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News from TC Crew - 2003

Dec8. Tragedy struck our community once again. Our deepest sympathies go to the Dunning family on the death of Nancy Dunning. Nancy and her husband Jim are parents of TC alums Elizabeth '95 and Chris '99, who now rows for Georgetown.

After years of service to Alexandria Community Rowing, Bob Callahan stepped down from his Dockmaster for Operations position. (John Vestal has been elected by the ACR Steering Committee to fill the position.) Bob, a "retired" TC Crew parent, has put many years into the rowing club and the operation of the Boathouse. ACR members showed their appreciation by presenting a set of sculling oars and a SpeedCoach to Bob. Thanks, Bob!

Nov10. For all of you who were part of the George Mason Elementary School community over the years we are sad to note the passing of long time crossing guard Becky Carr. Mrs. Carr retired a year or two ago after 37 years of working for the safety of children. A memorial service will be held on Nov 12th at 1 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Nov4. We hear that Katie Sovik '03 and her Clemson novice eight won their event at the Head of the Hooch, a big regatta down south. They left Duke, Texas and UNC (among others) rowing in their wake. Way to go, Titan Tiger!

Oct27. The head races continued last weekend. The banks of the Schuylkill were loaded with rowers and hangers-on and Titan rowers past and present were there. Peter Sachs '03 was there. Peter competed for his new alma mater, St. Joseph's University, completing the course in third place at a time of 12:24:33 in the freshman eight. Alexander Bea '01 helped the Marist varsity eight to a 6th place showing in the championship eights. It's the last race for Marist this fall. Rebecca Lenn '03 was on the Hudson River at the Seven Sisters Regatta, hosted by Vassar. They had rough water that day, with two boats swamping in Rebecca's novice eight (but not hers, which won the race). Mt. Holyoke was second overall to Smith that day. Did we miss anyone?

Oct22. We have been hearing about alumni who are competing in head races, especially those who are experiencing their first tastes of college rowing. Rebecca Lenn '03 has been competing for Mt. Holyoke in their first novice eight. Rebecca is one of the few experienced rowers in the sizeable freshman class of rowers at the school and has been earning silver at New England regattas as bow at the Hartford Riverfront Regatta and 7-seat at the Head of the Housatonic. At the latter in Shelton, Connecticut also were Yalies Emily Shuey and Sean Lynam, both '03. Corrine Linderman '03 made the varsity eight at WPI and has been learning how to say and row the Quinsigamond, site of the annual Eastern Sprints.  Our reporter tells us that Corrine also has seen success on the water this fall starting with a gold in the club eight event at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts.

We have more alumni news. Marck Rossy '00 is rowing at George Mason with Bob Spousta, former TC men's coach and power rower himself. He is not only sweating at the oar but also is giving the pen a good workout. Marck is proud to note he is now a published author. He is co-author of a book of humor columns entitled Life Observed: What Mom Didn't Want Me to Say. (That could cover a lot!)You can get the book at www.amazon.com and read a selection at www.lifeobserved.com. Good luck with that, Marck!

Oct20. What a regatta! The Head of the Charles is deservedly the autumn mecca for rowers--nearly 7,000 of them--from around the world.It's 1 1/2 days of head racing that is a lot of fun to watch and often exciting. (Head racing, exciting? No lie.) The big news is that not only were a lot of Alexandria rowers in evidence but they did well. Let's start with Joanna Rubini '92. Joanna took the Club Women Singles event--the Peggy Hawes Cup--with a 19 second lead over her nearest competition! Here is a picture courtesy of Row2K. (Jaime was doubly proud. Daughter Joanna won and she did it in a Cucchietti, of course.) UVA's women frosh won the Youth Eight race (out of 55 entries) and none other than Vicki Moore '03 and Ashley Jones '03 were moving that boat to a 9 second lead over last year's winner, CRI. With Vicki in the engine room and Ashley in 7-seat the Titan alumnas showed that the new Cavalier froshwomen will be a crew to watch in the spring season. Corrine Linderman '03 rowing 5-seat at HOCR for WPI's varsityEmily Shuey '03 rowed in the same race in the Yale eight and they finished 18 out of that big field. Another Eli in the freshmen category was Sean Lynam '03. He stroked one of two Yale frosh eights but his must have passed a lot of boats from their #28 starting position because they ended up in 3rd place. (Other area crews in that race were the TBC and NVRC clubs that finished 12th and 18th out of 51 entries.) Mary Higgins '02 rowed in Wisco's Lightweight Eight and they also finished high in 3rd out of 15. Other Titans on the water were Katie Sovik '03 who competed for Clemson in the Championship Four event, Corrine Linderman '03 whose varsity crew rowed in the Club Eight event, James Allgood '00 who is in his third year rowing at Boston University, and Alexander Bea '01 who raced for Marist in the Championship Eight event, his second HOCR appearance. ACR rowers also competed on the Charles including TCW Coach Jaime Rubini and Eric Peterson, father of Nick Peterson '91. Nate McClafferty '03, Elan Rotklein '03 and Sam Rust '03 were on the scene. We are sure others were rowing or hangin' there, so let us know. We put some photos on the Alumni Gallery page and will add to them as we have more. Later this week we will report on other head races.

