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NRF Inducts 26 Into the National Rowing Hall of Fame

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Apr 29, 2016
SARASOTA, Fla. – As athletes from across the country were competing to find a place on the 2016 Olympic team and leave their own mark on the sport, six crews and two patrons that have already etched their names into U.S. rowing history were inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame, last Saturday, April 23.
dinnerSARASOTA, Fla. – As athletes from across the country were competing for a place on the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams last week, six crews and two patrons that have already etched their names into rowing history were inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 23.

The National Rowing Foundation honored the 24 athletes and two dedicated patrons of rowing and gathered together crews that have not seen each other in years–some since competing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada–at a dinner following racing at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Rowing at Nathan Benderson Park, in Sarasota, Fla.

Two inducted crews–the women of the 1976 bronze medal eight and the 1996 bronze medal lightweight men’s four–revisited their skills and got back on the water for a ceremonial “row by” on the race course at Nathan Benderson Park.

anita (1)“It was a joy to be back together again, made even better by the expertise by which we rowed (Saturday afternoon),” said Anita DeFrantz, who was part of the 1976 women’s eight, the first women's crew to compete for the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

“Who would have thought that we could have gotten into that boat, and it was as if no time had passed,” she said. “It is absolutely correct to say that we have an eternal bond with one another from our shared experiences together, having come from nowhere to win a bronze medal together."

Those inducted include:

Joanne Wright Iverson, Patron:
For her lifelong leadership and tireless advocacy for women's rowing, the NRF has inducted Joanne Iverson. Founder of the National Women's Rowing Association in 1963; prime mover in securing the inclusion of women in the Olympic Games; and manager of the first women's Olympic team in 1976, Joanne has been a tireless and successful advocate for women's rowing.

The 1976 Olympic Bronze Medal Women's Eight:
Comprising Carol Brown, Anne Warner, Carie Graves, Lynn Silliman Reed, Gail Ricketson Helfer, Peggy McCarthy Bailey, Jackie Zoch Major, Marion Greig, Anita DeFrantz and coach Harry Parker, this women's eight was the first women's crew to compete for the U.S. at the Olympic Games, win a medal and set the stage for the United States’ success in women's rowing at the world championships and Olympic Games.

The 1976 Olympic Silver Medal, Men's Coxless Pair:
Calvin Coffey and Michael Staines, cut from the U.S. team, but undaunted, won the U.S. Olympic Trials and stunned the rowing world with a silver medal against the undefeated East Germans. "Cal" continues his winning ways, albeit through the success of his daughter, Olivia, who stroked the U.S. women's quad to an upset victory over Germany at the 2015 World Championships and is a contender for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

The 1996 Olympic Silver Medal Men's Quadruple Sculls:

In an event dominated by European scullers and never won by an American crew, the U.S. quad comprising Jason Gailes, Brian Jamieson, Eric Mueller and Timothy Young shattered the precedent to win a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and to reinvigorate sculling in the U.S.

The 1996 Olympic Bronze Medal Lightweight Men's Coxless Four:
Overcoming the U.S.'s failure to win either a world championship or Olympic medal in the straight four, the crew of David Collins, Jeffrey Pfaendtner, Marcus Schneider and Bill Carlucci raced to a bronze medal finish and established the U.S. as a full international contender in lightweight rowing.

The 1996 Olympic Silver Medal Lightweight Women's Double Sculls:  
Teresa Z. Bell and Lindsey Burns individually dominated lightweight sculling in the early 1990s. In 1996, they joined forces to win Olympic trials and to go on to take the silver medal at the inaugural lightweight women's double event at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal Lightweight Women's Double Sculls:

The crew of Christine Smith Collins and Sarah Garner Wolf dominated the lightweight women's double sculls in the latter half of the 1990s, overcame injury and sickness to win the U.S. Olympic Trials and take the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Dr. Timothy Hosea, Patron:
Through his love of rowing and its athletes, and his deep sense of duty and contribution, Tim Hosea served the rowing community in many ways: national team doctor for decades, president of the Princeton National Rowing Association, Director of the NRF and Olympic physician for multiple teams. Tim was simply a superlative individual whom the rowing community revered. Few have given more to the rowing; he will be honored posthumously for his service.

Just before the evening induction ceremony, DeFrantz talked about her beginnings in the sport and how the women she rowed with help built the foundation that has led to 10 consecutive world and Olympic championships in the U.S. women’s eight.

Listen to what she had to say:



Click here to see a photo gallery of the induction celebration.

About The National Rowing Foundation
Since 1966, the mission of the National Rowing Foundation has been to support the preparation, selection and participation of the U.S.'s national rowing teams in international competition. In addition, the NRF manages the National Rowing Hall of Fame and curates and maintains much of the memorabilia of rowing. The NRF is a 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in North Stonington, Connecticut. For additional information: contact Mara Keggi Ford at (203) 525-6566 or email mara@natrowing.org.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710, media@usrowing.org.
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