Crew - Girls' Varsity
Taft’s girls’ crew program was founded in 2001 on Bantam Lake and it has grown to become one of the largest spring teams at Taft. Comprised of seven boats, the team is home to novice and experienced rowers. The goal of Taft girls’ crew is to create a supportive environment where coaches and teammates push each other toward competitive success as individuals, as a boat, and as a team.
Many of our athletes begin their rowing experience at Taft. For that reason, we place special emphasis on our novice program where we focus on developing the good technique, physical strength, and self-discipline that the sport demands. The challenge is then to develop novice rowers into competitive varsity athletes in a short period of time. Most of our most successful varsity rowers started as novices at Taft.
For all boats, the racing season is geared toward the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championship Regatta (NEIRA). Since joining the league in 2001, Taft girls’ crew has seen increasing success and maintains a rigorous schedule against some of the strongest fours programs in New England.
Many graduates of Taft crew have gone on to row in college at both the Division I and Division III levels. Taft rowers make up the crews of schools such as Dartmouth, UPenn, Clemson, Cornell, Bates, and Williams.
2017 - Sophie Kamhi (Dartmouth College)
2015 - Becky Frank (Cornell)
2014 - Rita Catherine O'Shea (Clemson University); Amelia Wilhelm (Bates College)
2012 - Anne Tewksbury (Williams); Alanna Fogarty (University of Ottowa); Hanna Dethlefs (UPenn)
About Head Coach Parker Washburn
Parker is a graduate of Phillips Andover and Harvard University, where he majored in physics and rowed for Harvard’s historic and highly successful men’s heavyweight crew program. In his senior year, Parker helped lead the varsity eight to a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships. Following Harvard, Parker was a teaching fellow and coach at Andover and taught physics and mathematics at Choate. For the past year, Parker trained with the Craftsbury Green Racing team in Vermont and rowed pairs at the international level. At Taft, he teaches four sections of physics, lives on HDT3, and coaches conditioning and crew.
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