Jefferson Crew Wins Gold at States

Jefferson Crew Wins Gold at States


The Thomas Jefferson Men’s First 8 receives gold medals. Front, holding Eric Rothstein trophy, coxswain Raj Goel (Herndon). Back row, from left, Stephen Mathews, Chris Rutley, Chris Gear, Nolan Pollack, Nader Al-Naji, Patrick Collard, Colin Haas, Phil Grisdela.

For the Jefferson Colonials, last Saturday’s Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship had a special significance. The regatta included a ceremony in memory of former Jefferson rowing coach Eric Rothstein, who was killed in 2001. Driven by their desire to honor Rothstein and to continue their decade long winning streak, Thomas Jefferson’s Men’s Varsity 8 quickly took the lead in the finals and raced to a gold medal finish. Also finishing in first place for Jefferson were the Women’s 2nd 8 and the Men’s 3rd. Taking home silver for the Colonials were the Men’s 2nd 8 and Women’s 3rd 8. Next week, TJ will compete in Philadelphia for the prestigious Stotesbury Cup, with the Men’s Varsity 8 and Women’s 2nd 8 defending their championship titles.