.


Coxswains, please check your food assignments as there are food assignments for all coxswains (except Seniors).


It is a tradition to all student-athletes to wear their Senior Night t-shirts on Friday to school and to the team dinner.


Please bring the assigned food items to the pre-regatta dinner promptly at 7pm, even if your student-athlete is unable to attend the dinner.


2. LAST REMINDER: Stotesbury Registration Information. We are still missing registration information from a few families. You can find all the forms and links on the wtwcrew.org front page. Forms and payments are now due no later than today, Tuesday, May 7th. This includes dropping off the completed forms:

  • Parent Permission Form;

  • Emergency Contact Form (if not already submitted or you need to provide an update);

  • Luggage Form;  

  • Student Code of Conduct;  

  • Medication Form; and

  • $385 check made payable to WTW Crew Boosters dropped off to Lesley Kowalski at 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. You may also pay via PayPal. If  you use PayPal, please note on your paperwork (which must still be dropped off or sent in) that you paid through PayPal.

  • Also, if parents and family members are attending and would like to eat with the student-athletes, please fill out this form and send appropriate payment for these meals separate from the payment for the student-athlete fee of $385.


Thank you to those who have already submitted their forms and payments.  

VSRC Day 1 Summary, Board Nominations, Audit Help, Senior Night, Stotesbury, Nationals, Volunteers

posted May 6, 2019, 12:06 PM by Tarek Rizk

  1. VSRC Day 1 Summary
  2. Call for 2019-2020 Board Nominations
  3. Audit Assistance
  4. Senior Night Pre-Regatta Dinner and RAFT Food Assignments
  5. Stotesbury Registration by Tuesday, May 7th
  6. Stotesbury Volunteers
  7. Optional Stotesbury Official Shirts
  8. Nationals Registration by Sunday, May 12th
  9. Other Volunteer Opportunities
  10. No Bus Friday, May 10th
  11. VSRC Day 2
  12. Upcoming Dates

1. NEW: VSRC Day 1 Summary. This weekend was VSRC Day 1 (“States”), a qualifying regatta for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships. There were 32 clubs and 132 boats entered.  We had seven boats racing and six advanced to the VSRC finals! Weather-wise the day was overcast, but racing-wise the day turned out to be almost rowing perfect and an amazing day for both the women’s and men’s teams, with our Women’s Novice 8 taking home the Bronze Medal (3rd) and the Men’s Junior 8 taking the Gold and the State Championship!


Photos are posted here and videos are posted here. If anyone has any photos from the day they would like to share and that we could post on our site, please send them to wtwcrewphotographer@gmail.com.


The Men’s Junior 8 (M-JR-8) pulled a 5:30.9 placing 1st in their qualifying heat and winning the VASRA State finals and taking home Gold as STATE CHAMPIONS with a 5:08.6. Perfect row and huge congratulations to Reid R., Glen S., Beau S., Joseph B., Brady S., Walter K., Zach M., Mason P., and Ethan Ph. (cox).




The Women’s Novice 8 (W-N-8) pulled a 5:56.7 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat and placing 3rd in the VASRA State finals with a 6:13.5, taking home the Bronze. Amazing row and congratulations to Vera B., Alicen M., Annika M., Sophia W., Afton S., Sophia F., Emily C., Anna A., and Aria M. (cox).




The Men’s 2nd 4 (M-2-4) pulled a 6:21.1 placing 3rd in their qualifying heat and placing 4th in the VASRA State finals with a 6:05.4. Great row and congratulations to Heston M., Brandon T., Aaron A., Owen H., and Doug H. (cox).


The Men’s Novice 4 (M-N-4) was in the third heat of the day. They pulled a 6:18.4 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat and placing 5th in the VASRA State finals with a 6:41.1.  Congratulations to Eli H., Brian T., Joshua P., Wayne B., and Luc C. (Cox).


The Men’s Freshman 8 (M-FR-8) pulled a 5:28.7 placing 3rd in their qualifying heat and placing 6th in the VASRA State finals with a 5:37.3. Congratulations to Rohan M., Joseph S., Martin H., Sam P., Jack R., Phillip J., Lance U., Steven L., and Kaleb G. (Cox).


The Men’s Novice 8 (M-N-8) pulled a 5:55.6 placing 2nd in their qualifying heat and placing 6th in the VASRA State finals with a 6:11.2. Congratulations to James M., Bryant E., Louis L.R., Samuel P., Jacob N., Dean G., Perry R., Harrison S., and Justin Y. (Cox).


