By James Greene
Special to GoHolyCross.com
The Holy Cross men's rowing team continues
preparing for the 2009-2010 season. Thanks to the leadership of
second-year head coach Todd Pearson and two senior
co-captains, the team is prepared to participate in four meets over
four weekends this fall before retreating to the rowing tanks at
the Hart Center for winter training.
Pearson has tabbed seniors D.J. Estes and Dan McGlinn as this year's captains. Estes joined the team as a freshman walk-on, having been a three-sport athlete at Falmouth (Mass.) H.S. He was a member of the first Holy Cross freshmen eight to row at the Eastern Sprints, finishing 14th in 2007. He spent his sophomore year as a member of the second varsity eight, then split time between the varsity eight and second varsity eight last year as a junior. McGlinn was a member of the same freshmen boat as Estes in 2006-2007. As a sophomore, he rowed with the men's varsity eight that finished 15th at the Eastern Sprints and competed at the IRA National Regatta. He also competed with the varsity eight last season.
"It was quite an honor to be named captain, especially as I started rowing as a novice here at Holy Cross," Estes said. "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to push the team to its limits and doing whatever it takes to get everyone focused on winning races."
Pearson already knows what he wants out of his leaders. "First and foremost, I'm hoping they lead by example," he said of his captains. "We hope they set the tone in terms of their work ethic and their approach to practice and racing, particularly for the freshmen, but for the sophomores and the whole team as well."
The team also boasts an emerging young nucleus. Sophomores Tom Gallant and Peter Dwyer both participated in the 2009 U.S. National Team Freshman Camp during the summer. Dwyer was involved in the camp's sessions at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club in Philadelphia, Pa., while Gallant headed west to the California Rowing Club in Oakland, Calif. Both rowed as members of the freshmen eight last season. Their boat finished 18th at the Eastern Sprints and 18th at the Green Monster Regatta. They also boasted a six-second win over Bucknell during the regular season.
The 2009 fall schedule begins with Holy Cross hosting the Snake Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester (Oct. 10), followed by the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston (Oct. 17-18). "The Head of the Charles is the centerpiece of every rowing team's fall schedule because it's the biggest rowing regatta in the world," Pearson said. "We're excited to row whatever boats we can for that. It's always a great test of our speed early in the year relative to other top programs in the country and internationally."
The fall slate continues at the Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J. (Oct. 25), before concluding at the Green Monster Regatta in Hanover, N.H. (Nov. 7). The spring schedule will be announced at a later date.
"I have extremely high expectations for this year's team," Estes said. "I know all the guys have been waiting all summer to get back into racing."