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!

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Timesheet from GW’s First Eastern Sprints, 2007

GW holds its own as a first-time participant of the prestigious Eastern Sprints Regatta!

Freshmen 8 finish 5th in their first heat, behind Georgetown (1 second), Wisconsin, Princeton, Brown – but ahead of Penn. GW Freshmen eventually go on to win the 3rd level Final against Rutgers, Holy Cross, Penn, Dartmouth and MIT.

Second Varsity 8 finishes 2nd in the 3rd level Final behind Boston University, but ahead of Holy Cross and Dartmouth.

Varsity 8 wins 3rd level Final ahead of Holy Cross, Columbia, Dartmouth, Rutgers and MIT.

See full 2007 Eastern Sprints Results

2006 Newsletter: Accolades and a Reminder

The 2006 GW Crew newsletter cites a number of notable accomplishments and successes. The year and the team achieved a Top 20 finish at the IRA’s, a particularly deep talent pool on our women’s team. Individuals also received accolades, with one team member being selected for the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock AllAmerica Second Team and another individual being recognized for the Highest Athletic Department Grade Point Average.

Hand-in-hand with these achievements was a well-stated reminder by Coach Robert McCracken of the qualities which remain long after the medals and ribbons gather dust on a frame or live in a drawer.

“Connection. It is something that, as a coach, I talk about on an almost daily basis. Without it, my crews are unable to move the boat effectively through the water. With it, they can make rowing look almost effortless. But connection in rowing is more than that. It is the connection that each of us has with our fellow rowers. It is something that ties us all together and makes us part of something larger than ourselves.”

Read the rest of the article – and the entire Newsletter

2005 Newsletter Celebrates GW Crew History

The 2005-2006 season hit a number of milestones for George Washington University Rowing. The men celebrated their 50th anniversary while the women celebrated their 30th anniversary. Colonials Rowing, from its humble beginnings to its nationally recognized men’s and women’s programs of today, has borne witness to a rich and storied history. GW Rowing’s rich tradition includes not only multiple U.S. National and Olympic Team members, but also a wealth of former athletes who have gone on to success in innumerable walks of life.

2005 Morning Men


Under the leadership of GW Women’s coaches of Rob McCracken and Sarah Dondero and GW Men’s coaches Greg Myhr and Dave Weiss, the 2005-2006 squads brought solid accomplishments – both on and off the water.

This edition of the newsletter even features some alumni news from newlyweds, recent grads making their mark, and alumni reflecting upon our program’s history.

GW finished the season at the Head of the Occoquan taking gold in the both the Open Eight and Four events. The four was Kate Austin, Jenna Feistritzer, Liz Gordon, Hilary Goldberg and coxswain Mansi Shah

GW finished the season at the Head of the Occoquan taking gold
in the both the Open Eight and Four events. The four was Kate
Austin, Jenna Feistritzer, Liz Gordon, Hilary Goldberg and
coxswain Mansi Shah

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2004 Women’s Rowing Newsletter

Look out - it's Batman!

GW Women’s Rowing started the 2004-2005 season with strength in numbers as 17 out of 18 novices from the previous year returned. Fueled with this young team, GW Crew attacked the fall with competitions at the Head of the Charles, where – donning matching Batman race shirts – GW Women beat cross-town rival Georgetown by seven seconds.

Building on this success – and rowing “even” boats – GW women were in the top half of boats in Philadelphia’s Head of the Schuylkill, achieving 10th and 13th place finishes.

This Fall 2004 newsletter casts an optimistic look forward to the remainder of the season as they head inside for winter workouts, gearing up for a spring appearance at the NCAA championships.

Always inspired and aiming high, this issue of the newsletter further reports on preparation for the team’s second annual Row for Humanity and proudly reports of Aquil Abdullah ’95 becoming the third GW Crew member to make the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.


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1989-90 Race Schedules and Roster, pre-digital

1989 Novice Lights

Handwritten Novice Race Schedule and Lightweight Roster, from the days before everything was digital.

A fine crew, which beat Georgetown at the Cadle Cup (closing an open water gap from their first meeting against G-town) and contributed some members to the Bronze Medalist Dad Vail Lightweight JV Crew.

See the Race Schedule, including Lombardi Quote

See the Roster, including Nixon quote