The crew team, now in its second decade at Dublin, has become one of the most competitive athletic programs offered at the Dublin School. The team averages 30 student-athletes, and fields coxed-fours in 1st and 2nd varsity, as well as the novice level at a full schedule of races throughout the spring. The Dublin rowers' season-culminating regatta is the Granite State Fours Championship, which is held in late May against local New Hampshire competitors such as Brewster Academy, the Derryfield School, and Lebanon Crew. This regatta can then be used as a qualifier to determine whether the crews move on to the National Scholastic Championship, a newly established regatta held on the first weekend of June.
Because Dublin makes its home in an area graced with a number of lakes, the crew team doesn’t have to venture too far for its practices. Training sessions are held on Thorndike Lake right in Dublin, New Hampshire, which allows our rowers to utilize over 2000 meters of pristine water. Dublin’s fleet has expanded dramatically in the last few years thanks to generous donations and consists of 6 coxed fours, along with a few other small boats. Rowing is unlike any other sport at Dublin, and provides students who may have limited experience on the water the chance to delve deep into a sport they can participate in for the rest of their lives.
Over 11,000 athletes from all over the country and the world participated in the 53rd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta on September 21-22 and Dublin School students and alumni were among them. Dublin School was successful in getting a lottery pick for this year’s Head of the Charles for the Women's Youth 4+ race. Coxswain Laura Coffin ’19, Stroke Zoe Hewitt ’18, Faith Lewis ’18, Lauren Ryder ’19 and Imogen VonMertens ’20 represented Dublin well among the 86 boats in the race. Navigating the crowds on the water (and in the parking lot) was not easy and took a lot of skill and courage for coaches Katie Curtis and Lindsay Brown and the team. Overtaking several boats one particularly important corner, allowed the girls to finish 75th among the 86 boats in their race.
The boys and girls boats travelled up to Lebanon, NH to participate in the Granite State Championship Regatta on Sunday. There were six teams involved in this race for boys and girls 4+ boats. The "+" in rowing terminology indicates that the boat has a coxswain, the most essential person in any crew! The coxswains have to steer the boat, motivate the crew, and direct the athletes both on land and on the water. The rowers are visible to spectators while the coxswains are usually lying down in the front of the 4, keeping as low and aerodynamic a profile as possible, and are largely unseen. Their effort, however, is the glue that holds their boat together and maximizes their speed.
It was a successful day of racing for the various boats, and each individual boat also scored points towards a team total. Dublin finished 2nd in this team category. The boys Varsity and 2nd Varsity boats won their races by wide margins, putting lengths of open water between them and the next fastest crew. The girls Varsity boat raced courageously and sprinted furiously to claim 2nd place in their race. The girls 2nd Varsity also had a tremendous sprint to move into 3rd place in their race. The novice boats all raced well and finished with their best pieces of the season. The parents and alumni who came to cheer on Dublin were enthusiastic in their support of the team.
The rowers enjoyed a beautiful day of racing on Wednesday against Vermont Academy. The warm weather, brisk tailwind, and sunny skies made for fast conditions on the course and pleasant spectating for the parents and friends who came over to Thorndike Pond to watch. Many thanks to VA for making the trip and giving both teams the opportunity to experience a competitive race piece. The boys and girls 1st and 2nd boats both finished ahead of VA, and the novice boats were behind VA. The Dublin novice girls joined in the boys novice races since VA only had two girls boats. It was a day when the coxswains welcomed the traditional toss into the pond after a victory, and many of the rowers jumped in themselves!
We had a long and good day on the Lowell race course today. The weather was cool and calm, and the rains held off. The weather predictions for Sunday were so abysmal that the race hosts called off all Sunday racing. All races were in the time trial format, with one crew at a time racing against the clock. This way every team had a chance to come down the course one time and measure their speed. Our teams did well, and the novice group got their first taste of big, crowded regatta, with all the bustle and nervous energy of high level competition.
The next race will be Sunday, May 21 at the Granite State Championships. We hope that every rower will have a chance to participate in this regatta, and we'll have more details to you as soon as we hear from the hosts.
The Dublin Crew Coaches
On a warm, blustery, partly cloudy day, Dublin hosted a race against Lebanon and Great Bay. The strong cross-tailwind made for tricky race conditions on the course, and the coxswains all deserve high praise for handling the conditions. The novice group got to experience their first race of their career, and the goal was simply to get to the finish line with the best possible effort.
Congratulations to JP Borrego, Alex Antonellis, AJ Lee, Jack Li, Nemo Chen, Patrick Gu, Michael Blieberg, Jack Pearce, Rohyn Contreras-Schofield, Imogen Von Mertens, Lucy Selby, Lauren Ryder, and Nancy Rose Unser for all the hard work they've done these past weeks to get ready for this race day.
Visiting coaches had to take our word for it that Mount Monadnock loomed above the race course on Thorndike pond. The low, gray clouds hid the mountain, but the rain held off and the water was flat and perfect for rowing. Berwick Academy and Souhegan Crew sent their first and second boys crews to do a scrimmage with the Dublin boats. All the coaches agreed that at this early point in the season, with only a limited number of practices, doing multiple race pieces would be the most helpful for the athletes.
