Trinity Crew Athletes and Alums Make Their Henley Presence Known

Bantams Rowing Teams Return To Prestigious Regattas After Five-Year Absence

Henley-on-Thames, England – Trinity College rowing was well-represented at the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Henley Royal Regatta in June and early July, as multiple oarsmen and oarswomen, coaches, and ex-coaches were on hand for the Bantams’ first international competition since 2008.  Trinity women’s varsity eight advanced to the semifinals of the Senior 8+ event in the Henley Women’s Regatta, falling to the eventual champion Oxford University Women's Boat Club, UK, in one of the fastest races of the competition.  The Bantam first-varsity eight men’s crew qualified for the second round of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, besting an entry from Oxford's Worcester College by four lengths in its first race before falling short against the eventual champion Laga crew from The Netherlands by 1 and one-quarter lengths on the event's second day.  Trinity's men’s second-varsity eight had lost its opening race to the same boat the previous day.


The Trinity women’s squad, coached by Wesley Ng (7th Season), posted a 4-0 record in dual races this spring, won five regattas in the fall and spring seasons, and its varsity-eight crew finished third in the New England Championships, and fourth in both the ECAC National Invitational Regatta and the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta.  The Trinity women emerged as Senior 8+ Champions in their last trip to Henley in 2008.  The Bantams won Overall Points Trophies at both the New England Championship Regattas and claimed third place overall at the NCAA Regatta.  The 2005 Temple Challenge Cup Champion Bantam men, coached by 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year Kevin MacDermott (4th Season), were making their first appearance at Henley since 2008.  Trinity finished the 2012-13 intercollegiate season with an 11-0 record in dual races and finished first in the New England Championships and fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Regatta.

Trinity women's rowing alum Courtney Coyne '10 coxed the Union Boat Club's 4+ entry into the finals of the Britannia Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.  Trinity men's crew alum and 2012 Olympian John Graves '10, coached by father Harry Graves ''78, added a ninth-place finish in the single sculls World Cup event, while Katie Apfelbaum '11 coxed the Oxford women's eight in the Remenham Challenge Cup.  Fellow Bantam oarsmen Henry Palmer '06, current Trinity assistant coach Ed Slater '07, and Hugh McKeegan '10 could all be seen coaching at Henley in some capacity, while legendary Trinity coach Norm Graf cheered on all the College's representatives.