|The News Page: 2005 summary|
By David Greenspan _______________________________________________________________
The season started over the winter for those who were not involved with other sports. The Captains, Jeremy Levin, Sara Zaremba, Lauren Resenblum, Austin Morris and Michael Murray, lead the training program as the parents prepared paper work, volunteered their time, ordered unisuits, and contributed to the coffers of the LM Crew Association. Head coach Brian Conley, and assistants Galvin, Wood and Bendov lead the team. Water time began after March 1 in the cold and dark. The week of double sessions that marked the crew's spring break lead into 5 Manny Flick races, the NJScholastic Rowing Association championship, Philadelphia City Championship, The Upper Merion Regatta and the Stotesbury Cup regatta that made for an exciting racing season. Steady progress was evident throughtout. The Freshman ladies, Varsity women's 4+, Varsity men's lightweight 4+, Varsity women's lightweight 4+, and Varsity men's 4+ were the most competitive, being competitive in the semifinal races were highpoints for this end of the year event. The Season looked especially bright for the women's Varsity 4+ winning its first two Flick races and were close throughout the remainder of the season. The Men's lightweight 4+ also came on strong, winning in a comeback for Flick #3 and was a boat to be recond with throughout the season. A highpoint for the crew is the annual Upper Merion Regatta that focuses on public school rowing. LM Varsity girls and the combined lightweight and heavy weight mens crews rowing as an 8 won their gold medal events. The season wrapped up with the US scholastic nationals. All 4 Varsity 4+ crews got invitations to the Scholastic Nationals on Lake Mercer in Princeton NJ for 2005 with the Womens Varsity 4+ and the Men's Varsity lightweight 4+ showing well into the semifinals before bowing out.
The parents worked hard supporting the crew as well. The organization provided by the Executives, lead by Commodore Michelle Gold, allowed the program to florish. Lisa Greenspan lead the fundraising efforts starting with the silent auction cocktail party, Pizza sale and then the car wash in May. She had help from lots including Bunny Levyn and Sharon Ostrow. The all crew successful car wash earned a Grand total: $1,531.50. Each Saturday evening a parent welcomed the team for its spirit dinner. Each Sunday saw the LM trailer, tent and food enough for an army appear near the finish line to support rowers and spectators alike championed by Ann Friedlander. The final banquet, as usual, was a great success, no small thanks going to Jane Solomon. Of course, so many other parents contributed, I am sure that naming these few is surely unfair to the many others. What a superb job, and a great year was had by all concerned.
The 2005 LM CREW
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