Although dropping temperatures have curtailed the crew team’s time on the water, the team still practices together in an unofficial program at Haverford’s new campus on Roberts Road. The team practices four times a week, preparing rowers for the upcoming spring season.
Changes in location and programming have increased attendance and team morale.
Previously, the winter crew program was stuck inside of the boat house at the Conshohocken Rowing Center. The longer drive caused extensive transportation issues, and the facilities were inadequate.
The space on Roberts Road is closer to Haverford’s main campus and much more spacious.
“It’s not too shabby,” Fifth Former Ryan Brewington said. “We are making the most of it with some good music.”
Along with a change in location, Head Rowing Coach Mr. Jonathan Stephanik and Sixth Form team captain Jack Squillaro have made schedule changes to appeal to more rowers. The four-day program now includes on Friday an alternate workout such as basketball. Morning lifts have been removed from the new system.
“If we are able to see the improvement necessary and reach those [time] goals, I am very optimistic that this team will be very successful this spring.”Head Rowing Coach Mr. jonathan Stephanik
These changes in programming have caused a record number of students to sign up for the team.
“If we are able to see the improvement necessary and reach those [time] goals, I am very optimistic that this team will be very successful this spring,” Coach Stephanik said.
With the support of alumni, the crew team was able to purchase a new Empacher eight boat. This boat allows the team to compete at the varsity level in the most prestigious event for the first time.
The preparation during the winter crew program is crucial for the spring season’s success. The move to Roberts Road has allowed more people to participate in the unofficial program.
Past crew teams have been extremely successful and decorated during their spring season, and this year’s team looks to continue the winning legacy.