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News from TC Crew - 2004

Nov 11. TC Crew alums are getting together at the head races. The most recent was last weekend at the Rivanna Romp. That's UVA turf so Ashley Jones '03, Vicki Moore '03, EB Moore '04 and Ian Drone '03 were there. Sarah Low '04 came up from Tarheel territory, rowing in a V8, and since Ohio State was on the premises Meredith Corley '01 may have also been there, too. Did we miss anyone?

We have evidence that Titans were at the Princeton Chase on the 7th. And maybe some were back in Princeton for the Belly of the Carnegie last weekend. Meanwhile, wanna guess who has been wearing shoulder pads and a helmet for the fall season?

Oct29. Every year USRowing and the Referee Commission awards the Jack Franklin Service Award to a referee for his or her lifetime contributions to the sport. "This year’s Franklin Award will be presented to Peter Kay. Kay has been a referee for almost 40 years. For more than 25 years, he worked at 15+ regattas per year, and he continues to work several races each season. Kay has served as chief official at numerous regattas across the country. He has been a clinician for many years and has evaluated most of the new referees in the Midwest Region. Kay has been the most active U.S. referee for FISA, the international governing body for rowing, over his officiating lifetime and is one of only two U.S. referees to be selected to officiate at two Olympic Games." So why tell you about this award?  Because it is named after Jack Franklin, founder, with Julian Whitestone, of scholastic rowing in Alexandria.



Oct26. Andrew Garrahan '01 informed us that a memorial service will be held for John Steve Catilo '01 at UVA in the chapel on Saturday the 30th from 12:30-1:30. This is the day before John Steve's 21st birthday. It is being organized by his fraternity and the Organization of Young Filipino Americans. There will be student speakers and be similar to the vigil held in Alexandria. A reception will follow. All are welcome. For information go to www.oyfa.com and click on "Events". Thanks, Andrew.

Alumni were on the water at the Head of the Charles this past weekend. We'll tell you what we know and welcome more info if we missed anyone. Joanna Rubini '92 finished 2nd in the Masters Single Women's event and Linda Miller '90 came in 6th. Former coach Andy Lynch '89 finished 4th out of 51 men in the Club Singles event. Former coach Bob Spousta (now with GMU Crew) and coach Jaime Rubini finished 10th and 13th of 55, respectively, in the Grand Master Singles event). Also racing on the windy Charles this weekend was Fred Borchelt '72. Alexandria Community Rowing's team had several sculls and sweep boats in the competition and we don't know all of the alumni who were in them. But we do know that Kat Gonyea '90 and Lexye Street '98 were competing there. Corinne Linderman '03 rowed in the WPI Varsity 8 (16th of 44); Ian Drone '03 was pulling for Virginia Crew; James Allgood '00 was in Boston University's V8; Alex Bea '01 pulled from the 4-seat for Marist V8 (23rd of 37); and Charley Shuey '01 is a senior in the Cornell Lightweight Eight (9th of 19).

Oct18. We heard this from Martin Johnson GWHS '71: "In the 60's there was a poster hanging in Thompson's Boat House. On that "rowing" poster there was an inscription.Our team, when I was Captain,awarded our coach, Sonny Wieners, a trophy with that inscription on it after a less than good rowing performance year: "The effort is greater than the prize". Sonny referred to me as "Marvelous". I don't know exactly why, but I was untiring in those days at a mere 5' 5" and 135lbs. One race day at Potomac Boat Club, I rowed three races. None in the same boat with the same guys, and one for a different school, after a quick uniform change! Now that has got to be a story! TRUE. One of the most important lessons in crew...to never give up and don't let your team members down, no matter how you feel that day, or how tired and cotton-mouthed you get during a race. There is no one else to take up the slack in a shell during a race; you have to prevail. This lesson and drive from crew helped me many times when I was a young police officer. [For example, in] competition shooting...that I...continue today. I have had the [good] fortune to earn...wins...including 10 National Individual Records, 2 National Team Records, 2 National team Championships and a second place in a World Championship match. The carryover in life from CREW is huge. I hope the youngsters rowing today have some appreciation of what it offers. If they don't now, someday they will."

Oct16. Do you have the spirit of George Washington? GWHS alums started a project to raise funds toward a new racing shell in memory of former GWHS Crew member and Alexandria businessman John Richards. "The Spirit of GW ~ John C. Richards" is a project worth supporting, whether you have ties to the GWHS crew team or to GWMS rowers.

