ODBC Rowers Finish Fall Season with a Flourish

By Tom McGivern

ODBC Lightweight 8s and Coach at the Hooch (Courtesy photo.).
ODBC Lightweight 8s and Coach at the Hooch (Courtesy photo.).

ODBC rowers took 17 boats to the water in two separate regattas to finish the fall rowing season on Nov. 5-6, capturing 6 medals and strong performances by a number of boats.  The ODBC Men’s and Women’s Second 8s and Lightweight boats competed at the prestigious Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, TN, while the First 8s, a number of 4-seats, lower boats, and singles competed locally at the Head of the Occoquan (HOTO) Regatta.

Billing itself as the “Last of the Great Fall Regattas,” the Hooch included over 200 boats in the two-day event.  With warm, beautiful weather at both venues, racing on Saturday, Nov. 5, began with ODBC Second 8 Men and Women competing against dozens on First 8 boats from top schools and clubs from around the country and overseas.  First up for ODBC, the Women’s 2V rowed the 5000-meter course with a time of 18:20.2, finishing a respectable 24th out of 73 boats.  The Men’s 2V also rowed a strong race against a competitive 62-boat field, finishing 32nd with a time of 16:52.3.

On the same day but 600 miles from the Hooch, three women from the ODBC First 8 spent part of their Saturday racing in single boats on the 5000 meter course at the HOTO Regatta to “warm up” for their 1V race the following day. T.C. Williams seniors Reed Kenny and Katy Murphy earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively, with impressive times of 23:22.95 and 23:45:06.  T.C. sophomore Blythe Markel placed 7th with a time of 24:16.53.

Early the next morning in Chattanooga, the ODBC Men’s and Women’s Lightweight 8s hit the water.  The Men’s Lights raced first, placing 12th out of 22 boats with a time of 16:41.8.  Next, the Women’s Light 8s blazed down the course and scored the silver medal in their 20-boat race with an impressive time of 17:31.6, a little more than 3 seconds after first place Cincinnati Jr. Rowing club and 8 seconds ahead of 3rd place Detroit Boat Club.  The ODBC Women’s Lightweight 8s include rowers Charlotte Carey, Lauren Kelly, Alyish Motsinger, Emily DeBodene, Astrid Henkle, Cecilia Fernandez, Chloe Marsh, and Anissa Ashraf, and coxswain Paula Filios.  Back in Alexandria, T.C. senior Emily DeBodene reflected on the race, “We’ve worked hard this fall and done well as lightweights competing in the regular weight category at this season’s head races. It feels great to bring back a medal from Hooch, especially since we had a lineup we hadn’t rowed in much for this race. Everything clicked like we’ve been rowing together all season long!”

Later on Sunday morning at the HOTO, the ODBC Men’s First and Third 8s started the day racing in the Men’s Youth 8 Upper Boat category with 27 other boats.  The First 8 placed 4th with a time of 16:41.51.

Next up, the ODBC Women’s First and Third 8s competed in the 30-boat Women’s Youth 8 Upper Boat category, where the First 8s took the bronze medal with a time of 18:09.12.  Members of the ODBC Women’s First 8 include coxswain Camila Cardwell and rowers Grace Hogan, Caroline Hill, Katy Murphy, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Reed Kenny, Blythe Markel, and Grace Fluharty.

The ODBC Men’s Fourth 8 competed energetically in the Men’s Youth 8 Lower Boat category with 11 other boats and captured the bronze medal with a time of 18:53.48.  The 4V rowers include Townson Cocke, Emmett Cocke, Jack Lutzker, CJ Chidlow, Dylan Wright, Joey Subyak, Connor Rex, and Raja Janjua, and coxswain Jackson Quinn.  The ODBC Women’s Fourth 8 competed in the Women’s Youth 8 Lower Boat category with 12 other boats and placed 5th with a time of 21:40.44.

ODBC entered two boats in the popular 31-boat Men’s Youth 4 (with cox) Upper Boat Category, and finished the day with two boats in the 9-boat Women’s 4X (no cox) category.  In the latter race, the ODBC Women’s First 4 won the silver medal with a time of 21:27.25, 5 seconds behind first place Prince William and over 19 seconds ahead of Steel City Rowing Club.  Members of the ODBC Women’s First 4 include Sarah Vest, Tess Moran, Anna Jane Guynn, and Ella Benbow.




14B. WOMEN’S YOUTH 8+ LOWER BOATS (SEE EVENT RULES) – 12:15 PM – FINAL – 13 boats Name Age Lane / Bow Raw Time Final Time Difference
1 B-CC CREW 0 566 19:34.29 19:34.29
2 TBC RACING 0 560 19:53.62 19:53.62 19.32 (1.65%)
3 TBC RACING 0 562 20:49.84 20:49.84 01:15.54 (6.43%)
4 TBC RACING 0 564 20:59.02 20:59.02 01:24.72 (7.21%)
5 OLD DOMINION BOAT CLUB P ST. JOHN 16 561 21:40.44 21:40.44 02:06.14 (10.74%)


15A. MEN’S YOUTH 4+ UPPER BOATS – 12:30 PM – FINAL – 31 boats  













Lane / Bow




Raw Time




Final Time

1 TBC RACING 0 579 18:05.30 18:05.30


K LINEHAN 17 599 20:35.01 20:35.01 02:29.71 (13.79%)
25 OLD DOMINION BOAT CLUB E TEFERRA 16 588 22:14.47 22:14.47 04:09.18 (22.96%)


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