Oct16. We have some alumni rowing news but we will make the reports after this weekend of head races. Recent grads are already earning medals at the college level. Several are expected to row at the Head of the Charles. Maybe we'll even have some pictures. Meanwhile, if you are a TC Crew alum rowing in college, let us know how things are going. Are you having a good time?& Is it what you expected?

Oct2. The class of '03 has settled in for a freshman year in college. Many left here with the intent to continue rowing. We hope we'll hear from them from time to time or if we are missing some names or have it wrong. Here is where they went: Brian Hewitt (Penn State), Brian Anderson (Colgate), Nate McClafferty (Cornell), Sam Rust (Dartmouth), Kyle Brinkman (G'town), Will Yeingst (Univ of Miami), Rebecca Lenn (Mt. Holyoke), Elon Rotklein (Navy), Martha Dight (LaSalle), Jessica Appleton and Perrin Bailey (Penn), Harry Wilmer (Princeton), Akim Kodjibaev (Radford), Peter Sachs and Will West (St. Joseph's), Kenny Sutton and Brian Roy (Syracuse), Ashley Jones, Emily LeFevre, Vicky Mooreand Caroline Smeallie (UVA), Perry Cosier, Roma Kaundal, Mercedes Kiss and Andrew Marquardt (VaTech), Margaux Cornelison (Wheelock), Corrine Linderman (WPI) who made varsity, and Sean Lynam and Emily Shuey (Yale). If you want to know more about those schools and rowing opportunities, go to our links page for a listing of college programs.

Sep21. Hurricane...hmmm...tropical storm Isabel made quite a lot of trouble here in Alexandria. In her wake she left much of our area powerless...as in no electron juice...and certifiably clean water still can only be found in a bottle. The Boathouse, being on a flood-prone part of the Potomac, took on water. Lots of it. Around four feet of wetness. (See the red line in the photo.) Damage was done. ACR lost a couple sculls. TC Crew has a couple of eights needing repair. But most of the problems--including a floating trailer!--could be fixed with an energetic ACR army, some Titan rowers, and Steve Weir's leadership. Thanks to them and the crew that prepared the Boathouse for the storm. We will set up a page of pics. Watch for them.

Sep17. The effort to build the first new rowing facility on the Potomac since the 1987 opening of our Alexandria Boathouse has run into some stiff opposition...from paddlers! Check out the story in Georgetown University's newspaper. And if you agree that more boathouses are needed, give the Hoyas a hand.

Sep12. Filmmaker and TC Crew alum Jason Scadron will be in New York later this month to give others in the business a look at his work-in-progress about TC Crew. "Red, White & Blue" has been his project over the past few years. He prepared a 10-minute sample for potential sponsors and networks to view. The film looks good, but then we're biased. Jason will be at the IFP Market, a forum where independent filmmakers can meet with potential funding sources, film festival organizers and networks. The sample film will be screened on September 24th in NYC. If any TC Crew alums are interested in attending, Jason can invite them as guests. Meanwhile, anyone who is interested in making a financial contribution to Jason's project, to help him get through the editing phase, should get in touch with him.

Sep1. Congratulations to Perrin Bailey '03 for being named the 2003 Rixse Scholar. As we know, the outstanding TC coxswain is also an outstanding student and the Robert S. Rixse Foundation board saw that and other fine qualities in Perrin. Perrin is starting at Penn this month.

And speaking of alumni, we are finally starting to activate alumni pages on this website. You can find a link on the top bar or click here. Some pages are still in the works so your continued patience will be appreciated.

Aug26. Coach Jon Schildknecht '92  again will be the program director for Fall Crew. For information on the popular 3-day a week after school program, take a look Note that the last day of the program was changed to October 24th.

