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Ridgewood Crew is a Powerhouse at the Head of the Schuylkill, Winning Four Golds, Two Silvers, and a Bronze

Thomas Clark and Angus Jones

Angus Jones and Tommy Clark hold up their trophy after winning gold in the Men’s JV Double

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Philadelphia PA, this Halloween marked the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. Although not quite as large as the Head of the Charles, this regatta is still one of the big ones, attracting nearly 9,000 rowers and over 30,000 spectators. It was considered to be the world’s largest one day regatta, until it grew so large that it had to be separated into two days. Collegiate teams, elite teams, and masters teams race on Saturday, while highschool and club teams race on Sunday. 

Anna Mevissen and Olivia Kim

Anna Mevissen (front) and Olivia Kim (back) carrying their boat down to the dock – Photo by Mark Riedel

Ridgewood Crew absolutely blew away the competition this year with four gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal. Seven out of the nine Ridgewood boats that attended medaled. This is a massive accomplishment for the team and an incredible way to end Ridgewood’s impressive fall season. The seven medals mark a new record for Ridgewood Crew, who previously have only ever won one gold medal at this race.

Gold Medal Winners Women’s Varsity 1x – L. Riedel

Men’s JV 1x – S. Boogaert

Men’s JV 2x – A. Jones/T. Clark

Women’s Novice 1x – E. Carroll

Silver Medal Winners Women’s Novice 1x – A. Harrington

Women’s Freshman 1x – E. Mohanran

Bronze Medal Winners Women’s JV 2x – O. Kim/A. Mevissen

Emma Mohanram

Emma Mohanram’s reaction when she learns she placed second – Photo by Mark Riedel

Ridgewood Crew not only introduces participants to basic and advanced rowing techniques, but also instills and promotes character values including discipline, focus, teamwork and sportsmanship. Ridgewood Crew rowers are challenged individually and as a team. The philosophy of Ridgewood Crew is to elevate each athlete to the status of MVP. By doing so, we believe that a team of young leaders emerges. These leaders not only make fast boats, but also significant contributions toward their individual pursuits. Founded in 2004, the team rows on the Passaic River in northern NJ and competes in the sport’s premier regattas held throughout the Northeast. 

In the program’s short history, our youth, board and parent volunteers have moved Ridgewood Crew forward by leaps and bounds. That success is represented by the widespread individual and team achievements of each of the student-athletes on the roster. To facilitate that success, Ridgewood Crew continues to make investments in coaching and new equipment. The coaching staff is one of the most experienced in program history. 

Ridgewood Crew athletes compete in the Philly Flicks on the Schuylkill River as well as at the highly competitive SRAA Nationals, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia City Championships, Passaic River Northern NJ Championships and Garden State Championships. Additionally, the team’s overall performance continues to attract interest from top rowing colleges and universities including: Bucknell, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Marist, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, Trinity College, UCLA, University of Delaware, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, UPenn, University of Wisconsin, Williams, Yale, and others. 

Ridgewood Crew offers Learn-To-Row and various development programs throughout the year for students as young as 7th grade to experience what Crew is all about. Come row with us! 

For more information, to support or join the team, contact Ridgewood Crew at and on Facebook at Ridgewood Crew!

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