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News from TC Crew - 2005

Dec 13. Mark your calendars for two "hail and farewells."   Jaime Rubini will be recognized at the Holiday Open Boathouse next week on December 23rd.  Spread the word to alumni, friends and fans, alike.   Then on March 26th, we will have a retirement party for Coach Ed Cannon, who was with TC Crew for a mere 25 years! ...or was it 26?  Don't miss either of these events!

Dec 8.  Congratulations to Jaime Rubini. After coaching at TCW for 10 years and leading our freshmen, third and second--eight crews to much success he has taken the head coach post with West Potomac High School crew. The rowers at WePo are lucky to have Jaime, who is a fixture in the local and national rowing community.  His commitment to athleticism and technique resulted in equally strong commitments from his rowers. Jaime is a competitive Masters rower whose name often can be found in the first place column. Look for him at Rubini Jewelers, known for distinctive rowing designs.  We will miss Jaime in a BIG WAY but we are happy that he will continue to do what he loves to do.


We heard from Sarah Low '04 from down in Carolina Blue Chapel Hill. She "Vicki Moore, Ashley Jones, Ian Drone all raced for UVA, and EB Moore, Will Kuckro and Austin Blakeslee were also seen there. Exciting Titan reunions, as always.

Nov 1. TC grad Mary Higgins '02 was in Boston last weekend at the Head of the Charles for her last race with the Wisco lightweights. Senior Mary and a boatmate are shown at right chowing down a traditional bratwurst"floated" out to their boat from the shore by University of Wisconsin alumni following their race. (There's something the Alexandria Boosters haven't done yet.) The Wisco lightweights finished first among the collegiate boats in the race and third overall. (Earlier in the month, Mary and Seattle's Anaya Drew won the open pairs competition at the Head of the Rock in Illinois.  Hillary Haitsuka '04 who joined Wisco's lightweight  varsity team this fall, helped the lightweights earn the second-highest trophy points at the Head of the Rock.) Ashley Jones '03 and Sean Lynam '03 were also at the famous Head of the Charles last weekend. Ashley's UVA Eight once again finished near the top in the Championship Eight women's event with the London Training Center and Princeton crews not far ahead of them. Sean's Yale crew also did well by racing to 11th place in the Championship Eight event. Corinne Linderman '03 rowed in WPI's Eight at the HOCR (16th) and again at the Head of the Schuylkill (5th) last weekend. Rebecca Lenn '03 was on the Charles River (in the snow even!) last weekend for the Seven Sisters Championship. She was in bow of the 2nd Eight as the Mount Holyoke College crew won the Seven Sisters Championship. Any other alumni competing this fall?

Former Men's Head Coach Mike Penn and Ned Flint '91 shared with us some memories of the men's senior eight of the 1991 season. It was prompted by our report that Dave Digilio '92 (Princeton '96) wrote an upcoming Disney film called "Eight Below," starring Paul Walker and Jason Biggs. Here is a link to info on Dave's film, which opens on February 17th. DiGilio stroked the TC heavyweight eight under Coach Mike Penn in 1991-92. According to Mike, "The eight in '91 finished 2nd at Stotes and SRAs and was considered the 2nd fastest boat in the world." According to Ned Flint, who was in the senior eight, "We lost the SRA to St. Joe's Prep by 1.3 seconds. St. Joe's made it to the semifinal at Henley and lost to Eton, the eventual winner..." Mike has reason to be proud of that crew. It didn't win gold at the two major regattas that year but it was distinguished in many ways. (Ned also noted that the senior boat was not the only one having success that year. The men's junior eight won at Stotesbury and finished second at the SRAs.) The crew of the '91 senior boat was exceptional. It included Nick Peterson '91 (Henley quad champion and 2000 Olympic Team) and Jordan Irving '92 (1997 World Champion). All but one of that boat rowed in college--Ned was at Wisconsin, Nick at Harvard, Jordan at Yale, Dave Digilio and Frank Lomax at Princeton--and those that rowed all 4 years were members of successful crews. Kihlon Golden was the one member of the boat that did not continue with rowing after his senior year of high school. He played basketball at Bucknell instead. He also later played professional basketball in Europe. Final notes: For more information on Alexandria rowers who rowed for US national teams check out our page on national team members. Also, Ned's brother, Ryan Flint '05, has followed in his brother's footsteps by wearing Wisco red in his first year of college crew.

