St. John's Jesuit High School crew coach Rod McElroy said his team's goal is to "bring home the hardware."
The Titans eight-man heavyweight team did plenty of that this fall season.St. John's
won three gold medals and two silvers in six races.But the Titans' biggest accomplishment came in late October when they actually didn't win a medal.Competing against 52 other high school and freshmen college teams at the Head of the Charles race in Boston, St. John's
took fifth place.
"The competition there is fantastic," McElroy
said of the event that attracts over 7,000 teams from around the world."But I thought we had the horses [to win it].
"We've had a lot of success.We refer to it as bringing home the hardware.We've had a lot of gold and silver medals.But this one [Head of the Charles] has eluded us."
team could have finished second if a slower boat that got in his
boat's way would have gotten out of the way as dictated by the rules.
"The slower crew is obliged to get out of the way of the crew overtaking you," he
said."That boat wouldn't get out of the way.We had to take the outside instead of inside to pass and that took a lot of time."He
also said technically his
team took third place in the high school division because two of the "high school" teams from England have rowers who are in the 13th grade.The St. John's
crew program was started in 1986 and McElroy
took over in 1990.The team consistently brings home medals, he
At the prep level, crew is in the spring and fall.The spring season features sprint events of 1,500 to 2,000 meters with six boats side-by-side.The fall season consists of head-to-head races between 2 1/2 to 3 miles.It's a race against the clock with boats launched every 10 to 20 seconds.
"The idea is to try to catch the boat in front of you and not get caught from behind," McElroy
said on a three mile course a time just under 16 minutes is very good.He
team posted that time earlier in the season and would have won the Head of the Charles
with that time.St. John's
won events in Cleveland, Cincinnati and at the Toledo Frogstown Races.The Titans took second in Dayton and Pittsburgh.He
said the team practices five days a week on the Maumee River during the season.McElroy
said the coxswain is the most important position on the boat.The coxswain steers the boat with a small rudder and by directing the rowers how hard to row.
"The coxswain is the mouthy little bugger who sits in the stern," McElroy
said."He's the coach on the boat."
The Titan's coxswain this season was John Harris IV.The senior from Holland is in his
second year as the team's "captain."
a very heady young man," McElroy
a good coxswain.He's
a bright young man who knows his
craft.He's a real student of rowing."
Here is a look at the other eight members of the Titans'
heavyweight team with their home towns and some comments from McElroy
t Senior Tim Mambort (Sylvania): "He
is being courted by Harvard
is the first rower from St. John's
to be picked for the Junior National team.He
is a very strong rower."
t Senior David Barone (Maumee): "He
is second on the boat."