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.”
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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.
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
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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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CONROY TIMOTHY WAGNER CONROY, better known as Tim, Timmy, or Timber, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2011, at the age of 27, in Arlington, VA. He led his life through faith and commitment to family, community, and humanity. Timothy was born September 5, 1984, in Bay Village, Ohio. He attended St. Raphael grade school, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School, where he lived the Men for Others vision of the Jesuits, through his service, missionary work, and his ability to question. He graduated from George Washington University in 2007, where he majored in Geography, with a minor in Spanish. He participated in GW Men’s Rowing and earned a varsity letter in 2007. Upon graduation, he worked at GeoEye, and most recently, was an employee of Northrop Grumman. His love for nature and people grounded him to use his skills, talents, and his intellectual ability to work toward a green and sustainable world. He firmly believed in education and was a volunteer Assistant Novice Coach at Bishop O’Connell High School, and was enrolled in a part-time graduate program pursuing a teaching career.