1990s Alums Reunite for Row on Green Lake

It was cloudy but bright on Saturday morning as a group of 1990s alums met at the boathouse for a reunion row. One had just rowed that morning with her masters teammates; others hadn’t been in a shell in more than 20 years. All of them had rowed for Coach Dave Baugh, some in the 1994 National Championship-winning eight. Now they are simply known at Green Lake as “Dave’s Girls.”

Out on the water, they started by fours and sixes, then all eight as they shook off some rust. They practiced starts, showed off by rowing one-handed, and took some power tens. There were definitely signs they were starting to click once again. There were jokes and conversations – a no-no during their old practices – and plenty of blisters. Approaching the boathouse, they all decided on one more pass around the lake. After finishing the row, they settled in at a local coffee shop to catch up with each other and reminisce about their experiences at Green Lake. 

“I really appreciated that Green Lake taught us personal responsibility,” said Laura Smith Lee. “Every day, we were out sweeping the docks. We put our own boats together, no one did it for us.” 

Missy Calkins credits coach Dave with “toughening me up for the UW, where being on the men’s team scared me every day. He helped me find my sport, my confidence. Dave brought that out of me.” 

“Dave was tough but not tough at the wrong time. We always knew that he had our backs,” said Rachel Sullivan Robinson. “He would come down to the lake with all these graphs and charts with week by week plans for us. It was nice to know someone had a plan. It showed he cared.” 

All agreed that Dave, a former UW coxswain, excelled at teaching coxswains. “He really took the time to include us coxswains, not just the rowers,” said Missy. 

Cara Lauer brought up the Me Too movement and how damaging those kinds of experiences were and are for many girls. “Our experiences were the opposite. Life trajectories were changed at Green Lake in a positive way.” 

Dave passed away in 2010, but his spirit lives on in these women. “Dave was one of the most formative people in my life,” said Laura. “I carry him with me all the time. I learned so much about growing up from Dave.”

After Dave’s passing, the women who had rowed for him created a Dave Baugh Memorial Fund to support girls in rowing. Last spring, the women came together again to raise $25,000 for the new Green Lake Community Boathouse and a new eight-oared shell dedicated in his honor. They proudly rowed the Dave Baugh on Saturday as the years melted away. 

If your group of alumni would like to plan a reunion or fundraise together for the boathouse, please get in touch. Contact Jill MacCorkle at development@greenlakecrew.org.

Green Lake Crew results from regionals

Green Lake Junior Crew joined 51 other teams on the shores of Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington May 17-19 for the US Rowing Northwest Youth Championships. Together our 145 rowers made a strong showing with many boats medaling and a few qualifying for nationals.

“Overall, we had one of our best regionals, with one of the best outings as one Green Lake team” said Coby Stites, Green Lake experienced girls’ coach.

Girls’ results

The varsity-8 lightweight boat took first place and qualified for nationals – the first time since 2011 that Green Lake Crew has qualified in this category.  Green Lake also raced two lightweight-4s in two separate races. The first lightweight-4 came in third, and the second lightweight-4 placed first.

The varsity-8 came in second, after being slightly edged out by Holy Names Academy.

“We had a rough start giving Holy Names a four-seat lead at the start,” said Stites. “We made up for it by coming in second — only 1.5-seconds behind Holy Names.”

Despite the second place finish, the varsity-8 qualified for nationals – extending Green Lake Crew’s long record of qualifying for nationals in this category. 

Green Lake also raced two varsity-4s, placing second and first, respectively.

 “The 3V and 4V squads raced very well,” Stites added. “They really finished the season on a high note.”

Green Lake novice girls also raced extremely well and made a good showing at their first regionals.

See all the race results from regionals.

Boys’ results

“The boys’ team had a great end to the regular season,” said Scott Selfridge, head boys’ coach. “They are well positioned for next year after competitive finishes in almost every event.”

The varsity and junior varsity boats made a great showing at regionals. Despite a disappointing result in the varsity-8, they finished second in the varsity-4, and fourth in the varsity-quad.

“We are lucky this year to continue onto nationals in the four,” said Selfridge. “Then we will return to Seattle for a short week before boarding another plane bound for the Henley Royal Regatta, in the UK.”

The junior varsity finished second in their race with an impressive sprint in the last 500 meters.  They will accompany the varsity boat to Henley in June.

The third and fourth varsity boats finished fourth and second, respectively, in their events against some very tough and competitive teams.

“This ends an incredible year for these two boats, who raced hard and really matured throughout the season,” said Selfridge. “Big things lay ahead for this group next year.”

The novice boys raced hard and finished their season strong. They finished second in the first novice event — in a timed final due to weather conditions. The second and third novice-8s also raced in a timed final, placing third and fifth, respectively, in a ten-boat event.

