2017 Central Youth Championships

May 6 & 7 we found the Oklahoma River kind regarding weather.  A course that can be noted for the strong Oklahoma City winds was unusually calm.  RCTW had 2 varsity athletes and 9 novices travel to test their abilities against rowers from the US Rowing Central Region.  A region made up of school and club rowing programs from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Rather than focusing on medals we knew we could win in novice categories, we focused on deepening our teams experience level and trying to qualify boats for US Rowing Youth National Championships.  With our teams lack of experience, it was a gamble, but we believe in our athletes, and we believe the experience they gain will make our team stronger and better for the future.

Chandler K earned a bronze medal in the U17 men’s single.  One of our varsity athletes was missing due to a conflict with the Rugby State Championships being held this weekend as well.  Jack H helped lead his rugby team to the 2017 Texas Championship on Sunday.  While we missed having him with us in OKC, his whole team are proud of his efforts and the leadership he shows in both sports!

Novices qualified for finals against varsity rowers with more experience.  They had to be within the top 6 crews to do this.  That’s a big deal!  This was a great experience for our athletes and positions us well for future events.  Coaches are proud of the athletes and their parents!  We can’t wait to keep working, growing, and rowing faster!

2017 Texas Championships

On April 22 and 23 five adults and 13 youth athletes competed in Austin TX at the Texas Championships.

Of our adults, Mac Nash earned a gold medal in the Men’s master LtWt 1x, and a bronze in the Men’s master E-G 1x, as well as a silver in the Men’s master 2x E-G with his partner Keith Waddell.  Ignacio Gomez earned the silver medal in the Men’s master 1x B-C class.  Masters races are divided by age classes and handicapped for age.

Our youth rowers had a fantastic weekend as five of our young men; Chandler K, Rhys I, Matthew B, Tim P and Alex L, transitioned to sweep rowing just before this event and earned a silver medal in the Men’s Jr novice 4+.

Jack H led the Men’s Jr 1x until a missed stroke earned him the silver medal by .1 second in a very tightly contested race.

After having a crew interfere in their lane twice, catching an oar breaking crab, and rowing 750-800 meters through the heat with only 7 of the usual 8 oars, our Men’s Jr novice 4x made up of Rhys I, Alex L, Chandler K, and Seth H brought home gold medals and The David Alviar Cup as the State Champions!

Our young men rounded out their medal count with Chandler K and Seth H earning the bronze in the Men’s Novice 2x.  While teammates Matthew B and Alex L brought home gold and The Kevin & Barbara Barry Cup for the State Championship in this event!

Morgan M and Katelyn B earned gold in the Women’s Jr Novice 2x and the state championship, “The Jeff Mork Cup”.

Coach Flynn, “We are excited about the prospects that these race results show in our young, novice athletes.  They are certainly stepping up after only a few months of rowing!!”  Coach Dee, “We can’t wait to see what they will be capable of with more confidence and race experience.  We have an amazing group of young people!  Our next race will be the Central Youth Championships on May 6 & 7 where we plan to test our novices in varsity events.”

 

Woodlands Senior Signs With University of Texas Women’s Crew

Katelyn Bouthillette a senior at the Woodlands High School signed her letter of intent to row with the University of Texas Women’s Rowing Team on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  A celebration was held in her honor the following Saturday.  Her coaches presented her with a traditional gift of a pen.  Coach Dee, “It is customary to give a signing athlete a commemorative pen to sign their letter of intent with, even though we live in the electronic age and Katelyn signed her letter electronically, Coach Joe and I felt it important to keep this tradition alive.  She will use her pen throughout the rest of her senior year and through college to remember our pride in her and what she has accomplished!”

Katelyn, although new to rowing, has demonstrated her athleticism and competitiveness.  She will be a tremendous asset to the Longhorn rowing program!  She will be competing this weekend at the Texas Championships in Austin.

2017 Space City Sprints

Rowing Club of the Woodlands dominates at Seabrook Regatta hosted by Bay Area Rowing Club on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.  In spite of strong head winds and deteriorating conditions our team proved themselves ready to compete in every event.

We are proud to have adults and youth rowers representing our team with skill and sportsmanship.  Parents also get in the action by providing support carrying equipment and enthusiastic cheers from shore!  We kicked off the event with C Dixon winning the first silver medal in the men’s master 40 and under single.  K Waddell earned the gold and J Schrick the silver in the men’s master over 40 single.  Mr Waddell and Schrick also earned the gold in the masters double event!  Also competing for our adults were S Smith and L Longbottom in the women’s double.

Our junior team dominated the junior events as follows:

Women’s Junior Novice 2x, Gold to M Masso and M Miller

Mens Junior Novice 1x, Gold to R Ivory-Ganja, Silver to C Kennedy, Bronze to S Huckabay

Women’s Junior 1x, Gold to C Dixon (this is no typo, this is Mr Dixon’s daughter.  We are proud of our families and the tradition that brings our team!)