Oct 10. Rebecca Lenn '03, rowing in the bow seat, led the Mount Holyoke College 2nd Eight to strong finishes in the Riverfront Recapture Regatta in Hartford, CT on October 3rd and the Head of the Connecticut Regatta in Middletown, CT. Sophomore Rebecca is the co-captain of the MHC crew this year. And Alexander Bea '01 was selected to be men's team captain for Marist College Crew. will be rowing at the Head of the Charles and Head of the Schuylkill this month. Send us more Alumni News!

Sep28. Since we're all family it's only right to tell you about a wedding and a new baby.First, Coach Mel Idler and husband/ACR sculler Chris brought Sadie Evelyn into this world on August 29th. Sadie was 7lbs 5oz at birth and, as they say, is cute as a button. We're also happy to report that on August 1st, Lauren Rubini '94 was married to fellow rower Scott DeMoss. They have been living in Colorado but chose to wed in Cozumel, Mexico. There they have beautiful water (if you like rowing in waves and surf). Congrats to all!

Sep16. We've added a photo to our Titans in Uniform page. Army Major Mark Delp '85 can be seen in his gear. He is in the Special Forces. Thanks, Mark!

Sep8. We've added another name to our alumni Titans in Uniform page. His fellow Marine and TC Lightweight, Captain Michael Critchley '89, told us of the whereabouts of John Porter Harlow '89 and John's wife, Cathy Armstrong '89. Check it out.

Sep4. You might want to check out our Crew Calendar, the Alumni Gallery, and the Scrapbook. We've been updating and uploading informational, educational and entertaintional (sheesh!) stuff just for you. We've added calendar items for later this year and for 2005 (wow, those people actually plan!) and alumni crew photos from all around the 20th Century (you remember that century, doncha?)

By the way, if you ever need to find old news, go to the NEWS link up above.We've got crew news going back to 1998 (doesn't this guy have something better to do?)

Aug23. The TC Crew Class of 2004 is heading off to college. We may not have all of them but here are the soon to be departed College Frosh: Morgan Allen, Sarah Ball, Austin Blakeslee, Mike Franklin, Hillary Haitsuka, Alex Komoroske, Will Kuckro, Sarah Low, Whitney Mitchell, E.B. Moore, Adam Nevarez, Alana Noritake, and Taylor Shipp. The schools they will attend are Auburn, Duke, Tulane, Penn, Villanova, Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill, Indiana U, UVA, UTexas, William and Mary, and Christopher Newport. Several are expected to row in school including Sara Low who signed with Chapel Hill. Go TITANS!

We have added Mark Delp '85 to our Titans in Uniform page. Mark rowed in the varsity eight and then coached in 1987. Mark, a Major in the US Army, and his family are based in Qatar.

Aug20. College friends of John Steve Catilo '01 organized a memorial mass, in the Philippine tradition, and then with his family present placed a wreath at the Boathouse. Dan Shipp took some pictures that we have added to the John Steve page.

The Northern Virginia Journal has re-printed in today's edition a story on the challenge of lightweight rowers making weight. TC Crew alum Mary Higgins '02 is featured as is ACR coach Marisa Guarinello. Here are: The first piece, the second piece and the photo of Mary.

ACR's 3/4 Day Locally Competitive Women's Team is raising funds for a new eight to be dedicated to the late Nancy Dunning. They are having a yard/bake sale on Saturday, October 16. If you have a donation to make for the sale contact Mimi Fallow at 703.619.0606.

Aug8. Marck Rossy '00 has joined our page devoted to alumni serving in the US Armed Services.

Jun29. A memorial fund has been established for the family of John Steve Catilo '01. Contributions should be sent to: The John Steve Catilo Memorial Fund, c/o Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co., 1705 Fern Street, Alexandria, VA 22302. Checks should be made payable to "The John Steve Catilo Memorial Fund."

Jun28. The family of John Steve Catilo will host a memorial Vigil on Wednesday, June 30 from 12 noon - 3 pm and 6 - 9 pm at Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church, 4329 Sano Street in Alexandria. There will be a Memorial Program of Remembrance and Celebration during the Vigil at 7 pm. Click here for directions to the church. The funeral mass will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Queen of the Apostles, with a reception following at the church.

Many of John Steve's friends have asked how they can honor his memory. A memorial fund is being established, and details will be provided as soon as arrangements are complete. Anyone interested in assisting with the reception following the mass should contact Renee Rutkowski, e-mail flyingfish224@aol.com or leave a message at 703-578-0785. We also need people to help provide meals for the Catilo family throughout the week; contact Helenmarie Shipp at hkshipp@comcast.net or call 703-836-1572.

Thanks also to the people who have sent their messages of support and concern for the Catilo family. We are willing to receive and pass on messages and cards that are sent to our postal address.They can be mailed to The Catilo Family, c/o ACB, PO Box 3202, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.

