25 years of rowing excellence

History

The History of Dublin Crew

Dublin Crew was founded in the late summer of 1991 by Joanne Cooper-Novak.  After visiting with members of the Greater Columbus Rowing Association (GCRA), Joanne was able to recruit Robin Kingma and Kelly Mackey, to volunteer their services for 2 1/2 years to get the Dublin Crew program started.

Robin Kingma began her career as a three-year varsity rower at Marietta Senior High School.  At Duke University, Robin was a four-year varsity rower.  After graduation from Duke, Robin coached Dublin Crew for four years. Robin was a four-year Masters rower with GCRA and served as president of this organization for two years. Her full-time job was with Nationwide Life Insurance Company as a Pension Services Manager.  Kelly Mackey rowed for the Ohio State University Varsity Women’s team for three years.  After graduation from OSU, Kelly moved to California and rowed for the Mission Bay and Long Beach Rowing Clubs. In 1990, Kelly returned to Ohio and coached at OSU for a year before joining the Dublin Crew coaching staff.

During the summer of 1991, the first season of Dublin crew, six young innocents were not-so-gently persuaded to become the original members of Dublin High School Team. The rowers were Sarah Cooper­ Novak, Leah Glowacki, Jacque Newton, Laura Seamans and Wendy Swart, and Lisa Leppert was the coxswain. After only five weeks of practice, these ladies entered their first race, the Speakmon Regatta. At this race, all of Dublin’s competitors were college teams. Despite the booing and harassing of their competition, this upstart young high school team captured a highly respectable second place.

At the end of the first crew season, Laura Seamans quit the team. The remaining five members became the “Founding Five.” These five determined young ladies set an outstanding example for the future members of the Dublin Crew. They worked together for six seasons before graduating in 1994. They rowed their last race for Dublin High School at the Toledo International Regatta. At Toledo, they won the prestigious Ladies Cup for Dublin.  All five of these women rowed for college teams: Sarah Cooper-Novak, Ohio State University; Jacque Newton, Purdue University; Leah Glowacki, University of Dayton; and Wendy Swart and Lisa Leppert, Miami University.

From Founding Five to Fab 50

After one year, Dublin Crew grew from the “Founding Five” to the fabulous number of 50.  With the increase in crew members, the coaching staff also grew. In addition to the varsity coaches, Robin Kingma and Kelly Mackey, the team had two novice coaches, Laura Beck and Paul Moore, and two assistant coaches, Tim Freund and Toby Thogmartin.   The Dublin business community has contributed generously through their donations and participation as sponsors of Dublin Crew. As a result of this support, during the second season, the team purchased two used four-man boats, one used the eight-man boat, 24 oars, and the crown jewel of the fleet: their first unsullied, shining shell, the “J.R. Mason.” In addition to the boats and oars, the fantastic Dublin trailer was lovingly constructed by J.R. (Jim) Mason, John Leppert, Steve Kuhnash and David Novak.

As to the name Dublin Crew, it is the original name that focused on the suburban area.  It has never been associated with the Dublin City Schools.  In fact, from day one, Dublin Crew has attracted rowers from many cities including Columbus, Grove City, Hilliard, Marysville, Plain City, Powell, Westerville, and Worthington.  In 2005, Dublin Crew evaluated a name change to either Scioto Rowing Club, The Greater Columbus Youth Rowing Club or The Big Green Machine.  It was concluded to keep Dublin Crew.

Bragging Rights

Dublin Crew is proud to have been the first high school team in the Columbus area.  In the first 21 years of existence, Dublin Crew .  .  .

  • led the charge for other high schools in Central Ohio to organize their own crew teams including merging with one of the teams, Wellington, in the early 2000’s;
  • has had 34 coaches teach more than 400 high school athletes the sport of rowing on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir;
  • has seen these same athletes row or cox at the Dayton, George Washington, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, University of Miami (FL), The Ohio State University, Old Dominion, Purdue, and Rutgers,  to name a few;
  • relocated from the west side of Griggs Reservoir to the East Side;
  • built a wonderful boat compound that will house more than 20 boats;
  • saw its food trailer was stolen in 2012 and the generosity of parents and the Columbus community respond;
  • hired the first full-time coach of the Club, Farrah Edwards; and,
  • took over and has hosted one of Ohio’s largest high school regattas for 11 straight years, The Ohio Governor’s Cup.

In the 22nd season of Dublin Crew, 71 high school athletes and five coaches led by our full-time head coach, Farrah Edwards in a fleet of 16 eights and fours, continue the tradition of rowing excellence on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.

To be updated soon with history from our 23rd season to date.

Dublin Crew rowers have had many successes on the water and in school.

The team has made seven appearances at the USRowing Youth National Championships since 2006. We have placed seven rowers on USRowing Scholastic Honor Rolls. And Dublin Crew athletes have gone on to row at more than 30 colleges and universities across the United States.

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Mission, Vision & Values

Dublin Crew's mission is to inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of rowing and in life.

Dublin Crew's vision is to administer competitive rowing in accordance with U.S. Rowing, the national governing body the sport of rowing in the United States. We provide programs and services for our members, supporters, and the interested public. We value these members of the rowing community and the staff and volunteers who serve them. We are committed to excellence and the improvement of our sport. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all members.

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