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2001 News

News from TC Crew - 2001

Dec24. It was great to see all the alumni who turned out for the Holiday Open Boathouse yesterday. We caught sight of Kate Kosloske, Ryan McLoughlin, Kate Riddile, Julie Wilmer, Vicki Alterman, Jon McLoughlin, Lucas McLoughlin, Sonya McLoughlin, Jack Wilmer, Teddy Shipp, Jeremy Salt, Meredith Corley, Steve Pritzker, Jordan Irving, Katherine Bostick, Betsy Shiflen, Edie Goodyear Ashton, Becky Hollins, Steve Weir, Erin Fitch, Cathy Hott, Alexander Bea, Sian Jones, Anna Schmidt, and Andy Riddile. We are missing some for sure so.

Dec6. This in from a TC Crew alumna: "I was just looking over the great pictures in your scrapbook. I did notice a mistake in chapter five (That's the kind of message we like to get out of the ether...more amd better information for our scrapbook.).... That picture was taken at Occoquan.... We had made a few changes in the boat before the picture was taken. I was one of the original lightweights. We started in 1978 taking all our events and winning Nationals that year and again in 1979. Unfortunately, we lost nationals in 1980. I have wonderful memories of my rowing days out of the old boathouse. ... Keep up the great web site. And as we used to say: Think Crew." Margaret Biava Kauffman '80 (Rome, Italy)

Nov27. And here's a bright note.... We were pleased to hear from TC Crew alumna Kate Kosloske '99, who is rowing the river Cam for the Newnham College Boat Club at Cambridge University. Kate is studying in Merry Olde during this academic year. Check our her message on the alumni page.

Nov13. The Class of 2001 was ably represented in Princeton last weekend for the Belly of the Carnegie (sounds appealing, no?) and in Charlottesville for the Rivanna Romp (sounds like fun). There is evidence, to the right, that Jay Blount (Yale), Charlie Shuey (Cornell) and Jeremy Salt (Rutgers) were on Princeton's home course for one of the last head races of the season. (And the photo is also evidence that some parents were lurking about.) All three Titan alums are rowing in their respective freshman lightweight eights. Down in Old Virginny that same weekend was Meredith Corley, rowing with her Ohio State 2nd eight crew and in a quad, which finish second. Her eight race was frustrated by a log that took out the rudder. X&#! those Virginia logs! (Keep an eye on OSU, they are a power program.) And was that Riley MacDonald rowing for UVA?b

Nov7. Ned Flint '91 was the Assistant Director of the Head of the Charles Regatta, which occurred last month. Anyone who thinks that running a crew event in Alexandria is a big job might consider what Ned had to deal with. When he is not running a 2-day international event the former TC and UW rower is running a young, but large (over 150 students) rowing program for the Wayland and Weston High Schools in Massachusetts. Thanks, Bridget!

Oct28. The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta saw only about 5,000 rowers on Saturday. Only. Racing started before 8 a.m. and finished after 5 p.m. Alexandria was well represented. The Old Dominion Boat Club's Select Crew Team -- some TC rowers among them -- entered four eights racing to great effect. The ODBC's men's crews finished 4th and 32nd in a field of 45. (Outstanding, guys!) And the women finished 2nd and 16th of 46. (Fantastic!) TC alumni were among the college crews. Shown right in the Marist College Frosh 6 seat is Alex Bea '01. Their boat finished 5th of 46 crews. And wearing Hokie orange is stroke Sean Casey '00. His four finished 18th of 29. Joanna Rubini '92 earned bronze in the heaveyweight singles event and father Jaime was earning silver from his singles race. Other Alexandria Community Rowing sweeps and scullers did well including the 2nd place Masters/Veterans women's eight, 5th place women's lightweight eight, and a 5th place mixed double scull. Here are the full results. Today, a bit farther north in Princeton, other alumni were racing on Carnegie Lake in the Princeton Chase. Chris Dunning '99, Connor Morhardt '98 and Kate Riddile '98 represented Georgetown, Cornell and Yale, respectively. (Chase results can be found on Row2K.)

Oct24. In our prior reports we missed the fact that Linda Miller '90 was among the former Olympic team members who competed last weekend on the Charles. Linda raced in the Champion Single event coming in 7th place, 30 seconds out of 1st. Linda rowed wearing the colors of Potomac Boat Club. Here is a good shot of her.

