Center City Clam brings out the best in Unionville crew

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Members of the Unionville High School Crew team complete in the Center city Slam this past weekend.

With 19 personal records, 13 other athletes hitting their goals, and 10 finishing in the top 20, it was a good Saturday for Unionville High School Crew at the Center City Slam. Athlete camaraderie was at an all time high as they coached each other for that little extra push at this annual rowing competition.

27 UHS Crew athletes competed in the 11th Annual Center City Slam, a 500-meter & 2,000-meter indoor rowing race on the Drexel Campus. From Novice to Varsity, the men and women competed in three events on indoor erg machines that lined the floors of the Drexel Gym.

Unionville High School Crew is a Club sport, supported by volunteers and parents, for our 50+ athletes to compete in regional and national regattas. Practices take place at Newport Rowing Club and Unionville High School. Chris Tolsdorf started as Boy’s Head Coach in the fall of 2015 and took over as the director of the Unionville program during the summer of 2016. Chris has coached both the Varsity Boy’s and Girl’s crews as well as the Novice Boys. His crews have won medals at The Cooper Cup, Philadelphia City Championships, and USRowing Mid-Atlantics and he has taken crews to The Head of the Charles and SRAA Nationals. He has overseen strong growth of the program – over the past two years the team has purchased four racing shells, cox boxes, rowing machines, and equipment to allow all our athletes to perform at the highest level.

The primary goal of Unionville Crew is to create a team where each athlete can discover their true potential. Some come to us from other sports, others are exploring their athletic side for the very first time. By the time they graduate we want all our athletes to have learned the value of hard work and understand the gifts and lessons that can be found in the pursuit of excellence. Winning is not the goal but can be the happy result as we work to chase perfection. Perfection may never be achieved but the character we build in its quest will last a lifetime.  More information can be found at:  https://rowurc.org

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