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News from TC Crew - 2006

Nov 5. It was medals all around for the ODBC team at the last contest of the season, the Head of the Occoquan regatta on November 4 and 5. Alex Lovo of TC Williams won the men's youth singles, leading the field with a time of 20:35. Zach Hutchings was fourth, and Michael Noll came in sixth. Abby Martin took second place in the women's youth singles event with a time of 22:09.4590, the best time by far of any area rower.

On Sunday, the ODBC men's "A" 8 missed first place by less than a second, taking silver with a time of 17:01.976. The men's "B" 8 was 11th.

The women's "A" boat was 3rd with a time of 19:21.215 and the "B" 8 was 13th in a field of 31.

For all race results go to Ronin Racing

Oct 27. Head of the Schuylkill has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Oct 16. There were 1200 rowers competing in the Occoquan Chase on October 14 - colleges, clubs, masters (age 30 to 70+), recreational, novices and juniors (under 19). At times it seemed that all of them were trying to launch at the same time, but eventually everyone got through the traffic jams and onto the head race course at Sandy Run under the clear blue sky of a perfect autumn afternoon.

The Old Dominion Boat Club was represented by two boys eights, two girls eights and a four, and scullers. Once again, the boys single scullers showed serious strength, taking 2nd through 6th in the juniors event. Two of them, Alex Lovo and Zachary Hutchings, are slated to row a double at the Head of the Charles. The boys eights were 6th and 13th, with the "A" boat just 44 seconds off the winning time. On the girls side, coach Cathy Hott put together a four for this regatta, and it came in 3rd in a field of nine, finishing behind two boats from Tidewater Virginia. The girls eights were 3rd and 11th in a 19-boat race, and McKenzie Harper was second in the girls singles. One boys eight and one girls eight will travel to Boston for the Head of the Charles.

You can get all the results from www.roninracing.com. Click on "Regattas," select "Results" from the pull-down menu and select the regatta name and year.

Sep 29. ODBC crew's first regatta, the Head of the Old Town, was a washout. Literally. All the singles and doubles races were scratched, and the ODBC eights rowed against each other. So the Head of the Potomac, in Georgetown on the last Saturday in September, was their first real test.

The day was especially good for Coach Rubini's scullers. The boy's singles took the first five spots in their race, led by TC WIlliams rower Alex Lovo with a time of 19:25.776. Michael Noll, Mac Johnson, Evan Martin and Zachary Hutchings all finished under 20 minutes, and Enoch Cleckley finished tenth in a field of scullers from Virginia and North Carolina. On the girl's side, Abby Martin was second at 23:05.97.

In the sweep races, both the boys and girls faced tough competition in the 2.8-mile course, which starts upriver from Key Bridge and runs to the Kennedy Center. No matter. The boy's "B" eight won their race, beating Georgetown by 5 seconds, and the "A" boat was sixth. The girl's eights were second and fifth in a field of ten boats.

June 19. We have more photos from the boathouse dedication weekend. Everything from the Alumni row to the current TC Crew row by!

June 11. One Madison is now the Dee Campbell Rowing Center! Mattox photography attended the boathouse dedication and is providing photos that are available for purchase to anyone that is interested. To view photos, please go to www.mattoxphotography.com, Click on the red bar reading "View Your Photos Here" and enter the password deecampbell (no spaces). Enjoy!

June 9. TC held it's Spring Athletic Awards Night and here is a list of the recipients:

Most Valuable Varsity Oarsman
Spencer Allin
Most Valuable JV Oarsman
Zachary Whitacre
Most Valuable Freshman Oarsman
Hunter Livesay
Outstanding Lightweight
Alex Lovo
Outstanding Coxswain
Ian Waters
ODBC Award: Outstanding Oarsman
Matt Given
Coaches Award
Patrick White
Highest GPA - Varsity
Ian Waters
Highest GPA – JV
Max Besse
Most Valuable Varsity Oarswoman
Becca Ball
Most Valuable JV Oarswoman
Mary Ball
Most Valuable Freshman Oarswoman
Mia Brown
Outstanding Lightweight
Emily Mannel
Outstanding Coxswain
Caitlin Runyan
ODBC Award
Andrea Summers
Coaches Award
Andee Olson
Highest GPA - Varsity
Caitlin Runyan
T.C. Williams Scholar Athlete Awards:
Ian Waters
Cara Fitzsimmons
Highest team GPA, spring 2006
Girls Crew (3.58 GPA)

June 6. Mary Higgins, TC 2002 grad and a graduating senior at the University of Wisconsin, capped her collegiate rowing career with her third straight women's lightweight eight national title in New Jersey on June 3. In a weekend of thunderstorms, wind and flooding at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's national championship regatta on the Cooper River, the Wisco lights had to race twice on June 2 to secure their berth in the grand final. But in the end Wisco dominated the field, besting second-place Georgetown by nearly four seconds, with Radcliffe winning the bronze.

