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News from TC Crew - 2000

Oct25. Even more info on TC Crew alums at the Charles: Connor Morhardt ('98) rowed six seat in the Cornell V8. This is Connor's first year in varsity and the crew came in 9th in the Championship Men's 8 event on Sunday. Meanwhile Chris Dunning ('99) who transferred to Georgetown from Hiram this year raced in the Hoya's Varsity Lightweight Four, arriving at the finish in 10th place, beating crews from lightweight titans Harvard, Columbia and Yale. Check out Chris's four in this action shot.

Oct23. More results from the HOCR, the largest regatta in the world.& TCW alumnus James Allgood ('00) made an excellent showing for Boston University in the Youth Coxed Four event by arriving in 4th place. Way to go James! We know other former TC rowers were rowing such as Kate Riddile ('98) in the Yale JV boat.

Oct21. Up in Boston the Head of the Charles is underway and an Alexandria rower--Lauren Rubini ('94) won the bronze medal in the Club Singles event! Her time was 22:09.08, which was 54 seconds out of first. Other former TC Crew members competed.

Oct18. This is a big race weekend in Boston with the Head of the Charles Regatta getting under way on Saturday and ending Sunday with elite level championship races. Alexandria rowers will be competing. ACR is sending a lightweight women's crew and a few others including TC Coach Lauren Rubini ('94) who will be rowing a single. Nick Peterson ('91), back from Sydney, also will scull the roughly 3 mile race on the Charles. If you ever have a chance to see the HOCR, do it. It is great racing. Even if you are stuck in the DC area, you can follow the races with real-time race results through the HOCR website.

Oct7. Julie Wilmer '98 rows at Princeton. Here's a photo from the NCAA's of 2000.

Sept30. Ned Flint ('91) is an organizer of a new rowing program in Wayland, Massachusetts. He and Chris Maietta have set up the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association, Inc., a new not-for-profit community rowing club for adults and youth in the region around Wayland and Weston, Massachusetts. Students from the Weston and Wayland high schools will comprise a club team starting this fall. Ned rowed at UWash following a successful time here at TC Williams. Good luck with the new program, Ned!

Sept23. The rowing portion of the Sydney Olympics concluded early this evening (our time). Our Alexandria rowing kin went up against stiff competition and finished out of medal territory. Today Linda Miller's US women's eight raced to the bubble line in 6th place behind the home team and ten seconds out of first place, which was won by the favorite Romanian crew. The American men's eight arrived in 5th place behind Italy, 6 second short of the Brits. (The eights races should be on television Sunday evening around 7 pm.) Nick Peterson's quad missed making the finals by one second, just behind the Dutch. The outstanding Italian quad surprised no one by winning that semi-final. They and the Dutch went on to take gold and silver. Mike Porterfield's women's coxless pair, Miss Ryan and Karen Kraft, bronzed.

Sept20. The US is advancing in many rowing events including the men's quad and women's eight that former TC Crew rowers are in. Linda Miller's eight was one of a double bill "thrilla in Downunda." Last night (our time) the US men's and women's eights squeaked thru to first place photo-finishes in their repechages. And while the men did not perform to expectations they gave the crowd a thrill with a bowball victory over the Romanian crew. The US time was 5:43:22 as compared with Romania's 1:23:41 and Canada's 5:45:18. With Linda Miller in the 2 seat, the American's rowed 6:17:36 past the Canadian's 6:17:62. It was a good win and a great race. It's on to the finals for the Yankee eights. Meanwhile, Missy Ryan and Karen Kraft of the W2- won their heat on Day 3 of the Olympics and are top contenders for a medal. Mike Porterfield has been coaching the pair who silvered in Atlanta. A correction of the previous report, Nick Peterson's quad's second race in Sydney will be the semi-final that occurs around 6:30 p.m our time on Thursday. They will be in one of the outside lanes having placed third in their first heat. Be sure to "watch" it live on the www.world rowing.com sit's race list page. Go to the page at 5:30 and you will catch all the races of that Australian morning. It's the next best thing to watching it live on TV. You will get real-time results showing the splits at each 500 meter mark.