The Women’s Novice 4 (W-N-4) was in the first heat of the day. They pulled a 7:40.7 placing 5th in their heat and unfortunately not advancing to the finals.  The members of this boat were Ava A., Emily C., Malia W., Grace L., Emily N. (Cox).


We congratulate all the WTW rowers and coxswains who participated in VSRC Day 1 and we look forward to Day 2 this coming weekend.


2. NEW: 2019-2020 WTW Crew Booster Executive Board Nominations Requested. Unbelievably, the end of the 2018-2019 season is nearly upon us and we need to begin planning for the 2019-2020 WTW Crew season!  At the end of the year celebration on May 31st, the WTW Crew Boosters (all parents of crew athletes) will vote to elect next year's executive officers (President, Vice President for Team Liaison and Activities, Vice President for Communications, Treasurer, and Secretary) and key chair positions. The 2019-2020 board positions that we do not have nominees for are: President, Membership Chair for Men, and Volunteer Coordinator.


For board position descriptions, please refer to the By-Laws. If you are interested in serving in any of these positions or if you'd like to nominate someone that you think would be great and willing, please contact the nominating committee at wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. If a committee members reaches out to you to discuss the possibility, please keep an open mind. It takes a whole village to make this awesome club run!  Huge thanks to all of the parent volunteers throughout the year - including board members and every other volunteer job. Your kids appreciate it - whether they realize it or not!


3. NEW: Audit Assistance.  We are in need of 2 (two) parents to assist with auditing our books. This should only take a few hours of your time. If you have are interested in assisting, please reach out to Allison Kim at wtwcrewtreasurer@gmail.com.


4. NEW: Senior Night Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments for all families. Our final pre-regatta dinner and Senior Night is this Friday from 7-9pm hosted by the McClintick family at 9001 Southwick St, Fairfax. Please park on Glenbrook. Thank you for hosting and to the parents who have signed up to help. The dinner and RAFT food assignments are not complete yet so we will send those out in a separate email.  


Families of Seniors, unless you have a younger athlete on the team as well, there is NO food assignment for Seniors.  Parents of Seniors are also invited to the team dinner.


Coxswains, please check your food assignments as there are food assignments for all coxswains (except Seniors).


It is a tradition to all student-athletes to wear their Senior Night t-shirts on Friday to school and to the team dinner.


Please bring the assigned food items to the pre-regatta dinner promptly at 7pm, even if your student-athlete is unable to attend the dinner.


5. LAST REMINDER: Stotesbury Registration Information. The coaches notified those students who will be going to Stotesbury. You can find all the forms and links on the wtwcrew.org front page. Forms and payments are now due no later than this Tuesday, May 7th. This includes dropping off the completed forms:

  • Parent Permission Form;

  • Emergency Contact Form (if not already submitted or you need to provide an update);

  • Luggage Form;  

  • Student Code of Conduct;  

  • Medication Form; and

  • $385 check made payable to WTW Crew Boosters dropped off to Lesley Kowalski at 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. You may also pay via PayPal. If  you use PayPal, please note on your paperwork (which must still be dropped off or sent in) that you paid through PayPal.

  • Also, if parents and family members are attending and would like to eat with the student-athletes, please fill out this form and send appropriate payment for these meals separate from the payment for the student-athlete fee of $385.


Thank you to those who have already submitted their forms and payments.  


NEW: Subscribe here to "THE STOTESBURY CURRENT" to ensure you are receiving news and alerts or you can text the word "STOTESCURRENT" to 22828 to receive Stotesbury news and alerts.  


6. NEW: Stotesbury Parent Volunteers Needed. The Stotesbury Regatta trip is May 17-18th in Philadelphia, PA.  Stotesbury is the oldest and largest high school regatta in the U.S. and takes place annually on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Going to Stotesbury is an incredible experience for athletes and families alike. MANY parent volunteers are needed for this away regatta. Please sign-up here for Stotesbury Volunteer Opportunities. We will need help with the following:

  • Food shopping and prep in your home

  • Chaperone the bus to Philadelphia and back

  • Boat Parents at the hotel during the Regatta   

    • Help ensure each boat's athletes are in the right place at right time

  • Maintain the food tent during the Regatta

  • Logistics (e.g.,luggage check, load bus, load/unload Chuck Wagon, etc.) in Virginia & PA


7. NEW: Optional Stotesbury T-shirts.  Here is the link to pre-order official Stotesbury shirts. Pre-order by May 13, 2019, 10:00 AM EST and pick it up at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta event on May 16, 17 or 18, 2019 at the main merchandise tent. Please have a copy of your order with you to present it to one of the RegattaWear.com team members.


