November 20, 2013
Never Row Redux
|Mike Driscoll B'08, relentless weekend organizer|
|Tom Walker C'66, PHD'70, M'72, R'77 with gift oar above|
|Coaches Sam Stitt and Tony Johnson accept blade from Al DiFiore F'61, L'64|
Improvements to the RTC are continuing. Varsity women's coach, Miranda Paris, gave a inspiring tour of the facility during the recent celebration weekend and explained the annual replacement cycle: the need for some new training equipment (ergs and bikes) each year to replace the oldest parts of this inventory. Like our racing shells and launches, all our training equipment is funded through external gifts by alumni, parents, and friends.
We continue to strive to keep our shell and launch inventory current. Our men's lightweight squad needs funding for a new front-line racing shell. Our women's teams are seeking new front-line racing eights. Our men's heavyweight team also seeks funding for new training eights. All squads are in need of additional shared boats: fours, pairs, and launches. If you would like more information how to make a gift towards the teams' equipment needs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the same time, it is also incredibly important to support the programs' current operating budget, which funds the crews' every day expenses. To make a gift, please visit here or click on one of the buttons at the bottom of this e-mail.
|Costume was sent from the Hilltop to Pat's wake.|
The one sad moment of the anniversary weekend occurred when word circulated among those attending about a horrific auto accident in New York that took place early that Saturday morning. In the fatal taxicab was Pat Sheehan C'81. Most remember Pat as Georgetown's first costumed bulldog, who set the standard for all who followed in that role. Among this returning group of rowing alums however, many recalled Pat as an enthusiastic freshman coxswain on the crew. When I traveled last week to Pat's wake and funeral, the number of former Hoya rowers in the church was striking. Please see an article in The HOYA here.
Finally, the latest issue of Rowing Magazine has a very nice eight-page feature article on Tony Johnson, our long-time men's coach and director of rowing on the Hilltop. I have attached the article here as a PDF.
As we head into the holiday season, let me offer my thanks and appreciation to the rowing community for their continued care and support for Georgetown Crew.
Sport Administrator - Men's and Women's Rowing
June 21, 2013
WELCOME HOME : REUNION ROW 2013
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Georgetown alumni reunion brought back to Thompson's Boathouse 6 eights of rowing alums plus family members, friends and a few former rowers who preferred to watch. Alumni graduating in years ending in 3 and 8 arrived at the river at 9:00 am with rowing conditions about as perfect as it gets on the Potomac.
The Annual Fund for Athletics, Hoyas Unlimited, and GRAA were on hand with bagels, coffee and juice to help get the blood flowing. (Thank you, Myrhia Brewer and John Kenchelian) And a big thanks for organizing the boats to J.J. Forster '70, Vince Puma '91, David Don '93, and Will Packard '84.
April 18, 2013
Spring Row Weekend 2013
|The Hoya heavyweight varsity edged out UVA on Saturday morning|
Last weekend, an estimated 200 alumni, parents and friends of the Crew came together on the banks of the river where they witnessed multiple Hoya victories on the race course while connecting and renewing relationships first formed in the Georgetown Rowing experience.
| Past GRA presidents Drew Schreiber ‘86, David Don ‘93 joined current |
president Neil Lane ‘85 at the river
|The GRA open meeting and lunch drew alums, parents and friends|
|Bert Mason ‘67, Mike Hughes ‘66, Arlene and Ed Witman ‘67|
|Former coach Walt Barber and HW assistant coach Frank Benson eye the race progression on the teletron|
|Tiger Sergeant ‘65, Linda Hoeschler, and Mike Mullin ‘64|
|Crew alum and parent of current rower, Terry Fitzgerald ‘80 with Drew Schreiber|
Highlighting the daytime activities on Saturday were two ceremonies: the first honoring former rower and coach John J. Forster ‘70 with the dedication of the Forster Challenge Cup, presented annually to the winner of the race between the Georgetown and Navy lightweight men; and the second, the christening of a new shell, “The Spirit of ‘62,” a gift from the Cadle era rowers. Lastly, enough senior oarsmen showed up at the dock on Sunday morning for a refreshing row on the river.
|The Lightweight Varsity scored an impressive come-from-behind victory over Navy to capture the inaugural John J. Forster Challenge cup|
|Varsity Lightweight captains Chan Mahaney ‘13 and Jack |
Devlin ‘13 with Forster Cup
|Claiming the Cup: Varsity LW squad with Jay Forster|
|Neil Lane ‘85 helps to dedicate the Forster Cup as Varsity LW coach Sam Stitt, Jay Forster ‘70 and Pat McArdle ‘72 look on|
|Jay Forster ‘70 and Lightweight assistant Vince Puma ‘90 with the Cup|
|The Spirit Lives On!|
|Linda Hoeschler and Frank Barrett '61|
|Linda Hoeschler christens the shell with a bubbly bath|
|Past and present rowers show their approval|
|Erik Meyers '71, Athletic Director Lee Reed, and Coach Tony Johnson|
Unofficial videographer of the weekend: Don Whamond '61
|Coxswains United: Bethany Bisko ‘15, Kerri McKie ‘13, and Nathaniel Liu ‘13 with Tiger Sergeant ‘65|
|Heavyweights Ben Holtzmuller '13 and Henry Hoffstot ‘13 with Pat Doyle ‘63|
|Heavyweight rower Graham Miller ‘16 and Mike Mullin ‘64|
|Saturday dinner at the Cosmos Club with Ted Kundtz ‘67, Ed Witman ‘67, Mike Vespoli ‘68, and head coach Tony Johnson|
Many attendees made their way to the crew table where they found removable crew tattoos and were able to purchase one of the colorful Georgetown oar hats for sale. It was a memorable weekend and had everyone looking forward to the 2014 edition.
Patrick J McArdle,
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