Jun27. We are grateful for the news that our colleague and friend was recovered today. Please maintain your attention to the Catilo family. A wake and service is planned for early this week. Details will be posted when they are available. We soon will post an address where messages can be sent to the family.

Jun26. With the approval of the family of John Steve Catilo, we are holding a candlelight vigil tonight at 8 pm at the Boathouse. All are welcome to participate in this gathering for John Steve.

Jun25. We ask for your prayers for John Steve Catilo '01. John Steve is missing after falling into the Potomac River from his launch this morning while coaching kids of the Summer Crew Program. He is a wonderful young man who has many concerned friends in the TC Williams and University of Virginia communities. Our hearts hurt for the Catilo family.

Jun14. We've added a new page to the website to further recognize the service and sacrifice of TC Crew alumni in the American armed forces. It's a start but we could use more information and reports on alums, whether now active in service or formerly.

The newly constituted board of directors of Alexandria Crew Boosters is ready for an unveiling. A few days ago we noted who is leaving the board. Now, here are the new names or assignments: Debbie Wells - president, Peter Smeallie - vice president, Wanda Street - treasurer, Patty Franklin - recording secretary, Maggie Fitzsimmons - membership, Tracy Hollingsworth - NCASRA rep, Bob Besse - communications, Dan Shipp - past prez, Brooksie Koopman - facilities, Claire Given - novice parents, Ruth Kane - regatta food, Art Peabody & Lucy Thompson - ODBC Evening Out, and Cindy Zimmerman - grocery coupons. Check out the complete listing here.

Jun12. We have photos from the Canadian Nationals. Don't forget to check out the regatta results and a report by Dan Shipp on the regatta. And give us a few days and we'll have a report on the awards ceremony of last evening.

Jun11.Mary Higgins We must take a moment to tell you about achievements of Titan alumni in rowing competitions at the end of the college season. We already told you of the NCAA championships where women's heavyweight crews met in Sacramento (below). Then last weekend the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships occurred in Camden. This is a men's and lightweight women's regatta and we saw some great racing. First, we'll note the fact that Mary Higgins '02 (right) and her Wisconsin varsity crew took the crown in BIG WAY...like 12 seconds of open water. As Ed Hewett of Row2K said it, Wisco Lights "shocked" Radcliffe and Princeton--the main competition--with their power win, leaving the Ivy crews in the proverbial dust as you can see by this photo. Meanwhile, Sean Lynam '03, now in Yale's 6 seat, helped his Frosh boat to a bronze medal.  Also listed in the program were Joe Barnes '00 (UMass), Ian Drone '03 UVA), and Irene Walsh '01 (Gtwn) We have a picture of Sean, Mary, Ashley Jones '03, Charlie Shuey '01, James Allgood '00, Alex Bea '01 and others on the Alumni Gallery page.

May31. TC Crew alumni are wrapping up the college rowing season at the collegiate championships. This past weekend the NCAA's women's rowing championships took place in Sacramento. We know at least some who were there pulling for national bragging rights. Freshmen Emily Shuey '03 and Ashley Jones '03 rowed in the Division I varsity four event for Yale and Virginia, respectively, and went on to the grand finals. When it was all over, Ashley and her crew achieved the gold medal and Emily's four finished fourth behind Brown and ahead of Cal. Meredith Corley '01 was there in California rowing in the Ohio State 2nd varsity eight. The Buckeyes went on to the petites. Stay tuned for news on the IRAs.

May19. Alumni News: Rebecca Lenn '03 has been elected co-captain of the Mount Holyoke College crew for the coming 2004-2005 season. That's a quick rise on the leadership ladder for Rebecca, who will be a sophomore. Way to go! Austin Roberts '00 is back in the States from Afghanistan, at least for a while. Austin will hit Alexandria this weekend. That's good news, soldier! And Katie Keller '00 graduated from UVA this past weekend and soon will be married. Congrats to you and your guy, Katie!

CorinneLinderman '03 at ECAC National InvitationalMay14. We were up in Massachusetts at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta and saw three TC Crew alums among the 50 or so teams represented. Ian Drone '03 was there with his UVA Cavalier freshmen crew team. Competing with Marist College's varsity eight was Alex Bea '01, whose crew placed 5th in an exciting race. Corinne Linderman '03 was in a barn burner of a grand final and hers was an especially rewarding experience in her first year with WPI. Her varsity eight silvered, following Smith College to the finish line.

