Crews Expected To Be Contenders At National Level

Posted: March 28, 1991

They don't compete on a court, field, pitch or rink. They don't use a ball, bat or puck.

Their equipment is a boat and oars; their "field" the Schuylkill.

The area's crew teams are back for another season of Sunday afternoons on the river. Their weekly Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association competitions, except for Easter Sunday, eventually lead to the national championships at St. Andrew's School in Delaware during Memorial Day weekend.

Nearly all the area teams have at least one boat that could contend at the nationals.

BOYS' CREW

HAVERFORD SCHOOL. Coach Jim Barker returns for his 33d year as the head coach. He will receive capable assistance from three former national champions at the school - Jay Greytock, Rudy Lewis and Craig Hoffman.

The Fords had a turnout of more than 30 boys, and the team should be strong.

The varsity four with coxswain will probably be the Fords' top boat. Co- captains Chuck Admous and Doug Rodgers are joined by Tucker McLean, Jake Gillis and coxswain Dave Ford.

The Fords will also be competitive in the junior and senior quadruple sculls, where they are defending national champions.

"We have a lot of experienced fellows back," Barker said. "I like what we have in the varsity four. I'm anxious to see how far they can go."

LOWER MERION. The Aces are still building their program. About 40 boys turned out for the team, and coach Brian Mulholland is encouraged by his squad's potential.

"We're still continuing to build," he said. "Last year was something of a transition year, and this year we're hoping for some improvement.

"We're going to try to give (Monsignor) Bonner and La Salle and some of the other real tough teams a little run for their money next year."

The Aces have a solid foundation. Four seniors who have been together their entire careers are the lightweight four. Co-captains Dave Scolnick and Anthony Aquirre are joined by brothers Gordon and Robert Young. The coxswain is junior Dave Khoury.

Two other seniors - Chris Benedict and Tim Taylor - will be key performers on varsity boats.

UPPER MERION. Captain Tim Carey heads the middleweight four. Mike Reid, Ralph Colucci, Rich Szabo and coxswain Jack Ryan round out the Vikings' top boat.

The Vikings are a young team that should be solid this year and even better in the years ahead.

"It's extremely young except for the middleweight four," said coach Jack Carey. "We have 11 freshmen, and the lightweight four has a lot of future potential."

HARRITON. Rod Pierce, who was an assistant last year, takes over as the head coach. He competed at Holy Spirit High in Absecon, N.J., and Temple University.

The Rams should feature a good lightweight four with captain Ian Kelley, Stuart Sidlow, Bryan Kaliner, David Edelson and coxswain Andy Kaufman.

"That's our entire varsity," Pierce said. "They'll all get their shot."

GIRLS' CREW

LOWER MERION. Mulholland calls senior Sarah Rapalyea "one of the best along Boathouse Row." She will be the key rower in the varsity four, the Aces' best boat.

Other members of that unit are Debbie Winoker, Nicole Dorfman, Anna Plotkin and coxswain Stu Chase. Boys are permitted in the coxswain slot on girls' teams, and vice versa.

Other key performers should be Sara Maley, Christine Watrous, Sara Kirchoff and Becky Basch. Rapalyea, Watrous, Maley and Dorfman are all returnees from last year.

UPPER MERION. The Vikings have one experienced boat, the lightweight eight.

Team members are captain Hillary Thomas, Maggie Regina, Alexis Dorn, Danielle DiPaoli, Lydia Ricci, Diana Harrington, Dana Detwiler and Chrissy Ryan. The coxswain is still to be determined.

"We're very deep with freshmen," Carey said. "We have 10 freshmen and should be able to put together a pretty good freshman eight and lightweight four."

HARRITON. The Rams are putting together a varsity eight that consists of co-captains Ann Bischof and Missy Weisberg, along with Josephine Coghlin, Jane Brown, Cathlene Connor, Nagin Kormi, Nicole Solvibile, Elizabeth Wheeler and coxswain Sara Biresch.

"Eventually we might be able to break into a varsity four," Pierce said. ''I believe we should do pretty well."

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