Oct 15. Our thanks go to former coach Sonny Weiners and his niece Theresa Carroll Daly for supplying some detail on people pictured on our Scrapbook page. Sonny is a major donor of old photos to our collection. He and coach Dee Campbell are neighbors in Florida.

Oct 11. Rebecca Lenn '03 was sighted at the Head of Connecticut Regatta on Sunday. Rebecca rowed bow of the 2nd eight of the Mount Holyoke College team. In her second year as co-captain of the crew, she was trying to help her boat to negotiate the flood waters on yet another bad weather racing date on the Connecticut.

Sept 13. We've recently heard from Austin Schimdt '67 who is the latest addition to our Titans in Uniform page, where you can find his photo. Col. Schmidt rowed for GWHS and then at TC where he was in the first graduating class. Here is his email message to us: "Yo Ho Titan Rowers… Austin Schmidt ‘67 here… well, in Iraq… Enlisted in the Army and thru many and varied adventures (some of which are even believable), including being injured in The Pentagon on 9-11, I am a Colonel of Special Forces and currently Commanding Officer of Forward Operating Base Camp Bucca, which is conveniently located in a suburb of Nowhere, Iraq. I think this will be my last hurrah though, after 38 years, somebody younger will have to take over trying to save the World from itself. Maybe I’ll teach History…. I’ve lived a bunch of it.

"I started at GW (actually, Jefferson Junior High…I’m very old, so I stared rowing in ’62).. and of course, we all rowed out of ODBC back then… went to GW and when TC was built, I lived in that new district so I graduated from TC in ’67. What with rowing at GW, TC and ODBC, I was coached by Whitey Whitestone, Jack Franklin, Sonny Weiners, Dee Campbell and Bill Burrus. I graduated from TC in ’67 (Despite the Hollywood “hype”, the Class of ’67 are the REAL Original Titans… we have a numeral “1” on our Class Rings where subsequent classes had a torch). I’ve still got my Letter Jacket and it still fits very well…. having played Army for 38 years now tends to keep one in some kind of shape, although I’m getting slower now. Oh, my home in Fairfax is a block from Mike Penn’s … cozy little community, eh?

"And tell the younger Rowers that I trained for US Army Ranger School in 1973 by rowing on the Crew at The Citadel. It worked… I’ve had that Tab on my shoulder since August 1973. There was no Crew in Korea but the ethos I learned from the years on the river kept me going and I went Special Forces in 1976, Combat Diver in ’76 and won my Master Parachutist Wings in ‘79. Dedication, perseverance and teamwork…. It all comes from the rowing experience." Thanks, Austin. Great to hear from you. Hope you do get back in time for the Spring regattas!"

Sep 8. Just one way to bring home the disruptive impact of Katrina on the lives of many...UVA has two more TC Crew alums on campus. Tulane students Austin Blakeslee '04 and Will Kuckro '04 made it out of New Orleans safely and are not losing a classroom beat by being in Charlottesville this fall semester. Welcome back to the Commonwealth, guys!

Sep 3. We are happy to report that Alexandria Police Officer Sean Casey '00 was released from the hospital and is doing well after being wounded in an incident early yesterday. Austin Roberts '00 recently arrived in Iraq with the Army's 10th Mountain Division. Austin previously did a tour in Afghanistan. Let's keep both Sean and Austin in our thoughts and prayers.

Aug 14. Trevor Wells '02 joined with Gar-Field alumni to row at the Canadian Henley in St. Catharines. They rowed a straight (coxless) four and made the finals in the Senior A Light 4- event. Going into his senior year at Georgetown, Trevor and the other sweeps practiced on the Occoquan in the weeks leading up to that major regatta and rowed wearing Occoquan Boat Club colors. Trevor also raced in the Senior B Light 1x event.

