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June 1, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vesper Boat Club outrowed its opposition by more than two boat lengths in winning the women's open eight feature of the Middle States Regatta in rainy, misty weather yesterday on the Schuylkill. Vesper led all the way on the placid river and covered the 2,000-meter course with a slight tail wind in 5 minutes, 1.9 seconds. Seated in the Vesper shell were Beth Dean, bow; Beth Mathiowetz, No. 2; Carol Jacobi, 3; Britta Manskopf, 4; Marjorie Riemer, 5; Cathy Flinn, 6; Deb Yeomans, 7; Meg Allen, stroke, and Tamatha Kuenz, coxswain.
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August 31, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Red and blue hatchet blades propelled the Vesper Boat Club eight to victory over the San Diego Rowing Club shell yesterday as the three-day U.S. Masters National Rowing Championships ended on the Cooper River in Pennsauken. In the 1,000-meter race for oarsmen between 36 and 37 1/4 years of age, moving across rough, sun-speckled water with the help of a strong tail wind, Vesper was timed in 2 minutes, 54.84 seconds and San Diego in 2:59.19. Mount Baker Masters of Seattle was third in 3:06.
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August 26, 2005 | By Michael D. Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The oars caught the water in a strong, silky cadence that pleased the discerning eye of Michiel Bartman. As the racing shell swept along the Schuylkill on a recent evening, Bartman motored alongside in a launch, shouting instructions through a white megaphone, urging the rowers to "get a little more legs and less back" into their stroke. The four women on the oars, their faces frozen in concentration, translated his instructions into powerful rhythm. And with every smooth stroke, they moved the storied Vesper Boat Club a little closer to regaining its prominence as a center of elite rowing.
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November 29, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Mike Teti, newly appointed coach of the U.S. Rowing Team, yesterday became the first oarsman to win the Schuylkill Navy Cross Country Run nine times in the history of the race, dating to 1899. In a field of 92, Teti overcame pace-setting Frank Rowe of the Undine Barge Club late in the 93d annual race and outran him by 4.1 seconds. Teti, 40, assistant varsity rowing coach at Princeton University and a Vesper Boat Club rower, broke his own record of eight victories. He finished the East River Drive course, of 5 5/8 miles, in 31 minutes, 17 seconds.
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September 24, 2008 | The Inquirer Staff
St. Joseph's Prep yesterday named Jim Glavin as its new crew coach. He replaced longtime coach Bill Lamb, who resigned earlier this month to pursue business opportunities. Glavin, a 1965 Prep graduate, has had a long coaching career, dating to the early 1970s, when he led the Baldwin School to a National Junior Girls' Championship. Since then, he has been a coach for the Vesper Boat Club, St. Joseph's University, and United States Rowing, among others. Most recently, he was the freshman/novice coach at Mount St. Joseph's Academy - the squad won the National Freshman Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006 - and the Vesper Boat Club, where he served as the director of the club's technical camp for varsity-caliber high school rowers.
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June 5, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vesper Boat Club beat the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club by 2 1/2 lengths in the women's quad race of the Middle States Regatta yesterday on the Schuylkill. In another race, St. Joseph's Prep crew outraced Undine Barge Club by 2 3/4 lengths to win the boys' junior four with coxswain in 6:58.0.
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September 2, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians Carl Viola of the Undine Barge Club and Ginny Kaufman of the Vesper Boat Club won the mixed-doubles title in the World Masters Rowing Championships yesterday in Key Biscayne, Fla. They rowed the 1,000-meter course in 3 minutes, 38 seconds to win by three- quarters of a boat length. Canada was second in 3:41.0 and Italy third in 3:52.0. The championships drew 1,500 rowers from 25 countries.
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September 8, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Isabel Bohn, an amputee who once represented the Bachelors Barge Club and the Vesper Boat Club, won one race and finished second in two others yesterday in the 15th annual Bayada Regatta for disabled rowers on the Schuylkill. Representing the Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled, Bohn and Judy Bork won the 1,000-meter pairs in 7 minutes, 10.13 seconds. Later, Bohn and Andy Squires finished second in a close mixed-pairs race at 500 meters to Tina Ament of Washington and Ron Fox of Philadelphia.
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July 21, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Vesper Boat Club won the girls' eight-oared race by a narrow margin over the Bachelors Barge Club crew in one of the tightest finishes yesterday of the Philadelphia Youth (18-and-under) Regatta. Racing against a strong head wind, the two boats battled almost neck-and-neck entering the homestretch, with Vesper holding a slight lead. Vesper crossed the line a couple of feet ahead and less than a second in front of Bachelors Barge. Vesper finished the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 16.84 seconds.
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July 16, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Penn AC outrowed the Occoquan, Va., crew by more than three boat lengths in the boys' junior eight-oared race of the Schuylkill Navy Youth Regatta in yesterday's intense heat on the Schuylkill. Penn AC covered the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 49.04 seconds. Occoquan was timed in 5:02.14. Potomac Boat Club won a similar race for girls in 5:23.32, beating Vesper Boat Club by a wide margin. Penn AC nipped Occoquan by two-tenths of a second in the boys' eight-oared dash at 500 yards.