Sept18. Nick and Linda move on to the repechages. The men's quad finished third in their heat against the Italian phenoms and the Swiss, who are leading as a team so far in the rowing events. Even though there were two other heats, Nick's quad is looking pretty good. Their heat was the fastest and his boat's time--5:50.29--was the third fastest among all the crews in that event. The women's eight advances after a race in which they finished third after Netherlands and Canada crews. They next race on Wednesday (Aussie time). Go USA! Note that The Washington Post has been reliably reporting the rowing events since the start of the games. Angus Phillips has been doing the writing from Sydney. Here is the story from today's edition.

Aug26. A group of fun lovin' alumni from the Class of 1980 made it down to the Boathouse for a row. There for the cruise were Gretchen Test, Pattie Moore, Colette Mosley, Cricket Lew Grice, Russ Miller, Susan Brennan Welty, Mark Lange, Joni Lynch and organizer Mark Michalowski. Coaches Steve Weir and Mike Penn were on hand also. Take a look at the photos at the bottom of the Alumni Gallery. They're lookin' good!

Jun25. Nick Peterson's US National Team quad finished third at the Zurich World Cup Rowing Championships in Vienna today. The quad, consisting of Nick, Jake Wetzel, Ian McGowan, and Sean Hall, arrived with a time of 6:25.90, following Austria (6:22.45) and Italy (6:22.47) crews who made for a go-to-the-video finish with a .02 second separation between first and second places. Crews from Australia, France and Poland followed the US quad through the 2000 meter line. It won't be too long before the US quad will be in Luzerne for the crucial race to qualify for the Olympics.

For those of you who want more information on the World Cup Series and other major international regattas at the elite level, check out the FISA site and don't miss looking into their Race Tracker system, which enables you to check results and "follow the progress of every race - live - from wherever you are. You can keep Race TrackerTM open on your desktop and watch each race progress, with updates every 500 metres."

Jun24. At the recent awards night program, Lynne Weir surprised Coach Steve by having several alumnae in the audience to help celebrate Steve's 25 years of coaching. Present at the program were Cindy Urquia Caravati from Richmond ('78), Meredith Brown ('94),Patty Henue, Diane Stovall Mandracia from New York ('81), Sabrina Shea ('88), Chris Roland Garner ('79) Lauren Lasasso ('99) Cathy Johnson Hott ('78), Edie Goodyear Ashton ('83), and Becky Arrington Hollins ('83). (Check out some photos of the group.) We can't help but mention that the last three have returned to rowing this year with Alexandria Community Rowing. By all appearances they have not lost their feel for the sport and are happy for doing it. Speaking of alumni, there's a website designed to bring former classmates together, it's www.classmates.com.

Jun23. Nick Peterson is competing in Vienna at the Zurich Rowing World Cup regatta. We will have some results before long. In the meantime, here is a photo of Nick's winning US team quad at the Olympic trials on the Cooper River. Nick is the driver in the bow seat.

Jun12. If you missed today's Washington Post story about Nick Peterson's win to join the US national team, give it a read. The next step is for his quad to complete in Lucerne this summer in order to win the US a precious spot in that event at the Olympics. And speaking of another elite rower who got her start with TC Crew, Linda Miller today sent this message: "Congrats to the whole TC program for a great season. I am, as always, proud to be a former titan!"

Jun11. Good news! Nick Peterson ('91) has made the US Olympic Team in the Men's Quadruple Sculls. His boat out of the Augusta Training Center won the best two-out-of-three finals and was declared the winner. His second race was this morning in a two day trial rowing against a challenger quad from the Princeton Training Center whose crew included other former national team members including former US team singles rower Cyrus Beasley and former Cornell coach and mega-erger Tom Murray. Nick's boat won by 2.7 seconds yesterday with a time of 5:42.92 and today by a longer 4.96 seconds with a winning time of 5:42.83. Click here for the results of the several days of trials at the Cooper River this weekend. The members of the US team's newly named quad are Nick, Jake Wetzel, Ian McGowan and Sean Hall. Way to go, Nick!