Oct23. More HOCR news! Nick Peterson '91 and Aquil Abdullah finished in second place in the Championship 2x event on Sunday. The USRowing team embers had a time of 16:54.379, which was 1/10th of a second behind a London Training Center duo. One tenth of a second! Sheesh!! In other news, Joanna '92 and Lauren Rubini '94 finished 21nd out of 31 rowers in the women's Championship 2x event, however their unadjusted time would have placed them in the top ten. Meanwhile, other TC Crew alumni were on the water in Boston. Kate Riddile '98 helped Yale's varsity eight finished 5th out of 53, just 33 seconds behind the winning US national team entry. And Connor Morhart '98 and his Cornell varsity eight finished in 10th place out of 40. They were 39 seconds out of 1st place, which also was won by the national team. If other alumni raced that day, let us know.

Oct20. The Head of the Charles is running up north in Boston this weekenbd. It's the largest of the regattas in the US and one heck of a fun place to be. Some local folks are up there competing and just hanging out. Nick Peterson '91 is competing Sunday in a double with Washington's Aquil Abdullah (alumnus of Wilson's rowing team). There is a Boston Globe story about them. Nick's father, Erik Peterson, competed in the Veterans Single event and arrived in the 36th position of 54 scullers. Also rowing for ACR is the men's open crew rowing in the Club Eight category. They finished 43nd of 67. And Stephanie Doyle rowed her club single race to 8th place of 18 scullers. Following her in 9th place was former Alexandria rower and TC coach Abbe Lynch, who now rows for Hampton Roads Rowing Club.

Oct16. Perhaps you have seen the Tim Layden story in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. If you have, you probably were disappointed and even angry that the school and its football and crew programs were portrayed as they were. The writer's premise is that TC is not as integrated in real life 21st century Alexandria as one might expect after seeing The Movie. Football and crew were contrasted as a matter of inadequate school resources (football) and abundant private resources (crew). Nothing about the large, successful, diverse and (most significantly) accessible rowing program was mentioned. And, as Jay Mathews said in today's Washington Post, the real TC Williams was shortchanged by the slanted SI story. Check out the Mathews' piece.

Oct10. So, did you see the interview that Jaime Rubini did in USRowing magazine? Sorry, there is no link to the magazine (you gotta join to get it) so you can't see the picture of that perfect rowing form for which he is famous. Interesting tidbit: Jaime stopped rowing for 14 years after moving to the States in the 70s. Sure glad he got past that dry spell!

Sept31. We previously mentioned that Lucas McLoughlin and Steve Pritzker, both of the Class of 1995, competed in Beijing for their college alma mater, Yale University. However we also learned that Nick Peterson '91, was also there for Harvard at the international university regatta. Yale and Harvard sent alumni due to NCAA restrictions. In the finals, the Yale crew finished first and Harvard third. The picture to the left is of the Yale boat in the lead on the narrow course. To the right is the Yale crew in front of The Forbidden City (in front are Lucas on the left and cox Steven, third from left). Thanks, Steven, for the shots.

Sept31. Former TC Crew coach John Ferriss was hired as the New Executive Director of the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. Ferriss has an impressive background as a national rowing team member who coached here in the early 70s before going off to Cornell Universityto serve as the lightweight men's head coach. He has written a manual on rowing and continues to keep tabs on the Alexandria high school program.

Sept23. Congratulations to TC Crew alums Steven Pritzker '95 and Lucas McLoughlin '95 who rowed to victory in China this weekend. (Yes, that's China.) Steve and Lucas were recruited by Yale--one might even say the grads were recrewted--to compete at the 2001 International University Regatta and Cultural Festival. Competing with other former Yale rowers they beat boats representing Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge as well as Chinese crews. The event was planned as a prelude to the 2008 Bejing Olympics. Steve and Lucas return to the States tomorrow. Lucas is working in California and Steve in New York. Steve not only coxed the victorious crew but, because their intended coach ended up not travelling to China, also coached the Yale alumni team. Anyone who had Steve for a coach in our summer crew program knows he's very good at both.

Sept17. We got a note from former TC Crew rower Tom Fries '96. Tom actually didn't graduate from TC, having transferred to another school, but it's obvious he kept his oar wet. He is now Assistant Coach of Brown University's mens crew.

Aug31. Here is a photo of "The Magnificent 13" who rowed to victory at the Masters Nationals in Indianapolis. TC alums were among them: Becky Hollins '83 (left), Edie Goodyear Ashton '83 (3rd from left) and Cathy Hott '78 (2nd from right). See the story below.

Aug28. Congrats to Jaime Rubini and ACR women who competed at the USRowing Masters Nationals in Indianapolis this past weekend. The ACR women (around 15 of them) participated in several races and ended up with the third highest team score at the four-day regatta. All ACR boats were in the finals. ACR women returned to Alexandria with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals. Among the ACR competitors were TC Crew alums Cathy Hott '78, Edie Goodyear Ashton '83 and Becky Hollins '83. TC/ACR Coach Jaime Rubini brought home 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze from Indianapolis, rowing in sculling and sweep races.

