Fall 2015 Season Summary

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.


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Spring 2015 Season Summary

Haverford College Crew had an extremely successful 2015 Spring season.

We began with a scrimmage between Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Susquehanna, on our home river. The women’s team handily beat Susquehanna in the Varsity 8 and Novice 8 races, but were edged out by Bryn Mawr in both races. The men swept Susquehanna in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4, and JV4.

Our first official regatta was the Kerr Cup. Our men’s novice 4 and women’s novice 8 fought hard against D1 schools in their races. The men’s varsity 4 advanced from their qualifying heat to race in the grand final, losing to several D1 programs. The women’s varsity 8 won their heat to qualify for the grand final, and took 3rd in the Women’s DIII Varsity 8 event.

We then traveled to the MARC regatta, which is our Conference Championship. Our men’s novice 4 and women’s novice 8 both advanced out of their heats to race in the grand finals of their events, where both took fourth place. Our men’s varsity 4 won their qualifying heat, and earned a bronze medal in the grand final in the Varsity 4 event. Our women’s varsity 8 took a commanding first place in their race, winning a gold medal in the Women’s Club 8.

The men’s varsity 4 also entered in Dad Vails, the largest collegiate regatta in the country. In the Varsity 4 event, facing numerous D1 varsity programs, by time they beat a total of 32 of the 59 boats that entered from around the country.

This marks the final season for our beloved seniors, Alison Reynolds, Emily Ferguson, William Leeser, Kylen Solvik, Tori Kranz, and Idun Klakegg. Their hard work and dedication has made the team what it is today, and their presence will be sorely missed next fall.


Women’s Club 8 Gold Medalists, MARC 2015


Men’s Varsity 4 Bronze Medalists, MARC 2015


Entire Team, MARC 2015


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Season Summary: Spring 2014

Crew had an excellent spring season, and achieved some of our best results yet while growing stronger as an organization and building good process.

The team spent the winter in the erg room doing conditioning practices and went to Florida for our spring training trip, and this preparation and hard work showed during the season.

The women raced in three races, the Kerr Cup on April 19th, the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships on April 26th, and the Dad Vail Regatta on May 9th-10th.

The men raced in two races, the Kerr Cup and the MARC Champs.

The team had a very strong showing at the MARC champs, with the women placing 2nd of 4 boats in the club 8+ and 2nd of 12 boats in the novice 4+ and the men placing 5th of 8 boats. Competing against DIII varsity and programs at the MARC for the first time, this was a huge success for the team and a milestone in our development.

The women’s varsity 8+ raced at the Dad Vail, the largest intercollegiate regatta in the nation, in the Open 8+ event against top level, Division I varsity crews. This was the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on their part and the second year that they have competed at the race.

Overall, the team worked hard to improve and become more competitive, build a positive and fun team culture, and take ownership of the organization as a student driven program that can compete with varsity programs and top level clubs from other schools. We have been revisiting and improving our leadership structure to reflect the demands of running a competitive team, and have been in dialogue with other programs, including Bowdoin and Michigan, on how to thrive as a club rowing team. We hope to continue this process next year, with a focus on setting long term goals for competition, equipment needs, and institutional memory.

Team photo with the course in the background!

Haverford Crew at the MARC Champs!

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Winter Training 2014

Haverford crew training hard!

First day in the erg room!

On February 17th, we began team training in our brand new erg room! The room is located in the old squash courts adjacent to the field house and it currently houses 7 ergs, with an 8th on the way soon. It also features a pumpin’ sound system and a variety of weight and fitness equipment.

Moving into our new space marks a major development for the team, as it provides us with a physical home on campus, which greatly increases our visibility, and enables us to conduct winter training as a team, sharing in the hard work and pushing each other to improve.

We are pumped for the spring and are confident that this training will propel us to our best season yet!

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Haverford Crew Women’s Varsity 8+ Places 2nd in B-Final at Dad Vail Regatta

Today the Haverford College Women’s Varsity 8+ placed 2nd in the B-Final at the Dad Vail Regatta. Competing in the V8+ for the first time in program history, they rowed a great race and trailed 1st place Rochester by only 0.028 seconds. Overall, the ‘Fords placed 8th in their field of 12.

The crew of Alison Reynolds (c), Ann Wolski, Emily Brown, Nora Okoth, Abby Fullem, Emily Ferguson, Tina Rothschild, Idun Klkgegg, and Maya Nojechowicz was coached by Alec Hurley. Their Dad Vail performance caps off an excellent season for Haverford Crew!

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