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Statement from Whitman Crew Board of Directors

Today Kirk Shipley was sentenced to 36 months in prison, two years of probation, and will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. 

Walt Whitman Crew fully cooperated with the government’s prosecution of Shipley and our thoughts are with the courageous victims that came forward to produce today’s outcome.  As the Assistant United States Attorney described during today’s hearing, Shipley’s continued attempts at manipulation had led to a recommendation from the probation office that Shipley receive no time in jail, but as a direct result of the brave and impactful statements made today by the three victims and our community, Judge Maribeth Raffinan rejected that recommendation and imposed a much more significant sentence. 

While today’s result does not negate the damage that Shipley has done, we hope that it can serve as an important step in bringing some closure to our current and former rowers.  Our priority at Walt Whitman Crew is the well-being and safety of our student athletes and we will continue to make resources available to current or former rowers as they process Shipley’s sentencing. 


Walt Whitman Crew is a competitive co-ed high school rowing club that inspires excellence for all rowers and coxswains and cultivates a team culture of respect, personal commitment, shared achievement, and passion for rowing.  

Fall 2022 Registration Now Open!!!

Registration for the Whitman Varsity Fall and Novice Fall Learn to Row Programs is now open

Practices at Thompson Boat Club in Georgetown will start on Tuesday, September 6th, for both the Varsity and Novice programs. 

Varsity Parents meeting was held on Tuesday, August 30th, at 7PM.  Presentation is available on the Parents page.

Novice Families Information Session was held on Monday, August 29th at 7PM.  Presentation is available on the Parents page.  Please reach out to or to Amy Eisner with any questions!


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Whitman Crew Boosters, Inc.
PO Box 378
Glen Echo, MD 20812

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