Aug4. Well, it's time for 2001 TC grads to begin their respective collegiate odysseys. Good luck to all! Jaime Alvarenga, Alexander Bea, Jay Blount, Jenny Casey, John Steve Catilo, Meredith Corley, Andrew Garrahan, Sian Jones, Patrick Marquardt, Jeremy Salt, Anna Schmidt, Teddy Shipp, Charlie Shuey, Sam Street, Relja Ugrinich, Casey Weir and Berkeley Woolwine. Don't forget your rowing roots and check in here from time to time to stay up on whazzup at the Boathouse and to let us know how you are doing. Send us your new email addresses, pictures, stories, messages or just a simple hello. Same goes for you old grads. Don't be strangers.

Jul31. Congratulations and best wishes to Michael and Emily Porterfield--married this past weekend in Alexandria. Mike & Emily, a teacher at TCW, tied the knot before witneses from the local and national rowing communities. The former TC rower ('85), national team member, TC Crew coach, Olympic coach and, now, Georgetown lightweight men's coach, now has Family Man among his credentials.

Jul26. The July 6th issue of Independent Rowing News has a good story by Linda Miller '90 on the growth in junior rowing in this country. Her article focuses on the Washington area, including a reference to the recent alumni get-together held in honor of Dee Campbell, who "was surprised by nearly 100 of his former rowers who traveled hundreds of miles to honor the coaching legend. Again and again rowers got up and wiped away tears to recount how much their high schoool rowing experience had impacted their lives. Achieving what they thought was impossible was the constant theme." That's a tribute to the sport and to Dee. Linda's articles have been a good addition to the IRN. Let's hope they keep her in print.

Jul21. We must report the passing of a founding father of scholastic rowing in Alexandria and the Washington region. Julian Whitestone died on Thursday at the age of 91. He and the late Jack Franklin started high school level rowing out of the Old Dominion Boat Club in the late forties. And like Franklin, who died last year, "Whitey" was promient in rowing and athletics well beyond Alexandria's city line. Here is the Post obituary from today's issue. The notice in the paper said that contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to ODBC for the Whitestone-Franklin Scholarship Fund, which has supported the education of many TCW rowers over the years.

Jun23. We are saddened by the news that Torrey Armstrong, long time member of Alexandria Crew Boosters and Alexandria Community Rowing, has died. He will be missed by his colleagues at the Boathouse. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Torrey's wife, Charlsie, and children, Charley and Catherine.

Jun17. Also on his way to Henley is Chris Dunning '99. The sophomore lightweight rower is in his first year rowing at Georgetown. Chris will travel with the men's varsity lightweight eight that caught everyone's attention this year by coming on strong against traditional lightweight powers in the college circuit. (First year coach Mike Porterfield '85 might have had something to do with the crew's success!) Chris rowed on the 2nd eight this season and is going to England as a spare. He hopes to get in a race so he can "taste" the water on that famous dual course. (And speaking of Porti, here is a shot of the fellow at the US olympic head coach Mike Teti's recent wedding. Guess Mike was taking notes for his own wedding this summer.)

Jun11. We wish three of our present and past rowers great gobs of good luck as they head off to major rowing challenges this summer. Kate Riddile '98 is leaving very soon for England to stroke the Yale varsity eight at the Royal Henley Regatta. This is Yale's 300th anniversary and participation in the Henley is one of the ways the school is celebrating. Kate was stroking the JV boat until came time for the NCAAs at Lake Lanier, for which she was promoted. Good luck, Kate! James Allgood '00 left this week for New York City where he will stay much of the summer training at the Nation's Cup Selection Camp. The Boston University freshman stand-out will row out of the Columbia boathouse. And Ashley Jones '03 will take off for Seattle very soon for the Junior Women's National Team Selection Camp. Show them what a Titan can do, Ashley!!

Jun9. Something special took place at the Boathouse today. Dee Campbell was surprised by a large group of alumni who gathered to say thanks and pay tribute. Organized by Charlotte Hollings '82, with Jack Wilmer's help, the event was attended by his former rowers, many of whom traveled across part of the country. We will put more information and pictures on the alumni pages when we get the time. Meanwhile, here is a group shot taken at the end of the event, which means we missed a lot of others who had left by that time.

May20. We forgot to mention earlier this week the feature story, In Shell Game, Rowers Pull Together, that recently appeared in The Washington Post about the US National Men's training camp in Princeton. Assistant Coach Mike Porterfield and Nick Peterson are among the persons quoted and mentioned If the link to The Post expires, click here.. Nice to see a rowing story in The Post.

May14. Alumni News: Katie Keller '00 coxed UVA's first novice eight to victory at the ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C. on April 28. They led the competition by 12 seconds (something Katie learned here). Congrats, Cox'n Keller! Meanwhile, Linda Miller '90 and Sean Hall (W-L alumnus) made the medal presentations this past weekend at the Occoquan.