8. NEW: Nationals Registration. The 2019 Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) Nationals Regatta trip will be May 23-25th. Nationals will be held this year at Dillon Lake in Zanesville, Ohio. The coaches will be notifying those students who will be going to Nationals this week. Forms should already be taken care of for any students whose forms were submitted for Stotesbury (since Nationals was covered on those forms as well). Payments are due no later than Sunday, May 12th.


The fee for SRAA Nationals trip is $475. Checks should be made payable to WTW Crew Boosters dropped off to Lesley Kowalski at 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. You may also pay via PayPal, this link will not be live until the Stotesbury PayPal link closes. We will send the link out and post it on our site, once it is live.


If you did not fill out and turn-in the forms already, here are the links to the forms:


9. UPDATE: Additional Volunteer Opportunities Available. Thank you again to the student-athletes and parents who have signed up to help in various roles so far!  We do still have some volunteer opportunities available for this Saturday on the Occoquan in addition to those listed above for Stotesbury. Here are the sign-up genius links for:

~ Several Saturday RAFT helper shifts for May 11th

~ 1 more Saturday VASRA Launch Boat driver for May 11th

~ 1 Friday night dinner chaperone for May 10th


IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are not able to fulfill your obligation, please don’t just remove your name from the sign-up genius, but please also notify our volunteer coordinator at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com so we can ensure we fill the vacant slot and avoid being fined if it is a VASRA slot.


10. REMINDER: No Bus Friday. You can use the #carpool channel in Slack to coordinate rides with other parents.


11. NEW: The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships (VSRC) Day 2 is this Saturday. Student-athletes will be told which boat they will be on and what time to arrive. The boats racing this Saturday will be the Men’s 1st 4, Women’s 1st 8, Women’s 2nd 8, and Women’s Lightweight 4. As a general rule and unless told otherwise by a coach, rowers must be at the boathouse no later than two hours before their scheduled race, and coxswains must be there for the coxswains’ meeting.  


The heat sheets are not available yet, so we recommend following @VASRAResults on Twitter and watching our Home Page for more information as well.


Let’s get ready to pull for Woodson!


REMINDER: This will be a very busy regatta. If you want to save some money (it costs $20 to park at Sandy Run during a regatta), you have the opportunity to use the Halley Elementary School (ES) at 8850 Cross Chase Cir, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (formerly operated out of Silverbrook Elementary School) shuttle which is free to student-athletes and family members from our school and a few others who contribute to it.


12. UPCOMING DATES:  

  • May 10--Pasta Dinner (Senior Night + Senior Parents are invited to attend)-- Practice, but NO Bus

  • May 11--VSRC Day 2

  • May 15--Last day of the Practice Bus

  • May 16--Bus departs for Stotesbury

  • May 17-18--Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, PA

  • May 24-25--SRAA National Championship Regatta  in Dillon Lake, OH

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting

  • NEW: June 1--Boathouse Workday

  • June 6--Spring Sports Awards Night

  • June 10-- WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11-- Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm. Location TBD.

  • NEW: June 14--Erg Rentals

Boat Line-ups, VSRC Day 1, Dinner Assignments, Volunteers, No Bus Tomorrow, Stotesbury

posted May 2, 2019, 5:50 PM by Tarek Rizk   [ updated May 2, 2019, 5:52 PM ]

Good morning,

In this email (details below):

  1. Boat Line-ups

  2. VSRC Day 1

  3. Pre-Regatta Dinner Assignments

  4. Volunteers Needed

  5. No Bus Tomorrow, Friday

  6. Stotesbury Registration


1. NEW: Boat Line-ups: As we come upon our most competitive regattas (VSRC, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and SRAA Nationals) it is not uncommon for our coaches to make changes, either subtle or significant, in seat placement and boat line-up. Although this may seem disruptive from the outside, it is in keeping with our goals as stated in the team handbook.  

"The WTW Crew coaching staff maintains a competitive environment, one where the rowers want to win races, but realize this goal intrinsically. Specific program goals include:

● To field as many competitive boats in as many categories as feasible

● To have the maximum number of boats reach finals and medal in the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships (VSRC)

● To enter competitive lineups at the annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, PA.

● To qualify the maximum number of boats to race in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships"


These changes are not arbitrary and are well thought-out by our experienced coaching staff. We look forward to seeing W.T Woodson Crew athletes on the medals dock in the coming weeks.


