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Crew - Boys' Varsity

Record: 4-3

Overview

Overview

The Taft boys' crew team is comprised of six fours—four varsity boats and two junior varsity or novice boats. Each of these boats races throughout the spring season against strong competition from around New England. Boats compete in a challenging dual racing schedule and attend the du Pont Cup and Founders Day regattas. The four varsity boats compete each year to qualify for the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta, a regional championship that showcases some of the best competition in the country in scholastic rowing. In the past decade, Taft has been one of a few schools in New England to consistently qualify all four of its varsity boats for the championship regatta. In 2016, Taft took sixth place overall at this regatta.

Rowing at Taft offers a great opportunity for those new to the sport; in fact, many of our rowers learn how to row when they sign on with the team. These novices are joined by rowers with experience at local clubs or at their previous schools. Throughout the season and over the course of their rowing careers, rowers and coxswains learn to master a complex and demanding sport that challenges the individual as well as the team as a whole. Rowers push themselves and test their limits of strength and endurance on a regular basis throughout the season. They learn the value of making a great effort over an extended period of time to achieve a desired goal.

In recent years, Taft rowers have moved on to college programs at all levels, including such schools as Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Williams, Lafayette, and George Washington.

Alumni Athletes

2016 - Evan Miller (Wisconsin)

2015 - Henry Conlon (George Washington); Richard Gilland (Tufts); Aiden McAleer (Georgetown); Jack Torney (Dartmouth)

2014 - Liam Carty (Georgetown); Emma Lux (Georgetown); Carl Sangree (Williams)

2013 - Jared Carson (Clarkson); Elias Clough (Hamilton); Isaac Morrier (Yale); Hayden Pascal (Georgetown)

2012 - Will Fitzgerald (Georgetown); David Hanke (Lafayette); Will Ziesing (Princeton)


Email Head Coach Will Shotwell


Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
vs.
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
Bantam Lake - Litchfield, CT Away Details CANCELLED
vs.
Forman School
Bantam Lake - Litchfield, CT Away Details CANCELLED
vs.
Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Bantam Lake - Litchfield, CT Away Details CANCELLED
vs.
Valley Regional High School
Bantam Lake - Litchfield, CT Away Details CANCELLED
vs.
Berkshire School
Berkshire School Away Details Win 5-0
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall Away Details Loss 1-4
vs.
Pomfret School
Pomfret School Away Details Win 3-0
vs.
Groton School
Groton School Away Details Loss 2-3
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Deerfield Academy Away Details Loss 0-6
vs.
Dexter Southfield School
Dexter Southfield School Away Details Win 5-0
vs.
Founders Day Regatta
Lake Waramaug - New Preston, CT Away Details
vs.
du Pont Cup
Lake Quasset - Woodstock, CT Away Details 15-2
vs.
Smith Cup
Lake Waramaug - New Preston, CT Away Details Win 12-2
vs.
Lower Boat Races
Lake Waramaug - New Preston, CT Away Details
vs.
New Englands
Lake Quinsigamond Away Details

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
Jason Bab 2017 New York, NY
Aditya Balsekar 2018 Naperville, IL
Henry Bartol 2020 Fairfield, CT
Nicholas Carolan 2017 Allentown, PA
Daniel Chavez-Golden 2020 Houston, TX
Benjamin Coleman 2020 Naples, FL
Daisy Cook 2020 West Palm Beach, FL
Sean Dunbar 2020 Bethlehem, CT
Christian D'Virgilio 2020 New Canaan, CT
Zoe Eberstadt-Beattie 2018 New York, NY
Jack Ewing 2018 Washington, CT
Stone Fenton 2020 Cross River, NY
Bennett Gallant 2018 Tampa, FL
Hudson Groner 2018 Bedford, NY
Ali Sinan Kaya 2018 Istanbul
Ranon Larpcharern 2020 Bangkok
Akseli Latvio 2019 Espoo
Jérémie Lavallée 2017 Montreal, QC
Benjamin Moffa (captain) 2017 Watertown, CT
Quincy Morgan 2019 New York, NY
Nicholas Mortimer 2018 Arden, NY
Thomas Muller 2018 Savannah, GA
Brewster Nolan 2019 Wayzata, MN
Benjamin Olsen (captain) 2017 Dayton, OH
Nicholas Olsen 2017 Dayton, OH
Christopher Pellegrini 2020 Southbury, CT
Otto Piasecki 2019 New York, NY
Benjamin Roberts 2018 San Francisco, CA
Alexander Robertson 2020 Las Vegas, NV
Ryutaro Sochi 2018 Fishers Island, NY
Theodore Verheggen 2020 Arlington, VA

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Will Shotwell

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an English degree from Wesleyan University, Will worked for the Educational Testing Service as an assistant examiner, writing and editing SAT Verbal and AP English exams. From there, he entered a Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Brown University. After completing his first year of course work at Brown, Will spent four years in Paris, France; he worked for two years as an assistant d’Anglais in two lycées while also teaching English and intercultural communication for a private language company. Returning to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1991, Will earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Brown University, specializing in English and French literatures of the 18th century. In 1996, while still completing his doctorate, he began a 15-year tenure at Lincoln School in Providence, where he served as a humanities teacher in both English and history, crew coach and director of the crew program, squash coach, and cross country coach. During his time at Lincoln, Will helped found and served as the director of the school’s Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice through Service. In his final year at Lincoln, he served as technology integration specialist, a position that supported faculty in their efforts to integrate technology into their curricula. At Taft, Will heads the global studies and service department, teaches English, coaches rowing, times for basketball games, and does associate dormitory duty.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-073-5-02007-082-3-0
2008-093-22009-103-2
2010-11 5-2 2011-12 8-3-1
2012-13 6-3 2013-14 2-4-2
2014-15 4-3 2015-16 9-4

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