Germantown Academy is proud to announce the newest class of its Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of eight individuals, one former coach, and two teams will be inducted in a special ceremony to be held on campus on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Varsity Coed Crew
By persevering we shall see the fruits.
|Rachel Kliger (captain)||12|
|Julia McKernan (captain)||12|
|Pedro Sobral (captain)||12|
|Derek Walkush (captain)||12|
|Elizabeth Wescott (captain)||12|
|Isaac Wilkins (captain)||12|
Lauren LehaneHead Coach of the Rowing Program
Lauren Lehane has been coaching the boys team at Germantown Academy since 2006. 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.
Richard O'HernManager 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.
Clement HsuHead Coach
Clement’s coaching experiences before GA rowing include Franklin & Marshall rowing for one season and the Whitemarsh Technical Training program. Clement recently graduated with his master’s degree in Sports Psychology from Temple University. His goal is to take what he has learned while at Temple, and, combined with his own competitive and coaching experiences, give GA girls rowing its best season yet.
Hsu rowed for four years at Franklin & Marshall. His time there was concluded with a great season in the men’s coxed four that ended with a conference championship and extended season due to a Dad Vail appearance.
Eric BloodVarsity Asst 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.
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.
On Monday, June 4, 2018, Germantown Academy honored 33 college-bound senior student-athletes in a special ceremony in the McVeigh Community Room.
The season has ended and All-League teams have been announced. All that is left is to find out who won the team awards in their respective sport.
Every year around this time, thousands of student athletes flock to Philadelphia's Schuylkill River to compete in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. However, amid seemingly never-ending storms, the venue for the world's largest high school regatta was changed to Cooper River. This unforeseen factor could have thrown off some rowers, but not those from Germantown Academy.
Earning two medals and placing seven boats in the finals apparently is not enough to earn a day off for the members of Germantown Academy's crew. Even though they had a good showing at the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association Championships just a day ago, the rowers were back on the water on May 7.
On May 6 and 7, Germantown Academy's rowers competed in the first of many big races that close out the season. If their performances from those days are any indication of how they will perform in the other events, some room might have to be made in the trophy cases.
Germantown Academy's crew team travelled to Camden, New Jersey to take part in the Cooper Cup on April 29. Each boat finished in fifth place or better, with three earning medals.
On April 22, teams from all over the area flocked to the Schuylkill River to participate in the Fifth Flick. Despite so many competitors, Germantown Academy came away with very positive results.
Created in 1995, the Germantown Academy Athletic Hall of Fame has seen more than 100 alumni student-athletes, coaches, and special friends inducted into its historical annals. We will be inducting the next class into the Athletic Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018, and your assistance is needed.
Unlike other spring sports, it is almost impossible for varsity coed crew to have a competition cancelled. On April 15, the team was on the water in the cold, wind and rain, but were unfazed by the weather.