“It’s been a great year so far, and certainly a lot of fun. We still have work to do, and the boys are fired up to finish strong, said Selfridge. “Thank you to all the seniors for your hard work, and dedication! To the guys coming back next year – ‘any seat, any boat, any time!’” 

See all the race results from regionals.

No food, no medals

A “volunteer” naps after a shift washing dishes

What powers our rowers to push themselves during competition? A team of parent volunteers serving nutritious meals in the Green Lake Crew food tent. Headed up by Emily Marks and Patty Finney, this year the parents prepared four meals for regionals: Breakfast on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot of meals, but actually it’s weeks of preparation and a day-plus of shopping,” said Marks.

The volunteers also transformed a large tent space into an outdoor kitchen featuring two grills, a food preparation area, a dish washing station and buffet serving area.

“At regattas, there is a lot of down time in between my daughter’s races,” said Erika Hermanson, parent of an experienced girl. “Working in the food tent is a great way to pass the time – all while working with a fun group of parents and getting to know the kids on the team.”

All lanes lead to nationals

The girls’ varsity-8 and varsity lightweight-8, and the boys’ varsity-4 will represent Green Lake Crew at the 2019 US Rowing Youth National Championships, June 6-9 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.

“While all Northwest programs root for one another at nationals, we want to be the fastest crew in the Northwest” said Stites.  “Our friends from Holy Names have provided the girls a level of motivation we would not have gotten on our own.”

Nationals: Watch live-streamed races or view race schedules

Although the race schedule has not been finalized, here is the tentative schedule (all times are Eastern Daylight Time and are approximate):

Thursday, June 6 – Time Trials

  • 10:40 a.m. — Men’s 4+
  • 12:16 p.m. — Women’s Lightweight 8+
  • 12:52 p.m. — Women’s 8+

Friday, June 7 – Repecharges

  • 10:40 a.m. — Men’s 4+
  • Noon — Women’s Lightweight 8+
  • Noon(ish) — Women’s 8 (after women’s lightweight 8+)

Saturday, June 8 – Semifinals

  • 10:40 a.m. — Men’s 4+
  • 11:15 a.m. — Women’s Lightweight 8+
  • 11:45 a.m. — Women’s 8+

Sunday, June 9 — Finals

  • 9:40 a.m. — Men’s 4+ — 9:40 a.m.
  • 10:40 a.m. — Women’s Lightweight 8+
  • 10:50 a.m. — Women’s 8+

Brentwood Results

Under blue skies the Green Lake Junior Crew made an impressive showing at the 49 th Annual Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island last weekend. However, the skies over Mill Bay were deceiving as the wind kicked up each day causing significant delays and race cancellations.

“(At Brentwood) it is very frequent that you can’t race,” said Coby Stites, Green Lake experienced girls’ coach. “But there’s not another regatta that handles weather better than this regatta. No one is immune to the weather. It’s a testament to our strong team that takes what it gets and makes the most of it.”

Girls’ Results

Regrettably for the girls’ team, the novice-8, junior varsity-8 and the U17 lightweight-8, a blend of novice and experienced, were not able to row this weekend due to wind. The varsity quad did not advance.

However, the varsity-4 and junior varsity-4 (both rowing the Jim Beaulaurier ), and the varsity lightweight-8 (in the Dave Baugh) – a late add to the 3V-8 race –were victorious.

The U17-8 also was triumphant in the Dave Baugh. Despite a collision at 1:15. Our coxswain remained calm and got the girls back into the race. The boat won after protesting interference.

The varsity-8 brought home gold rowing the Lenny Kong III for the fourth year in a row.

While Bainbridge Island won the overall points trophy, Green Lake girls made a strong showing coming in second. 

Boys’ Results

The boys, on the other hand, were able to finish more races than the girls. The second novice-8 placed fourth. The 4V placed sixth in the 3V event and the varsity-8 placed third.

The first novice-8, 3V-8 (rowing the Nat Hopper II) and junior varsity-8 (rowing the Jean K. LaFromboise) each won their respective races.

With such a strong finish, the boys’ team won the Brentwood overall points trophy. 

An Eye Toward Regionals

After Brentwood there is a lot of excitement building for Regionals, which will be held May 16-19 in Vancouver, Washington.

According to Scott Selfridge, Green Lake experienced boys’ coach, the team will continue to follow their mantra of ‘Any seat. Any boat. Anytime.’

“(The boys) have a lot of momentum heading into regionals,” said Selfridge. “I’d like to see the 3V and junior varsity boys win, have the varsity boys qualify for nationals, and watch the novices continue their regional dominance.”

Stites says the girls are ready for regionals with the 3V and 4V crews surging and picking up speed all the time. The junior varsity boat has had a challenging season, but they are planning to step it up at regionals. The varsity boat is also positioned well for regionals. What’s more, Stites says Green Lake has the “strongest lightweight boat in years and years and years”.

“That’s what I love about our Regionals,” says Stites. “There’s an event for everyone. ”

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