Crew - Girls 2nd Team



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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.


  • Head Coach

    Kathy Palmer Smith ’88 is pleased to be back at her alma mater. A long-time early childhood educator, Kathy is a part-time field teacher at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. She is eager to support Brooks crew in many ways off and on the water. Kathy rowed for the Brooks varsity and for Yale.

  • Assistant and Coxswain Coach

    Abby Perelman is a graduate of Tufts University, where she coxed the women's varsity crew team. Following graduation, she taught history, served as a house counselor and coached girls crew at Phillips Academy.