2. REMINDER: The VSRC Day 1 is this Saturday! Student-athletes will be told which boat they will be on and what time to arrive. As a general rule and unless told otherwise by a coach, rowers must be at the boathouse no later than two hours before their scheduled race, and coxswains must be there for the coxswains’ meeting.  


Our boats rowing on Saturday are the W-N-4, W-N-8, M-N-8, M-N-4, M-2-4, M-FR-8, M-JR-8, and possibly a M-N-8.


The heat sheets are not available yet, so we recommend following @VASRAResults on Twitter and watching our Home Page for more information as well.


Let’s get ready to pull for Woodson!


REMINDER: If you want to save some money (it costs $20 to park at Sandy Run during a regatta), you have the opportunity to use the Halley Elementary School (ES) at 8850 Cross Chase Cir, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (formerly operated out of Silverbrook Elementary School) shuttle which is free to student-athletes and family members from our school and a few others who contribute to it.


3. REMINDER: Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments for all families. Our next pre-regatta dinner is this Friday from 7-9pm hosted by the Aanestad family. Thank you for hosting and to the parents who have signed up to help. Here are the dinner and RAFT food assignments for all families.  Note these are not in alphabetical order, but ordered by dish type. If an athlete’s last name falls between the names listed then that is their food assignment.


Please bring the assigned food items to the pre-regatta dinner promptly at 7pm, even if your student-athlete is unable to attend the dinner.


4. UPDATE: Volunteer Opportunities Available. Thank you again to the student-athletes and parents who have signed up to help in various roles so far!  We do still have some volunteer opportunities available for the last two regattas on the Occoquan. Here are the sign-up genius links for:

~ Several Saturday RAFT helpers all shifts for May 4th and May 11th

~ 2 Saturday VASRA Launch Boat drivers for May 4th and May 11th

~ 1 Friday AM VASRA shopper for May 10th


IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are not able to fulfill your obligation, please don’t just remove your name from the sign-up genius, but please also notify our volunteer coordinator at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com so we can ensure we fill the vacant slot and avoid being fined if it is a VASRA slot.


5. REMINDER: No Bus Friday. You can use the #carpool channel in Slack to coordinate rides with other parents.


6. REMINDER: Stotesbury Registration Information. Student-athletes should have been notified if they are going to Stotesbury as primaries or alternates. Registration is being extended until Monday, May 6th to allow everyone to focus on States on Saturday, but if you have your registration paperwork and payment ready, Lesley Kowalski will still be at the dinner Friday night to collect registration materials.


You can find all the forms and links on the wtwcrew.org front page. This includes dropping off or sending the completed forms:

  • Parent Permission Form;

  • Emergency Contact Form (if not already submitted or you need to provide an update);

  • Luggage Form;  

  • Student Code of Conduct;  

  • Medication Form; and

  • $385 check made payable to WTW Crew Boosters and mailed or dropped off to Lesley Kowalski at 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. You may also pay via PayPal. If  you use PayPal, please note on your paperwork (which must still be dropped off or sent in) that you paid through PayPal.

  • Also, if parents and family members are attending and would like to eat with the student-athletes, please fill out this form and send appropriate payment for these meals separate from the payment for the student-athlete fee of $385.


NOTE: Today is the last day our hotel room block for parents is available and prices are already going up.  Please visit the Stotesbury link off of our wtwcrew.org front page for information on the hotel.

Dinner Assignments, Stotesbury Registration, Volunteers, No Bus Friday, VSRC Day 1, Summer Rowing

posted Apr 29, 2019, 8:34 AM by Tarek Rizk

Good morning,

In this email (details below):

  1. Pre-Regatta Dinner Assignments

  2. Stotesbury Registration

  3. Volunteer Opportunities

  4. No Bus Friday

  5. VSRC Day 1

  6. Summer Rowing Opportunities

  7. Upcoming Dates


Unfortunately we didn’t have the regatta this past Saturday, but we hosted a Hey Day table and had an amazing Rummage Sale and made over $850 for the team. Thank you to all who donated goods and time to the events.  


We have several board positions open for next year are looking to ensure we identify new board member candidates before the End of Year Celebration on May 31st. We are looking for a new President, Membership Chair for Men, and Fundraising Chair. We've also been fortunate to have Andy and Mary Moore leading the team efforts on our amazing website and graphic designs. Thank you for everything you have done Mary and Andy.  We are looking for a new webmaster and graphic designer for next season. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com.


