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Varsity Program

Jackson-Reed Crew has a varsity boys and a varsity girls squad, with 30-35 athletes in each squad.   The squads practice for a fall, winter, and spring season.  Each year, there is a mandatory training program during the DCPS spring break. The varsity crew squads compete in a variety of competitive local and away regattas during the fall and spring seasons.

USRowing Membership & Waiver

USRowing membership is required for all Jackson-Reed Crew athletes. All Jackson-Reed Crew Varsity and Novice athletes are required to have an active USRowing Basic level membership and signed electronic waiver on file.

Required Forms

The forms are also available through the registration link, and you will be prompted to upload completed forms and/or sign waivers as part of the registration process.

Spring 2024 Varsity Practice Schedule

Varsity Girls Varsity Boys
Monday 4:30 - 6:30 PM 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 AM 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 AM 5:30 - 7:30 AM
Thursday 4:30 - 6:30 PM 5:30 - 7:30 AM
Friday 5:30 - 7:30 AM 5:30 - 7:30 AM
Saturday 8:30 - 10:30 AM 6:30 - 8:30 AM

Practice Schedule Winter 2023/2024

Varsity Girls Varsity Boys
Monday 4:00 - 6:00PM 4:30 - 6:30PM at TBC
Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30PM at TBC 4:00 - 6:00PM
Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00AM 4:00 - 6:00PM
Thursday 4:30 - 6:30PM at TBC 6:00 - 8:00AM
Friday 6:30 - 8:00AM 6:30 - 8:00AM
Saturday 7:00 - 11:00AM at TBC 7:00 - 9:00AM
Sunday OFF OFF

Chris Rickard

Director of Rowing and Varsity Girls Head Coach

Chris began his rowing career in 2007 with Wilson Crew. He attended Tufts University where he was a four-year varsity rower and majored in international relations. In the fall of 2015, Chris returned to Jackson-Reed to coach the Varsity Girls squad and has since led the team to consistently strong performances, notching team-first wins at the DC-area championships (WMIRA) and the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston as well as multiple medals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world’s largest high school race. Chris was also selected as the Jackson-Reed Spring Coach of the Year in 2022. When he's not coaching, Chris is a math teacher at Jackson-Reed High School and enjoys cooking and running.

Justin Nesheiwat

Varsity Boys Coach

Justin is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY where he started rowing at Poughkeepsie High on the Hudson River his sophomore year in 2007. During that time, he became fascinated with the sport and competed in several boat categories including making the NYS championship grand final in the men’s single. After high school, Justin attended Vassar College and was a member of their club rowing team where he served as team captain for two years. Over the summers between semesters, he began coaching sculling and eventually returned to serve as the men’s assistant coach for his former high school program in 2013. During that time, he coached a boys freshmen 4+ to a first place finish at the NYS championships and developed a passion for working with youth athletes. In 2016, Justin relocated to the DC area to complete his MBA at GWU. He returned to coaching as the men’s assistant coach with Jackson-Reed in 2019 and has now been the men’s head coach since the fall of 2022. Since joining Jackson-Reed Crew, he’s been able to witness and support the development of a strong varsity men’s program which produced a men’s 8+ championship at the Stotesbury Cup, SRAA’s, and a historic trip to the Royal Henley Regatta. Justin works as a financial planner in Falls Church, VA where he also lives this wife Michelle and their cat Dylan. In his free time he enjoys cooking, golfing, and board game nights with friends.

Luco Parsons

Varsity Boys Assistant Coach

Luco began rowing in 2014 with Berkeley High Crew in Berkeley, California. He attended UC Santa Barbara where he rowed all four years and was elected team president his senior year. He graduated in 2022 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and received the University Award of Distinction for leadership on the rowing team and academic achievement. In his senior season as a UCSB oarsman Luco won gold in the Men’s Varsity 4+ at the WIRA championships, took 5th place in the Men’s Collegiate 4+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta, and was nominated to the ACRA All-Region West team. In high school, he placed 13th in the nation at the 2018 Youth Nationals in the Men’s Youth 4x. When he’s not coaching Luco works as an art museum guide, and enjoys long bike rides and playing electric guitar! 

Quinlyn Spellmeyer

Varsity girls assistant coach

Quinlyn began her rowing career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, graduating in 2017. While rowing in high school, she won the Maryland State Championships four times, WMIRA League Championships three times, and won the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. She was voted Washington Post All-Met her junior and senior years at B-CC.   Quinlyn then went on to row at the University of Pennsylvania, where she rowed for 4 years and competed 1 more semester as a 5th year athlete, graduating summa cum laude in fall 2021. In the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018, Quinlyn competed with TBC Racing and earned gold, silver, and bronze medals in the U19 and U23 8+s and 4+s. She also competed in the finals at the Royal Canadian Henley in the senior straight four and eight. Quinlyn coached the varsity women at B-CC for two years, and is excited to join the Jackson-Reed team.

Katie Eidson

Coxswain Coach

Katie has been coaching the coxswains of Jackson-Reed Crew for 2 years. Most notably, she has helped the 2021 Women's Varsity 4+ to a gold medal at the Head of the Charles and the 2022 Men's Varsity 8+ to compete at the Royal Henley Regatta. Katie began rowing as a coxswain at Charlotte Youth Rowing in Charlotte, NC in 2008. She was also captain her senior year. Katie then went on to spend four years as a coxswain at Clemson University and majored in Management. She medaled in the Women's Club 4+ at the Head of the Charles in 2013 and 2015. She mainly coxed the women's 2V throughout her career at Clemson.

Katie is currently finishing a year in France where she has been supporting her partner while he completes his secondment. During this time, she has been enjoying the French way of life, traveling, and coaching the Jackson-Reed coxswains virtually!