Jul24.  Oh, yeah, and a belated CONGRATULATIONS to Jon Schildknecht '92 and Carter Kidd '00 who were married earlier this month. Jon is coach and former rowing at TC. Carter is a Titan crew alumna who has coached Summer and Fall Crew. Great to have a wedding in the TC Crew family!

Jul 23. This from Dave Urquia '75: "A very interesting story behind that National Geographic photo. Our 1975 eight was ranked #1 in the country for most of the year going into the Schoolboy Nationals at Princeton. A photographer from National Geographic heard about us, and followed us in practices leading up to the Nationals, took hundreds of photos. He then went with us to Princeton. He took that "agony of defeat shot" from our stern right after we crossed the finish line. (We finished third behind Ridley College and Holy Spirit). You will notice that the cox in that photo is a girl Cortney), not Steve Love our regular cox. Coach John Ferris was of the opinion that for us to beat our arch rival Ridley (a boat full of 13th year rowers, essentially college freshman) we would have to drop weight. Steve Love weighed 120 lbs. Cortney weighed 85 lbs. Then, we switched out the 360 lbs."George Washington" Pocock shell for a borrowed fiberglass model (seen in the Princeton photo) to drop more weight. The strategy back fired, since Cortney proved to be very inexperienced in race conditions, and we didn't have time to get used to the new shell. I went to the offices of National Geographic in D.C. the summer of 1975 and went through all the negatives. Over the years I lost all but 2 or three of those photos. I don't remember the name of the photographer, but it was my understanding that he entered one of our photos and a photo of Mohammed Ali in the ring to win professional photographer of the year award."

Over July 4th weekend rowers from the 1975 TC Crew gathered at the Boathouse to undertake a risky mission...getting back in the boat! But being Titan rowers they knew what to do and we have pictures to prove it. Co-captains Dave Urquia '75 and John Hagan '75 wore the old TCW racing jersey. They and the other original Men's Varsity Eight crew were in Alexandria having a reunion.All were seniors in 1975 except for 6-seat KC Lynch.

Jul7. Congratulations to Steve Pritzker '95 who was just named Assistant Coach at the University of Virginia by head coach Kevin Sauer. Steve coached at the Boathouse including for the Alexandria Summer Crew Program. After coxing at TC Williams, Steve joined the Yale heavyweight crew where his leadership talents were on display in regattas at home and around the world. Steve has been coaching in Charlottesville while going to school there. Here's the story out of UVA.

Jun13. We heard from Grace Cole Young '93 who is living out West but still thinks of TC Crew from time to time. "I was once known as Grace D. Cole. I rowed on the W’s Varsity 8 for both my Junior and Senior years at TC. I graduated in 1993 and, unfortunately, have not been in a shell since. My love for the water has taken on a new approach these days… I live in Big Sky Montana, and my husband, Mason, and I do a lot of rafting now." Glad you are staying in touch, Grace!

Jun6. Congrats to Mary Higgins '02 for her Wisconsin Varsity Lightweight Eight win over Princeton and other crews for the national championship this past weekend. Another alum at the IRAs in Camden was Charley Shuey '01 whose Cornell Varsity Lightweight Eight finished 2nd behind Yale. We have reason to believe that Sean Lynam '03 was also competing at the IRAs in Yale's Varsity Heavyweights. Sam Rust '02 rowed in Dartmouth's open four.

Jun5. The Titan WV8 progressed to the finals at St. Catharines today and will return to Alexandria with bronze medals! They and the other top varsity boats competed at the Canadian Secondary Scholastic Rowing Association's championship regatta this weekend. They spend three days on the famed international course on which TC Williams has become a familiar name and Go-TC a most familiar cheer. The Senior Girls Eight event was dominated by Americans with the Titans arriving behind Grosse Ile and Forest Hills, both of Michigan. Here are the results of that final race.

May 29.
Coach Ed Cannon has let it be known that this season will be his last as coach for TC Crew. It's hard to imagine TC Crew without Coach Cannon. After 25 years it is probably hard for him to imagine not being at the Boathouse teaching and training (and inspiring) student athletes. Thanks, Ed, for 25 great years!

