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Radnor: A Winning Crew



Fast Facts:

  • Our club started in 1996.
  • We’re a varsity sport at Radnor High School in Radnor, PA.
  • We’re a tax-exempt, non-profit organization .  All donations are tax deductible.
  • Our primary source of funding is seasonal dues, augmented by fundraising efforts and financial support from the school district.
  • Our club is run by parent volunteers.
  • We’re among the top public school rowing programs in the Philadelphia region.
  • We row out of the Whitemarsh Boat Club in Conshohocken.
  • We are one of the largest teams at Radnor High School.
  • Our boats have advanced to Nationals in all recent seasons, finishing as high as second place.

Link to RGCC Google Calendar

About Us

Overview

The Radnor Girls Crew Club is recognized as a club sport with the endorsement of Radnor High School. We are supported through our seasonal dues and are governed by a board comprised of parent volunteers. We have requested and receive financial support from the Radnor Township School Board on a per athlete basis.  This only provides a small portion of our required funding, which is why we must charge dues.

As a volunteer organization, the support and involvement of our parents is critical to the continued success of our club. Club meetings are held once a month through the school year, usually scheduled on the second Tuesday at 7pm in the Black Box at Radnor High School.  Please plan on attending these meetings and learning how your participation can make the club even more successful.  Rowers and parents are invited to attend.

Our team races in boats with either eight or four seats (categorized as "sweep" rowing), in several racing categories -- Freshman, Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Within those categories, we also row in a lightweight division. In addition, each boat has what is called a coxswain who sits at the back controlling the boat, as well as directing and motivating the athletes during both practice and races.

Most of our regattas occur during the spring season.  Our spring races are 1,500 meters long and take place in different locations. Our first spring races are called the "Manny Flicks" and are held down by Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River [link to Competitions: Getting There], as are the PSRA City Championships, Robert White Regatta (freshmen only) and a nationally recognized regatta called the Stotesbury Cup Regatta – the largest high school rowing event in the world. We are also often invited to invitational races in locations such as Delaware and New Jersey.  Any fall races typically will involve our varsity and JV boats, and fewer boats usually participate in these races than in the spring races.  However, the fall season is an important opportunity for athletes to hone their skills and prepare for the spring racing season.

In the spring of 1996, two Radnor High School students expressed an interest in forming a crew team. With the help of Villanova University's Varsity Women's Crew Coach, Jack St. Clair, and the support of Radnor High School staff, parents and students, a team was born.

We've come a long way since 1996.  We've built a competitive team comprising approximately 40-50 athletes and now require try-outs for first-time athletes.  The Radnor Girls Crew Club is among the top ranked public school girls' sweep teams in the Philadelphia area.  During the 2009 Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association season, our club was at the top of that ranking and placed third amongst all teams.

For more information on our successes as a team, view our season highlights.

The mission of the Radnor Girls Crew Club is to develop young student-athletes that are well-versed and prepared in the athletic arena and to develop strong character and life skills in our women.  We strive to provide a highly competitive environment for our athletes to excel.  We aim to create a rewarding experience for all athletes on the team, whatever their level may be.

It is important that our young women be successful in their futures.  Our focus remains the overall development, safety, and well-being of our athletes.  We accomplish this with a wide variety of teaching tools, parent resources, and an overall competitive atmosphere.  Positive teamwork and sportsmanship are required for the success of not only our individual athletes but for the overall success of our team.

Coaches...

 

Helen Goodroad
Head Coach

Helen has eleven years of coaching experience at the Division 1 level. She has served in both the head and assistant coaching positions at The George Washington University, before making the move to Princeton University, where she has spent the past seven years. At Princeton, Helen's primary role was recruiting and coaching the NCAA fours event contributing to their success with two Ivy League titles and team bids to the NCAA championships seven years in a row. Before coaching, Coach Goodroad rowed for Brown University, where she was team captain and named one of Brown's greatest athletes of the century. Her crews won two Ivy titles and a National Championship. In addition to her collegiate success, Coach Goodroad won the U23 World Championships, competed in four World Championships, and made the 2000 Olympic Team as an alternate.

