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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)

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