Wednesday, September 28, 2005

link for waiver

Here's the link for the waiver to sign online for the head of the Schuykill.

Monday, September 26, 2005

NK Challenge 2005 results

72 Malvern - R. Watson 18 miles rowed 1:38:21
69 Malvern - M. Mcmanus 18 miles rowed 1:43:27
70 Malvern - P. Glowa 18 miles rowed 2:00:20
68 Malvern - B. Valenti 18 miles rowed 2:02:31
1 Malvern - B. Nasca 18 miles rowed 2:16:46

here is the results page for the 2005 NK challenge

--and yes, we did capture almost a third of the ducks--

Friday, September 23, 2005

Newspaper article

Malvern Crew: Smoke on the Water
By: Bob Valenti, ’07 staff writer

While most Malvern athletic teams are finishing up their season by late May, Malvern’s Rowing Team is just getting started with two months full of some of the most important and prestigious races in the world.

Every year, the team participates in the United States Scholastic Nationals. This year, the team performed very well, with a great victory for the varsity quad and the second varsity quad, as well as qualifications to the finals and great racing by the varsity and JV doubles.

Next, the varsity quad went on Cincinnati for the USRowing Youth Invitational Regatta, where regional winners from all over the country compete. Even though the conditions were tough and a team from Florida kept the race close until the very end, Malvern was able to pull ahead and win for the third year in a row.

At the End of June, the two quads and a double traveled to England to participate in the Royal Henley Regatta, an event that consists of the most elite teams from across the globe. The first quad, which included graduates Justin Teti, Pat Ryan, Kyle Thurman, and senior Ryan Coyne, earned a bye into the Fawley Challenge Cup because they were one of the top seeds for their event. This first quad raced extremely well in their first race, beating the British team Marlow & Maidenhead. Their next race, against Willem III & Die Leythe, a team from Holland, was for a spot in the semifinals. The race was extremely tight the entire time; neither of the boats were able to pull ahead for a significant lead. Finally, in the end, the Dutch team managed to win. “The Malvern quad raced magnificently,” said head coach Craig Hoffman, “No one really lost the race, the Dutch team just managed to win.” The second quad, which was composed of graduates Aaron Martin and Matt Madonna, and seniors Ryan Watson and Matt Hurley, was able to defeat Northwich in their first qualifier. They later lost to a British junior national team Tideway Scullers & Marlow. The race was very close the whole time, with Malvern losing by just five seconds. Also, graduate Brendan McGeehin and assistant coach Brandon O'Brian raced in a double representing Malta Boat Club. Even though they did not qualify in their race, it still is quite an accomplishment to race at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Because of their previous win at Cincinnati, Ryan Watson, Ryan Coyne, Matt Hurley, and A.J. DiValerio traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the CanAmMex Regatta just days after returning home from England. This race is held every year between the best rowers from Canada, Mexico, and The United States. The quad’s race was extremely close, with the difference between first place and the Malvern quad being only two and a half seconds. Ryan Watson and Ryan Coyne rowed with six other rowers from Sacramento in the Men’s Eight competition, and they were able to win the gold. The U.S. won the combined men and women’s point trophy for the first time since the regatta was established ten years ago. “CanAmMex was difficult, because they just got home from England,” said coach Hoffman, “but it really is a tribute to these guys who just love to race.”

While seven of the rowers graduated last year, the team has a very good chance to succeed again this year. “Although we have a young group, the team’s hallmark is their work ethic,” says coach Hoffman. “If the guys work hard, the team will be very competitive in May.”

Thursday, September 22, 2005

newspaper article

Tommorow, September 23rd, the Black Friar Chronicle sports page comes out. It includes a story about the rowing team and all of their accomplishments from June/July. Pick up a copy in the cafeteria, the library, or on the bench outside of Mr. Valyo's office.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Waiver links

Here are the links for the waivers for the fall races:

Head of the Banks

Head of the Schuylkill--click on 'waiver'

NK challenge

Navy Day

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Remember to get you waivers signed ASAP and return them to coach. Everyone should hand them in at Thursday's practice. There are four of them: One for the NK challenge, one for the Head of the Schuylkill, one for the Navy Day Regatta, and one for the Head of the Banks regatta.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fall Race Schedule

Here's the fall race schedule, subject to change.

9/24---NK Challenge-- 18 mile marathon race.
10/15--Navy Day Regatta--head race.
10/22-10/23--Head of the Charles Regatta. Head race on the Charles River in Boston, Mass.
10/22--Schuylkill Banks Regatta--head race on the lower portion of the Schuylkill, below the Fairmount dam. Henley Style. banks regatta homepage
10/29--Head of the Schuylkill Regatta--head race.

First fall Practice

Fall Crew is finally starting...

Weight lifting occurs every Monday-Wednesday-Friday and it is strongly recommended that you attend. Most people generally get there at around 7 AM, but the weight room is usually open before then, and remains open until about 7:45 AM.

After school practice starts Thursday, Sept. 8th. Everyone is meeting at the senior parking lot near the crew tanks at 3:30, and we will then go for a +/- 5 mile run (two laps around the cross country trail).

The first day down at the river is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9th.

On Saturday Sept. 10th, practice starts down at the Conshi boathouse at 9:00 AM. Right after practice, all the boats will be rigged for each specific rower. A thorough cleanup of the boathouse will take place after practice. The cleanup is expected to take about 2 hours, but don't count on leaving until the job is done.