Boys' Varsity Crew

Head Coach: Will Shotwell

Program Director: Carly Borken 

The Taft Boys Crew team is comprised of six fours—four varsity boats and two junior varsity or novice boats. Each of these boats races throughout the spring season against strong competition from around New England. Boats compete in a challenging dual racing schedule and attend the du Pont Cup and Founders Day regattas. The four varsity boats compete each year to qualify for the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta, a regional championship that showcases some of the best competition in the country in scholastic rowing. In the past decade, Taft has been one of a few schools in New England to consistently qualify all four of its varsity boats for the championship regatta.

Rowing at Taft offers a great opportunity for those new to the sport; in fact, many of our rowers learn how to row when they sign on with the team. These novices are joined by rowers with experience at local clubs or at their previous schools. Throughout the season and over the course of their rowing careers, rowers and coxswains learn to master a complex and demanding sport that challenges the individual as well as the team as a whole. Rowers push themselves and test their limits of strength and endurance on a regular basis throughout the season. They learn the value of making a great effort over an extended period of time to achieve a desired goal.

In recent years, Taft rowers have moved on to college programs at all levels, including such schools as Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Williams, Lafayette, and Clarkson.

Read Matt LaBrie's article, The Good Fight, about the boys' 1st boat in 2012.

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