1. NEW: Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments for all families. Our next pre-regatta dinner is this Friday from 7-9pm hosted by the Aanestad family. Thank you for hosting and to the parents who have signed up to help. Here are the dinner and RAFT food assignments for all families.  Note these are not in alphabetical order, but ordered by dish type. If an athlete’s last name falls between the names listed then that is their food assignment.


Please bring the assigned food items to the pre-regatta dinner promptly at 7pm, even if your student-athlete is unable to attend the dinner.


2. REMINDER: Stotesbury Registration Information. By Thursday, the coaches will notify those students who will be going to Stotesbury. You can find all the forms and links on the wtwcrew.org front page. Forms and payments are due no later than this Saturday, May 4th. This includes dropping off or sending the completed forms:

  • Parent Permission Form;

  • Emergency Contact Form (if not already submitted or you need to provide an update);

  • Luggage Form;  

  • Student Code of Conduct;  

  • Medication Form; and

  • $385 check made payable to WTW Crew Boosters and mailed or dropped off to Lesley Kowalski at 8306 Chapel Lake Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. You may also pay via PayPal. If  you use PayPal, please note on your paperwork (which must still be dropped off or sent in) that you paid through PayPal.

  • Also, if parents and family members are attending and would like to eat with the student-athletes, please fill out this form and send appropriate payment for these meals separate from the payment for the student-athlete fee of $385.


Packets and payments can also be turned in at the start of the Pasta Dinner this Friday, May 4. Thank you to those who have already submitted their forms and payments.  


3. UPDATE: Volunteer Opportunities Available. Thank you again to the student-athletes and parents who have signed up to help in various roles so far!  We do still have some volunteer opportunities available for the last two regattas on the Occoquan. Here are the sign-up genius links for:

~ 1 Friday AM VASRA shopper for May 3rd

~ Several Saturday RAFT helpers all shifts for May 4th and May 11th

~ 2 Saturday VASRA Launch Boat drivers for May 4th and May 11th

~ 1 Friday night dinner chaperone for May 10th


IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are not able to fulfill your obligation, please don’t just remove your name from the sign-up genius, but please also notify our volunteer coordinator at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com so we can ensure we fill the vacant slot and avoid being fined if it is a VASRA slot.


4. REMINDER: No Bus Friday. You can use the #carpool channel in Slack to coordinate rides with other parents.


5. NEW: The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships (VSRC) Day 1 is this Saturday. Student-athletes will be told which boat they will be on and what time to arrive. As a general rule and unless told otherwise by a coach, rowers must be at the boathouse no later than two hours before their scheduled race, and coxswains must be there for the coxswains’ meeting.  


The heat sheets are not available yet, so we recommend following @VASRAResults on Twitter and watching our Home Page for more information as well.


Let’s get ready to pull for Woodson!


REMINDER: If you want to save some money (it costs $20 to park at Sandy Run during a regatta), you have the opportunity to use the Halley Elementary School (ES) at 8850 Cross Chase Cir, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (formerly operated out of Silverbrook Elementary School) shuttle which is free to student-athletes and family members from our school and a few others who contribute to it.


6. NEW: Summer Rowing/Coxing Opportunities. There are a lot of great opportunities to row and cox over the summer.  Here is the link to our page with many of the programs available.  Below is information on a few we recently received emails with more details.


Sandy Run Scullers offers classes during the months of May through September in two week courses. They offer Learn to Scull classes for all those interested, age 14 and up.  Private lessons are an option, too. Registration for courses is through Ronin Racing@ https://www.roninracing.com/.


Wahoo Summer Rowing Camp at University of Virginia is offering a proper learn to row and regular one week camps in June and July.


7. UPCOMING DATES:  

  • May 3--Pasta Dinner -- Practice, but NO Bus

  • May 4 --VSRC Day 1

  • May 10--Pasta Dinner (Senior Night + Senior Parents are invited to attend)-- Practice, but NO Bus

  • May 11--VSRC Day 2

  • May 17-18--Stotesbury in Philadelphia, PA

  • May 24-25--SRAA Nationals in Dillon Lake, OH

  • May 31--End of Year Celebration and Parent Meeting

  • June 6 - Spring Sports Awards Night

  • June 10 - WTW Sports Physical Night. At this event they provide a complete and thorough pre-participation examination screening that will provide student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Each year it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports.

  • June 11 - Last board meeting of the year and transition meeting from 2019 to 2020 board of directors. 7pm. Location TBD.

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