As TC Crew was competing in New Jersey at the "Nationals," three alumni were racing at the NCAA Championships in California. UVA's Vickie Moore '03 and Ashley Jones '03 were there. Ashley rowed in the WV8 that finished 4th in the grand finals. Meredith Corley '01, in her fourth year rowing for Ohio State, competed in the WV4+event. Here is Meredith on the water and also with the Ohio State team (3rd row, right of center). The UVA team is here with Vickie (3rd row, white shirt left of orange shirt) and Ashley (2nd row, tall hat right of center). (Thanks to Row2K.com where you can find information on most regattas in the U.S..)

May26. Ed Cannon was named Men's Coach of the Year in the 2005 Washington Post All-Met edition. Yeah, Coach Cannon!! Congrats also to Daniel Hambrice for his honorable mention selection.

May 15. Wisconsin's Varsity Lightweight Eight wins Gold at Sprints with Mary Higgins '02 on board. The Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) sprints were held in Camden, NJ. There to cheer her on were former TC lightweight rowers Hillary Haitsuka '04 and Mike Franklin '04. Wisco defeated the Princeton lights, winning by nearly 5 seconds. Radcliffe came in third. Aided by a strong tailwind, Wisco set a course record for women's lightweights in the EAWRC championship with a time of 6:35:00. Sean Lynam '03 stroked the Yale Varsity Eight to the finals at the men's Eastern Sprints in Worcester. We think that Sam Rust '02 and Charley Shuey '01 were there also. Charley's Cornel Lightweight Eight finished third. On May 1st, Alex Bea '01 led his Marist Varsity Eight to the New York State Championships. It was the first time that both the Marist men's and women's varsity eights took gold at that regatta. The men's side took the points trophy also. At the ECAC National Invitational in Worcester, Bea's Varsity Eight finished 5th in the finals just behind UVA. Michigan won the race.

May 14. At the fabled Dad Vails Regatta in Philly, St. Joseph's University beat out over 100 other colleges and universities to capture the overall team trophy for the first time since 1971. William West '03 was in the 3-seat of the St. Joe's MVLt8 that took bronze, finishing behind Boston College and Ohio State. (Last year William rowed in the frosh lightweight eight that won gold at the Vails.) Sadly, the lightweight finals race ended with a terrible tragedy. In the winning BC boat, next to William's, was bowman junior Scott Laio who collapsed at the finish line and died an hour later at the hospital.Below in our rowing quotes box is an excerpt from the Philadelphia Inquirer, including the words of St. Joe's coach Drew Hill that captured the tragedy from the rower's perspective. And as the TC Williams family knows all too well, events like this put things in perspective. Thanks to Fowler West for those words.

Apr18. We cheer the 2005 Titan crews and those of recent years who are competing in college. TC alums have been on waters throughout much of the U.S. this Spring. Just this past weekend several returned to the Cooper River in Camden, NJ for the Knecht Cup Regatta. Will West '03 was there to compete with his St. Joseph's lightweight eight, which finished second to Delaware. Trevor Wells '02 was seen taking in the racing, no doubt cheering on the Georgetown women who were racing there. Trevor is recovering from surgery. Mary Higgins '02 and her strong Wisco varsity light eight were made a strong impression on the water, ultimately finishing in second place to the Princeton tigers and ahead of Radcliffe in the light grand final.The Wisconsin eight must have treasured getting water time in warm New Jersey. They entered two separate events (light & open) and raced 5 times over the two days. Also racing that day was Alex Bea '01 whose Marist varsity eight captured gold over Temple, GWU, Army and others in the finals.

Apr9. Thanks to Jack Wilmer, Tracy Hollingsworth and coaches Lexye Street '98 and Paul Bea '98 for conducting a college rowing orientation for interested parents and rowers.

Mar28. Meredith Corley '01 and her Ohio State Buckeye Crew met UVA in an early season regatta. Ashley Jones' 03 and Vicki Moore '03 were rowing there, too. Rebecca Lenn '03 was caught by George Hermann's camera stroking her Mt. Holyoke eight on the Occoquan. Seems that Massachusetts crew thinks that Virginia in March is warm by comparison. Alex Bea '01 was farther south, on Clemson turf, for Marist's spring training. Jay Blount '01 has been getting some attention in the press for his Yale connections.


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