The Racing Committee
The Racing Committee manages the equipment and resources that allow PBC athletes to be successful at the highest levels of competition in our sport in all categories, including elite, open, juniors, club and masters categories, and at local, national and international regattas.
Responsible for the prioritization of race entries for the club in general, the committee also coordinates the equipment and resources that support the competitive pursuits of senior members who are unaffiliated with a specific program.
Rowing clinics and workshops are offered at various times throughout the year to all members, and the committee also helps facilitate private lessons for those who desire more individualized attention when preparing for competition.
The three largest programs – the High Performance Program, the Men’s Sweep Team, and the PBC Sculling Program – are described briefly below and in more detail on each team’s sponsored page. PBC encourages any experienced rower who is interested in joining one of these teams to contact the team directly for more information.
If you’re unsure who to contact or where you might fit best, please contact the Potomac Boat Club Racing Committee using the form below.
Members of the PBC Racing Committee
Chair, Racing Committee (RC), Peter Clements
RC Board Liaison, Lena Wang & Olwen Huxley
RC Equipment Manager, Tolsun Waddle
RC Trailer Coordinator & Race Program Events, Phil Hoxie
High Performance Program (HPP) Head Coach, Judith Vogel
Men’s Sweep Head Coach, Ken Quail
PBC Sculling Head Coach, Dusan Nikolic
Women’s Sweep Team Head Coach, Tolsun Waddle
Washington-Lee High School (W-L) Men’s Head Coach, Derek Parsons
W-L Women’s Head Coach, Dane Underwood
WeCanRow DC Program Liaison, Doris Parker
We look forward to seeing you on the race course!
High Performance Program
Potomac Boat Club produces some of the best scullers in the world. The tradition goes back over 140 years. Today’s High Performance Program develops male and female athletes into elite rowers who rise to the top in national and international level competition.
In 2008, six Potomac Boat Club athletes and coaches represented the United States in rowing at the Olympics in Beijing. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Margot Shumway and Sarah Trowbridge, along with Coach Matt Madigan, represented the United States in the Women’s Double event. In 2015, Sam Stitt represented PBC and the United States at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. In 2016, PBC alumni Devery Karz represented the US at the Rio Olympics in the Women’s Lightweight 2x. That year, Potomac BC hosted a Women’s Lightweight 4x which qualified for the 2016 FISA World Championships with two of our own High Performance Program Scullers, Morgan McGovern and Emily Schmieg. In 2017, Potomac hosted the Women’s Lightweight 2x of Michelle Sechser and our own Emily Schmieg, which earned the US a bronze medal (only 0.5 seconds from first place).
The High Performance Program is run year-around, but there are immediate openings for qualified athletes in open and lightweight categories, who are committed to achieving elite rowing goals. The program is particularly focused to developing athletes to represent the U.S. at the Pan Am Games, FISA World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Coaches for this program, and its seasonal U23 and Juniors programs, are Head Coach Judith Vogel and Assistant Coaches Matt Madigan and Dusan Nikolic. The program offers limited financial support and a job network to qualified participants.
Men’s Sweep Team
Similar to its ongoing success in sculling, Potomac Boat Club also has a decorated 140-year-plus history in men’s sweep competition.
The current program trains experienced male sweep rowers over the age 21 to perform at the highest levels in open, club, and masters events. Occasionally, the team also competes in sculling events.
Practice is scheduled on weekday mornings throughout the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, land training includes ergs, circuits, stairs, and weights.
The team competes at major regattas throughout the summer and fall, including USRowing Club Nationals, Masters Nationals, Masters Worlds, Canadian Henley, the Head of the Charles Regatta, and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, as well as many others.
In 2011 and 2013, the team earned the Men’s Overall Point Trophy at the U.S. Masters Championship Regatta. In 2010, the PBC Men’s Club Eight made it to the semi-finals of the Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2007 and 2012, the team made it to the quarter finals.
Current Men’s Sweep Coach: Brian Bartek
PBC Sculling Program
Potomac Boat Club has a competitive program for masters scullers.
The current program trains experienced rowers over the age 21 to perform in open, club, and masters events. The team competes at major regattas throughout the summer and fall.
Practices are weekday mornings throughout the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, land training includes ergs, circuits, stairs, and weights.
Sculling Coach: Dusan Nikolic
Sculling Assistant Coach: Suzanne Elliot