Lightweight Boys 4+ at National in Sarasota, Florida

By Kate Smith

This spring 130 Lightweight Boys 4+s, hailing from all 50 states, fought for a bid to compete at USRowing’s Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Only 20 crews across the nation earned their way to the National Championship and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School attended as the fastest Boys Lightweight 4+ representing the Northeast Region.

On Friday morning, June 9th,  the CRLS 4+ came in 8th place in the time trial, qualifying them for the A/B semi-finals later in the afternoon. The weather conditions were miserably hot and humid, a stark contrast from the 48 degree and rainy weather the boys had left behind in Cambridge. With minimal rest between races, the CRLS boys ventured back onto the course for the A/B semi-final. There they faced who would be the ultimate winners of the boat division, Rye High School. After pulling themselves out of last place in the second half of the race, the CRLS boys finished 5th, narrowly missing 4th place, and qualifying themselves for Sunday’s B Final.

Saturday, June 10th, was a much needed day of rest so the boys could prepare their bodies for the biggest race of their rowing careers thus far, and in the case of stroke seat and senior, Chris Johnson-Harwitz, his final race. Major thunderstorms delayed a majority of the races on Saturday so the regatta officials were forced to alter the race schedule for Sunday. This change actually put the boys in a better position because their race was now scheduled for Sunday morning, which, as lightweights, is beneficial because the boys would not have to wait until the afternoon to weigh-in and then subsequently eat and hydrate.

On Sunday, June 11th,  as the crews lined up at the start line for their final race, nerves were high. As the starting light flashed green the crews shot out of the stake boats with lightning speed. It was the fastest start the CRLS boys had executed all week and it helped put them into a leading position with the top crews for the first 500m of the race. Soon after, Pacific began to assert their dominance over the field and the fight for second place was on. CRLS was solidly in third and making impressive moves over the other crews at 750m into the race and at the 750m to go mark. Greenwich, the other crew representing New England in the B Final, started making a move in the last 500m that CRLS powerfully fought against in the last 250m sprint. Both New England crews started to walk down the crew in 2nd place, Gonzaga College Prep, stroke by stroke, nearly pulling the crew out of its second place position.

As the crews crossed the finish line it was a photo finish between Gonzaga and Greenwich placing 2nd and 3rd respectively, with times of 6:45.717 and 6:45.865. CRLS finished a close 4th place with a time of 6:46.849, 1.132 seconds behind 2nd, and less than 5 seconds behind the winning crew, Pacific, who finished with a time of 6:42.061. CRLS’s 4th place finish in the B Final declared them the 10th fastest Boys Lightweight 4+ in the country.

The boys couldn’t be happier and we couldn’t be prouder.

 The crew is comprised of:

  • Coxswain: Thomas McNulty ’18
  • Stroke-seat : Chris Johnson-Harwitz ’17
  • 3-seat: Caleb Mitchell ’18
  • 2-seat: Harry MacArthur ’19
  • Bow-seat: Simon Leek ’19

The crew is coached by:

  • Head Coach, Kate Smith
  • Assistant Coach, Emma Conover
  • Assistant Coach, Emilio Gutierrez

The crew is supported by:

  • Novice Coach, Mary Kay Kenney
  • Novice Coach, Bill Becklean
  • Athletic Director, Tom Arria
  • The CRLS Parent Board
  • Team family members, teammates, and friends
  • Former Head Coach, Theo Pritz
  • Former Strength Coach, Brian Stephenson
  • The Cambridge Boat Club
  • Community Rowing Inc.
  • Friends of Cambridge Athletics
  • The Cambridge School Committee
  • The City of Cambridge
  • Independent donors


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New Uniform Ordering

From Jess Jackson, parent volunteer:

Although the spring crew season seems far away, now is the time to purchase crew uniforms if we want to have them in time for the season. We encourage everyone returning for a second season to buy the CRLS crew unisuit if you don’t have one already. All varsity athletes are required to own or sign up to borrow a uni. (Novice athletes wear a loaner tank top.) Note: if you buy a uni, but do not make the varsity team, we can buy back your uni and it will join our loaner supplies.

We will be ordering the unis from JL Racing. JL Racing will open a special web store for CRLS rowers; it will only be open for a week or so. I will let you know when the site goes live and what the deadline is for ordering. We need to know beforehand approximately how many athletes will be buying unis. If you are planning to buy one, please fill out this (very brief) Google form, so we know who will be buying and have a contact email for you.

The more we buy, the better the price we can get on the unis, so here is a moment when we encourage consumption! But of course it’s not required. Let me know if you need to borrow a uni [and the size] so we can set one aside for you.
Whether you are planning to buy or borrow, please let us know as soon as possible so we can be prepared for the spring season.

Thank you!

Jess Jackson
CRLS Crew parent volunteer

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Winter Training regatta registrations

From Coach Kate:

Our winter indoor regattas are coming up soon. Please make sure you register on time. For those of you doing Winter Training, you are expected to register for both regattas.

January 28th – Northeast Erg Sprints
February 12th – CRASH-B

Northeast Erg Sprints registration closes January 21st
(register for and prioritize the 2000m junior event, other events may be entered at your own discretion)
Northeast Erg Sprints Registration

CRASH-B registration closes January 20th
CRASH-B Registration

If you need assistance with registration, please email me.


Coach Kate

Head Coach,
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Crew

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Winter Training Schedule

The winter training calendar is now on the Calendar Practice page of the website.

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Winter Training Registration

From Coach Kate:

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget to sign up for Winter Training! We currently have 20 athletes registered, but we won’t be faster in the Spring if only 20% of the team increases their fitness this winter. If you’re playing a winter sport you can still join Crew Winter Training when your season ends.

Don’t make your teammates have to pull you around the river in March. Get fit. Have fun. Join Winter Training!

Parents and athletes, if you have any questions about Winter Training please reach out to me. Registration deadline is in one week! Monday, November 21st and includes a Winter Training t-shirt. Late registrations will be accepted but a $25 late fee will be applied (checks can be delivered on the first day of the athlete’s practice).

Coach Theo, Coach Emilio, and I are excited to work with our athletes this winter, so register today and get ready to dominate in the Spring.


Coach Kate

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