TC Williams / Alexandria City High School reunion at the Virginia Rowing Association boat house. Clare Williams '19 and Shelby Bavin '22.
We're pretty sure they're both smiling!
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The Titan Girls Rowing Team honored their rowers at an end-of-season ceremony. Picking up awards for the girl's team were:
Congratulations to our girl's team!
The Titan Boys Rowing Team Thursday honored its rowers at a ceremony at the boathouse. Congratulations to our honorees:
Congratulations on a fantastic year!
Titan Rowing wants to congratulate our graduating seniors:
Shelby Bavin, UVA
Anthony Forsht, Clarkson Univ
Maddy Glanz: Virginia Tech
Haley Haukedahl, Duquesne
Patrick Hoover, William & Mary
Alex Johnston, JMU
Bennett Logan: Virginia Tech
Maile Organek: Princeton
Alex Paz, NOVA
George Ruschell, George Washington Univ
The Women's 2V team made the finals at Nationals in Camden, N.J., scoring sixth out of all boats competing.
The Boys 1V and Girls 1V made it to the quarter finals, or repechage, and the Boys 2V and Freshman Girls also qualified and ran strong races against fierce competition.
Nationals marks the end of the spring 2022 season for Titan Rowing. We are extraordinarily proud of our athletes' grit, endurance and determination this season.
Huge congratulations to senior Bennett Logan, who will be honored as an Athlete of the Year at the Alexandria Sportsman's Club May 31 banquet!
Logan was one of a group of Alexandria students honored at the banquet, held at the Westin. Seniors Maile Organek and Anthony Forsht, meanwhile, received scholarships from the club.
Congratulations to our senior athletes!
Many congratulations to Patrick Hoover, a senior rower who has received the the John Steve Carbonell Catilo Award Scholarship, and Madeline Glanz, the recipient of the Barbara McBane Harper TCW '86 Memorial Scholarship, which is given "to a young woman exhibiting outstanding scholarship and leadership who is involved in crew."
Thank you to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria for honoring our student athletes!
Titan Girls Rowing had a successful outing during a chaotic two days at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia, where storms, rising water and floating debris upended an otherwise successful outing.
During the first day of time trials, the Girls Freshman 8 placed 10th out of 30 boats with a time of 5:16.70. The original rules were that the top 12 were to advance to the semifinals, but a late rain storm thwarted those plans and led to the semifinals being canceled and the top six boats making it to finals.
The Girls Junior Quad placed 16th out of 20 with a time of 6:25.52 - a strong outing.
The Girls Second 8 placed ninth out of 20 boats, with a time of 5:35:29. Under the original rules, the top 12, including the Titan Rowers, would have advanced to the semifinals, but poor river conditions upended those plans, leading to the top six boats advancing to the finals and the semifinals being canceled.
And the Girls First 8 placed ninth out of 29 boats with a time of 4:55.25. While regatta officials originally canceled the semifinals, they opted later to reinstate them. The Girls First 8 advanced to the semifinals and were the sole boat to compete Saturday.
In the semifinals, the Titan Girls First 8 finished 5th in their heat with a time of 5:00.31, meaning they did not advance to the finals. However, their time was the 6th fastest of all three heats.
The Titan Boys, who were originally slated to compete, were a scratch because of positive COVID-19 tests on the team.
The Titan Girls and Titan Boys hope to compete this weekend at Nationals in Camden, N.J.
Titan Rowing had six boats competing at day one of the Virginia State Rowing Championships May 7 and one took the bronze medal.
Congratulations to the Women’s Novice 8 for their great performance. Congrats also to the Men’s Freshman 8 and the Men’s 3rd Varsity 8 for their fourth place finish and the Men’s Novice 8, Women’s N-4 and Men’s 4th Varsity 8 for strong performances and fantastic seasons.
Women's 2nd Varsity Boat after their race
The Alexandria City High School Rowing Team won six of 11 races at the Charlie Butt regatta Saturday, April 31 in Georgetown - a strong finish just a week before Virginia State Championships begin next week.
Taking home top prizes for the Titans were the Women’s Novice 8, the men’s freshman 8, the women’s freshman 8, the women’s second varsity 8, the men’s second varsity 8 and women’s first varsity 8.
The men’s first varsity 8, men’s third varsity 8 and men’s fourth varsity 8 came in second.
The race featured competitors from McLean, Washington-Liberty, Episcopal, Visitation, Sidwell Friends, West Potomac, Mt. Vernon and Yorktown. State championships for rowing begin next week, with lower-classman boats competing at the Occoquan. Varsity boats will compete the weekend of May 14.
Titan Rowing was thrilled to christen its new shell, the Lisa Zickar, April 23 at the boathouse.
Lisa Zickar, a longtime volunteer for the Alexandria Crew Boosters, served as co-vice president of the Alexandria Crew Boosters in 2012. In 2013, she took over as co-president — a position she held for two years. As co-president, she defined the Crew Booster mission as being very simple. “Our mission is to fund, feed, and cheer our rowers on,” she said.