Mike Porterfield '85 with the winning men's eight at the PanAm gamesMike Porterfield '85 continues his association with the US National Team. Mike had charge of the men's 8+, 4- and 2-. The eight (right) basked in the glow of gold having finished 2.5 secs ahead of the Canadian crew. Mike is standing on the left of the winning crew with US Olympic Committee Board member Roland Betts on the right. The games were held on Rincon Lake in the Dominican Republic. Also on the US team was Michelle Borkhuis (LW2x) and silver medalist Katie Madigan (W2x), both associated with Potomac Boat Club and gold medalists at the 2003 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints. (Thanks to Ed Hewitt for his assistance.)

And to round out the alumni news...we are happy to report that Linda Miller '90 and her husband, Martin Lowenfish, himself an outstanding water sports athlete, are expecting their first child in December. Congratulations! Linda coached the Woodrow Wilson HS boys crew last year and will be doing so again in 2004.

Aug3. We've heard from TC Crew alum Matthew Sundt. Matthew rowed for GWHS and TCW in the early seventies and then moved to Monterey, California for his senior year. He also rowed at Cal in 1980 and continues to live in northern California. Matthew remembers rowing at St. Andrews in 1973. Before the regatta he said they ate "Salisbury steak, peas and mashed potatoes" in the school lunch room, the same lunch room in which Robin Williams was filmed in the opening scene for "Dead Poets Society." It was good to hear from Matthew.

Jul29. Rowing Trivia: The Middle States Regatta was first held in 1890 and was a regular on the Old Dominion Boat Club team's schedule. ODBC rowers who later coached Alexandria high school crews--Dee Campbell, Sonny Weiners, among them--competed in it for a number of years. Middle States Regattas were held in Alexandria also. Here is an undated photo of a doubles race along the Old Town waterfront, in front of the the Old Dominion Boat Club, adjacent to the old Torpedo Factory.

Jul27. Recent grads Ashley Jones '03 and Sean Lynam '03 tasted victory at the USRowing National Championships this weekend. Their eights led the field to the finish line on the Cooper River. (See previous report for their crews.) Meanwhile Mary Higgins '02 joined her fellow UWisconsin lightweight rowers, otherwise known at the regatta as the Wisconsin Women's Development Camp, for a second place showing in the lightweight eight event behind New Jersey's Nereid Boat Club. Mary has been coaching novice rowers in the Summer Crew Program these past weeks.

Jul24. Yes, it's summer, but some TC rowers are still in the racing game. The USRowing Nationals are going on in Camden this week and our rowers have advanced to semis and finals in various events. Ashley Jones '03 is rowing with the US Junior Women's Development Camp. Her eight won their heat and move to the semis on Sunday. Sean Lynam '03 is sweeping with Thompson's Boat Center with a crew made of other strong rowers from area schools. His eight finished their heat 1.5 seconds out of first and qualified for the finals on Sunday.

Jul7. The Alexandria City Council honored Mike Penn for his years of service to the TC Williams rowing team. In a proclamation read by now Mayor Bill Euille, the council members acknowledged the City's pride in the fact that Virginia scholastic rowing "got its start" in Alexandria and in "the fine men and women who have excelled in the sport." Mr. Euille cited Mike's "distinguished 28-year career" and his "inspiring" work as coach. (Thanks to John Komoroske '67 for the shot.)

One of the larger regattas open to junior and master rowers is thet Independence Day Regatta on the Schuylkill. Alexandria was on the water there and in addition to a large number of ACR rowers, here are a couple of TC Crew names that were racing. Coach Jaime Rubini is a regular at the regatta and he sculled singly and with friends of the Fairmount Rowing Association. Jaime came away with a medal or two. TC alumni were there including Sean Lynam '03 and Ashley Jones '03. Sean rowed in an eight with TBC and Ashley and other rowers returned from Sean Diego and the national team selection camp to compete. Kat Gonyea '90 and Becky Hollins '83 were among the ACR rowers medaling at the 3-day event.(We know there were others in Philly for the regatta, we just don't know who for sure.)

