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Girls Varsity Crew

Girls Varsity Crew

Message from the Coach

When you make the choice to come to Kent and row for the Kent School Boat Club (KSBC), you are joining a program with a long-standing sense of history and tradition. State-of-the-art facilities, a dedicated coaching staff, and a legacy of alumnae support, combine to create a program that has helped to teach rowing at a high level for over forty years.   Team unity is an important aspect of rowing for KSBC and rowers from the novice level to seasoned competitors find a welcoming environment where they can enjoy rowing as they learn determination, hard-work and other life skills. Aerobic, strength and technical training are all utilized to help each rower achieve to the best of their capabilities and goals. 

Head coach Garrison Smith

  • Coaching experience: Coached at NMH (1997-98), Taft (1998-2004) and with the KSBC Boys’ (2004-07). Became the head coach of the girls’ program in 2007; since then 23 out of 27 Kent girls’ boats have medaled at NEIRA’s.  
  • Other coaching experience: Southeast Jr. Development Camp coach, US Rowing Level III certification, speaker at NEIRA & JR Coaching conferences
  • Rowing experience: Rowed at Yale University where he won the San Diego Crew Classic, the Head of the Charles, Canadian Henley and was a double gold medalist at the US Olympic Festival 
  • Outside of coaching: Teaches AP Psychology, Ecology, Biology. He is an assistant coach for the Boys Varsity Hockey Team. He lives on campus with his wife & four children


  • Sill Boathouse: On-campus location, on the banks of the Housatonic River.  Boathouse contains a fleet of five eights, four bow-coxed fours, four pair doubles and two singles available for use by the girl’s team 
  • Partridge Rowing Center: On-campus location adjacent to the boathouse, containing sweep/sculling tank, weights/workout room, 30 ergometers, club/meeting room, audio/visual capabilities, and girl’s/boy’s locker rooms


  • Highly competitive schedule: Race against private & public schools and club teams
  • Pre-season training & racing: Spring trip, fall Head of the Charles Regatta boat & club crew
  • Post-season: Compete at Youth Nationals and, as warranted, the Henley Women’s Regatta 
  • Summer opportunities: Since 2009 KSBC rowers have been selected each summer for the Jr. National Program


  • NEIRA Champions, 1st boat— 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2016
  • NEIRA Champions, 2nd boat— 1985, 1986, 1987, 2002, 2005, 2015
  • NEIRA Champions, 3rd boat— 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • NEIRA Team Champions—2005, 2015
  • National Champions— 1986, 1987, 2016


  • College programs: KSBC alumnae go on to row at top Division I and Division III colleges
  • National & international competition: KSBC alumnae have raced in the Oxford-Cambridge race, Henley Royal Regatta, Women’s Henley Regatta, Junior & Senior World Championships, and Olympic Games

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