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International Rowing Results omit Potomac race

World Class athletes were seen in an epic crew race down the Potomac River on October 7, 2015. Boats representing Canada, USA and the world were engaged in a battle of power and will. The surprise, however, was not that this impromptu race was omitted from reports of international rowing results. The surprise came from that the rowers were hockey players – experiencing their first row in a crew shell!

Looking for a team-building exercise, the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals made their way down to the Potomac for a row.

Row, row, row your boat 🚣🏼🚣🏼🚣🏼🚣🏼

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While raw power was not lacking, technique might have leave some room for building some more boat speed.

And, of course, there was no way to these crews were not going to race for some bragging rights…

Look at them go!

A video posted by Washington Capitals (@washingtoncaps) on

It’s great to see elite athletes branching out to try something new and willing to not look so elite for sake of some fun with their teammates. We’ll have to keep an eye out for GW Crew members this winter strapping on the skates and pads, carving edges and going top shelf!

Full Caps article, including the announced winner of the race can be seen here.


Off the Line Newsletter, October 2015

This October 2015 edition of “Off the Line” GW Men’s Rowing newsletter includes:

  • Coach’s Report from the helm of Men’s Head Coach Mark Davis
  • Athlete Perspectives on two important race days
  • Alumni Spotlight on Jon Morton

and more!

Read the FULL ISSUE!

Power, Remembrance at Princeton Chase 2015

GW Crew turned a lot of heads at Princeton Chase 2015, with its boat speed and its memorable tribute to their teammate Nick Upton.

Leading with their hearts with their tribute, our men’s freshman 8+ finished an impressive 4th place behind California, Princeton and Cornell while besting Dartmouth, Harvard Lightweights, Princeton Lightweights, Syracuse, Navy…and Georgetown.

GW Men’s Rowing once again found itself in familiar territory, with close competition against Syracuse as Syracuse Orange edged our V8 by less than 2 seconds over the three mile course. Silver linings were had, however, as GW’s A and B boats both bested Georgetown’s A boat – with our B boat coming in one place and four seconds ahead of the Hoyas.

Our men also had two boats in the 4+ event, with the “A” four trailing the winners by 1% and finishing with an admirable 4th place overall.

GW Women’s Rowing faced a deep field of 65 boats in the varsity eight event, with our A and B boat entries both finishing in the middle of the pack.

Also rowing a boat in the 4+ event, GW Women offered a shining spot with a greater than 15 second lead over the Georgetown women’s four.


GW Men's Rowing Princeton Chase 2015

GW Freshmen in Robin unisuits pay tribute to fun memory of Nick Upton

Nick Upton, “It’s all of us or none of us”

Nick Upton

Nick Upton

Nick Upton an admired and great GW Men’s Rowing teammate perished in a swimming accident off South Africa’s Wild Coast on August 30, 2015. The 19 year old GWU International Studies major studying abroad at University of Cape Town.

As described in the GW Hatchet article remembering Nick, Nick’s father Jim Upton pointed out that Nick was a “constant source of love and comfort to his family and friends.” The article continued, “Whether it was during a practice for the men’s rowing team or when he decided what weekend party to attend, Jim Upton said his son would always stress the value of teamwork and unity to the people around him.”

Coach Mark Davis and the team honored Nick’s memory attending his funeral services where Hawaiian shirts and bow ties were considered appropriate attire, given Nick’s penchant for both. Additionally, the university held a vigil for Nick and the team paid a special tribute to Nick while competing in this year’s (2015) Princeton Chase as the team traded their usual blue and buff racing garb in for Robin (of Batman and Robin) unisuits.

“Nick had a trademark unisuit that was a Robin suit; he just had it made at some point and wore it to practice all the time,” George Washington head coach Mark Davis said. “He was that kind of guy, a great teammate who was always there for everybody. I think he had a tuxedo unisuit as well, and would always grow a crazy mustache; a really funny kid.

“We wanted to pay tribute to him, so we decided we would all race in Robin unisuits this weekend.”

The backs of the unisuits also featured a quote from Nick: “It’s all of us or none of us.”

