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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 by WTW Crew Webmaster ]
  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.


  • 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