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Gwynedd student in a crew boat on the water

Sarah McLaughlin '19

When you say “yes” to crew, you say “yes” to a lot of things. Unexpected things, physical challenges, and mental obstacles. Your hands won’t ever be the same, and you’ll get way too comfortable in spandex; you’ll go head-to-head with the erg, and you may not always come out on top. But stick with me here, because when you say yes to crew, you say yes to an incredible opportunity that will shift your way of thinking and alter your approach to life.“

                                                           -  Maura McKenna ’12, La Salle Women’s Varsity Rowing team

Crew Facts

  • Crew is the oldest contested collegiate sport.
  • 147 NCAA women's rowing teams combined for the DI, DII, and DIII levels.
  • In one survey of 4,000 who rowed on high school teams, there were over 2,000 athletic scholarships available for them; a remarkable 2:1 ratio of athlete to scholarship.
  • The average number of scholarships awarded per NCAA Division I Women's team may average as many as 39.

Crew Program News - July 2018

Leading the Monarch Crew team will be the Executive Head Crew Coach, Bill Ernst. Currently, Mr. Ernst serves as the Assistant Varsity Coach for the the LaSalle College High School Crew team, and he looks forward to building a strong, leading program here at Gwynedd, along with additional coaching staff to be named and introduced in coming weeks.

Additionally, Gwynedd has purchased a total of 5 boats to launch the program in bold Monarch fashion. As you may have seen on the Crew page of our website, Mr. Ernst has identified fall regattas in which the team may potentially compete. To aid team members with fitness training, on the water in September and ready for the upcoming season, Mr. Ernst will be hosting erg and fitness training sessions. Details are provided below. Additionally, prior to on the water training, all team members will be required to take and pass a water safety test.

Please join us in extending a warm Mercy welcome to Mr. Ernst. We are very pleased to bring Crew to the young women of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School for the first time in its 162 year history, and we look forward to the abundant experiences and opportunities the great sport may bring them.   

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Crew Training Sessions

Location: Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Days: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Dates: Tuesday, July 24 through Wednesday, August 15
Time: 5:00 to 6:30PM
Attire: Workout clothes and running shoes

Each student is required to attend at least one erg training session, and all are encouraged to attend as many training sessions as schedules permit. Once trained on proper erg usage, students may also train independently at Gwynedd over the summer during open school hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30AM-3PM. (Students are asked to first check in at the Front Office upon arrival, before using equipment.)

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Upcoming Regattas

Fall 2018

Fall, 2018

King's Head Regatta  - 09/30/2018(Sunday)-- Bridgeport PA 

Navy Day Regatta --10/13/2018(Sat)--Schuylkill River--Boathouse Row---Philadelphia PA

Head of the Schuylkill--10/28/2018(Sunday)--Schuylkill River--Boathouse Row--Philadelphia, PA   

Frostbite Regatta--11/10/2018 (Saturday)--Cooper River--Pennsauken, NJ

Bill Braxton Regatta--11/11/2018 (Sunday)--Cooper River--Pennsauken, NJ  

Winter 2019

Center City Slam--(Indoor rowing machine competition) 02/09/2019 (Saturday)--Drexel University--Philadelphia, PA 

Spring 2019

Spring, 2019: 

Manny Flick Regatta's--Sunday, March 17; 24;31 and April 7; 14 Schuylkill River, Phila PA

City Championships--Saturday/Sunday May 4th and 5th Schuylkill River, Phila PA 
Stotesbury Cup Regatta--Friday / Saturday May 17th and 18th Schuylkill River, Phila PA 

Scholastic Rowing Assoc. of America (SRAA's)  Friday / Saturday May 24th and 25th

Nationals (location is to be determined)


Summer Rowing Programs