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Freshman/Novice Program

Interested in Rowing?

Each year, Jackson-Reed Crew recruits new rowers and coxswains from any grade level for its competitive novice program. The boys and girls novice squads have 20-30 athletes each. 

What are we looking for?

  • Academic ambition: You want to join a team that excels in the classroom.
  • Work ethic: You love to train and get better every day.
  • Team attitude: You want to push and be pushed by your teammates to achieve group goals.
  • Athletic background: You are competitive and coachable as an athlete and work hard to win

The Swim Test

All athletes new to Jackson-Reed Crew must take a swim test.

Exceptions are allowed for athletes who previously passed a swim test for the 8th grade Learn-to-Row program and athletes who would rather wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water. 

Athletes should wear wear non-cotton athletic clothing for the test.

● Part 1: Swim 100 yards with any stroke or combination of strokes without stopping or hanging on the ends or lane lines.  Speed and form do not matter.

● Part 2: Tread water for 5 minutes

If you fail the swim test, you can still participate in Jackson-Reed Crew but you will have to wear an approved PFD at all times when you are on the water.  Once you feel your swimming abilities and/or fitness have improved enough, inform your coach and he/she will setup another swim test.

Swim instruction resources:

DC Parks and Recreation - Learn to Swim Programs

National Capital Swim School


2019 SRAA Freshman 8 Grand Finals - 4th Place

Fall 2002 Practice Schedule

The freshmen/novice squads will begin the fall season with a few practices at Jackson-Reed High School to learn more about the sport before transitioning to practices at Thompson Boat Center.  However, as  weather can be unpredictable, athletes should monitor team communications for notification from coaches of any changes in practice location or time.

  • Wed 8/31 - @ Jackson-Reed atrium from 4:30-5:30pm - first practice
  • Thurs 9/1 - @ Jackson-Reed atrium 4:30-5:30pm
  • Fri 9/2 - @ TBC 4:30-6:30pm (Varsity athletes will escort to bus stop)
  • Tues 9/6 - @ TBC 4:30-6:30pm
  • Wed 9/7 - Swim test for new athletes (TBD) or practice @ TBC 4:30-6:30pm for those who participated in the 8th grade Learn-To-Row program
  • Thurs 9/8 - @ TBC 4:30-6:30pm 
  • Fri 9/9 - @ TBC 4:30-6:30pm
  • Mon 9/12 - Start normal practice schedule, as noted below
  Frosh/Novice Girls Frosh/Novice Boys
Monday OFF 4:30-6:30PM
Tuesday 5:30-7:30AM 4:30-6:30PM
Wednesday 4:30-6:30PM 4:30-6:30PM
Thursday 4:30-6:30PM 4:30-6:30PM
Friday 4:30-6:30PM 4:30-6:30PM
Saturday 7:30-9:30AM OFF
Sunday OFF OFF

 

 

Natalie Clark

Freshmen/Novice Girls Head Coach

Natalie began rowing in 2008 at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Connecticut, where she won medals at both the Head of the Charles and USRowing Youth National Championships and served as Captain during her Senior year.  She then rowed varsity for four years at Georgetown University, similarly spending her Senior Year as captain.  She graduated in May of 2018 with a BS in Global Health. 

She began coaching with Wilson Crew in 2018, leading the Freshman Girls while also assisting the Varsity Girls. She led the Freshman Girls through a successful Spring season, where they finished second at the WMIRA Championships and fourth at Scholastic Nationals in Ohio.

When she’s not at the boathouse, Natalie is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.

Kaley Concannon

Assistant Freshmen/Novice Girls Coach

Kaley Concannon started rowing during her junior year of high school at the Culver Academies. From there, she rowed at Stetson University where she was made part of the Second Team All-Conference at MAAC in 2019 and MAAC's 40th Anniversary Team in 2020. She has a soft spot for sculling after many Sundays in a single alongside the gators on Lake Beresford and its rivers connecting to the St. Johns. After graduating from Stetson in 2019 with a BS in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Kaley went on to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and teach English before being evacuated in March 2020. This led to her move to the DC area where she joined the Wilson coaching staff in fall of 2020.

When not at the boathouse, Kaley works for the US Forest Service as a Management and Program Analyst. 

Raymond Sanders


Raymond Sanders

Freshmen/Novice Boys Head Coach

Raymond began his rowing career in 2012 with Sagamore Rowing Association, in Long Island, New York. He attended George Washington University where he was a four-year varsity rower, and is currently earning his masters and rowing for George Washington.
 
At GW, Raymond walked on to the team in the fall of 2018. He achieved 9th place in the third varsity at the 2021 IRA National Championship, and this past year sat 2-seat of the varsity eight while winning the 2022 ACRA National Championship. 
 
When he's not coaching, Raymond is interning in the healthcare administration field.

Carlo Price

Freshmen/Novice Boys Assistant coach

Carlo Price began rowing at Jackson-Reed in 2017 while a student at the high school.   While rowing there he won WMIRA as a novice, and placed 5th at SRAAs in the lightweight 8 category. While he was studying at Hofstra University, Carlo decided to move back closer to home to pursue his academics. In 2022 he joined his former team as a coach for the freshman men’s team. 
 
While he is not coaching, he can be found studying to obtain his real estate license, or trying out coffee shops around the DMV.