Crew - Girls 2nd Team
Crew - Girls 2nd Team
Rowing at Brooks School on beautiful Lake Cochichewick has a rich and successful history. Established when the school first opened in 1926, the boys crew program instantly became a strong force and continues to be a leader in the interscholastic league. Our rowers often go on to row in college and among our alumni, we have several national team and Olympic rowers.
A spring sport at Brooks, the rowing season begins in late February and concludes with the New England Interscholastic Regatta in May. With an elite-quality fleet of four-person racing shells in our two boathouses (eight boats for boys and eight boats for girls) right on the campus property, our state-of-the-art rowing tanks, ergometers and a weight room, the crew program is well supplied to provide a top-notch racing experience. A unique feature to rowing at Brooks School is the strong tradition of support between the boys and girls teams. The crews share a boathouse, sometimes organizing time trials between the squads, and the athletes learn to respect the efforts of novice as well as veteran rowers of both genders. The coaches are dedicated and experienced athletes themselves with a love of rowing, competition and the outdoors.
Rowers may elect to stay in shape during the fall and winter seasons through competing in their choice of fall and winter sports, while older athletes occasionally opt for personal conditioning through the fall and winter club program. Most rowers begin their rowing career as novices upon arrival to our campus and while we do have an increasing number of rowers exposed to crew through local clubs or eighth-grade rowing programs, we build our teams on the shoulders of students who are dedicated, show a passion for hard work and love to compete. At present, we have former athletes rowing in the following collegiate programs: Navy, MIT, Trinity, Bates and Holy Cross.
Christopher "Tote" Smith joined the Brooks faculty as a teacher and Director of Rowing in the summer of 2016. Smith 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 2nd 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 championships 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.