Women’s Junior Novice 1x, Gold to M Masso, Silver to M Miller

Men’s Junior Novice 2x, Gold to C Kennedy and S Huckabay

Men’s Junior 1x, Gold to J Holdsworth

Men’s Junior 4x, Gold to J Holdsworth, C Kennedy, R Ivory-Ganja, S Huckabay

Men’s Junior 2x, Gold to J Holdsworth, R Ivory-Ganja

The two men in that last double went directly from one race to the next without rest, after winning each race by good margin.  Our full team will be competing in two weeks at the Texas Championships in Austin, TX.

Go WOODLANDS CREW!

 

RCTW Coach Joe Flynn Named to the US Rowing Board of Directors

USRowing Announces Four New Board Members

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2017

 

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce the addition of four directors to the organization’s board. These four join the ten current members and represent a wide breadth and depth of experience and expertise which will help guide the strategic growth of USRowing. The USRowing Board of Directors is now at full strength.“We’re honored to welcome such a distinguished group of new board members, and look forward to working together to deliver on our vision and long-term growth strategy,” said USRowing Board of Directors Interim President Meghan O’Leary. “On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank all who expressed interest in joining and encourage you to stay involved with USRowing with your local club and the national organization and to put your impressive qualifications and skills to work for the betterment of our sport.”

Meet our new directors:

  • Joe Flynn: Southeast Representative (term ends March 2018)

Joe has rowed, coached, sold video performance software, raised money, and supported rowing for over 50 years. Joe rowed at Orange Coast College and The University of California-Berkeley, from where he graduated. He then moved to coach at Orange Coast College under Coach Dave Grant. His coaching campaigns included The Western Sprints, the IRA Championships, The Henley Royal Regatta and The Dublin Regatta. Joe then coached for four years and taught U.S. History, Civics, and Psychology at his alma mater Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. He then started a 40-year career in information technology and senior management with Bank of America, Reliant Energy, and Citibank, building banking/business applications worldwide. Joe currently is coaching juniors at  Rowing Club of the Woodlands in Texas alongside Coach Dee Hotop. Joe is currently an information technology consultant with GLG Consulting, Austin, Texas.

  • Charlie Haight: At-Large Director (term ends March 2018)

Born and raised in Poughkeepsie N.Y., Charlie has been a lifelong participant in rowing. Starting out as a coxswain at Poughkeepsie High School, Charlie later became a competitive masters oarsmen at New Haven Rowing Club. Charlie has had a long and successful career in college and university fundraising and alumni affairs, working for a variety of prestigious institutions including Yale University for 16 years and Hobart and William Smith for three years. Charlie served as Vice President for Development at Mount Holyoke College for 16 years and the last five years has served as Senior Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Resource Development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Charlie lives in Amherst, Mass.

  • Marcia Hooper: Female Vice Chair (term ends March 2019)

Marcia is a dedicated supporter of rowing and has been involved with the sport since the mid-1970’s when she helped launch the Brown Women’s crew program. She has remained involved with Brown University serving as president of the Friends of Brown Women’s Crew, as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Athletics, and as an officer of the Brown University Sports Foundation. Marcia has served as co-chair of the National Rowing Foundation since 2012 and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to supporting USRowing and the U.S. national teams. She also serves as a managing director and board member of the Head of the Charles Regatta. A resident of Dedham Mass., Marcia is currently President of HooperLewis, LLC, an entrepreneurial consulting and angel investing firm and serves as senior advisor to Bowside Capital, a private equity firm. Marcia currently rows at Cambridge Boat Club in Cambridge, Mass.

  • Steve Shure: Northwest Representative (term ends March 2020)

Steve lives in Seattle, Wash., where he has been affiliated with the Pocock Rowing Center and Seattle Rowing Center clubs. His primary involvement in rowing is as a parent, which has provided him deep and ongoing exposure to the sport in all stages, from initial involvement with novices, regional and national competition, U.S. national team selection processes, collegiate rowing, and as a host family for national team athletes. Steve is the Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Marketing for Amazon.com, having joined Amazon as the first global leader of Amazon Prime. Steve and his family moved to Seattle in 2006 after a 20-year career with Time Inc., where he oversaw marketing for major publications including People, Sports Illustrated, Ski, Skiing, Outdoor Life, and more. In 1996, Steve served as Publisher of the Sports Illustrated Olympic Daily, a full-color magazine sold at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games. Steve played soccer for Harvard University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in History and Science.

 

The four Board vacancies, per the Bylaws, were filled by appointment of the Board of Directors. The Board issued a request for candidate submissions on January 24 and accepted submissions through February 1. The Board’s nominating committee, chaired by Kris Thorsness, evaluated the candidates by looking at the range of skills needed to support the work of USRowing including development (fundraising, sponsorships, and grants), event management, new rowing markets (fitness, open-water, touring, indoor rowing), and business leadership.

“We were incredibly impressed by the interest, enthusiasm, and qualifications of the entire group of applicants,” said Thorsness. “Given the number of highly qualified applicants, this was by far the most difficult decision the nominating committee has made.”

