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2002 News


News from TC Crew - 2002

Nov19. One of our rowing family will be honored by USRowing. Col. Bill Fritz, who in the 1970s was a leader and stalwart of Alexandria Crew Boosters and went on to become a Judge Referee and prominent figure in the national rowing scene, will be among those feted at the annual awards banquet to be held during the convention here in Washington. This is from the USRowing press release:

"Bill Fritz, the oldest, active USRowing referee, is the winner of the 2002 John J. Carlin Award. Fritz earned his license in 1975 and has distinguished himself as one of the top officials in the country. He has won both the Jack Franklin Award (1990) for lifetime achievement as a rowing official and the Julian Wolf Award (1996), which honors an official for his or her work in a given year. The Carlin Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution and outstanding commitments in the sport of rowing."

Those last words certainly apply to his work on behalf of TC Crew as well. The veteran Fritz was seen on the water at the Masters Nationals Regatta on the Occoquan this past August still chasing races. (Note that the one award he earned 12 years ago is named after the founder of Alexandria scholastic rowing, Jack Franklin.) Congratulations, Bill!

Oct31. TC Crew's contribution to the Ohio State Buckeyes are Meredith Corley '01 and Christina Gabbert '02. Ohio State oarswomen have had strong crews in recent years, made even stronger with some Titan power. Sophomore Meredith is rowing in the 3rd varsity eight this fall and frosh Christina is in the 1st novice eight. They'll be rowing in Charlottesville at the Rivanna Romp on November 10th. Christina sends a message back home: "I wish the best of luck to the TC Williams crew team and I hope you have a great spring season!" Backatcha, Buckeyes!

Oct28. News arrived from Philadelphia, where the Head of the Schuylkill River regatta attracted boatloads of crews from around the eastern half of the country, and other places as well:

  • TC Crew alums were in the City of Brotherly Love fighting current and wind last Saturday.We saw UMass's Joe Barnes '99, VTech's Anna Gullickson '01 and Sean Casey'99, Marist's Alex Bea '01, Charleston's Libby Lenneman '02 and Columbia's Tyler Boyd '02 (bow seat in the pic at right). Tyler's crew finished in 5th place among college frosh and novices.

  • Meanwhile, Ariana Fitzgerald '02 and Mary Higgins '02 are having success on the water. Ariana now a freshman Lady Vol at UTenn, is spending at least some time in an upper boat having hauled in gold among 15 crews in the championship coxed four event at the Head of the Tennessee. Mary is wearing Wisco red in Midwest regattas. She stroked Wisconsin's freshman lightweight eight to first place at the Head of the Iowa regatta. And if that was not enough, that same day she silvered in a field of 37 crews rowing with other freshman lights in an open weight event. Mary also raced in a coxed four, winning her event at the Head of the Rock regatta in Illinois. Any other alumni out there with fall rowing experiences to report?

Oct24. Libby Lenneman '02 is stroking the College of Charleston women's 8. They rowed last weekend in the Head of the Tennessee (she also subbed as stroke on the JV4), and will row in the Head of the Schuylkill and then head south to the Head of the Chattahoochee. Meanwhile, Joe Barnes '00 continues his career with UMass Crew. He will be in Philly this weekend (as will be Alexander Bea '01) and at A-10s the next day. Joe passes along his "cheers for TC in their up coming season." Chris Dunning '99 continues his affiliation with the Hoyas crew team. Tyler Boyd '02 is rowing at Columbia in the first freshman eight and he'll be at the Head of the Schuylkill, too. He tells us his crew includes other Washington area high school rowers. And he's keeping an eye out for the ODBC crew. Lastly, we expect to see one or more TC alums from Virginia Tech on the banks of the Schuylkill. We'll be lookin' for Sean Casey '00 and Anna Gullickson '01, who we hear is coxing for the Hokies.