In 2014, Lisa became the director of the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints — an ambitious role that includes dozens of volunteers, countless moving parts, and more patience than is quantifiable. In 2018, she helped manage the first World Rowing Indoor Championships in Alexandria. In the six years she headed the event, the Erg Sprints became known as the second largest indoor rowing competition in the world — and the largest event of its kind for juniors. During that time, it also brought in more than $200,000 for the program.
Lisa has since ceded her role managing the Sprints, but she created a high standard that the Crew Boosters hope to meet when the sprints resume in 2023.
Her children, Allie and Sam, were both Titan rowers, and Sam Zickar who began coaching for the Titan Boys Team in 2022.
Lisa and her husband Lou live in Alexandria and remain strong supporters of the program. Alexandria Crew Boosters is incredibly grateful for the hours she’s spent supporting this wonderful organization, and the enthusiasm and can-do attitude that marked her time here.
Titan Rowing was thrilled to host school board members Michelle Rief and Chris Harris at the boathouse Saturday, April 23. The board members spoke to several ACB volunteers, toured the boathouse and Harris, a former high school athlete, pictured at left, took a turn on the erg with the boys' team. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our school system.
Four boats competed Saturday, April 23 at St. Andrews in Delaware for the Titan Girls.
The Girls 4+, pictured before their race at right, finished with a 6:42.7 time. The Girls 1st 8 finished with a 5:23.6 time. Girls 2nd 8 finished with a 5:30.1 time and Girls Freshmen finished with a 5:36.1 time ahead of SAS.
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Titan Rowing had a strong showing at the Ted Phoenix Regatta at the Occoquan April 16, with multiple boats placing during a gorgeous day on the water.
The Men’s 1st Varsity 8 came in third in their first heat, finishing in exactly 5 minutes, with McLean and Langley narrowly edging them out. For their second heat, they came in second, with a 4:51.2 time behind McLean’s 4:48.3 time.
Women’s 1st Varsity 8 came in second to McLean in their first heat, finishing with a 5:27.6 time, roughly two seconds behind McLean. For their second heat, they finished fourth with a 5:33.8 time behind Wakefield, McLean and Langley.
Men’s 2nd Varsity 8 won their first heat with a 5:14.6 time, edging out West Springfield, Langley and Madison. For their second heat, they came in second with a 5:09.7 time behind McLean.
The Women’s 2nd Varsity 8 also won their first heat, beating Wakefield, Robinson and Woodson with a 5:39.6 time. For their second, they came in second with 5:38.1 time behind Wakefield.
The Men’s 3rd Varsity 8 won their first only heat with a 5:26.2 time, while the Men’s Freshman 8, running exhibition, still placed first in their only heat with a 5:15.1 time. The Men’s 4th Varsity 8 came in third with a 6:21 time.
Women’s Freshman 8 won their heat with a 5:50 time.
Alexandria Women’s 4 finished their exhibition heat with a 7:25.2 time. Finally, the Men’s Novice 8 finished fifth with a 6:41.7 time while the Women’s Novice 8 came in second with a 6:55.6 time.
May 14 Virginia State Championship Day Two
Boys & Girls Upper Boats (1V, 2V, Lights?)
May 20-21 Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia (must qualify)
May 27-28 Nationals, Cherry Hill, NJ (must qualify)
June 3-5 Canadian Nationals, Ste Catharine’s, Ontario (must qualify)
May 14 Team dance.
Freshmen boys had a strong first outing for 2022.
The Alexandria City High School rowing program hosted W-L and Yorktown for a scrimmage Saturday, March 19. Each boat had four races: one 1500 m, two 1000 m, and one 500 m race. The boats had a successful first outing and, thanks to the Alexandria Crew Boosters food team, enjoyed crepes after the scrimmage ended.
Later, Titan rowers spent the evening at a movie night at the boathouse.
Many, many thanks to the Alexandria Crew Boosters and its team of enthusiastic volunteers for helping make Titan Rowing's first outing a success.
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(photo credit Ryan Reyes)
Huge congratulations to Braden Porterfield (center of photo), who broke the school record for 2000m on the erg yesterday.
The previous record was 6:10.0 set in 2014 by Noah Stewart. Porterfield shattered that with a time of 6:08.5, prompting Stewart to congratulate Porterfield, saying: "What a beast! Give him a huge congrats. He definitely deserves this!"
Porterfield, a graduating senior, will row for Northeastern next year. He has also been invited to the selection camp for the U.S. U19 World Championship Team in Chula Vista, Calif.
Alexandria Crew Boosters is the umbrella organization that oversees and supports the crew programs for youth in Alexandria, including the T.C. Williams crew program, as well as the Old Dominion Boat Club crew program and the Alexandria Community Rowing program for adults. The Alexandria Crew Boosters raises funds for all racing shells and equipment, including the launch boats that accompany the rowers. ACB also oversees the summer and fall learn-to-row programs, that are open to students from other area schools. We appreciate donations of any amount.