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Regatta Summary, Practice, Attendance, Dinner, Volunteers, Fundraising, Camps, Accomplishments

posted Apr 17, 2017, 4:34 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 7:10 AM ]
  1. Darrell Winslow Summary 
  2. Practice Schedule 
  3. Attendance 
  4. Pre-Regatta Dinner & Food Assignments 
  5. Seats Available on the Practice Bus 
  6. Volunteer Opportunities 
  7. Fundraising 
  8. Rowing & Coxing Camps 
  9. Accomplishments 
  10. Reminders 

1. More than 70 WTW rowers & coxswains competed at the Darrell Winslow regatta in good conditions on the Occoquan on Saturday, 15 April. Five of our 10 boats placed in the top three (3) in their events, and two others advanced through their heats and qualified for finals where they finished 4th .

  • Women’s Varsity 8+ rowed a solid race to finish 2nd, only three (3) seconds behind perennial stalwart TC Williams: Hannah Fisher, Claire Hutcheson, Gabriella Hayes, Elizabeth Giglia, Jenna Hissong, Rowan Sprouse, Rose van der Horst, Brooke Leech, and Erika Schneider (coxswain). 
  • Women’s Lightweight 8+ was the only entry in their category, and thus was forced to “race up” in the Varsity category, and finished only four (4) seconds behind TC Williams’ 2nd Varsity boat! This is a great accomplishment in a more difficult category: Sara Chan, Joy Kim, Kathryn Taheri, Reagan Smith, Mya Rowe, Katlyn Howard, Sierra Boucher, Sophie Mills, and Haley Cole (coxswain). 
  • Women’s Novice 8+ continued to demonstrate that it’s not beginners’ luck, as they rowed smoothly down the racecourse and pulled away to win their flight handily, defeating McLean & Langley. Their time was the fastest of all 10 Novice 8+ boats on the day! Jocelyn Phipps, Rachel Mailand, Meng Li, Lauren Ollis, Abigail Pesansky, Nicole Curtis, Natalie Moran, Jules Heimbigner, and Evelyn Baltz (coxswain). 
  • Women’s Varsity 4+ and Lightweight 4+ each finished 5th in their heats. 
  • Men’s Varsity 8+ won their heat, defeating Langley & Fairfax, and finished 4th in the Grand Final, only six (6) seconds out of 1st place: Trevor von Christierson, Adrian Michel, Jack Ning, Miles Knight, Joe Korn, Michael Boyle, Ethan Kutia, Colin McCarthy, and Gwen Cameron (coxswain). 
  • Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+ finished 2nd in their heat and 4th in the Grand Final, only 1.5 seconds out of 3rd place: James Livingston, Larry Cai, Ryan Torgersen, Richard Evans, Grant McHale, Ethan Feng, Ethan Pepper, Aaron Shurberg, and Sebastian Bushey (coxswain). 
  • Men’s Lightweight 4+ finished 3rd : Samuel Adams, Rory McAlevy, Nick Shawley, Sam Muras, and John Fritzinger (coxswain). 
  • Men’s Novice 8+ also continued to build on their solid performances to date, finishing 2nd in their flight: Heston McClintick, Walter Kowalski, Joseph Bishop, William Mullet, Le Chen, Nicholas Ladino, Zachary Borja, Mason Phalan, and Krish Soni (coxswain). 
  • Men’s Junior 4+ finished 6th in their heat. 
WTW Crew will be competing in regattas on the Occoquan the next four Saturdays – 22 & 29 April and 6 & 13 May – culminating with the Virginia State Championships spread out over the first two Saturdays in May!

Thank you also to all the parents who volunteered at the RAFT and in VASRA jobs.

2. Today (Monday, 17 April) is the last day of Spring Break practice from 9:00am-12:00pm. Bus departs Woodson HS at 8:30am and returns to Woodson HS at 12:30pm. Regular after school practices resume tomorrow, Tuesday.

3. ATTENDANCE: Attendance at practice is mandatory. We do realize there are many events at school in the coming weeks. If you will be absent from practice for any reason, please notify your coach prior to practice. Ladies: In the case of an absence, please fill out this form on Google docs. to let team know of your absence.

4. Rowers, plan on attending the pre-regatta dinner this week (requires authentication *). Please see the link for the food assignments (requires authentication *) this week (Pre-Regatta Dinner and Ted Phoenix Regatta). Food/Drink assignments are 1 p/athlete (not p/family) and change weekly. We ask that all student-athletes participate and that items are brought as requested. Chorus trip students do not need to bring food assignments. Thank-you for your help. 

5. Tired of driving to the river? There are seats still available on the bus. The price will be $35 per week or $7 a day. Seats are available first come, first serve and we will need release forms signed before a student-athlete can ride the bus. Please contact the bus coordinator, Genie Heimbigner at: gbheimbigner@gmail.com for more information.

6. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Each WTW Crew family has a requirement to fulfill at least two VASRA volunteer jobs during the season. Most volunteer jobs are on or around the water, please be sure to dress appropriately. Also, please arrive for check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled sign up time. If you have questions about the job responsibilities, there are descriptions on the WTW Crew website. We encourage everyone to add a cell number on Sign-Up Genius so we can call AND text with any changes to any of the volunteer positions. 
  • We also have more RAFT volunteer opportunities available. Here is the link to the RAFT volunteer opportunities at regattas for the rest of the season. 
7. FUNDRAISING:
  • Scrip orders due by the 15th of each month. What could be better than being able to work toward meeting your fundraising commitment without spending any extra money?! With Scrip, hundreds of vendor gift cards are available to you at face value, and WTW Crew gets a rebate – and 50% of that rebate will be credited to your family’s fundraising commitment! Think of Scrip as a change in your payment method. Instead of writing a check or paying by credit card for your normal monthly purchases, simply have some of these gift cards on hand and pay for your goods with them. You will be earning money towards your fundraising commitment while spending NO EXTRA money! Please contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) with any questions or click here to get started. 
  • Gorgeous WTW Crew Ties still available for purchase. 100% silk, woven, hand crafted in England, $25.00. Please contact Brian Boyle (brianboyle81@hotmail.com) to purchase and support the team. 
  • Beautiful Note Cards and Prints still available for purchase. WTW Crew teamed with Laura Riekki, an artist and rowing coach based in Orlando, Florida. Laura created a great image of the Woodson oars in action – sure to conjure up memories for current rowers and alums of all ages! $15 for a set of 5 notecards; $25 for a 12x12 matted print. 100% of the sale price will be donated to the team. Supplies are limited so act fast. Contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) to order. 
8. ROWING AND COXING CAMPS. Although we don’t endorse any particular camp(s), there is a link on our WTW Crew website with various opportunities for your student-athletes to continue rowing or coxing over the summer. Here are a few examples:
  • Registrations are filling up for the amazing opportunity to go overseas and row. Row Abroad allow high school students to continue to row and train in the summer while working on their language skills and experiencing the magic of being overseas. Row Abroad, is in it's third summer, but the director of the program and the coaches have been taking athletes overseas for over 10 years. If anyone has any questions, please check out their website at. 
  • William and Mary Rowing Team runs a summer camp for high school students that allows them to spend a week over the summer training twice a day with our varsity rowers in order to improve their rowing technique (while sweeping). On the last day of the week the rowers will participate in an intracamp race! Along with training with our varsity rowers, campers will have fun activities such as a scavenger hunt in Colonial Williamsburg, a Frisbee night, and a movie night! The varsity rowers will also introduce the campers to William and Mary with a tour of campus. Please visit their website http://www.wmrowing.org/camp/
  • Row West Racing Camp is a high performance camp for girls that culminates in a trip to Club Nationals. The camp is based in Los Angeles and will feature three weeks of training followed by the regatta in Cincinnati. You can find them on the web at www.rowwestracing.com, on Facebook and on Instagram @rowwestracing. 
9. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Aaron Shurberg was selected for the 2017 Summer Residential Governor’s School at Virginia Tech. Congratulations Aaron!

10. REMINDERS:
  • Rowers should bring their own reusable water bottles to practice and on regatta days. We will have water for refilling the water bottles and a few individual water bottles on hand at RAFT, but in general we encourage the use of reusable water bottles. 
  • Here is the Carpool Interest Sign-Up for anyone who is looking to carpool to and from practices on Saturdays or Non-Bus days. Please sign up if you are willing to drive other student-athletes or if you need assistance in driving your student-athlete to and from practice. This is a way to get families connected, who are interested in carpooling. It does not ensure rides. 
  • We have a home regatta page on our WTW Crew website. Please check it out for details if you are not familiar with our home regattas at Sandy Run Regional Park. 
  • You can follow VASRA on Twitter @VASRAResults to get the latest on regatta and workday schedules and @VASRAParking for regatta parking updates. You can also follow Sandy Run Regional Park on Twitter at @SandyRunReg
  • Please share your accomplishments/achievements, no matter what it is, to wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. Send your submissions by Friday of each week. We will publish them in the following Monday issue of the WTW Crew Team Update. 
  • The WTW Crew website will always have the most relevant information you need to know, including anything urgent or time sensitive. Please check the site often. We also share important information on Twitter @WoodsonCrew
  • WTW Crew Training and Conditioning manual. This is an excellent form of reference for technique, references, and nutrition. 
  • 2017 Regatta Schedule
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