A great turnout on Saturday by rowers and parents made sure the HT Crew tent remained a popular stop at Haddon Township's annual Block Party. Thanks to all who pitched in - from set up to take down and all those shifts in-between. The soaring temps did not deter interest in the rowing machines. The ergs provided for some friendly competition (including a notable mom-son match up) and provided a chance to spot young (really young) talent.
We had 12 rowers go in the river and 12 came out yesterday morning after practice. Sopping wet, but happy to have completed that rite of passage. Swim test is mandatory for new rowers and in the fall (weather permitting) it takes place in Cooper River. Best to test in the river you may end up in. Cheers from those who've gone before followed by a quick rinse by Coach Francis and they were on their way. At 34 rowers, the Fall 2017 HT Crew Team is the largest in the club's history.
Registrations now being accepted for HT Crew's Fall 2017 program. Everything you need to sign up can be found by clicking the Fall Registration tab above. It's gonna be a great season with at least 5 regattas and the possibility of competing in Boston at the Head of Charles. Practice begins Tuesday, September 5th, 3:30 pm at the Cooper River Boathouse. You can mail registration forms or drop them off to Mrs. Mathews-Bowen at the High School.
It was a great start to this year's Learn to Row camp. Nineteen young athletes signed up for the weeklong program - more than enough to fill 4 quads. An impressive turnout with a good balance in ages and gender. While the first day is focused on terminology, equipment, becoming acquainted with the erg, the coaches worked hard to get in some water time.
HTCC is headed to Florida!! Luke, Erik, Dan, and Duff are on their way to Sarasota this weekend to race against the nation's top competition at the USRowing Youth National Championship. Racing will begin with time trials on Friday and progress through the weekend with semis and finals on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday and Sunday racing will be live streamed for anyone who wishes to watch from home. Click HERE to view. Also, If anyone is interested in helping with travel expenses, please click here to view our gofundme page. All help is greatly appreciated! Updates will be posted through the weekend! Please see below for the schedule.
Top 12 to Semi-finals (Saturday 9:52/10:00)
-Top 6 to Final A (Sunday 9:24)
-7th-12th to Final B (Sunday 1:19)
13th-18th to Final C (Saturday 11:19)
19th-24th to Final D (Saturday 3:05)
Today's Middle School Recruitment event was a huge success. More than 50 students signed up to receive more information about HT Crew and 40 picked up registration forms for our Learn To Row camp. It was the best response to date for this annual event and all credit belongs to the enthusiasm of the many HT rowers who participated. It was quite a turnout. At the event, HT rowers visit the 8th and 7th grade lunches at Rohrer Middle School where they are available to answer questions about the sport, promote the benefits of crew and engage the curious with a friendly erg race. Below are some photos of the event.
Anybody interested in summer racing:
The Undine Barge Club on Boathouse Row is running a summer juniors program for all ages. They compete in U17 and U19 events at Independence Day Regatta and the Philadelphia Youth Regatta and will send select crews to the USRowing Club Nationals and Canadian Henley. If interested, information can be found at the link below.
Undine Barge Club Summer Juniors Program
HTCC had a fantastic weekend at the SRAA National Championship! Parker and Vince started off the weekend by putting in a solid race in their heat and qualifying themselves for the semis on Saturday. They boys looked strong coming down the race course in their semi but were unable to advance to the finals. Great job guys!
Mackenzie, Gillian, Alex, and Brooke were next up for the Hawks as they raced in the girls JV quad event. These girls are all novices and held even with the top crews through most of the race. Although they didn't advance the coaching staff was very excited to see how well they performed against top crews with much more experience! Excellent race girls!
Matt, Nick, Jack H, and Jack S won their heat on Saturday in convincing fashion, advancing them to the finals a few hours later. In the final, they faced a tough crew from Belen Jesuit in Miami and finished just behind, winning a silver medal!! Although the boys were hoping for gold this is an enormous accomplishment and they should be very proud! Great job guys!
Luke, Erik, Dan, and Duff were the last crew to race on Friday for the Hawks. They came in second place in their heat with the third best overall time, qualifying for the finals. The boys put together one of the best races of their season in the final, topping Brophy (who beat them in heats) and finishing with a silver medal!! This is the best finish HT has ever had in the boys varsity quad at SRAA's! This is also the first time HT has won double silver medals!
Luke, Erik, Dan, and Duff will head down to Sarasota, Florida in a few weeks to race for the USRowing Youth National Championship.
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William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation
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Jackson Funeral Home
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