Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s largest club team, the BCC Crew is representing its school with flying colors this fall. The autumn racing season consists of long races (5k) rather than the 1.5K sprint races of the spring season, and features head races, where boats race against the clock, starting down the course in intervals, rather than racing across a distance in lanes against directly each other. It is a time for refining technique, learning to row as a team, and for coaches to give athletes a chance to row in different positions and with different line-ups of teammates. For spectators, it is a time to enjoy cool days, sunny skies, and fall colors alongside the region’s most scenic rivers and lakes.
The BCC Crew fields a co-ed group of 117 athletes led by head coach Dan Engler, with dominant showings in all the four fall regattas raced so far this season in the DC area. So far this season the team has raced up to 11 boats across different levels of competition including racing eights (eight rowers and a coxswain) and fours (four rowers and a coxswain). After beginning practices at the Thompson Boat Center in early September, the rowing team has raced at the Head of the Potomac, the Occoquan Challenge and the Occoquan Chase.
A girls varsity eight boat was also selected to participate at the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA. On October 22-23, the Girls 1V (Coxswain: Junior Grace Wagner; Rowers: Senior Captains Claire Holmvik and Quinlyn Spellmeyer, Seniors Sasha Bouvier, Penny Saltzman, and Fallon Walsh, Junior Mariama Bangoura and Sophomores Jenna Adler and Jamie Murray) travelled to Boston to race in the storied HOC regatta. It was an exciting race with the girls quickly moving up the course passing many boats along the river. They finished an amazing 35 out of 85 boats even after being struck by two boats along the winding and difficult race course.
The team, supported by parents, alumni, and local business sponsorships, offers scholarships both during the school year and for a crew summer camp so that any student can row. You can view photos from our fall season by visiting our SmugMug page: https://bccrowing.smugmug.com/Folder.
The team will finish their fall season November 6 at the Head of the Occoquan, one of the largest races in the Mid-Atlantic. Nearly 460 boats and 2,500 athletes will race over two days in categories ranging from college 8+s to masters mixed sculling pairs.
After Thanksgiving, the rowers will start their routine of indoor, winter training every day after school. If you walk by the Washington Sports Club on Wisconsin Avenue you may see them hard at work on the ergs (indoor rowing machines) as they prepare for the championship spring season.
Look out for the first regattas in early April and our defense of our Maryland State Championship, the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta and the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia. Go Barons!