Catholic University Cardinals rowing

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Catholic University Cardinals rowing
Catholic Univ Rowing Blade.svg
University Catholic University of America
Athletic director Sean M. Sullivan
Head coach Katie O'Driscoll
Conference MARC
III Division
Location Port Towns Community Boathouse, Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Area of Competition Anacostia River
Colors Cardinal Red and Black[1]

Catholic University Cardinals rowing teams represent the Catholic University Cardinals in men's and women's intercollegiate rowing.


The program was founded as a club called The Catholic University of America Rowing Association (CUARA) and competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Collegiate Rowing Association.

The club was established at the beginning of the spring semester 1990 by Laurie McGuane, an architecture major from Denver who transferred to The Catholic University of America after her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Disappointed that CUA did not have a rowing club, she decided to start one. In January 1990, the Crew Club was granted official club status by the university.

The spring semester of 1990 was devoted to organizing the club, starting fund-raising, and making contacts with the Washington rowing network. The first coaches were Glenn Harchar and Bob Shuttleworth, who both coached for Capital Rowing Club at Thompson’s.

The following year (1991–92), with Laurie McGuane still president, Gregory Rubbo VP, Chris McBride "purser," and Meg Murphy, secretary, Glenn continued to serve as coach of the novice women, Ed McCormick coached our men, and Bill our varsity women. In the spring semester, Doug Sanders, who was a grad student in physics at CUA, became the coach of all our crews.

In 1992-93, Joe Creed started coaching. In the 1996-97 season, the Women’s Novice Eight, stroked by Rosanna Brunelli, became the first crew in CUARA history to win a gold medal. They won the Bill Braxton Regatta, beating Temple, Delaware, and UConn.

In the fall of 2002, John and Bridgette Dziedzic joined as assistant coaches and became head coaches of the men's and women's teams, respectively, after Joe Creed resigned. The team had a rebuilding year.

The 2004 Spring Season was the most successful year, to date, for the team. The Men's Four (Alan Van Epps, Matt Starr, Brian Flynn, Mark Freibott and James Hood) had a strong showing, winning Gold at Occoquan Sprints and the St. Mary's Seahawks Regatta. The Varsity Lightweight Women's Four (Catherine Mancusi, Stephanie Callaghan, Erin Curry, Jackie Racicot, and Lindsay Capidulupo) won 3 medals (Gold at Knecht Cup and St. Mary's Seahawks Sprint and Bronze at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Regatta; in addition to a second-place finish at the Occoquan Sprints).

In 2008 the team was in decline due to lack of interest by the student body and a lack of commitment by members of the team. The team fell under the direction of James Augone, as Coaches John and Bridgette Dziedzic resigned after six years to start their family. Coach Augone formerly rowed at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

In the 2011-2012 rowing season Sally O'Connor took over as head coach and in March 2012 Ryan Gillis became the new president. The team is showing promise under the new leadership and in the fall of 2012 posted a respectable finish at the Bill Braxton Regatta taking 2nd in the Men's Novice 4+ only to Temple University. The winter season was seen to have played out nicely for the once again thriving team. After the generous support of Catholic U. and various other contributors the team was able to purchase an Empacher 8+ from the US Rowing National Team. Preparations were made to make way for the return of the once annual Capitol Crew Classic Regatta, which, according to University records, was last hosted by The Catholic University of America Rowing Association in 2005 with a total of 13 collegiate level teams in attendance.

In 2018, the club transitioned into men's and women's varsity programs. Katie O'Driscoll was hired to lead the transition and take the helm of the Division III varsity programs.[2] The programs joined the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC).[3]


  • Bob Shuttleworth 1990-1991
  • Glenn Harchar 1990-1992
  • Ed McCormick 1991-1992
  • Doug Sanders 1992
  • Joe Creed 1992-2002
  • John and Bridgette Dziedzic 2002-2008
  • James Augone 2008
  • Tim Pineau
  • Kevin McNamara
  • Ben Newell
  • Beth Gordon 2012
  • Sally O’Connor 2012–2017

Head Of Charles Regatta

The team debuted its first entry in the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2013. Racing in the Championship double they placed 13th overall and 2nd amongst the university level crews. The same double also raced in the Directors Challenge Mixed Quad the next day with Avalon Rowing Club.


  1. ^ "Quick Facts - Catholic". Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "O'Driscoll Tabbed to Lead Catholic Rowing". The Catholic University of America. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Catholic Set to Join Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference".

External links

  • CUA rowing
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