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Kent School Plays Role in King’s Cup Win at Henley by U.S. Naval Academy (read)

Message from the Coach

With almost 100 years of rowing history at Kent, rowers enjoy a program with tremendous support from current parents and rowing alumnae. The new Partridge Rowing Center houses a generous workout and ergometer room, men’s and women’s locker facilities, a large meeting and trophy room as well as a six person indoor rowing tank. This facility complements our boathouse which is located on the banks of the Housatonic River that flows beside the school’s campus. Rowers at Kent enjoy a scenic three and half miles of river that has very little boat traffic, other than our fleet of shells, just a couple of minutes’ walk from their dorms.

Steeped in tradition, Kent oarswomen and oarsmen have gone on to row at many of the finest programs in colleges and universities in the country as well as on the Junior National, National and Olympic teams. In 1927, Kent became the first American schoolboy crew to be invited to the Henley Royal Regatta and we have been participating there on regular basis ever since. Although we do not have rowing offered in the fall we do travel to southern locations during the spring break for pre-season training. With four eights worth of interscholastic teams as well as two eights of intramural squads in both the boys and the girls programs there are plenty of opportunities for rowers of all levels to participate in this sport.

Rowing at Kent goes beyond strokes on the water. Rowers learn much about themselves as athletes and as individuals. At Kent we stress character as a central quality that not only helps to make boats go fast but also helps to mold young minds and lives. The lessons learned on the river and the friends made through the common struggle to succeed last a lifetime.

Eric Houston took over as the Director of the KSBC in 1995. Since the spring of 1996 KSBC boys, under the direction of Coach Houston, have consistently medaled in the NEIRA, the Youth Nationals, Scholastic Nationals, Marlow Regatta and race on a regular basis at the Henley Royal Regatta.    In recent history KSBC first boats have won NEIRA gold medals in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2015. The 2001 crew finished fourth at Youth Nationals while posting the best time of any schoolboy team. The 2009 team took bronze at the Youth Nationals and the 2010 crew won the Youth National Championship and raced in the finals at the Henley Royal Regatta. Other notable recent Henley crews were 1999, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2017.

Additionally Kent crews have rowed in Belgium and Germany. The 2015 crew distinguished itself by racing in the senior eight event in the Marlow Regatta in England in June. In an event that boasted twenty four different programs, most of them collegiate, the Kent crew won a silver medal. They then competed at The Royal Henley Regatta in the Temple Cup, an event that includes collegiate freshmen crews, and many British Universities. In their first race they beat Newcastle University, and then lost on the second day to University of London A.

The oarsmen that he has coached have continued rowing after Kent and have attended some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Currently KSBC alumni are rowing at Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Northeastern, Harvard the United States Naval Academy and Hobart, to name just a few. The 2017- 2018 KSBC classes will represent Kent at the following programs; Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, the United States Naval Academy, George Washington, Orange Coast and Northeastern. 

Coach Houston began his own rowing career here at Kent in the spring of 1977. He rowed in the club crew program for Joel Kelly and was in the boat that won the club championship. He continued rowing and gained introduction into the KSBC as he became a part of the first boat during his sophomore year under Hart Perry. During his senior year Coach Houston was a member of the Kent boat that won a gold medal at both NEIRA’s and Stotesbury which was then the National Championship regatta. While at Kent he also played football and wrestled. Following Kent he moved on to Trinity College where he was captain and rowed in the first Frosh heavyweight boat that had an undefeated regular season and finished third at the Dad Vail’s. He later rowed in the varsity heavyweight boat for three years and captained the Trinity Crew during his senior season.

After graduation he returned to Kent and became Hart Perry’s assistant coach for 11 years before taking over the reins of the program. Coach Houston is a member of the Kent Science Department where he teaches regular, honors, and AP Biology.  His wife Barb is also on the Kent Faculty and their children graduated from Kent.

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Roster for Boys Varsity Crew
Name Year
Yusef Abaza 2019
Alexander Abbruzzese 2019
Jackson Abreu 2021
Nyamekye Akosah 2021
Cameron Baravalle 2020
Raymond Cutting 2019
Youssef Elsobaihy 2021
Ethan Enders 2019
Nicholas Fisher 2019
Beverly Freidenrich 2021
Hunter Guillet 2021
James Hayakawa 2021
Robert Impastato 2020
Tristan Jamidar 2019
Sebastian Jaques 2020
Henryk Kania 2021
David Kaplun 2020
Sebastian Karreth de Miguel 2020
Richard Kendall 2020
Tyler Krasusky 2020
Isaac Levinger 2020
William Li 2021
PakIong Long 2020
Grayson Madan 2020
Wyatt Mills 2022
Blaine Moore 2020
Maitiu Murphy 2020
Marco Palomo 2019
Jonas Passante 2020
Lucian Polk 2019
Aidan Pompa 2020
Lucas Rapetti 2020
Hugo Rice 2021
Ari Rosen 2019
Ian Rotman-Lehman 2022
Nicolas Sauska 2021
Jonas Schemm 2020
Douglas Smith 2020
Geer Stewart 2022
Anders Thompson 2021
Nathan Thompson 2020
Samantha Thompson 2019
Anamu Uenishi 2022
Ian Varga 2022
Moses Weintraub 2021
Alpin Yukseloglu 2019
Henry Zinn 2020
Richard Chang 2020
William Hughes 2023
Jaemin Kim 2020
Kevin Otoo 2022
Edmund Steeves 2020
Taesung Kim 2022
Joseph Purtell 2021
Giao Bui 2021
Enoch Appiah 2021
Nathan Benjamin 2023
Zachary Bloxam 2023
Zhao Yu Chen 2020
Jackson Chilson 2022
Dae Hoon Chung 2021
Graham Dietz 2021
Matisse Dubois-Pelerin Sanz 2023
Cameron Erber 2021
Zachary Garrant 2021
Julian Gay 2023
Aaron Guan 2023
Hank Hannan 2023
Zain Khan 2022
Tzung-Ying Hsieh 2021
Salim Kheireddine 2020
Riley LeBlanc 2021
Philip Camuto 2022
Seungwan Lee 2020
Jack Lyman 2021
Braeden McCabe 2023
Chinh Nguyen 2020
Bao Pham 2022
Nicholas Pollak 2021
Brendan Stewart 2021
Harrison Stockdale 2022
Zachary Thoma 2020
Eric Zhang 2022
Jose Garcia Gomez 2021
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