US Rowing Youth National Champions – 2012, 2017, 2018
NEIRA Team Champions – 2017 & 2018
NEIRA First Boat 4+ Champions – 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NEIRA Second Boat 4+ Champions – 2005
NEIRA Third Boat 4+ Champions – 2017, 2018
NEIRA Fourth Boat 4+ Champions – 2017, 2018
2017 New England 1V Champions!!!
Since 1984, the Deerfield Academy Boys’ Rowing program has been logging miles on the beautiful Connecticut River in their endless pursuit of excellence. Through a combination of hard work and relentless drive in a fun and supportive team environment, the boys program has established itself as a perennial contender in the ultra-competitive New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) and on the national stage at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.
While the competitive season is in the spring, many of our aspiring oarsmen will have the opportunity to learn the basics of the sport during a fall novice season. This five day per week, non-competitive co-curricular offers our students the chance to try a sport that may be completely new to them under the careful guidance of our varsity coaches. By the end of the fall, they will have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of rowing while engaging in a basic training program that will have exposed them to the physical demands of the sport. Armed with this experience, they will be prepared to make an impact on the competitive team later in the year.
The spring season begins for many of our athletes during the second week of our March break when we meet in Florida for a training camp. A week of two or three sessions per day under the warm Florida sun is a great way to build momentum for a race schedule that will run from early April through the end of May. Upon returning to Deerfield for the start of the spring term, the team will spend their afternoons at the Hammerschlag Family Boathouse, located on the banks of the Connecticut River, a quick ten minute drive from campus. Our regular season features weekend competitions against other league teams in the lead up to the NEIRA Championships at the end of May in Worcester, MA. Postseason race opportunities include the US Rowing Youth National Championships and Henley Royal Regatta.
Beyond their time at Deerfield, several of our rowers have earned medals for the USA at recent Junior World Championships, while others have raced to summer championships at the US Rowing Club National Championships and Canadian Henley.
Graduates of the Deerfield Rowing program have continued their academic and athletic careers at some of the top colleges and universities in the United States, including Brown, Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, Williams, and others.
2017 Henley Royal Regatta Highlights
Prince Albert Challenge Cup (4+) – Day One: Deerfield vs. Trinity College Dublin
Boys Rowing Boats Capture Gold & Bronze at USRowing Virtual National Championship
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USRowing Youth National Championship originally scheduled for last weekend shifted their national event to a virtual championship with 1,134 athletes and 415 crews from 119 teams competing for medals in 42 events. The Big Green boys crew team decided to shift...
Deerfield Rowers Earn USRowing Virtual Youth National Championship Bids
Written by Coach Washburn At the USRowing virtual Northeast Regional Qualifier during the week of May 15, two Deerfield crews earned bids to compete at the National Championship this Friday, June 12. As the global COVID-19 pandemic forced classes to move online and led to the cancellation of spring...
Mr. Howe’s Spring Top-10
It was been an unusual term this spring, but Mr. Howe’s end-of-term top-10 remains constant. As announced at the final Friday Common Room of the 2019-2020 school year, here is Mr. Howe’s Top-10. Enjoy! Mr. Howe’s Top-10 One day early this March I awoke from my bed so, I...
47 Student-Athletes Celebrated at Commitment Ceremony
On Monday, the Deerfield community gathered virtually on zoom to celebrate 47 of our student-athletes who have committed to continuing to play their sport in college next year. In total this year, 63 members from the Deerfield class of 2020 have committed to playing their sport in college, representing...
REWIND: Games of the Week: BONUS Games & Races to Watch!
In this week’s games of the week, we feature several Deerfield highlights including; a historic win over Hotchkiss for the varsity field hockey team, Victoria Patterson setting a new Deerfield record, the boys and girls rowing teams earning victories at the New England championships and US Youth National Championships,...
Deerfield Alumni & Alumnae Rowers Compete at the Head of the Charles
This past weekend, fourteen Deerfield alums raced in the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the most well known races in the rowing world, attracting 11,000 athletes rowing in over 1,900 boats in 61 events. We are proud to know...
Jimmy Patton ’20 Ready for 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships
Deerfield’s Jimmy Patton ’20 will compete for team USA at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan from August 7-11. Jimmy will be rowing in the fourth seat for Team USA in the Junior Men’s Eight Division at the international event. Jimmy and his Junior Men’s Eight...