May2. Alumni news:  Charlie Shuey's '01 3rd ranked Cornell varsity lightweight boat was selected as EARC Crew of the Week. Meredith Corley '01 raced on the Ohio State women's varsity boat that was dubbed the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week. Rebecca Lenn '03 and Corinne Linderman '03 were on the water at the New England Rowing Championships this weekend. Rebecca was in the Mt. Holyoke frosh/novice eight and Corinne was pulling with the 4th ranked Div III WPI women's varsity eight, which took home the bronze behind Smith and Williams. Sean Lynam '03 and his 4th ranked Yale frosh crew took Brown to the cleaners.  Here is a shot of stroke Sean, courtesy of www.row2K.com, clearly enjoying himself in the heat of competition. Meanwhile, Trevor Wells '02 is in his second year with the Georgetown lightweights. Alex Bea's '01 Marist varsity crew ranks second in the recent ECAC/Metro coaches poll. William West '03 and his fellow frosh lightweights at St. Joseph's won gold at the Indianapolis Invitational on April 24th, beating the likes of Michigan, North Carolina and Purdue. They rowed in the 2nd frosh event since frosh lightweight events are hard to come by. Nice work, Mr. West!

US Rowing is accepting nominations for the annual USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll. If you are interested, take a look at the eligibility criteria and process involved. The deadline for nominations is September 1st.

Austin Roberts '99Apr30. Over the years a good many Titan crew alumni have put on the uniform of the United States after leaving TC or college.Some of them have served overseas in hostile territory including three recent grads. We are told that Alex Romero '00 is in the Marine Corps and now serving in Iraq. (If anyone has more information on Alex, please let us know.) Louis Vindell '98 is also a Marine and served in the war in Afghanistan after September 11th. (The happy news is that Louis, who is stateside, was recently married!) And Austin Roberts '00is in the Army serving in Afghanistan. We are glad to report that Austin is scheduled to return to the US in late May. We have a picture of Austin before he shipped out to the other side of the world. Looks good in his uniform! Our thanks go to these gentlemen for their service and sacrifice. We'll post more photos if we get them.

Some women of the Alexandria Community Rowing club (ACR) have decided to honor the late Nancy Dunning by christening a new eight in Nancy's name. This project has the approval of the Dunning family, including TC Crew alums Liz and Chris. For information on this project and how you can contribute to the purchase of the new shell, take a look For more information, write to Sally Reams.

Apr22. We saw a few TC Crew alums at the Knecht Cup regatta on the Cooper River last weekend. Hanging with their college crews were Mary Higgins '02, William West '03 and Alex Bea '01. Rowing not far from the Camden venue was Charlie Shuey '01 where the Lightweights of Cornell, Princeton and Rutgers on Lake Carnegie. Here's a shot of Charlie in the Cornell eight's four-seat. Got a picture or news about a collegiate Titan? Let us know.

Apr14. Corinne Linderman '03 and her WPI varsity eight crew earned both the Barbara Donohue Cup and ECAC's Varsity Crew of the Week designation. WPI's performance success last weekend against Williams and Connecticut colleges' WV8 crews won them the distinction. It's the first time WPI's women beat Williams since the former went varsity in 1999. Nice job, Corinne! Mary Higgins '02 saw success on the west coast last weekend. Her Wisco varsity lightweight eight trounced Stanford for the Coggeshall Cup in San Diego. Mary's crew next heads to the east coast to burn up 2000 meters of the Cooper River with other national lightweight powers. She and at least one other former Titan--is there such a thing?--Alex Bea '01 will compete in the Marist varsity eight at the Knecht Cup Regatta with nearly 60 teams. Let's hear from TC Crew alums! There are lots of you racing in college.

Mar23. Katie Sovick'03 tells us that she is rowing in Clemson's 1st novice eight. They have triumphed in their first two outings this season, against UNC and Miami. Check out the rowing Tigers' website.

Mar21. We have posted photos from the shell christening. Click here or on the photo at right. We saw some alums at the christening. In addition to Ashley Jones '03 we saw Trevor Wells '02 and Sean Lynam '03.

Mar20. TC Crew alums have been getting ready for the spring season just as the 2004 Titan crew has been doing. The only difference is that some of the grads have had little time on the water at colleges where temps are still cold. A lot of teams head south to warmer climes for their college spring break. (No, not to the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale but to Carolina, Georgia and even Virginia waters.) Rebecca Lenn '03 and her Mt. Holyoke rowing team did their warm water training on the Occoquan. (While here Rebecca invited over 50 rowers to her home to experience Alexandria Sunday dinner hospitality...the crowded kind.) Sam Rust '03 and his Dartmouth team are in Augusta getting water time and Alex Bea '01 took a break from erging at Marist in Upstate New York by spending a week on the Clemson University campus and Lake Hartwell. But not everyone has been kept off the water. William West '03 probably has been able to get on the Schuylkill for a while now. In fact his St. Joseph's crew had their first regatta today on the familiar Cooper River.\ William is on the freshman light eight. Glad to hear that he has recovered from his knee surgery. Let's hear from other alums who are rowing this spring!