The next Board meeting will take place in Princeton, N.J. March 18-19 and, as always, will be open to the entire rowing community. Details will be forthcoming later this week.

 

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 75,000 individual members and 1,350 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners

2017 SWEATS

SWEATS or the Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament was our first event of the spring season.  We’d like to thank Jesuit College Prep of Dallas TX for being such great hosts again this year!

Our youth athletes were excited to have three of our adult rowers, who just also happen to be three of our parents participate in the competition on Saturday, February 4.  Thank you Charles D, Nicolas D, and Ryan H for starting the day off so strongly!

All but a couple of our athletes posted new personal records.  Dallas added a new event this year allowing us to take some of our younger athletes.  Our team is building momentum and depth.  This was a very positive experience for our young team!

Seth H finished 9th in the Men’s Middle School 1x

Flavie D finished 4th in the Women’s Middle School 1x

Molly M finished 13th in the Women’s HS LtWt Freshman 1x

Morgan M finished 18th in the Women’s HS Freshman 1x

Katelyn B finished 5th and Cateri Dixon finished 22nd in the Women’s Jr 1x

Chandler K finished 10th in the Men’s HS LtWt Freshman 1x

Reece W finished 50th in the Men’s Jr LtWt 1x

Matthew B finished 27th and Tim P finished 38th in the Men’s Jr 1x

2016 OCU Head of the Oklahoma

This years fall season started off with strong performances by Rowing Club of The Woodlands athletes under near perfect conditions!  Every athlete provided a strong performance in athleticism and character.

A Novice Girls Snapshot:  We arrive on Friday, two young novices go out to get familiar with the coarse.  Scared of rowing in a varsity race, for their first event.  Even more scared because they realize they are surrounded by college crews in large boats while it’s just the two of them.  “Row the course, miss the bridges, work together…wait a minute…that four, we are staying ahead of them!  Can we keep ahead, will they challenge us?”   The coxwain calls for power, we answer, and yes, we get all the way back to the dock and they weren’t able to pass us!  “We are ready to race!”

Ethos:  Our team enjoyed sharing equipment with Vancouver Rowing Club and Kansas City Boat Club at this event.  Vancouver also joined us for staging.  It is a good thing for our athletes to learn of other clubs and to see their appreciation for ours.  Rowing is a wonderful community.  Our young athletes, most in their first season of competition, were able to see first hand what rowing is really all about.  Two clubs that start as strangers, share emails regarding a need for blended-team-a myn4x-silver-medalists race-crew-a temporary-tattoo-pride vancouver-rc-silver-medal-4 vancouver-rcboats.  Then join together under one big tent beside a river for two days, the difference in ages disappears, and only the respect for competition and the sport remain.  Friendships form, each cheers for the other, goodbyes come with hugs and the promise to reunite at another venue somewhere in the future.

Charles D brings home bronze for the Men’s Master Single

Jack S, Chandler K, Matthew B and Reece W bring home silver for the Men’s Youth Novice Quad

 

 

9.10 Quarterly Adopt-A-Path Complete

We want to thank all the adult rowers, youth rowers, and parents who helped clean up our four mile path, Lake Woodlands, and the undeveloped areas around Lake Woodlands this past Saturday!  Everyone did a fantastic job to help keep our community clean for everyone to enjoy. RCTW is proud to maintain the largest path area in The Woodlands and we are excited that our athletes like to go above and beyond by also cleaning up the lake they enjoy using every day.

A special shout out goes out to Linda for the work she has done over the past couple of years to coordinate this effort for our club.  She is passing on the reigns to a new leader, but we hope everyone will take a moment to thank her for all her hard work!

These are not the only helpers, many had to leave due to other commitments before we could take the photo.  Others ran straight to cars due to the thunderstorms!

Thank you all for your help and enthusiasm!

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Woodlands Crew Camp “Pulls-In” Talent

The Rowing Club of The Woodlands held a 3 day Crew Camp on Lake Woodlands Aug 18-20 for High School and Junior High School students who wanted to learn to row and to learn about the sport of rowing. The camp taught the basics of rowing, equipment, types of boats, traditions and history of the sport. They ended the final day with a race and a shirt award for the 26 novice rowers attended over the three days.

How successful was the camp? “We ran out of oars and boats!”  Commented Assistant Coach Joe Flynn “We had to scramble and adjust,  but everyone was in a boat rowing on the lake each session. We knew this camp was unique and expected high demand and interest. Many of the athletes saw rowing events at the Olympics in Rio and wanted to try their hand at rowing”.

Head Coach Dee Hotop continued ” The Crew Camp was a huge success thanks to our skilled athletes who assisted greatly with the boats and working with new rowers. We had our new rowers in boats with skilled rowers and our experience rowers along side to demonstrate rowing skills. The new rowers caught on quickly”. Coach Hotop continues, “We saw athletes with great promise as future rowers!”

Writer – Joe Flynn