Crew Program - More Info

Program History

Bishop O’Connell’s crew program is now in its 20th year. From small beginnings the team has reached great success including a first place finish at Nationals in 2015. In 1996, George Baum the parent of an O’Connell rower started the crew program by fielding one boy’s four. George, quite the rower in his day, wanted to share his love of rowing with his son and created the program at Bishop O’Connell.

In the fall of 1997, George took a group of adventuresome boys and girls out onto the Potomac. Despite the wind, rain and cold temperatures that year, the students were hooked. Under George’s instruction, the core group of DJO rowers took shape. Michelle Francis, a DJO alum and rower at George Mason University, was O’Connell’s first real coach. While she was developing the girls’ program, Paul D’Andrea was working with the boys.

Success came early, especially with the girls who were reliable finishers in the top three at novice races and often came in first or second. In 1998, the second full year of the program, then-Principal Al Burch granted the boys’ and girls’ teams varsity status. In 2001, only six short years after the first DJO four hit the water the Freshman Girls placed fifth in the finals and the Freshman Boys competed in the semi-finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, a competition in Philadelphia that draws high school teams from across North America.

Fast forwarding over a decade, the Spring 2013 season was one of DJO crew’s most successful with the Girls’ Varsity 4+ and Boys’ Junior 4+ winning first place at our conference’s championship regatta the Washington Metro Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA) Championships. The Boys’ Senior 4x reached the semi-finals in the school’s first sculling boat and the Boys’ Junior 4+ came in sixth at Stotesbury. The team also had three boats qualify to compete at the Scholastic Rowing Associations of America (SRAA) National Championship Regatta and the Boys’ Junior 4+ placed fourth.

The Spring of 2014 was another great season for DJO Crew, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams posting strong finishes at the WMIRA Championship including first place finishes for the Women’s 3V4+ “A” and the Women’s v4+. The Women’s Junior 4+ placed third and the Men’s Junior 4+ placed fourth at the extremely competitive Stotesbury Regatta, and the Women’s Varsity 4+ boat topped off the year by placing fourth at the SRAA National Championship.

The team continued to succeed in the Spring of 2015, with five boats medaling at the WMIRA Championship including a first place finish by the Men’s Senior 4+. At Stotesbury, the Boy’s Senior 4+ boat took third overall. Then it was on to the SRAA National Championship, where our Men’s Senior V4+ placed first, the best finish in the team’s history.

The 2016 Spring season brought another fresh crop of rowers to add to a team already with great depth. Once again, O’Connell did not disappoint, with five boats placing at the WMIRA Championship: 1st place Women’s Varsity 4+, 2nd place Women’s 2V4+, 4th place, Men’s Varsity 4+, 3rd place 2V4+, and 2nd place, Men’s Novice 8+. Stotesbury was an exciting race, where we saw an exceptional Women’s Varsity 4+ boat reach the finals and come in 6th.

Team Honors

Washington Post All-Met

First Team
Ashley Gennings '07 (2007)
Jessica Sigalis '06 (2006)
Katy Higgins '04 (2004)

Honorable Mention

Julia Bailey '15 (2014)
Jeffrey Dixon '15 (2014)
Emma Morris '15 (2014)
Collin Snyder '15 (2014)
Maddy Bernero '11 (2010 & 2011)
Charlie Fidler '12 (2010 & 2011)
Stephanie O'Neill '09 (2008 & 2009)
Marrah Galvin '07 (2007)
Brigid Quinn '06 (2006)
Jessica Sigalis '06 (2004 & 2005)
Katie Might '06 (2005)
Bob Abbot '05 (2005)
Katie Higgins '04 (2003)
Carina Winberry '02 (2002)

Results Archives

2016 Spring Results

WMIRA championship

1st place Women’s Varsity 4
2nd place Women’s 2nd Varsity 4
4th place Men’s Varsity 4
3rd place Men’s 2nd Varsity 4
2nd place Men’s Novice 8


6th place Women’s Varsity 4

2015 Spring Results

WMIRA championship

3rd place Men’s 3rd varsity (Frosh) 4
2nd place Men’s 2nd varsity (JV) 4
1st place Men’s Senior 4
3rd place Women’s varsity 8
3rd place Women’s 2nd varsity 8


3rd place Boy’s Senior 4

SRAA National Regatta

1st place Men’s Senior V4

Washington Post All Met 2015

Honorable Mention individual

Collin Snyder
Antonio Marrero

1st Boat V4

2014 Spring Results

WMIRA championship

4th place Men’s Novice 4
2nd place Men’s V4
1st place Women 3V4 “A”
2nd place Women 3V4 “B”
1st place Women V4


3rd place Girl’s Junior 4
4th place Boy’s Junior 4

SRAA National Regatta

4th place Girl’s Varsity 4

Washington Post All Met 2014

Honorable Mention individual

Collin Snyder
Jeff Dixon
Julia Bailey
Emma Morris

Crew Alumni

Coming soon...

Parent Board

President – Heidi Snyder

Vice President – Bob Ivy

Treasurer – Gail Marcotte

Logistics – Susan Reing

Equipment – Bob Ivy

Hospitality – Katie O’Brien-Sokol

Booster Rep – Jackie Madden

Spirit Wear – Gema Gonzalez

Communications – Cristy Rugo


All rowers are expected to attend practice every day. Practice times will be set by the coaches and communicated via e-mail. Rowers who need to miss practice should give coaches 48 hours notice -- without all four or eight rowers and a coxswain a boat cannot go out on the water. Every team member counts!

All rowers are expected to be at practice over Spring Break. More information to follow.
*Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday -- no practice
*Monday, April 17 -- afternoon practice
*Tuesday - Friday, April 18 - 21 -- morning and afternoon practice

Practice Locations

Land practice are held at Bishop O'Connell High School, the team meets after school at the shed inside the track complex.

Water practices are held on the Potomac River at the Thompson Boat Center in Washington, D.C.
CLICK HERE for directions to Thompson Boat Center.

Regatta Locations

Selection the locations below for directions:

Anacostia River - Southeast, Washington, D.C.

Christiana River - Wilmington, Del.

Mercer Lake - Princeton, N.J.

Occoquan Reservoir - Fairfax Station, Va.

Schuylkill River - Philadelphia, Pa.

Patapsco River - Baltimore, Md.

Potomac River - Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Uniforms/Spirit Wear



Novice rowers wear matching t-shirts with black ‘trou’ (shorts). Uniforms (one piece unisuits or ‘unis’ see left) are worn by varsity rowers. Both can be ordered from our on-line store at The Spring order deadline for DJO logo items is 02/16/2017 for JL Racing. Plain black trou can be ordered at any time direct from the vendor.


Spirit Wear

Personalized team logo splash jackets and blast pants are available from Boathouse through 02/26/2017 at Remember, all outerwear items are optional, but many in the team have the splash jackets (Stevenson Weathershirt Windstopper, see right) and wear them to regattas for a uniform team look. Either jacket type will make sure to keep the athletes warm as they prepare to go on the water!