Mar16. New to the website....we finally put up the first page of the Scrapbook. Take a look at shots from the 1950s to the 1990s. See if you recognize anyone.

Mar10. We were happy to get an email from Kate Kosloske '99 who can tell you about The Boat Race we mentioned the other day (have you played the game yet?) from first hand experience. "I went during my junior year abroad and had a blast. Scores of thousands of people line the banks of the Thames, and not just Oxbridge grads, but everyone gets into the event." Kate said that watching the dual race between Cambridge and Oxford was best done near the pubs along the several mile course but in her case,"I was situated right at the finish line of the 2002 race, which went (alas!) to Oxford by half a boat length. I watched it with the girls in my college boat club and tried to comfort them as their alma mater let it slip away in the final seconds!" She is back in the States and teaching Latin in an Upstate New York school. Good to hear from you, Kate!

Mar9.  Thanks to Jason Scadron '85 we have a 5 minute video about TC Crew. Jason, a filmmaker, has been working on a documentary about scholastic rowing and TC Williams crew, in particular. Having finished the filming he would welcome your support to help him finance the studio end of the project. Here is how you can get in touch with Jason. And thanks to Lewis Shipp, brother of Booster Prez Dan Shipp, who kindly set up the video files, we are able to show it on this website. Click here to watch it.

Feb24. Alexandria rowers were in Boston this past weekend at the CRASH-B Indoor Rowing World Championships. Laura Lynam competed as did Corinne Linderman '03 of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Allgood '00 of Boston University. We posted information as to the results of MidAtlantic Erg Sprint medalists at the world championships. Check out the Sprints page. One of those medalists--Maria Micocci of McLean--bronzed in her junior lightweight class.

Nine of our fourteen coaches rowed for TC Williams or the former Alexandria high schools of George Washington and Francis Hammond: Cathy Hott '78, Jon Schildknecht '92, Lexye Street '98, Peter Herding '97, Jesse Gallun '97, Julie Wilmer '98, Steve Weir '69, Dee Campbell '44, Erin Fitch '92.

Linda Miller '90 and Lucas coaching a Wilson rower.Feb11. We put up some pictures from the Super Bowl ergathon benefit forthe Schuyler Jones memorial fund.The pictures inaugurate the 2004 Crew Gallery page Take a look.And while we are talking photos, check our the Sprints photos. One of them is to the right. Linda Miller '90 introduced Baby Lucas to indoor rowing competition.

Our condolences go to Coach Dee Campbell on the passing of his sister.

Feb1. Thanks to all volunteers for your help with the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints. It was our 16th year and it certainly has grown Four ACR Facesfrom the original event that Kitty Porterfield and the coaches first held in a hallway atTC. Over 1000 people competed during the day-long event. We will put up photos as soon as possible. Congrats to ACR rowers who may have missed the top team trophy by just one point but we think they are the top team for coming out in force as volunteers to make the event happen. Speaking of ACR, to the right are four ACR faces focused on the women's open lightweight race. In the foreground Angie Farinas is encouraging Sara Uberman '92. Kat Gonyea '90 is intent on the split time. Tom Hogue is in the background. Here are the results for the Sprints.

Jan10. Jon Schildknecht '92 and Carter Kidd '00 are engaged. Word has it he popped the question on Christmas Eve and they'll take their time planning the big day. (Ah, a holiday engagement. One wonders was there mistletoe nearby to inspire him?) The two have rowing, coaching and Virginia Tech in common...oh, yeah, and love, too. Marriages have been built on a lot less. Good luck, Carter and Jon!

Lucas Martin Lowenfish, son of Linda Miller '90, born December 10, 2003.   9 lbs 6 oz, 21 inchesWe welcome into the Alexandria rowing family Lucas Martin Lowenfish, son of Linda Miller '90  and husband Martin Lowenfish.  Hello, Lucas! Child of two elite athletes, Lucas no doubt has a bright future in rowing and the paddle sports. He entered this world on December 10 at a mere 9 lbs 6 oz...all 21 inches of him.(The shot to the right shows him resting in between 6,000K pieces.) Congrats to Martin and Linda. Were glad to hear that Linda will continue coaching crew as she has been doing in recent years at Woodrow Wilson in the District.

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