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Crew - Boys' Varsity

Record: 4-4-2



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 2018, Taft's first varsity boat won the Petite Finals, and the team finished fourth in the point trophy results.

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

2018 - Ali Sinan Kaya (MIT); Jack Ewing (University of California)

2017 - Ben Moffa (Colgate); Ben Olsen (Brown)

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)

2011 - Kris Bae (Columbia)

2010 - Max Mortimer (Georgetown); Keefe Rafferty (United States Naval Academy)

2009 - Zach Brazo (Bucknell); Julian Siegelmann (University of California)

Email Head Coach Will Shotwell



Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Type Details Result Score Status
Forman School
Bantam Lake Away Details
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
Bantam Lake Away Details
Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Bantam Lake Away Details Tie 1-1
Valley Regional High School
Bantam Lake Away Details N/A 0-1
Berkshire School
Lake Wononpakook Away Details Win 2-1
Choate Rosemary Hall
Lake Wononpakook Away Details Loss 0-4
Groton School
Lake Quasset Away Details Loss 0-4
Dexter Southfield School
Lake Quasset Away Details Win 3-1
Deerfield Academy
Lake Quasset Away Details Loss 0-4
Pomfret School
Lake Quasset Away Details Win 2-0
Founders Day Regatta
Lake Waramaug Away Details N/A
du Pont Cup
Lake Quasset Away Details
Choate Rosemary Hall
Lake Waramaug Away Details Tie 2-2
Deerfield Academy
Lake Waramaug Away Details Loss 0-4
Lake Waramaug Away Details Win 2-0
Lower Boat Races
Lake Waramaug Away Details
New Englands
Lake Quinsagamond Away Details



# Name Position Class Hometown
Carter Amaden 2021 East Hampton, NY
Henry Bartol 2020 Fairfield, CT
Veronica Baum 2021 Sag Harbor, NY
Tim Broadbent 2021 New York, NY
William De Luca 2021 New York, NY
Alex Downey 2022 Chatham, NJ
Sean Dunbar 2020 Bethlehem, CT
Marwan ElBorolossy 2021 New Cairo
Aidan Essig 2021 Southbury, CT
Gavin Feller 2022 New York, NY
Stone Fenton 2020 Cross River, NY
Beckett Fine 2020 Darien, CT
Eli Frank 2022 Litchfield, CT
Coleman Grustas 2022 Torrington, CT
Edward Habboosh 2022 Hamden, CT
Avery Hamilton 2021 New York, NY
Theo Harper 2022 Cobham, SY
Sadie Kargman 2022 New York, NY
Rachel Lau 2019 Fremont, CA
Jack Nogales 2021 Barrytown, NY
Mac Nolan 2019 Wayzata, MN
Otto Piasecki 2019 New York, NY
Graham Purcell 2021 Darien, CT
William Roberts 2022 Winnetka, IL
Alex Robertson 2020 Las Vegas, NV
Liam Shannon 2020 Washington Depot, CT
Rafe Van Wagenen 2022 Darien, CT
Teddy Verheggen 2020 Arlington, VA
Chris Wang 2021 Hong Kong
Chuck Warren 2020 New Canaan, CT
Scott Williams 2021 New York, NY
Jason Zhao 2021 Beijing



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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Year Record Year Record
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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