The first varsity and second varsity boats from Dublin won both pieces by a convincing margin, rowing with excellent power, control and poise. Freshmen Quinn Wilson, Will Robinson, and Ethan Stanhope had their first racing ever for Dublin, and Seniors John Sandstedt and William Stanhope had their first races of the 2017 season. The next race will also be at home on Thorndike Pond on Saturday, April 29, with the first race scheduled for 1:00pm.
Girls varsity first race: Dublin had a strong start and stayed close with Berwick in the lead. Stayed about 2 seats down for most of the race until some steering issues slowed Dublin down and Berwick won by about 4 seconds. Girls varsity second race: Dublin won against Souhegan and Berwick's Second varsity boat. Berwick's first boat dropped out of the race. Girls second varsity: first race: second to Berwick (out of 2 crews). Injury prevented a second race.
The ice came off of Thorndike Pond on Tuesday, April 11, the docks went in, and the crews had three days of practice before the Varsity group made a trip to Lake Quinsigamond for their first race of the season. Novices were still learning the most basic skills, so only the top boys 4 went to this event. The goal for this intrepid group of veteran oarsmen was to experience travel, rigging, racing, and de-rigging in order to be better prepared for the later, championship events.
Coach Brown forced the group to row a controlled rating, much lower than their competition. Again, with so few strokes under their belt, the goal was to emphasize control and a clean race. Facing crews that had several weeks of practice on the water, Dublin boys varsity 4 still managed to finish 2nd out of 4 crews. It was a strong race and indicative of the skill and leadership of the group - coxswain Joey Hynes (Dover, MA), Stroke GH Werowinski (Acton, MA), 3 seat Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH), 2 seat Sean Brown, and bow seat Warren Umbach (Birmingham, AL).
On the girls side, the lack of early season on-water practice was compounded by the youth of our teams. With only three returning varsity rowers: Michelle Zhong (Beijing, China), Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH), and Faith Lewis (Bennington, NH) and only one senior, the team needs time on water. We did bring up a strong group of novices from last year led by Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH), Theresa Barth (Alexandria, Virginia), and Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) who all competed at Nationals last year.
Girls varsity 1 finished second to Bancroft. Bancroft had a very strong start and held onto the lead the entire race. Girls were close, but couldn't close the gap. Set a goal to work on quickness and speed at the start. Boat line-up: cox: Laura Coffin, stroke: Zoe Hewitt, 3: Michelle Zhong, 2: Lilly Bates, bow: Faith Lewis.
Girls varsity 2 finished third. Strong gusts and worst wind of the day for their race. Line-up: cox: Devyn Itula (Los Angelas, California), stroke: Theresa Barth, 3: Ali Weis (Nelson, NH), 2: Laura Hoffheimer (Peterborough, NH), bow: Bridget Geary (Exeter, NH). This was the first race for Ali as a rower and Devyn coxing in tough conditions. Bridget's first race for Dublin.
Five Dublin School endurance athletes have committed to college programs over the last two weeks. They are Calvin Bates - Nordic Skiing - Middlebury College; Joey Hynes - Crew and Soccer - Washington College; William Stanhope - Crew - Florida Institute of Technology; Michelle Zhong - Crew - Cornell University; and, GH Werowinski - Crew and Nordic - Saint Lawrence University.
Two Dublin rowers, Mat Coffin (Keene, NH) and John Scriven (Townsend, MA) are part of the Union College 4+ College frosh boat. They had a terrific weekend last weekend racing at the Head of the Schuykill Regatta in Philadelphia.
Union won the Frosh Four event over 23 other entries with a time of 15:41.4. posting the fastest time of the 23 boat field at the Head of Schuykill regatta. The next best boat finished with a time of over 7 seconds behind and the fifth place boat was over a minute behind.
Head Crew Coach
Lindsay began rowing in 1982 as a freshman at Williams College and has been involved in the sport ever since. He was a captain of the team his senior year, and then went on to be a part of the U.S. Pre-Elite team in 1986, the U.S. Pan American Games Team in 1987 and the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988. He won several national titles during those years, and then turned to teaching and coaching at St. Andrew's School. Lindsay also coached as part of the staff of the 1995 U.S. Junior National Team that traveled to Poznan, Poland to compete in the Junior World Championships, and he worked as a trustee of the Scholastic Rowing Association of America for 24 years. During his years at St. Andrew's School, Lindsay led four crews to international competition at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Many of his former rowers continued on to a variety of collegiate programs, and several went on to compete in and even win gold medals at World Championship and Olympic competitions.
Lindsay sees a connection between strong academic and strong athletic performance, with student-athletes learning the values of consistent hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship, joyful effort, and friendship. Rowing truly is a lifetime sport, and seeing a novice rower gain the skills and the passion for the sport, or an experienced rower improve their fitness and sharpen their racing strategy is always deeply rewarding. Lindsay is excited to work with the Dublin rowing program and build on the excellent traditions that are already well established down at the boathouse.
Katie rowed for Colby College from 2003-2006. In that time, she competed at: the NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006; the Woman’s Henley Royal Regatta Championship in 2004; and the Head of the Charles in 2003 and 2005. She was named a First Team All American in 2006 and to the NECSAC All-Academic Team in 2006. She was invited to the US National Team Development Camp in 2006. Her 2K Colby College senior year record stood for 14 years.
Prior to Dublin, she has coached for Hanover High School (NH) and the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation. Katie is excited to be back coaching crew this year as she grew up in Maine and loves to be out on the water.
2017 Spring Schedule
Season Over - Past Season