Dublin Crew: New Director, New Direction

Dublin Crew is making changes as it enters its 28th year. The program that set the standard for youth rowing in central Ohio in 1991, has made some significant changes this summer and is looking forward to more changes to come.


Christopher Swartz, the progenitor of competitive rowing in central Ohio in 1978, has joined Dublin Crew as Director of Rowing and is compiling a coaching staff of some of the finest coaches in the area. After leading Upper Arlington for 24 years, Swartz has taken the reins of the Dublin program in an effort to return it to prominence in midwest youth rowing.


“I have several points that I want to accomplish in the next few years,” said Swartz. “The first is to provide our rowers with excellent equipment, which started this summer. Secondly, I want to expand our recruiting efforts to include more Columbus and Northwest area youth into our program. And finally, I want to see our young athletes succeed, both in the classroom and on the water.”


Participation goals for the updated program call for a 150% increase in rowers in the next two years. To achieve that goal, Dublin Crew is looking toward a new name to better identify the expanse of its program.


“There is some confusion regarding the name of the program,” said Doug Helmreich, current parent board president. “Dublin Crew is not only a Dublin area program. We’ve had rowers from many schools throughout Columbus for years and want to continue that tradition of being open to all interested young athletes.”


Another point that Swartz is focusing his attention is funding. Rowing has traditionally been an expensive sport, due in large part to the cost of racing and safety equipment necessary to run a successful program.


“Rowing has been my passion for over 50 years,” Swartz continued. “I believe that if any boy or girl wants to try rowing and see if it stirs a similar lifetime passion, they should be able to do so without spending a lot of money. We are looking for creative ways to underwrite the funding that will allow any young rower to participate.”


Dublin Crew’s mission is to inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of rowing and in life. For more on Fall 2018 registration, go here: https://www.dublincrew.org/fall-2018-registration-is-open-through-august-23/