Mary's IRA gold medal was secured just a few weeks after Eastern Sprints, where her boat also won its second straight gold in the event. Because the May 13-14 Sprints were held the same weekend as Wisconsin's commencement, parents Adrian and Trish Higgins laid on mock "diplomas" for Mary and five other seniors on the boat (she now has a degree in International Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a major in animal sciences). Also in May, Mary was named a co-recipient, along with senior Anaya Drew of Seattle, of the Mandi Kowal award, the lightweight team's MVP award. Her name now joins others on a plaque at Wisconsin's boathouse.

Mary began rowing for TC as an eighth grader and is a four-time Stotesbury Cup gold medalist, 1999 and 2000 SRA nationals gold medalist, two-time Washington Post All-Met and the 2002 Alexandria Crew Boosters Outstanding Lightweight Oarswoman. She is looking forward to having her first spring break in nine years.

June 1. Check out the article on Dee Campbell in today's Washington Post - a nice article on his involvement in rowing in Alexandria and the upcoming renaming ceremony.

May 24. Seniors Spencer Allin, Andrea Summers and Caitlin Runyan have been named to the Washington Post's All Met First Team! The girls Varsity 8 was named "best boat" and honorable mentions going to senior Rebecca Ball, junior Kasey Cosier and senior Ian Waters. Congratulations to all!

Andrea, Caitlin, Debbie and Spencer  Washington Post's All Met

May 23. TC Crew alum Corinne Linderman '03 has been named a National Scholar-Athlete by the Division II/III Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, one of only 61 rowers in Division III to earn the award. A junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, Corinne is the three seat on the WPI varsity 8, which took fourth in the NEWMAC Championship.

April 21. The Alexandria School Board voted unanimously this evening to name the Boathouse

“The Dee Campbell Rowing Facility Alexandria City Public Schools”

ACB sends a big thank you to all who helped with this effort and thanks to the members of the School Board for their favorable vote. A few of Dee's former rowers had some great things to say:

“Re-naming the Alexandria Boathouse after Dee would only skim the surface of the recognition he deserves. This man is an athlete, a father figure, a mentor, a hero and so much more to many of the girls who pass through the doors of the Alexandria Boathouse. Dee devoted his life to the boathouse and every high school student who dreamed of becoming one of “Dee’s girls.” To truly honor this living legend, one should consider renaming the Potomac River after Dee Campbell. It is impossible to explain the joy and positive memories I will always have because of Dee Campbell.” Ariana Fitzgerald TC ‘02

“Dee gave us a reason to choose the right path through life, he showed us that we were powerful and capable women. I do not know what it is about Dee that inspired us so much, but it can't be denied, look at his winning record, look at the number of old rowers that are still friends, still athletes and successful, happy adults.” Pattie Moore TCW 1980

“Dee has been my high school coach, mentor, friend, and fellow coach. He holds a very special place in my heart for all he has done for me and countless other girls and boys over the past 50 plus years. He has devoted his life to rowing in Alexandria - even driving from his home in Florida each winter, in recent years, just to coach the young people of this city. He is renown and respected all over this country (and others!) for his amazing success both as a rower and coach.” Beth Yancey TCW 1981

We are tentatively planning to have a dedication ceremony on Sunday June 11th.

March 29. Parents - blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved for Stotesbury (Philly) and Nationals (Saratoga Springs, NY). Check the Regattas section for more details.

March 25. TCW started of the 2006 season with Run v Row! Check here for results

March 13. A huge round of applause to Skip Bea who has managed TC Crew's website since it's beginning. He has collected years of information, photos and stories and documented it all online here. He has been the historian, the photographer, TC Crew's biggest fan and the man behind the curtain. Many thanks, Skip, for your dedication and all of your hard work!

In the transition to the new look, we will continue Skip's work and ask for your input, your pictures and your stories. This is still a work in progress. In the next couple of weeks, you will see the occasional greyed out link, but check back soon to see what it finally connects to.

