Crew - Girls 1st Team
Crew - Girls 1st Team
From its perch on the banks of Lake Cochichewick, Brooks enjoys a deep and successful history in the sport of rowing. Established when the school first opened in 1926, the crew program instantly became a strong force and continues to be a regular leader in the interscholastic league (NEIRA) of coxed fours. Our rowers often go on to compete for Division I and Division III college programs, and among our alumni we have several national team and Olympic rowers. A spring sport at Brooks, the regular rowing season begins in late February and concludes with the New England Interscholastic Regatta in late May. With an elite-quality fleet of coxed fours in our two boathouses (eight boats for boys and eight boats for girls) right on the campus property and the recent addition of a state-of-the-art indoor rowing facility for in-season and out-of-season training, the crew program is well poised to develop rowers and coxswains from novices to highly competitive athletes seeking to further their rowing in college and beyond.
The coaching team at Brooks is highly focused on the development of the individual and team. Many are full time members of the Brooks community, augmented each spring by additional coaches from the Boston area.
Christopher "Tote" Smith joined the Brooks faculty as a teacher and Director of Rowing in the summer of 2016. Tote learned the sport of rowing under Lightweight Coach Andy Card at Yale University, where he was fortunate to be part of two varsity crews with undefeated regular seasons in 1990 and 1991, the first of which also claimed both the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships. Having coached the Brooks JV girls under the leadership of former Director of Rowing Sally Morris in 2003, he now brings back to Brooks nine years' experience as assistant and four years as head rowing coach at Salisbury School, where the varsity eight medaled in three of the past six NEIRA championships, including a gold and back-to-back National Schools Championship in 2016. He is excited to be back at Brooks and looks forward to working with rowers and coaches to further develop both the girls' and boys' programs.
A graduate of Connecticut College with a B.A. in environmental science in 2012, Justine originally came to campus to assist the Brooks girls rowing program in 2013. She brings to the program her valuable experience in varsity-level rowing both at Tabor Academy and on the Thames River at Connecticut College. Now a full-time faculty member in the science department, teaching physics and biology. At Brooks, she has coached at many levels in the girls rowing program, from novices up to the top varsity boats.