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The Rowers
Our 100+ rowers make up the Novice Women, Novice Men, Varsity Women and Varsity Men squads. Novice rowers are always beginners. Varsity rowers have at least one year of rowing experience or are non-freshman beginners who moved to the varsity squad during their first year of rowing.


Videos
Whitman Girls 1V bronze Stotesbury Cup Final 2013
Whitman Girls 2V bronze Stotesbury Cup 2013
Walt Whitman Crew
Passion


Pictures

2012/2011

2011/2010
Elected every year by the team's parents, the Board of Directors welcomes your input and questions and is always open to suggestions. For general inquiries, please write to whitmancrew@whitmancrew.org. Otherwise, feel free to email any Board member directly.

President Bob Fisher
rcfisher@hillsandco.com
Executive VP, Volunteer Coordinator Rick Duffy
volunteercoordinator@whitmancrew.org
Secretary Sara Morningstar
sara.morningstar@montgomerycountymd.gov
Treasurer Mark Kaprelian
mkaprelian@aol.com
Novice Liaison Kevin Edwards
kjedwards1218@yahoo.com
Fundraising VP's Jean Schlesinger
jeanschlesinger@verizon.net
Bob Mazziotta
rfmazz@wans.net
Regatta VP's Marilu Hoeppner
mhoeppner@verizon.net
Chris Solloway
solloway@gmail.com
Transportation VP

Dori Holaday
doriholaday@me.com
Administration VP Leslie Abbott
lpabbott@hotmail.com
Public Relations VP Kevin Sullivan
skjsully33@gmail.com
 
Team Registrar Grozdanka Andonova
grzmama@yahoo.com
Kirk Shipley
Head and Women's Varsity Coach
kirkshipley@gmail.com
Head Coach Kirk Shipley enters his second decade both as history teacher and coach at Walt Whitman High School. Originally from Boston, he rowed in high school before competing on the varsity heavyweight team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Spring 2013 marks his 38th season of coaching. In that time, he has worked with Junior Men, Women's Novice and Varsity programs at Woodrow Wilson as well as Whitman High Schools. In addition, he has coached Junior Men and Women's programs in the fall and summer at Thompson Boat Center and Water Street Rowing. He started the Open Men's program at TBC Racing in the summer of 2005 and currently, he is the Junior Women's Coach.

In 2002-03, Coach Shipley became the Girls Varsity Coach. In his eleven years at the helm, the Freshman Women's and 2nd Varsity Eights have each made the final at Stotesbury three times. 2011 and 2012 have been the team's finest years yet, with the Women sweeping the Maryland State Championship, winning the Varsity and JV events in the 4+ and 8+. The team went on to win the Varsity and JV Eights at the WMIRA Championship, taking home the Women's Team Championship. This was the first time since 1999 that the V8 had won. The 2V went on to make the final at the Stotesbury Cup, and the Varsity 8+ qualified for and competed in the USRowing Youth National Championship. Not to be outdone, the 1V were silver medalists in the Women's Junior 8+ at the SRAAs in 2012.
Elliott Lane
Men’s Varsity Coach
coach.elliott.lane@gmail.com
Elliott Lane began his rowing career at rowing powerhouse St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. At St. Andrew’s, Coach Lane was a member of the National Bronze Medalist Junior 8, and the recipient of the John Schoonover Crew Award. In college, Elliott competed on the Men’s Heavyweight Team at Georgetown University.

Coach Lane has been involved in coaching for the past 15 years. His previous positions include work with St. Albans, O’Connell, Loyola University, Georgetown University and the Thompson Boat Center. Over the years, his teams have made the finals at the Eastern Sprints, medaled at Stotesbury and Scholastic Nationals, and won races at the IRA, Dad Vails, US Rowing Nationals and the Canadian Henley.

Coach Lane’s fairness and wit have won him excellent praise from both his rowers and their parents. His high standards are based on the belief that the athletes he coaches can win regattas if they do their best. He’s tireless, and an excellent technical and strength coach. His Whitman boats have won several gold at State and Washington Metropolitan Rowing Association Championships.
David Roberts
Novice Women's Coach
davidroberts1589@gmail.com
Coach Roberts graduated Whitman High School in 2007. He began his rowing career as a freshman and was captain of the Varsity team his senior year. Coach Roberts stroked the Whitman Varsity 8+ his junior year to its first and only National Capital Championship (currently WMIRA).

