CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- With 14 rowers and two coxswains back from their top three boats from last spring, the Washington College men's rowing team is primed to win its fifth Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship in six years, and third in a row.
Junior captain Ryan Miranda (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) headlines the list of returners for the Shoremen after earning All-MARC Varsity, All-ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship, and team Most Valuable honors last spring. Miranda has been a fixture in the Shoremen's first varsity eight throughout his collegiate career. Junior captain John Gould (Litchfield, Conn./The Gunnery), who has competed internationally on the World Championship level, returns as the team's top coxswain. Junior captain Mark Boissonneault (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), junior Sean Haynie (Hampstead, Md./Calvert Hall), and sophomores Zee Ali (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) and Teddy Connell (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) also return from last year's first varsity eight. Ali earned All-MARC Novice honors, while Connell was named the team's Most Improved.
Back from last spring's second varsity eight are senior captain Ben Sproule (Princeton, N.J./Princeton), senior Jack Christ (Hydes, Md./Jemicy Upper School), junior T. Ian Flinn (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), and sophomores Alexander Blue (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township) and Stuart Grosvenor (Rockville, Md./Rochard Montgomery). Blue, Christ, and Grosvenor all finished this past fall's regatta schedule in the Shoremen's first varsity eight.
All five members of the Shoremen's varsity four which competed at the ECAC National Invitational Championships last May return - sophomore coxswain Isabelle Ryan (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy), juniors Nathaniel Giblin (Cazenovia, N.Y./St. Johnsbury Academy [Vt.]) and Max Van Hoven (Reisterstown, Md./Calvert Hall) and sophomores Theo Aris (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and Brady Bosworth (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston). Giblin finished this past fall in the second varsity eight, while Aris, Bosworth, and Van Hoven finished the fall in the third varsity eight.
Another veteran rower for the Shoremen is junior Ian Briggs (Huntsville, Ala./The Gow School [N.Y.]), who returns to the team after two years away. Briggs had a strong showing in both novice and varsity boats as a freshman in 2011-12.
Among the Shoremen's top newcomers are freshmen Joe Stockburger (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and coxswain Kelly Valette (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock), the only two freshmen to compete for the Shoremen at the Head of the Charles this past fall. Stockburger finished the fall in the Shoremen's first varsity eight, while Valette finished as the coxswain of the second varsity eight. Freshmen Chris Eggstein (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial), Ethan LaLumia (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), Samson Ramasamy (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), and Jeffrey Wrobel (Henrico, Va./home school) finished the fall in the second varsity eight, while freshman coxswain Tori Swnason (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington), sophomore newcomer Joey Erlandson (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), and freshmen Anders Larson (Waterville, N..Y./Waterville) and Toby Puelo (Trumansburg, N.Y./Charles O. Dickerson) finished the fall in the third varsity eight. Swanson, LaLumia, Wrobel, Ramasamy, and Eggstein won a bronze medal in the novice four at this past fall's Head of the Schuylkill.
Sophomore newcomer coxswain Cassie DeMcCuttac (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and freshmen Tommy Heffernan (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Brandon Toth (Catonsville, Md./Mount St. Joseph) all saw time in novice boats during the fall season. Sophomore Daniel Benton (Dover, Pa./Dover) and freshman Santiago Andrade (Belleville, N.J./Belleville) are new to the team this semester.
Four-time MARC Men's Coach of the Year John Leekley '01 returns for his eight season as head coach of the Shoremen and welcomes back assistant coach Daniel Hagelberg for his second year on the staff. The Shoremen's spring schedule will feature their annual trips to the Murphy Cup (March 28th) and Knecht Cup (April 11th and 12th), a home regatta against La Salle on April 4th, and an April 18th date with WPI in Worcester, Mass. The MARC Championships are set for April 25th and the ECAC National Invitational Championships for May 10th.