Oct22. TC Crew alumni were rowing in Boston this weekend at the nation's premier rowing regatta. It was the Head of the Charles and around 7,000 rowers were on hand for two days of races from high school to masters to elite levels. For a second year Ned Flint '91 was Assistant Director of the HOCR. Alumni on the water included varsity rowers Charlie Shuey '01, James Allgood '00 and Alexander Bea '01. In the photos to the right you'll see Charlie rowing for Cornell's Lights in 6-seat, James in two-seat for BU, and Alex in two-seat for Marist. ACR Rowers also participated including former TC Crew parent Therese Crahan.

Sept2. Last month after our annual Blue Plains Sprints, the Summer Crew finale, a long-time TC Crew family helped Alexandria Community Rowing celebrate Torrey Armstrong's contributions to Alexandria rowing. Former ACB Treasurer Charlsie Armstrong and her son Charlie christened a new Vespoli eight. Torrey, who died last year, was a booster of TC Crew, counselor for alma mater Episcopal High School's forming crew program, and rowed with ACR. Here is a photo of TC Crew alumnus Charlie Armstrong who got back in the saddle to participate in the christening row-by.

Jun2. While TC Crew was chopping up the waters of Martindale Pond, TC alumni were doing the same on the Cooper River in Camden and on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis this past weekend. In Indianapolis was Kate Riddile '98, whose six-seat contribution on Yale's 2nd Varsity Eight helped get their nine to the finals at the NCAA Rowing Championships. The NCAA season finale is an invitational for top ranked women's crews. You can find a picture of Kate taken in the eight at the NCAAs on the Row2K website. Meanwhile, the primarily men's event (leavened with women's lightweight races) in Camden was the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's national championships, otherwise known as the IRAs. Racing at that familiar venue were Cornell senior Connor Morhardt '98, UMass sophmore Joe Barnes '00, Georgetown junior Chris Dunning '99 and Marist freshman Alex Bea '01. Connor, who graduated from Cornell in May, finished his Big Red rowing career with a second place performance as stroke in the Varsity Four w/ cox. Familiar faces in the crowd at the IRAs included Georgetown coach Mike Porterfield '85, Ned Flint '91 who cheered on the Washington Huskies team for whom he once rowed, and James Algood '00 who saw his Boston University rowers perform well in Camden.

May9. Congratulations to Mike Porterfield '85 for being elected to the Northeastern University Hall of Fame. Mike, former rower and coach at TCW and now coach of Georgetown University Lightweights, made a major contribution to athletics at both TC Williams and Northeastern. Before taking on the GU post Mike was a coach on the US Olympic Rowing Team. Porti, you continue to make us proud!

May7. Is there rowing life after TC Crew? Sure there is. Several TC alums are still on the water, rowing under their college names and colors this spring sprint season. Kate Riddile and Connor Morhardt are in their last years at Yale and Cornell, respectively. Sean Casey is wearing Virginia Tech orange on the water and Chris Dunning the blue and gray of Georgetown. Joe Barnes is in his second season rowing for UMass. And from last year's graduating class, Charlie Shuey is rowing in Ithaca for Cornell, Alex Bea is wearing red and black for Marist College and Meredith Corley is rowing for the dynamic Ohio State University.(If we have missed anyone, let us know.) We have news from the latter two former Titans. Meredith's OSU rowing varsity women have move quickly to the top five ranking in the NCAA and they just took top honors at the Big Ten championship. Meredith reports that the team is getting exposure on ESPN. And why not? They are doing great on the water. Meanwhile, Alex's freshmen/novice eight took the gold at the New York State championships. His undefeated crew contributed to the 2nd highest team points at the two-day event.

Apr4. We have updated our coaches page to reflect the addition of two novice men coaches. Welcome Peter Hearding and Jesse Gallun, both 1997 graduates of TC Williams.

Apr1. We note the passing of Tom Bothwell '82 on March 12. Tom rowed at TCW for four years including on the lightweight eight. He went on to volunteer coach at Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University. Tom died of leukemia.

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