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July 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When rowers from Vesper Boat Club lower their shells into the Schuylkill for morning workouts, the routine is the same. Whether recreational or racers, they pull north and glide under the Girard Bridge, the Railroad Bridge, and the Columbia Bridge before bending slightly east to pass the grandstand just beyond their left shoulders. From there, they can pick out the silent, bronze rower who watches them go by, and that is John B. Kelly Sr., whose three Olympic gold medals make him the most accomplished Vesper racer in the 150-year history of the club.
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October 27, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This article has been corrected. A previous version misspelled the name of Mirka Knapkova as Irka Knapkova. Kjetil Borch, a single sculler from Norway, saw the richest prize in his sport close to his grasp Saturday on the Schuylkill - and then he found out the Schuylkill had a little more adventure left for him. Out in front of the reigning world singles champion, with the reigning Olympic champion also in range, and a $10,000 first prize...
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October 24, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
All the baloney about winning and losing could wait. Emory Clark only felt glad not to be rowing anymore. That's how Clark described in his diary the end of the gold medal race of the 1964 Olympics, when a boat out of Philadelphia got to stop first. Clark remembered the "groove of pain" he was in that darkened October evening just outside Tokyo, how relieved he was that the United States Olympic eight didn't have to find another gear, another "more exquisite level" of pain to upset the heavily favored Germans.
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October 21, 2014
Dotty Brown is a former Inquirer editor who is writing a book on the history of Boathouse Row for Temple University Press Every year, thousands of people pound down the paved backbone of the city in the sweaty exuberance of the Broad Street Run. Next weekend, in another extraordinary test of athleticism and determination open to all, the sound will be the beating of oars down a different city artery - the Schuylkill. Rowing out their hearts and lungs in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta will be more than 80 categories of rowers sorted by age, sex, and ability, from high school teenagers and college freshmen to committed athletes striving for world competition to masters rowers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and, yes, 80s. Also racing will be gold-medal Olympic champions from New Zealand and top rowers from Norway, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
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October 26, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vicky Opitz promised her partner, Kerry Simmonds, at least one thing: They won't crash. The two are world-champion rowers, world-record holders, and with any luck, future Olympians. And when they dip their oars in the Schuylkill early Saturday morning, they'll be something else, too: rookies. Opitz and Simmonds, who usually row in the eight, will compete together as a pair for the first time at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. "I know the Schuylkill pretty well," Opitz said.
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July 19, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colleen Wohlrab was immersed in her morning workout on the Schuylkill when a woman rowed up next to her. The woman wanted to know: Was she from Vesper Boat Club? Was she going to the Under-23 World Championships in Austria? Wohlrab told her that she was. There were more in training, actually, a small flotilla of them on the river. For the summer, the Schuylkill has become the de facto national team training center for the under-23 lightweight women's class. At the U.S. trials in June, Vesper swept all three races - four, double, and single - to qualify seven athletes for the Under-23 World Championships, which begin Wednesday in Linz.
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October 29, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has become an annual tradition that continued with another victory by a group of rowers whose friendship was spurred by their sport. With the weather cooperating, John Strotbeck, Tony Horvat, Brooks Reinhard, and Kirk Beckman, representing the Vesper Boat Club on a team called Belly's For Brickwood, won the men's masters fours with coxswain during Sunday's Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The coxswain was Jeremy Katz, a junior at Lower Merion High School, where Beckman is the head coach.
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October 15, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Alexis Franklin and her fellow members of Vesper Boat Club's over-55 women's eight, a disappointing day on the Schuylkill was still a good time for all. The crew did not produce its best time at Saturday's Navy Day Regatta, but the women remained positive heading into next weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The boat has rowers from Virginia, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, some of whom wake up as early as 4 a.m. to travel to Philadelphia for practices and competitions.
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January 3, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was president of the Vesper Boat Club in 1977 and 1978, and, after he turned 60, he helped win several international rowing titles for the United States. But "Gus" Constant might be best remembered as the man who championed women in men's rowing clubs on the Schuylkill, an effort that he himself found daunting. Constantine Constant, 85, of East Falls, died of Parkinson's disease on Christmas at the hospice of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. Brian Colgan, Vesper president in 1990 and 1991, said Vesper was the first men's club on the Schuylkill to admit women.
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May 14, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mile and a half down river from the starting line at the 73d Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the members of the Temple men's varsity heavyweight eight crew are in their sanctuary - the circular front room on the second floor of the stately Vesper Boat Club along the Schuylkill. They are swapping stories and sharing laughs, trying to work out the nerves before they shove off and row up river about 4,500 meters toward the starting line for the qualifying heat that will begin at 10:25 a.m. "It's really good to have some time when it's quiet and there's no one you know trying to talk to you," Scott Waters, the Owls senior bowman, said Friday.
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