Since 1979 (when Tabor returned to coeducation), there has been a competitive girls’ varsity crew program. In the fall, girls new to the sport take instructional crew to learn the basics of rowing. During the spring, Tabor crew competes against schools such as Andover, Exeter, and Kent. In the past, Tabor girls have won the New England Championships and have traveled to compete at the Women’s Henley Regatta in England.
Our program emphasizes character, teamwork, and preparation for the sport, and is designed to give everyone a chance to compete at the highest level. Many students have little experience rowing before coming to Tabor. Through hard work and dedication over one or several seasons, rowers can move from the lower boats to the first boat. As a founding member of the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRAs), the girls compete against the top schools in New England each spring. In the recent years, Tabor girls have continued their rowing careers in college.
Tabor’s facilities are located directly on Sippican Harbor. We have both sweep and sculling boats. The boathouse includes a fleet of 8 eight-person sweep shells (5 Vespolis and 3 Resolutes). We also have 32 rowing machines (Concept C and D ergometers), and a rowing tank for training on land, as well as a fitness center and weight room.
If you would like further information about the Tabor Girls’ Crew program, please contact Coach Washburn.
Michael Bentz began coaching rowing at Tabor in 1999. He first became the head coach of the girls program in 2005. Coach Bentz was a rower and swimmer for Ithaca College where he earned recognition as an Academic All-American, and won medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, Head of the Charles, and NY State Championships. In addition to coaching, he teaches Astronomy and Statistics. He lives in Captain Glaeser Apartment with his family, and he is a backup houseparent in Pokoik dormitory.
Liz Calore came to Tabor in 1999. In addition to coaching girl's hockey and crew, she is a member of the history department. Prior to her time at Tabor, Liz played hockey at the University of Vermont before coaching for two years at The Gunnery School where she also coached crew and was the freshman/novice crew coach at Tufts University. She is also a three-time national champion in the sport of synchronized (Synchro) figure skating.
Meredith Finch was appointed to the faculty at Tabor in 2015. She rowed at Tufts University from 2006-2009, starting as a novice in the spring of '06. She competed in the Head of the Charles twice. Additionally, while studying abroad in 2007 she rowed for the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona where she learned how to scull. Before leaving Spain she competed in the 15 kilometer Decenso del Ebro race in a quad, coming in third in the event. Coach Finch started coaching in the fall of 2009 when she worked as an assistant with the Tufts Novice Men's team. She teaches Spanish and lives in a girls’ dorm.
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