Jun30. It is our pleasure to announce that Ed Cannon is TC Crew's new Head Coach for the men's program. He was selected by Principal John Porter and Athletic Director A.K. Johnson following a search process. Ed Cannon has been a crew coach at TC Williams High School since 1980 when he coached the novice and freshman eights. In 1983 he took over the varsity lightweights, which has been his constant in the years since. He also has coached junior and third eights. For two years he served as coordinator of the TC program and, in recent years, has been Assistant Varsity Coach on the men's side. Coach Cannon has been an integral part of TC Crew for 24 years and we look forward to his tenure as Head Coach. Congratulations, Coach Cannon!

Jun16. Ashley Jones and area rowers from TJ and NCS have been invited to the Women's Selection Camp in California this month. From the invitees, the 2003 team will be formed for the Worlds that will take place in Greece in August. Good luck, Ashley! And here are the invitees for the men's camp. They include Gonzaga and TJ rowers.

Finally, what do Cristofer Rubini '02, Jon McLoughlin '95 and Andy Lynch '89 have in common with Gregory Peck? ure, they're all good lookin' guys, but did you know that Gregory Peck (1916-2003) was a rower? (Do you know who Gregory Peck is?) Check it out.

Jun8. Some 200 people were at the Boathouse to honor Head Coach Mike Penn and say thanks for his many years of coaching TC Williams rowers. We will be putting up some photos from the event in the next week or two. In the meantime, to the right is a shot of one of the memorable parts of the program--the senior, junior and lightweight guys serenaded Mike with "You've Lost that Loving Feelin" and the Coach joined in! Thanks Mike for all you have given the team and TC Williams.

Alex Bea '01 and his varsity heavyweight eight medaled for third place at the ECAC National Invitational behind the University of Michigan and Hobart College. Alex may be rowing for Marist College but TC Williams is never far from his mind. Take a look at this picture and you can see what we mean.

Coach Beth Yancey '81 has been taking some time off this season. It just may be that the little one to the left may have something to do with it. Meet Baby Libby! This bundle of personality no doubt will be spending time at the Boathouse in the years ahead and by the time she is...say...four...she will be coxing. Congratulations, Beth!

Jun3. A large crop of TC Crew will be moving on to college in a few months and many of them intend to row. We hope to put up some information on who's going where in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, some alums were wrapping up the Spring season at the IRAs--the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's National Championships. With Yale and Harvard making an atypical appearance at this year's invitational, it was in every way the national championship regatta. This year, by our count, there were five former TC rowers on the Cooper River in Camden. We had hoped to get a picture of the group but We will have to settle for some racing shots. Rowing bow in the Cal Frosh Eight was Cristofer Rubini '02. His boat dominated the west coast this spring, including a big win at the Pac-10 championships. At Camden, the Cal crew won silver, losing to Princeton in the finals. Charlie Shuey '01 was there wearing Cornell red in the Men's Varsity Straight Four. Charlie rowed bow to the finals, and finished just shy of the bronze. (The photos of Cris and Charlie are courtesy of Row2K.)  Also there were James Allgood '00 rowing in the engine room of Boston University's Varsity Eight, Tyler Boyd '02 finishing his season with Columbia's Frosh Eight and Alex Bea '01 in Marist's Varsity Eight.

Apr25. Twenty-eight years! Mike Penn will retire from his long held role as TC Crew Men's Varsity Eight coach after this spring season. He made the announcement today. It's one of the longest-running coaching tenures in Washington area rowing. That's a lot of years of training young men and helping grow a great sport in schools here in this Washington region and states far away. And while we want to say "say it ain't so" the fact is that Mike more than deserves the time he will have with his family (including budding Olympian athlete Josh, age 9). Anyway you look at it, coaching takes more time out of a life than is ever visible at practice or a regatta. And at 28 years, that's a lot of a life. Congratulations, Mike!

We heard from Christina Gabbert '02 who has been at Ohio State. Christina rowed for the Buckeyes during the head race season but has had to sit out the spring sprints due to a health condition."I've been following the progress of TC Crew and I hope to attend one of their upcoming races!! Go TC CREW!!" And get well soon, Christina! Closer to home is Becky Arington Hollins '83 who just can't lose the rowing bug. "I'm having my 20th high school reunion and I'm still rowing out of the same boathouse!!! I thought you might like this picture of me and Lynne Weir (bow) at Master's Nationals. Kinda funny to earn a medal with your high school coach's wife." Becky and Lynne row with Alexandria Community Rowing.

Apr14. We have some alumni tidbits. Ariana Fitzgerald '02 had a good day on familiar Potomac water when her UTenn crew met up with George Washington last weekend. Ariana's frosh eight led GW by 12 seconds at the finish. And while we are talking about Ariana's college rowing let's take a look at her home away from home...the UT boathouse. Very nice.