In the meantime, let's get ready for the racing season!

Feb 21. It's the beginning of the 2006 season! Want to know where to begin? Check out the Programs page - here you can read the TC FAQs and download the necessary forms for registration.

Pete & LexyeFeb20. It's a match made in heaven! Congratulations to coaches Lexye Street '98 and Pete Hearding '97 who are officially engaged! Just shows you what a little rowing can accomplish.

Feb9. Start here for all the details students and parents need to know about the 2006 TC Crew season. It gets started next week!

Thanks to the many volunteers from ACR, ACB and other teams for making the Erg Sprints a success. Thanks also to our sponsors. There is more to do. We will announce soon the team trophy winners and will post Katherine Hamilton's pictures as soon as we are able.

Tulane's BoathouseJan30. "We attend Tulane University in New Orleans...Katrina wreaked havoc on much of the city, including our boathouse and equipment." That's from a letter that Will Kukro '04 and Austin Blakeslee '04 sent to us. They also sent us pictures." Tulane dockThe team members are putting their sweat into the rebuilding effort but they also have some important help. Tulane Crew has the support of Vespoli in asking people for contributions toward rebuilding the team's equipment. Vespoli will match contributions raised from other Tulane dockpersons and organizations. Will and Austin are hoping that fellow Titans will lend a hand as have others from the rowing community in other parts of the country. Check out the Vespoli site and the Alumni News page where we put up the pictures. And lend a hand if you can.


Jan22. There's a change coming to the website. Kat Gonyea '90 will take over the role as webmaster for this website. Kat knows the program and the Boathouse inside out. She was on the team when in high school and is rowing with ACR today. The shift will happen in the months ahead when things are ready and just right. Look for some new features for web-based communications between the team and coaches. Stay tuned!

Jan21. The Coaches page has been updated for the coming season. Both new and returning coaches including lots of alums.

Friends and fans of Alexandria rowing and TC Crew! Barbeque and bluegrass are two of the great pleasures in life (after rowing) and you will have the opportunity to indulge in both--and a silent auction--on March 18th. Once again, the Old Dominion Boat Club is hosting the annual evening-out sponsored by ACB. You can buy your tickets on line through RoninRacing and we hope you and your friends will do just that. We are also looking for people to lend a hand. See you there!

Jan17. Many of you know that Austin Roberts '00 is with his 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. Ruth Roberts has been welcoming donations of items to go to the soldiers to show we remember their service. Well, we're cranking it up a notch by inviting you all to lend a hand. A bin will be set up in the Boathouse to accept donations of items. Take a look here and see how you can show you care to our former coxswain and his comrades.

Jan13. Thanks to Derek Parsons and his graphics class for the very cool animation of the Erg Sprints logo (which was designed by TC Crew alum Chris Anderson). Derek teaches at Edison High School and is head crew coach at Washington-Lee.

TC Crew Needs You!
The annual crew “Booster Night Out” dinner and silent auction fundraiser at the Old Dominion Boat Club is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th. Ruth Roberts, mom of TC crew alum Austin, has generously agreed to chair the committee. Now we need lots of people to help her pull this off. If you can help, please contact Ruth at ruthieruk@yahoo.co.uk Here are some of the jobs that need to be filled:

~ Solicit and collect silent auction items (a job for several people) ~ Organize silent auction (bid sheets, minimum bids, etc.) ~ Ordering the food (usually from Rocklands) ~ Decorations ~ Set Up ~ Clean Up

Crew Boosters counts on this event as a major fundraiser for the program. We need to make sure it is a successful evening. It takes a lot of people to make it a success. Please volunteer to help make it happen.

Debbie Wells

Jan2. It was great to see current and alumni members of TC Crew along with others from the Alexandria rowing community at the holiday get-together. Thanks go to the Boosters for putting it together, especially the recognition of Coach Jaime Rubini, who is moving on to take over the West Potomac Crew program. Ed Cannon and his family were also there. He will be given his due on March 26th when we thank him for his many years of leadership of the program.

Check the Crew Calendar for 2006 dates including the regatta schedule.

A special Happy New Year goes to former Titan rowers who are now serving our country overseas in the Middle East and elsewhere. We have added a few pictures to the Titans in Uniform page.

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 Washington, Nick at Harvard, Jordan at Yale, Dave Digilio and Frank Lomax '91 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 Thomas's footsteps by wearing Wisco red in his first year of college crew.


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