Jun5. We've heard from Linda Miller ('90) who is working to win yet another seat on the US National Team crew and a ticket to the 2000 Games in Sydney. Linda won a silver last year at the 1999 Worlds (W8) and bronze at the 1998 Worlds. Here's some of Linda's email message: "Things are going well here at ARCO [Training Center in San Diego]. I was supposed to go to Olympic Trials in the pair but I fractured my rib so I am not going. The priority boat is the eight, so pairs trials is just another selection tool.... I am rowing in eights now, my rib is healing very well. Once the guys who go to pair trials return, we will finalize eight selection. The eight doesn't have to be officially named until August 14.... I really appreciate the support of the TC/Alexandria rowing community--that's where it all began for me! ....By the way, please pass on my congrats to the lightweight girls-that's great that they won Stotesbury!" One thing Linda didn't say, but mother Gail did, is that Linda will marry former National Canoe/Kayak Team member Martin Lowenfish soon after the Olympics. They will be living in the Washington, D.C. area. Whether she knows you or not, we're sure Linda would enjoy getting messages of support as we approach the crucial summer stretch. You can get in touch with her by email and see her photo (2nd from left, back row) on the team last year.

May31. As we get closer to the Sydney Olympics it's time to start following the US National team as it develops and competes. USRowing has an Olympics page you might want to check. One of our own, Nick Peterson ('91) will be competing on the Cooper River (1998 & 2001 SRA Nationals) June 10 to win a berth on the US National Team. He has been training at the Augusta Training Center--the national team's sculling center--and recently was selected to row in the men's quad along with elite rowers Sean Hall of Arlington, Jake Wetzel and Ian McGowan (with whom Nick won the men's double event at the Henley and competed at the 1999 Worlds in St. Catharines). In a recent message, Nick said, "I just wanted you to know that I'm still alive and well, and am leaving the Peach State for GOOD in a couple days. Our group got back from a high altitude training camp in Flagstaff, AZ, last week, and we're just now starting to stir a bit from the slumber that is immediately post-altitude. We're going to start doing some speed workouts in the next few days. This is all to prepare for some good ol' racing; trials weekend is fast approaching." As he enters this last, crucial phase to qualify let's start sending Nick some psychic support...and if you can get up to New Jersey on the 10th for his race against a challenger boat from the Princeton Training Center, you can cheer him on in person. You can get information on the trials on the USRowing site and follow results. Here is a photo of Nick during the World Championships on Row2K. Nick sports the beard.

May30. Take a look at Julie Wilmer ('98) who rowed in Princeton's Varsity 4 at the NCAA's over the weekend. Looking at the photo there are two distinctions to note: 1) her boat is first Princeton Varsity 4 to make an NCAA final and 2) Julie's the tall one.

May10. The latest Independent Rowing News has an item about Jack Franklin's death and contribution to high school and national rowing. We know he was instrumental in starting our program, but proof of his role on the national scene is the news that the US men's eight shell to be rowed at the Olympics in Sydney this summer will be named after Jack Franklin.Makes ya kinda proud!

Apr22. THIS IS JACK T.A. FRANKLIN, co-founder of scholastic rowing in Alexandria and the first coach of the Hammond High School crew team. He died last Saturday. Fifty-three years ago pioneers Jack Franklin and Julian Whitestone, working out of the Old Dominion Boat Club, organized nine George Washington High School boys in what was the beginning of high school level rowing in the Washington metropolitan area and Virginia. Theirs was one of the early public school programs in the country. At our 50th anniversary it was a great pleasure to have Jack Franklin with us to celebrate the successful program he started and a sport to which he dedicated a large part of his life. This Saturday Jack's contributions to American scholastic rowing, particularly in this region, will be recognized with the laying of a wreath. His funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetary. His family requests memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northern Virginia or, so appropriately, the National Rowing Foundation, where his name is in the Foundation's Hall of Fame. For more details about his regional and national involvement in the sport, read the obituary in The Washington Post of April 22.

Apr12. TC alumnus Nick Peterson was one of 100 American Olympic team hopefuls to be selected to receive new vehicles as part of a UAW/GM program. Nick seems to be doing pretty well so far in the Speed Orders and erg times. Keep him and Linda Miller in mind as they go for seats on the National Team.

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