Apr6. It's been great to hear from some alumni recently. Mary Higgins '02 is out in Madison where she has been rowing for the University of Wisconsin. Mary rowed in the fall head races and sent us a photo (right) showing her in her familiar stroke seat on the Wisco Frosh Lightweight A boat."I row for the University of Wisconsin - Madison for the lightweight team. Up until now, I have been rowing on the freshman lightweight 8 A boat, but I have recently gotten injured -- On April 9th I am having a compartment release surgery in my forearms. I have compartment syndrome in both of my forearms (which means there's too much pressure in them). The only way for me to row again is to have this surgery, and I should be back rowing at the TC boathouse this summer!!! We'll be thinking of you, Mary!

The Hoya crew of Chris Dunning '99 and Trevor Wells '02 continued on their demanding regatta schedule by meeting Princeton and Harvard this week. Meanwhile, Tyler Boyd '02 and his freshman crew at Columbia went up against Rutgers "in the worst weather I ever rowed in" and won. After traveling to Boston for races against MIT, Tyler will encounter Penn and Princeton in "The Childs Cup, the oldest competition between any schools in the nation."

We got a message from Ron Lim '78: "As a senior, I rowed in the Senior 4 that took 3rd at Stotes and 5th at SRAA's. I am currently the freshman girl's coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Tech, my 14th season. My coaches were Sonny Weiners, Mike Penn, and Bob Spousta, which I took a little from each for my coaching style. Dee Campbell and Steve Weir were also positive influences. Although at a rival school, I have fond memories rowing in Old Town in the old boathouse. In 2000, I coached Julia Lubsen, daughter of Chip Lubsen, class of '73, former TC rower, Olympic and National team member. TJ's freshman girls that year were 3rd at Stotes, and 3rd. at SRAA's, 1.3 seconds behind National Champs TC Williams. Go TC!" Ron Lim

Mar25. TC Crew alums are rowing with Georgetown Lights. Trevor Wells '02 and Chris Dunning '99 had their first race of the season--Trevor's first with Georgetown--in Camden at the Jesuit Invitational Regatta.Trevor rowed with the Frosh Light B crew and Chris rowed in the Varsity Light B boat for Coach Mike Porterfield '95, former TCW coach. If and that isn't a big enuff Titan to Hoya quotient, Irene Walsh TCW '02 is coxing for the guys on G'twn's heavyweight frosh eight. Irene coxed for two years with ACR. Have a great season Titans!

Mar23. A beautiful day on the river was the setting for the annual shell christening ceremony. With Alexandria notables present (including School Board President and Booster Mark Eaton, TCW Athletic Director AK Johnson, and TCW Principal John Porter) ACB added three new Vespoli M2s to the TC Williams High School fleet and honored people who have been important to the 55 year old rowing program. TC Crew alum Charlotte Hollings '82 poured Potomac water over the bow of the sleek shell that our Women's Senior Eight will row in coming races. The world champion rower (WLt 4+ 1994) spoke fondly of her experiences rowing for TCW. Jack Wilmer, father of three TCW rowers, former ACB President and long time Booster, was recognized for his many contributions to what he said is the finest public school rowing team. Jack's name graces the M2 that TC's Men's Light Eight will race, starting with the Run vs Row regatta next Saturday. Then Jim Dooley GWHS '67, chair of the Old Dominion Boat Club rowing committee, did the honors for his club that is an institution and landmark in Alexandria. Joined by Jan Epstein '70 and officers of ODBC, Jim christened the Old Dominion 2, which recognizes the many contributions of ODBC to scholastic rowing and TC Williams. (The ODBC shell that was christened in 2001 was damaged last year and OD 2 replaces it.)

Mar8. Documentarian Jason ScadronLast year TC Crew alum Jason Scadron became a familiar figure at practices, regattas and other TC Crew events.Like a lot of people he was the one with the camera, except that Jason is a professional filmmaker. He has been working on a documentary on the Alexandria rowing team and the sport itself. Having spent a season of shooting video he is now in the laborious and time consuming phase of putting together "Red, White, and Blue." Jason hopes to air the completed film on public television and judging by a short film he put together it will deserve and be enjoyed by a broad audience. While he has not asked us to solicit contributions to help him with the cost of the project, we commend him to you for just that reason. If you or a business you know would like to support his effort here is how you can get in touch with him.

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