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.


Greg Myhr: EARC Heavyweight Coach of the Year

Congrats to former GW Men’s Rowing Coach Greg Myhr for being named the EARC’s 2015 Heavyweight Coach of the Year! Great work while he was at GW, great recognition for his work and contributions at University of Pennsylvania.

Read full announcement.

Jordan Volpe ’16 represents USA

Jordan Volpe ’16 represents the United States at U23s in the Lightweight Men’s pair.

Kasey Colander ’14: World University Games

Kasey Colander ’14 represented the United States at the World University Games in the Men’s eight in Russia.

Trofym Anderson ’14 wins Gold Medal for Canada

Trofym Anderson ’14

GW Crew alumni Trofym Anderson ’14 won a Gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy.

Rowing bow in the coxed four, Anderson and his crew clinched the World Championship Gold completing the course in a blazing time of 6:13.85. New Zealand was 0.6 seconds behind in 6:14.49, followed by France (6:19.32), Great Britain (6:19.63), United States (6:20.02) and Italy (6:22.86).

David Morgensten ’11 Medalist at World Championships

David Morgensten ’11 won the Bronze Medal in the USA Lightweight Men’s eight at the World Championships in Korea.

D’Alba named to 2006 & 2007 US National Teams

Jon D’Alba ’07 and former GW Crew Captain competed as a US National Team member in the 2007 World Rowing Championships, held in Munich, Germany. This was the second consecutive year Jon represented the red-white-and-blue on top of his Buff & Blue.

In recognition of this achievement, Jon was also named GW Athletic Department Top Senior Male Athlete for the 2006-2007 academic year. For more on this achievement, read here.

Jon continues excellence in his athletic pursuits with an extensive and impressive bicycle racing resume.

Aquil Abdullah, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Aquil Abdullah, the US National Team heavyweight single sculler racing in the World Championships, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Aquil H. Abdullah won four letters in men’s rowing at GW from 1992-96 and in 2004 became the first African American man on the United States Olympic rowing team. Ironically, he missed qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney by a fraction of a second (.33 of a second–or just seven feet). But he persisted and four years later, his first-place finish in the Olympic Trials’ double sculls competition secured him a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, Greece.

After losing in the 2000 Olympic Trials, Abdullah considered retiring from the sport. Instead, he resumed training, competed again and won the elite Diamond Sculls race at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-the Thames in London in 2000, the first African American man to do so. He also co-authored a book, `Perfect Balance’, with Chris Ingraham, which concentrated on his quest to make the national team and his disappointment of narrowly missing it.

Abdullah, the second men’s rower elected to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, came to GW from nearby Wilson High School in Northwest Washington after starring as a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver on the Wilson football team. But he had started rowing as a high school senior and in 1992 accepted a rowing scholarship at George Washington where he majored in physics.

Born in Washington, D.C., and a member of D.C.’s Potomac Boat Club as well as the Cambridge (Mass.) Boat Club, Abdullah now resides in Boston, Mass., where he is a software engineer and plays a `mean saxophone’.

GW Hall of Fame Page

Robert Bartlett Olympic Rower, a first for GW Men

Robert Bartlett was the first member of GW Crew’s men’s rowing team to become an Olympian.

During the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Bartlett represented Great Britain as a member of their rowing team.

Prior to pursuing his studies and bending an oar at GW, Rob attended and rowed at London’s prestigious Eaton Prep. Rob also competed in several international rowing competitions prior to his role on the 1992 Great Britain Rowing Team.

Robert Bartlett strokes the GW HW4+

Robert Bartlett strokes the GW HW4+

Michelle Knox Zaloom, GW Athletic Hall of Fame

Michelle Knox Zaloom, a product of South River High School in Edgewater, Md., earned seven letters in two sports at GW from 1982 through 1986, including four in volleyball and three in crew. As a middle blocker for the Colonials volleyball team and its coach Pat Sullivan, she established many records, including five of which still stand. She was GW’s MVP in volleyball in 1985 and twice, in ’84 and ’85, earned All-Atlantic 10 honors.

Her rowing career at the University was equally successful. She moved from novice to varsity and competed in Nationals in her first year of rowing. In her senior year, she finished fourth at Nationals in a GW four. After graduation, she rowed on the ’91 and ’93 National teams, earning gold and bronze medals, respectively, and in 1992 she competed in the Summer Olympic Games at Barcelona, placing fifth in women’s quadruple sculls. Knox Zaloom also competed in the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta.

Michelle is married to Charlie Zaloom, also a GW crew alumnus. They live in Washington, D.C.

GW Hall of Fame Page

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