Rowers Taking Road Trip - To Cairo Five Haverford School Competitors Will Take Part. They Will Be Leaving Tonight.

Posted: December 13, 1994

Five members of the Haverford School rowing team are getting a gift of a different kind this holiday season.

They will be boarding a plane tonight bound for Egypt, where they will row in two international competitions in the next 12 days.

"This is a great experience for the kids," assistant coach Craig Hoffman said. "The benefit of rowing in international competition is immeasurable."

Aside from trading the wintry weather of the Northeast for the summerlike climate of Egypt, Ben Yogel, James Delaney, Quentin Koffey, Matt Burkhardt and Darryl Brown will compete in two regattas: the Luxor International Regatta and the Nile International Regatta.

They will be up against some of the best junior rowers from Egypt, Ukraine, Germany and Italy, Hoffman said.

The first regatta will be in Luxor on Dec. 16, and the second in Cairo on Christmas Eve. The team will return home on Christmas Day.

The Haverford rowers were invited by the Egyptian Rowing Federation, which competed at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in October, Hoffman said.

The Haverford School also was connected with the Egyptian federation through Ransom Weaver. The Haverford competitors row at the Undine Barge Club on Boathouse Row, where Weaver used to row when he lived in the area, said Hoffman, who is the head junior coach at Undine.

Weaver is now living in Egypt and rowing with the Egyptian group that invited the Haverford team.

"This will probably be the beginning of a relationship where we go over there and they come here on an annual basis," Hoffman said. "There are already plans to have the Egyptians come here next October."

Hoffman said he would go on the trip in place of head coach Jim Barker,

because Barker had a previous commitment.

In both regattas, Haverford will race a four-man boat and a single, Hoffman said. "Our rowers are using this experience to prepare for the competition to make the U.S. national junior team," he said.

Delaney, Burkhardt and Koffey are all national champions, Hoffman said. Delaney and Koffey have won three titles and Burkhardt two, he said.

"This is a great boost to the Haverford rowing program and the school," Hoffman said. "The school and the rowers get international exposure, and kids at home are motivated to go out for the team because they see the great opportunities the team gets to showcase its talent."

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