Haverford College Crew enjoyed another successful fall season.
Our recruiting went well, and this was the first year in recent memory that we have fielded two complete novice 8s in the same season. Few of the novices had rowed before, and they worked hard and learned the sport quickly. After only 5 weeks on the water, they successfully competed at the Head of the Schuylkill, one of the most popular collegiate regattas in the world. The novice women’s 8 had a strong first race as a team, beating several of our rivals in the novice event. Unfortunately, the novice men’s 8 first race was marred by a collision. A novice boat from Georgetown steered too close to ours mid race, snapping one of our oars in half. While Georgetown was penalized by the officials for their mistake, this forced our boat to stop for some time and effectively ended our race. With under a quarter of the race remaining, our boat had been on pace to comfortably beat many of our close rivals. The novices handled this disappointment in their first race admirably, and they look forward to the spring.
Our varsity boats showed huge turnover from the previous year spring, but our current sophomores have developed quickly to take their place. Due to graduation, injury, and studying abroad, only two rowers from the women’s 8 which competed at MARC last spring race this fall. Despite this drastic change, the women’s varsity 8 had a successful race at the Head of the Schuylkill. With some experienced rowers returning from abroad, and the new members continuing to develop their skills, they are excited to continue to develop as a boat. The men’s team saw similar turnover; only one rower remains at Haverford from the varsity four that medaled at MARC last spring. Despite this challenge, a varsity four containing 3 sophomores had a strong showing at the Head of the Schuylkill, beating our conference rivals in the Varsity 4 race. The men also fielded a varsity 8 for the first time in a year, which also had a strong performance, beating several of our local rivals.
In promising news, we purchased a trailer for the first time in the program’s history. We hope that this allows us more flexibility in terms of the regattas that we attend.
Finally, we welcome new leadership. Our beloved treasurer Ellie Greenler is going abroad for the semester, and Mary Beth Melso will fill her valuable role on the leadership team.
We look forward to the spring. We plan to start the season with our annual spring training trip to Florida, and complete the season by competing at the Kerr Cup and our conference championships, the MARC Regatta. Our quickly growing program is poised for another successful spring racing season.