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Liz Miller
First Assistant Coach

Liz has many years of both rowing experience and coaching at the high school level. Most recently Liz was Varsity Girls Coach at Harriton High School, with great results, including championships at SRAA Nationals (V4+) and second place at Stotesbury Cup Regatta (V4+)). Before coaching Liz had success as a varsity rower at the University of Miami in both V8+ and V4+ crews, as well as success in high school, rowing for Harriton as well as at the US Rowing Mid-Atlantic Junior Women's Development Camp. Coach Miller continues rowing today with the Whitemarsh Boat Club.

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Brittany Adell
Second Assistant Coach

Coach "Britt" began her rowing career at Temple in 2009. She was Co-Captain her senior year and lead the team to a top five finish at last year's Dad Vail Regatta, their best finish since 1997. While at Temple, Brittany received the team's Inspirational and Dedication Awards. In the summer of 2012 Brittany was a member of the Vesper Under 23 team that won the points trophy at US Rowing Club Nationals. After completing her collegiate rowing career Brittany began coaching at Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club. She worked with the novice women, introducing them to the sport and helping them prepare for their first regatta.

 

Board & Committees

The Radnor Girls Crew Club is governed by a board comprised of parent volunteers. As a volunteer organization, the support and involvement of our parents and athletes is critical to the continued success of our club.

The support of parents is critical to the success of the RGCC.  There are many opportunities to help (list of volunteer opportunities).  Please attend the monthly parent meetings at the Radnor High School to learn more and respond to appeals for assistance.  And come out to the regattas!

Position

Name (Athlete/Year)

Phone

Email

President/
Board Member

Elizabeth Lowy
(Susanna '14)

    (610) 772-3259 C     (610) 975-0741 H

RGCCpresident@radnorcrew.org

Vice President/
Board Member

Tony Cardamone
(Claudia '15)

610-999-5555 C

RGCCvp@radnorcrew.org

Secretary/
Board Member

Bobbie Clopine
(Riley '16)

(610) 551-9680 C

RGCCsecretary@radnorcrew.org

Secretary/
Board Member

Tina Chardonnet
(Annabelle '15)

(610) 952-7984 C

RGCCsecretary@radnorcrew.org

Treasurer/
Board Member

Greg McNicholas
(Margot '16)

(610) 520-2437 H

RGCCtreasurer@radnorcrew.org

Fundraising Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCCfundraising@radnorcrew.org

Communications Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCCcommunications@radnorcrew.org

Alumnae Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCCalumnae@radnorcrew.org

Hospitality Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCChospitality@radnorcrew.org

Spiritwear Chair

       Kim Chase       (Olivia ' 16)

 

RGCCgear@radnorcrew.org

Banquet Chair

Missy Parkin
(Celia '13)

(610) 308-8023

RGCCbanquet@radnorcrew.org

Nationals Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCCnationals@radnorcrew.org

Youth Nationals Chair

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

 

RGCCnationals@radnorcrew.org

Financial Review

Open for 2013-14
Volunteer!

RGCCreview@radnorcrew.org

Puddles Newsletter

  Kim Chapin    (Maddie '14)

(215) 805-4722

Puddles@radnorcrew.org

Team Photos

Coordinated by RBCC this year
Volunteer for next year!

RGCCteamphotos@radnorcrew.org

Webmaster

      Glenn Hughes      (Jill '16)

(610) 316-6705

RGCCwebmaster@radnorcrew.org

Head Coach

Helen Goodroad

 

 

Assistant Coach

Liz Miller

 

 

Assistant Coach

Britt Adell

 

 

Senior Captain

Nina Luker

 

 

Senior Captain

Maddie Macrone

 

 

Senior Captain

Griffin Rauscher

 

 

 

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Tax Exempt

As a self-funded non-profit organization, we must rely on the financial support of individuals and corporate sponsors to further our mission to develop young student-athletes.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the RGCC.  We offer various sponsorship opportunities, including naming rights for our valuable capital equipment (boats and oars).  You may also make a donation online.  Thank you for your support!

The Radnor Girls Crew Club is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  As such, all donations made to the club are fully tax deductible.  (This does not include dues or other payments for which goods and services are received except to the extent the payment exceeds the value of the goods or services received.)

We are also recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a tax exempt organization, exempting us from Pennsylvania sales tax.

 

Bylaws

We are governed by a board of directors operating in accordance with written bylaws.  All athletes and parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the club's bylaws.