Brookline Varsity Crew 2013 Season Recap

By Julien Mahler, Robert Richards and Aaron Sege, 2013-2014 Boys Varsity Captains

After a grueling winter training season that began in November, Brookline rowers left our high school’s basement and flew to Georgia to begin our spring season in February. Rowing on Lake Lanier, the 1996 Olympic course, we practiced sculling and sweeping in all boat classes before scrimmaging against Arlington-Belmont, who had also come down for the school vacation week. All Brookline boats won.

We kicked off the racing season on April 6 with our only race on the Charles. All four boys boats beat Hingham. The two girls boats both lost to Hingham but beat Boston Latin, retaining the First Salvo Sup. At the Andover-Exeter Invitational on Lake Quinsigamond two weeks later, the boys first boat achieved a huge upset by knocking down Andover, finishing in second behind Exeter in a very close race. The following week was the Lake Quinsigamond Cup hosted by Saint John’s, which both the boys and girls first boats won.


We had a very strong showing at the USRowing Northeast Regional Championships, our Nationals qualifier. Of our boats, the girls quad and four both made it to the semifinals. The boys heavy four made it to the semifinals and the boys light eight finished fourth in the finals, just short of a Nationals berth.

Both the light four, consisting of Adam Rintell ‘13, Julien Mahler ‘14, Cam Chiasson ‘13, Jacob Anmahian ‘13 and coxswain Max Condon ‘13 and the light double, consisting of Jack Ruske ‘13 and Jordi Cabanas ‘15 won gold, easily qualifying for Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Both the boys and the girls qualified all of their varsity eights for NEIRA Champaionships nad raced against the fastest schools in New England. The girls first boat came in fourth in the petite finals, and boys came in third.

The Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association Championship was our culminating race as a team. The race course was shortened from 1500m to around 1200m due to a very strong tailwind, making all the races very fast and close. In the finals, the girls third boat came in fourth, and their second and first boats both came in fifth. The boys first, second and third boats all captured silver medals.

Nationals, in Tennessee, was the last race for the seniors in Brookline colors–a graduation of sorts from Brookline Rowing. Alas, those who went had to forego Brookline High School’s official graduation, which was the same weekend. The light four did considerably well, placing fourth in the C final. The double, who placed first in their heat and semifinal, did no different at the Grand Final, speeding down the course to win first place and be crowned fastest light double in America.

Results: 2012 Textile River Regatta (TRR)

Open and Masters

M Veteran 1x: Paul Dale
M 2-: 1st: Keir Evans, Brad Sherman
M Master 8+: 1st and 4th
W Club 2x: 1st Beatrice Sims, Chelsea Wakeham
M Open 1x: 1st Jim McGaffigan, 2nd Sean Wolf, 3rd Evan Bailey
M Club 8+: 5th
W Club 8+: 3rd
M Master’s 4+: 1st
W Club 1x: 1st Kelley Woodacre
M Open 4+ 3rd, 4th
W Open 4+ 4th
M Master’s 2x 1st (John Saxelby, Ernest Cook) 6th (Ed Frankenberry, Shameek Sarkar)
M Open 8+ 6th
M Club 2x: 3rd, 4th


M Jr 4x: 2nd
M Jr 8+: 16th, 55th
M Junior 4+: 3rd, 27th
W Jr 4x: 7th
W Jr 4+: 11th
W Jr 8+: 15th, 43r

2012 Fall Sweeps Update

The Women’s Sweeps
By: Severine Imbert de Smirnoff

The Women’s Sweep Team is excited to welcome 11 new rowers and 3 new coxswains this fall: Talia, Hannah, Allisaon, Beatrice, Molly, Meghan, Janie (not new), Shana, Carrie, Chelsea, Rachel, Carly, Grace and Mike.  They all bring great talent and enthusiasm to the team.  This fall they have already raced 2 out of 3 of the Head of the Kevins, Textile River Regatta, and the Green Mountain Head.  Looking ahead, be sure to cheer them on at The Head of the Charles in the Women’s Club 8+ and teh Women’s Championship 4+.

The Men’s Sweeps
ByL Jeff Forrester

The Men’s Sweep Team is experiencing a run on masters  for the fall season.  There enough to fill an 8+ and two Senior Master 4+’s for The Charles. The 8+ is expected to be competitive and move further up the rankings.  In the last few years we have placed in the Senior Master 4+ (50+’s), so we are looking for some hardware in that category as well as in the age 60+ boat.  For the young guns, we have a Club 4+ and Champ 4+ entries.  Both are positioned to place quite well, if not win.

The Juniors
By: Katy Ruderman

The juniors are excited to be starting their fourth season as Riverside Juniors!  We have 20 boys and 20 girls this fall.  We completed our first race (besides the world renowned Head of the Kevins) at the Textile  a couple Sundays ago; we raced eights, fours, quads, and doubles.  We have a very young group this fall and it seems that each week someone drops another minute off their 6K!

For the Head of the Charles we have a men’s and a women’s youth 4+ entry (Sunday at 10:05 and 10:36 respectively), seat-racing is under way with many rowers competing for the coveted Charles boat seats.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our creative uniforms at the last two Head of the Kevins, next time we’ll be repping the stripes!