The exact origins are unknown, but somehow, back in 1987…before cell phones and email and modern day internet…a bunch of undergrads on The Heights decided to make rowing a thing at BC. Must have seen an article in the Boston Globe about the Head of the Charles and thought it would be awesome. We’re glad they did. Thirty years and a lot of 2k’s later, a community has formed.
That community starts with the current rowers, but extends to the superfan parents, the ever growing alumni base, and anybody else willing to support a club sport going head to head with varsity programs. BC Crew’s history includes ice rinks for boathouses, hallways filled with ergs, and a too often frozen Charles River, but also plenty of victorious final 500's and medal-dock celebrations with even more to come.
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Sick of high school? Think college is for you? Want to get yelled at by your coach for trying to Instagram that Charles River sunrise? BC Crew is for you!
Your kid won’t reply to your text? Doesn’t matter when you just show up for their races all across the eastern seaboard. Or support from afar. Either way, you’re not alone in loving rowing even if you’ve never been in a boat!
Every year the team is unique. This year the majority of the varsity squad is comprised of younger sophomores hungry to pick up the higher standards in rowing and fitness required at the varsity level. With that being said, this last fall marked a major developmental period for the group. The winter has seen guys grinding it out and banging heads on the erg with the top end of the squad being very competitive. Looking ahead to the spring we are motivated by the competitive schedule and a chance to get on the water early given this warm winter. Until then, we'll keep farming watts and speed.
CHillRA is first and foremost…an acronym (Chestnut Hill Rowing Association), but also an entity born out of the belief that in the best interest of BC Crew, an outside entity guided by passionate supporters will drive the program to new heights. A diverse group of male and female alumni, former coaches, and sometimes parents comprise CHillRA's volunteer board that year in and year out raises funds, fosters community, and ensures BC Crew is given the best chance to finish those 2,000 meters first.
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