February 22, 2013

Men's Rowing Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College men's rowing team will begin its spring 2013 season looking to reclaim the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship.  The Shoremen had won back-to-back MARC Championships in 2010 and 2011, but an equipment failure early on during the final of the varsity four - one of the two championship-scoring events - at last year's regatta cost them a chance at a third consecutive title.

The Shoremen's two seniors on this year's roster - Parker McIntosh (Berlin, MD/Worcester Prep) and Jeff Nutting (Catonsville, MD/Mount St. Joseph) - are also serving as the team's two captains. McIntosh earned MARC Academic All-Conference honors last spring and was the bow of the Shoremen's semifinalist varsity four at the Dad Vail regatta. Nutting was the coxswain of that varsity four. 

Also back from that Dad Vail semifinalist four is junior Conor Howlett (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant), one of nine juniors on the roster. Anthony Cairo (Port Murray, NJ/Warren Hills) and Dominic DiMarino (Wilmington, DE/Concord), meanwhile, reached the Dad Vail semifinals in the varsity pair. Cairo was also a MARC Academic All-Conference qualifier. Classmate Rob Billings (Easton, MD/Easton) was named the the Shoremen's Most Improved Rower last spring. He and coxswain Chris Moylan (Silver Spring, MD/DeMatha) - another MARC Academic All-Conference qualifier - joined Howeltt, Cairo, and DiMarino in the Shoremen's varsity eight at the MARC Championships.  

Juniors Chris Carrara (Leesburg, NJ/Millville) and Dominic DiMarino (Wilmington, DE/Concord) rowed in the Shoremen's Division II/III varsity four finalist boat at last spring's Knecht Cup. Coxswain Rebecca Wozniak (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) guided the winning varsity four in a dual regatta against St. Mary's last spring. Completing the junior class is Kulwinder Singh (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), a transfer from Atlantic Cape Community College.

Two sophomores appear on the Shoremen's roster - Jack Christ (Hydes, MD/Jemicy Upper School) and Ben Sproule (Princeton, NJ/Princeton). Christ was in the four seat of a winning varsity eight against St. Mary's last spring, while Sproule was the bow of the semifinalist novice four at the Dad Vail regatta.

Ten freshmen complete the Shoremen's roster. Ryan Miranda (Farmington, CT/Farmington) rowed in the Shoremen's top four during the fall head racing season, even competing at the Head of the Charles regatta. Mark Boissonneault (Bowie, MD/DeMatha), Kenny Evans (McLean, VA/Bishop O'Connell), T. Ian Flinn (Marlton, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep), coxswain John Gould (Litchfield, CT/The Gunnery), Sean Haynie (Hampstead, MD/Calvert Hall), David Katz (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion), Joseph Stevens (Blandford, MA/The Gunnery [CT]), and Max van Hoven (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) all saw time competing in boats with varsity-level rowers in the fall. John Harris (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) completes the Shoremen's freshman class.

The Shoremen will open their spring regatta season at home against Philadelphia University and Dowling College on April 6th. They will travel to the Occoquan Sprints in Lorton, VA, the next day, before competing at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, NJ, April 13th and 14th. Their last regatta prior to the MARC Championships will be the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia April 20th. The MARC Championships will be held in Lewisberry, PA, one week later.  The Shoremen will return to the prestigious Dad Vail regatta May 10th and 11th in Philadelphia.

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