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Varsity Coed Crew

By persevering we shall see the fruits.

Schedule

Roster

Name Grade
Priyanka Anand 10
Hassan Ayub 9
Blythe Berlinger 9
Elizabeth Berlinger 12
Saanvi Bhatia 9
Chiara Boye 12
Addison Campbell 12
Diego Carrasco 12
Ian Cummings 12
Faith Davis 10
Brynne DiDonato 12
Maxwell Donches 12
Julia Fassler 11
Grace Good 9
Charlotte Harobin 9
Lucy Harobin 9
Annabel Hellman 9
Sydney Hill 10
Ava Hook 12
Margaret Horvat 12
Michael Jackaman 9
Anthony Kostacos 10
Daniel Krausz 11
Maylin Lindsey 11
Christine Meng 9
Andreas Moeller 10
Jenna Nolan 9
Brendan Page 9
Lauren Paynton 11
Cole Putnam 9
Lily Richards 12
Dylan Robertson 12
Nicoletta Roman 10
Rachel Roth 10
Madison Seidman 12
Charles Shafer 12
Pedro Sobral 12
Alexander Walkush 10
Derek Walkush 12
James Werther 12
Paige Whitman 9
Tajah Williams 10
Rebecca Zaki 9

Coaches

  • Lauren Lehane
    Head Coach of the Rowing Program

    Lauren Lehane has been coaching the boys team at Germantown Academy since 2006.

    In 2019, GA had two boats compete at SRAA Nationals.

    In 2018, the GA crew had a school-record seven boats in the finals for the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association Championships. They also had two boats finish in the top six at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

    Lehane has also coached the Whitemarsh Boat Club (WBC) juniors since 2006. Her crews have won or earned medals at King’s Head, Head of the Schuylkill, the Cooper Cup, City Championships, Stotesbury, and Scholastic Nationals. Lauren also gives private lessons and teaches learn-to-row classes at Whitemarsh Boat Club.

    Lehane began rowing as a freshman in high school at the Agnes Irwin School. While at AIS, Lauren won the Philadelphia City Championships twice, earned a bronze medal at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and won the Scholastic National Championships as a senior. She then went on to row for four years at Boston College, where she won the New England Championships twice, the Jesuit Invitational twice, earned silver medals at the Big East Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta, and won a gold medal at the Dad Vail Regatta as a junior.

    Lauren continues to compete, representing Whitemarsh Boat Club, winning the King’s Head Regatta, Navy Day, Independence Day, Quaker City Masters and the Head of the Schuylkill.

    (Updated: 5/29/19)

  • Richard O'Hern
    Manager of Rowing Operations/Head Novice Coach

    Coach O’Hern started in the spring of 2002. In his entire time since at GA, he has been the faculty liaison between the coaches, the school, the parents, and of course the kids who actually pull the oars. The spring of 2015 marked his first full season back in a coaching launch in 14 years, and Coach O’Hern very much enjoys working directly with the kids and his fellow coaches.

    (Updated: 8/10/18)

  • Eric Blood
    Varsity Girls Coach

    Eric Blood '13 began rowing at Germantown Academy as a freshman. While at GA, he won City Championships three times, once in the novice 4+ and twice in the JV/V single, under Lauren Lehane’s coaching. He also won a medal at Stotesbury, in the single category.

    Blood attended Brown University and began his college career by winning the Club 8+ during his freshman year and setting a new course record. In his junior year, Eric won the Club 8+ and in the spring season he placed 2nd at IRA National Regatta in both the Varsity 4+ and in the JV 8+.

    Eric still rows, with his most recent regatta being in December 2017 at the International Rowing Regatta in Guangzhou, China, where he placed 5th in the 8+.

    In the Fall of 2017, Eric started coaching for the Whitemarsh Boat Club as the Novice Coach for the racing program. As an Assistant Coach at GA, Eric assists athletes with their rowing technique and help ensure they have a successful season.

    (Updated: 8/10/18)

  • Elizabeth Wescott
    Asst Coach

    Elizabeth finished her first year of coaching at GA in 2019.

  • Corey Davison
    P/T Varsity Asst Coach

Facility

The Patriots practice out of Whitemarsh Boat Club (801 Washington Street Conshohocken, PA 19428). Regattas take place on the Boathouse Row section of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

History

CREW BECAME A VARSITY SPORT IN 2008

In the early days of rowing (the late 18th Century) Thomas Eakins, a now world renowned artist, painted the Biglin Brothers in a pair on the Schuylkill River. Here is a reproduction of that painting that gives the ambiance of those first days of rowing when GA was one of the early participants.

GA has been part of the Schuykill Navy scene since those first rowing days in 1897. Doubtlessly the most outstanding oarsmen were Bob and Wally Pflaumer, who rowed in the early 1930’s and went on to win gold at the Olympics. Wally Pflaumer returned to GA to become a science teacher just after the school moved from Germantown to Fort Washington. This picture of the 1930 GA Crew reveals the popularity of the sport at the school. In 1930’s the school graduated about 20-25 boys a year and the Upper School (grades 7-12) population was just over 200. Beyond crew, the school fielded baseball, tennis, and track teams. The fifth and sixth persons from the left are the Pflaumer brothers who went on to row in the Olympics.

Resources

GA Crew News

Crew: GA Competes at SRAA Nationals

All season long, the rowers from Germantown Academy have been working hard to put up strong finishes and top times. On May 24 and 25, that hard work was put to the test at Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals. 

Crew: Patriots Turn in Top Results at Fifth Flick

Germantown Academy's crew team competed at the Fifth Manny Flick/Horvat Series on April 14 and had outstanding results. Those that competed turned in top finishes in the final Flick.

Crew: Good Weather Spells Good Results for GA Rowers

Among the many teams was Germantown Academy and their slew of student athletes. The Patriots had a positive day, having four groups finish in the top three of their respective flights. 

Crew: Patriots Compete at Third Flick

Members of Germantown Academy's crew team braved the rain and wind on March 31 and navigated the Cooper River for the Third Flick. The Patriots rowed in nine flights, earning top-three finishes in four of them.