Rowing, Boys: Varsity

Name Class  Hometown
Henry Lowe* 2019 Pacific Palisades, CA
Inthat Boonpongmanee 2019 Richland, WA
JJ Siritantikorn 2019 Bangkok, Thailand
Kristen Ivey 2019 Palo Alto, CA
Nico Salazar Anaya 2019 Ridgefield, CT
Owen Louis* 2019 Hinsdale, IL
Punisa Lekovic 2019 San Marino, CA
Robby O'Brien 2019 Delray Beach, FL
Alex Strait 2020 Deland, FL
Alexander Leong 2020 Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chris Thagard 2020 Birmingham, AL
Hayden McGuinness 2020 Little Compton, RI
Jake Meier 2020 Ashfield, MA
Jimmy Patton 2020 Houston, TX
Karim Kane 2020 Potomac, MD
Peter Sanford 2020 Deerfield, MA
Seth Thayumanavan 2020 Amherst, MA
Skye Bacon 2020 Oyster Bay, NY
Spencer Hurst 2020 Richmond, VA
Tommy Gilmore 2020 San Jose, Costa Rica
Zane Smith 2020 Frisco, TX
Alex Centola 2021 New York, NY
Allison Xia 2021 Inverness, IL
Ari Kraan 2021 Hull, MA
Brando Rena 2021 New York, NY
Charlie Lewis 2021 Bedford, NY
Eric Wang 2021 Lansing, NY
Henry Barrera 2021 Whitestone, NY
Lawrence von Steuben 2021 Wollerau, Switzerland
Mark Chung 2021 Seongnam-Si, Korea
Ron Finkelberg 2021 Holden, MA
Alexander Judelson 2022 New York, NY
Ben Carpenter 2022 Greenfield, MA
Casey Smith 2022 Kennesaw, GA
Erol Barrett 2022 Wellesley Hills, MA
George Fauver 2022 Bedford, NY
Jerry Zhou 2022 Beijing, China
Trey Souder 2022 Ottawa Hills, OH
* Denotes Captains
  • Spencer graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with a degree in History. While at Princeton, he was a member of the heavyweight rowing team and served as the team captain during his senior year.

    In the fall of 2007, Spencer returned to Princeton as the assistant coach of the lightweight rowing program and spent two years with that group. In his second year, he helped the Varsity 8+ to championship wins at the Eastern Sprints, the IRA National Championships as well as at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Spencer transitioned to the heavyweight squad where he was the assistant coach for five years, and he coached four crews to silver medals at the Eastern Sprints and twice had crews earn medals at the IRA National Championships.

    Over the past five years, Spencer and the boys' rowing program have continue to build upon the already successful history of rowing at Deerfield Academy.  In the spring of 2015, the boys' first varsity 4+ won the NEIRA Championships and followed that up with a bronze medal finish at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.  Those results were matched in 2016 with another NEIRA championship in the boys' first varsity 4+ and another 3rd place result at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. 

    In 2017, the team took a step forward as they won the NEIRA Team Championship, a first for boys at Deerfield.  This was accomplished on the strength of championship wins in the boys' first varsity 4+, as well as the third and fourth 4+s.  The boys' second 4+ earned a bronze medal to help secure the Team Championship.  The boys' first 4+ returned to the US Rowing Youth National Championships and, after three years of finishing 3rd, brought home the national title, the second National Championship for the boys (their first was won in 2012).

    2018 saw the boys' rowing team repeat at NEIRA Team Champions with wins in the first, third, and fourth varsity 4+s, to go along with a silver in the second varsity 4+.  The first varsity 4+ also repeated as US Rowing Youth National Champions, the third national title for the program. 

    This past spring, the boys rowing team completed a successful season with all four boats earning medals at the NEIRA Championships.  The first varsity 4+ won it's sixth consecutive championship while the second 4+ finished a very competitive 3rd.  The third and fourth 4+s added matching silver medals to help the team finish 2nd in the team championship.  The top boat went on to finish 4th at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.

    Spencer resides in O'Byrne Curtis Dorm with his wife, Megan, and their three boys, Caden, Teague and Ryan.

  • Thad Bennett joined the Deerfield Rowing Program in the spring of 2018 as a “volunteer coach.”  Having just moved to Conway, he wrote Coach Washburn to see if there was a way he could help the program.  Thad told Coach Washburn, “I want to give back what rowing did for me as a young man. I learned more from rowing than from most of my schooling and I want to help rowers encounter the wonder and challenge of this sport.”

    He was a coxswain and rowed at Kent School (1967-1971) and Dartmouth College (1972-1976).  His experience included being on the United States Youth Rowing Team in 1969 (spare cox) and 1970 (cox of the eight) that competed in the World Youth Championships.  He also helped manage the 1974 US Team at Lucerne (gold medal eight) and managed the 1976 US Youth and Lightweight teams at Villach.  Thad was the first Executive Director (1978-79) of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen (NAAO), which is now USRowing.  He is also the President Emeritus of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing, helped with the revitalization of that group and with the funding and building of The Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse in 1986.

    In between “rowing gigs” he has served the Episcopal Church for 38 years as a priest in Connecticut, California and Vermont.  He “retired” in 2010 and moved to Conway in 2017.  He remembers that his high school coach taught him “Rowing isn’t a sport; it is a way of life” and he is sure that God rows.

  • Sam joins the Deerfield Faculty as a Penn Fellow after graduating with honors in History at Williams College in 2015. At Williams, Sam wrote "'The Mecca of a Thousand Noble Aspirations:' The Struggle for Freedom in New Bern, NC 1862-1866," an undergraduate thesis on Wartime Reconstruction in coastal NC, which received the Robert Dalzell Prize for primary research. Sam walked on to the crew team at Williams, rowing all four years and serving as co- captain his senior year. In addition to athletics, he sang in an a cappella group and worked as a teaching assistant for the history department. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Sam cultivates his southern roots through his passions for basketball, barbecue, and the blues.

  • Sam has served as an assistant coach for the boys cross country and rowing teams at Deerfield since joining the faculty in 2016. The lower boats have enjoyed success during his tenure, including several gold and silver medals in the 3V and 4V level. Before Deerfield, Sam coached the novice boys rowers at the Hun School of Princeton, who in 2016 earned silver at the PSRA City Championship, gold at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and silver at the MAPL championship. Sam rowed for the Dartmouth lightweights and captained the team his senior year. These days, Sam enjoys staying fit by running the beautiful trails in the Deerfield area.