While Nick’s family, Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers, the team and the entire GW Crew community undoubtedly feel the loss of Nick, evidence shows that this young man and how he lived his life made a very positive and indelible mark on many.

The family requests that donations be made to Save The Children in Nicholas’ honor.

Nick Upton powering GW Crew from the four seat in 2014

Nick Upton powering GW Crew from the four seat in 2014

Impressive 5th Place at Head of the Charles 2015

GW Men rowing in the Championship 4+ even accomplished and impressive 5th place finish at the Head of the Charles 2015. Finish time was only 2 percent behind the winner.

Competing against premiere rowing squads from across the country, GW Crew topped crews including those from Northeastern, Harvard, Yale, and Penn.


Bonus: Read an account of the race from the perspective of GW Crew Athlete Ben Delaney ’17

GW Freshmen shine at Navy Day Regatta 2015

Navy Day Regatta 2015 revealed future promise for GW Crew as freshmen in Men’s Rowing and Women’s Rowing events finished first and third, respectively.

GW Men’s Rowing Varsity had a solid result again, but trailed Syracuse – a competitor to watch for in the Spring IRA’s.

GW Women’s Rowing Varsity was in the hunt, only 3.2 percent behind the collegiate 8 event winner


Full Results

Bonus: Read an account of the race from the perspective of GW Crew Athletes Jon Din Ghaul ’17 and Dan Hill ’19

Depth shown in Head of the Potomac 2015

GW Crew posts solid finishes in the season opener Head of the Potomac 2015.

GW Women “A” Boat bested both Potomac Boat Club and Georgetown University to achieve a second place finish in the Women’s Open Eight, behind Capital Rowing Club.  RESULTS

In the Men’s Open Eight, GW Men’s top finisher trailed Georgetown’s top eight by 11 seconds and US Naval Academy by 25 seconds.  RESULTS

GW also competed in the Men’s 4+ and Women’s 4+ events  RESULTS – MenWomen

Rock stars of GW Crew

GW Crew blades

Huge props from the GW Crew community go to Mikey Tapscott for this creative and finely-produced music video, featuring the 2014 GW Men’s Rowing team on the Potomac River and taking their reps in the weight room.


U23 National Team Rowing with Tewksbury-Volpe

Incredibly, for a third summer in a row, U23 National Team Rowing includes GW Rowing’s Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe. He will be competing at the U23 World Championships. This is a fantastic accomplishment! Every member of the GW Crew community should appreciate, applaud and enjoy Jordan’s success.

Jordan grew up in Naples, Italy where he had the fortune to row under the guidance of one of the best coaches in Italy, Antonio Colamonici. Jordan came to the United States in 2012 to study and continue his rowing at The George Washington University. Since that time, Volpe has been a staple of the first Varsity crew at GW.

Jordan and his pair racing partner, Zander Bonorris, wrote a marvelous testament of their ethic and enjoyment going into the competition, stating:

“The strength of this crew is centered in our ability as racers. We love training, we love working tirelessly on our technique to improve our efficiency and smoothness, but, above all, we love racing. There is nothing like lining up at the starting platform, taking a quick gander at your competition, and enduring the increasing flutter of butterflies as you await, ‘Attention. Go!’ Then you get the next six and a half minutes to burn off all of that nervous energy – and then some! – racing full out for ourselves, for each other, and for Old Glory.”

There is an extra level of exciting competition for this pair. Zander and the stroke of Great Britain’s crew, Tommy Marshall, have rowed together in the Harvard Lightweight Varsity for the past two years. Talk about a hunt for bragging rights!

More about each oarsman’s background, their racing and training can be read in their written piece, found here.

Great videos of Jordan training and racing can be seen below. Jordan’s event in the 2015 Trials video starts at 1:57.


IRA Regatta 2015: Final GW Men’s Results

GW Men made another solid appearance at the IRA Regatta 2015, with our Varsity 8 finishing 22nd, Second Varsity 8 finishing 15th, and our Third Varsity 8 finishing 16th overall.

One apparent benchmark for next season will be how we fare against Syracuse University who had a boat in each of our final races.

Varsity 8 4th Level Final
4. GW

Second Varsity 8 3rd Level Final
4. GW

Third Varsity 8 3rd Level Final
4. GW

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