Apr10. Joe Barnes '00 is at UMass (Amherst) where he rows in the Novice B/lightweight 8. His crew won in Joe's first race this weekend. It was against George Washington and Joe reports they finished ahead by a boat and a half on the Merrimac river in Lowell, Massachusetts. Way to go, Joe! Anyone else have races to report?

Apr2. Kudos to Mike Porterfield '85 and the Georgetown Lightweight Men. They made an impressive showing at Lake Carnegie where the Varsity Hoyas beat both Princeton and Columbia's crews to the finish. Both were ranked in the top three or five, depending on which pre-season poll you read. G'town ranked lower, but maybe not for long. And while we're thinking of it, send us news from races where TC alumni are rowing.

Mar26. Two alumni coxswains dueled on Lake Monticello this past weekend. Katie Keller (UVA) and Jo Beck (Michigan), both TC '00, led their respective novice eight crews to the battlefield. Katie's boat crossed the line less than 4 seconds ahead of Jo's boat. With such great coxes, it's hard to believe there wasn't a dead heat at the finish!

Mar25. Those of you who were not at the Boathouse today for the christening of the Old Dominion Boat Club missed a special event. Not only was the new Millennium eight for the lightweight girls christened, but Jack Wilmer and last year's freshman boys crew unveiled three large plaques containing the names of founding contributors to the TC Crew endowment fund. Check out some photos from the afternoon ceremony.

Mar9. We hear from alumni fairly often. Most recently, Don Moore (FHHS '65) contacted us saying that he would like to organize a reunion row sometime in the next years. He is looking for fellow Hammond rowers from the 1961-65 period. Also interesting in Don's email was a look at how rowing can become a family focus. Here are some exerpts from Don's message to us.

"I rowed for Hammond from 1961-65 and for Old Dominion and Potomac Boat Clubs. I coached Hammond in 1967-1968 and TC in 1971. In 1961 Hammond won the National Championship lightweight 8 and the V8 won the National Championship in 1963. Brother Bob, rowed for GWHS from 1952-54 and was on the 1954 National Championship V8. He went on to organize the George Washington University crew and was the first captain & president of the GWU crew. Brother David, rowed for TC from 1967-71 and was on the V8 his last two years. Brother Richard, who died in 1988, rowed for GWHS from 1954-57. He rowed at the Naval Academy in the Eastern Sprints championship lightweight boat. An award was established in his name in 1988 for the TC junior-year rowers with the highest grade point average."

Not surprisingly, the Moore brothers' parents were very active in Crew Boosters and made significant contributions to the program much as their sons did. There are lots of other rowing families in the TC Crew family. It's just one of the special things about the 54-year old Alexandria program. And if you can help Don get in touch with fellow Hammond alumni, let him know.

Mar6. We now have a link to the new website for Calm Waters Rowing the rowing camp that Charlotte Holllings '82 has started with husband and coach John Dunn on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Check it out. It'll make you want to leave tomorrow to see it.

Feb20. TC alumna and former crew coach Charlotte Hollings '82 is operating a rowing inn/camp down on the Northern Neck in Lancaster, Virginia, less than 3 hours from Alexandria. It looks like a great place to rest the body and spirit. Charlotte and husband John Dunn also have a lake on which guests can row a scull and even get some individualized coaching. The place is called Calm Waters Rowing. Charlotte medaled for the US during her time with the national team in 1985, 1986 & 1994. Check out the details on the web. For more information, you can reach Charlotte via email. Some brochures are available at the Boathouse.

Jan25. Showing a growing commitment to scholastic rowing, the members of the Old Dominion Boat Club recently approved $6,000 for the ODBC Select Crew Program that is operated by Alexandria Crew Boosters. This increase in the contribution will enable the coaches to offer a stronger program to the rowers who audition for the team. It also will present more competition opportunities for the teenagers who participate. Our thanks go to Jim Dooley and the officers and members of the club!

Jan24. Nick Peterson '91 was elected to the Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC). The body has one rep plus an alternate from each sport, and it represents all the athletes to the US Olympic Committee. At the first meeting of the year Nick was nominated and was elected to a seat on the board of the USOC. "I'm very excited about all this, because the athletes can take a leadership role in the future of the USOC and really keep the organization grounded in serving competitors." Way to go, Nick!

Jan12. Most of our coaches from last year will be back but as we already noted Mark Eisenhour will not be back now that he has extra duties as Vice Principal at Minnie Howard. We're pleased to say that moving in to the novice rowing part of the program will be Dan Roush '85 who rowed for TC Crew. Welcome back, Dan!

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