He continued his rowing career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he garnered the Rookie of the Year Award his freshman year and the Charles "Chip" Hart '90 Award for Determination and Commitment in 2011. He was elected captain of the Varsity squad his senior year (2011) and his crew went on to qualify for and compete at he Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Coach Roberts is also a MCPS Mathematics teacher at Neelsville Middle School. He coached the boys' soccer team his first year at Neelsville and currently serves as the school's Athletic Coordinator. However, Roberts did not want to be separated from rowing, and he returned to his alma mater this fall to take the helm of the Freshman Girls team.

Coach Roberts is excited to lead and prepare this class for success in the spring and instill in them the work ethic to be successful Student Athletes on the Varsity team in the years to come.
Bridgid Myers
Assistant Women’s Varsity Coach
bridgid.myers@gmail.com
Coach Myers learned to row while at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, CRCA All-Central Region selection, and team captain in 2002. She medaled at the Big 10 Championships as well as the 1999 NCAA Championships. Her coaching career began at her alma mater, after which she became the head novice coach at Boston College, Northeastern University, and then the University of Rhode Island. She has coached athletes who have won gold medals in Olympic games, World Championships, NCAA Championships, the Head of the Charles Regatta, Eastern Sprints, IRA’s, Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, Canadian Henley and US Rowing Club Nationals. She moved to D.C. and began coaching at TBC and Whitman in 2010.

Coach Myers' coaching philosophy starts with the belief that rowing is a perfect vehicle to teach young women how to achieve the unthinkable, and gain confidence and self-reliance along the way. And, as she says, “It’s fun to go fast.” She enjoys seeing her girls push through boundaries and reach goals they once could barely imagine. Last year, her Whitman rowers were a very happy bunch, with the Women’s Jr. 4+ making the semi-finals at Stotesbury, her Women’s Jr. 8+ making semis at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships, and her Women’s 3d Varsity coming in third at Maryland State Championships and second at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA) Championships. Bridgid looks forward to achieving even more this year.
Lee Rumpf
Assistant Coach
r.lee.rumpf@gmail.com
Lee Rumpf started his rowing career at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in 2004. There, he earned four Stotesbury medals, winning the Varsity 8 event in both 2006 and 2007. He also raced for TBC on the Potomac and earned them two national championships in the Junior 8 Category. Before wrapping up his high school rowing career, Coach Rumpf raced at the Royal Henley Regatta on the Thames in England, making it to the quarterfinals.

Coach Rumpf went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a degree in Political Science and rowed for two years. His coaches have included Kirk Shipley (TBC), Sal Assenza (former Whitman and TBC men's coach), Jim Granger (former TJ and current FIT head coach), Geoff Bond, Mike Teti (US National team coach), and Steve Gladstone (Yale head coach).

Excited and motivated, Coach Rumpf looks forward to this season at Whitman and brings the unique perspective of a two-time Stotesbury winner. He says, "Taking a team to the next level requires a certain mix of dedication, fun, and motivation. Whitman is going to the next level."
See why we are so proud of our alumni rowers!
Since 1987, Whitman Crew graduates have attended excellent colleges. Here is a partial list of schools that have accepted recent rowers:

2012 graduates:
  • Brown
  • Drexel
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland – Honors Program
  • University of Michigan
  • North Carolina State
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Purdue
  • Rutgers
  • Southern California University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Tulane
  • Washington State
  • Berkeley
  • University of Alabama
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado
  • Cornell
  • University of Delaware
  • Drexell University
  • Georgetown
  • Hobart and William Smith
  • Marietta
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern
  • Penn State Honors
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Sewanee
  • Tulane Honors
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • William and Mary
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Cornell
  • Harvard
  • Harvey-Mudd
  • Hobart and William Smith
  • University of Illinois
  • Lehigh
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • Middlebury
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northwestern
  • Northeastern
  • Notre Dame
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tulane
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forrest
  • Wellesley
  • University of Wisconsin




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