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Let's Get Ready for Spring

It’s been finalized – the First Day of Spring Practice will be Feb. 21. If you stay strong and attend as many winter conditionings as you can, you will be in a fast boat! And every crew member will be on the water starting Feb. 21 – let the countdown begin! We have a lot of news and announcements as we get ready for the season. Don't forget to sign up here: TJ Crew - Join 2023.

Sign Up for the Practice Bus!

As we are counting down to the new season, we are also counting down to the Practice Bus -- don't forget to sign up! The sign up Genius is here: If you have questions, reach out to Catherine at -- don't forget that each freshman/novice rower's family is required to chaperone the practice bus at least once during the season and it's worth 1 volunteer point.

Engage Your Competitive Spirit: Ergathon!

This year’s Ergathon will be held Feb 10th 4:30 PM at TJ.  New this year - Lake Braddock High School will join us and, in the spirit of camaradie, we will work together to row a combined 2,000,000 meters on indoor rowing machines called ergs..  

Plan on attending, and plan on sending out at least 10 emails to your family and friends to fundraise. We have a goal of each team member raising $325.

There will be other competions, including ‘best class’ as different classes within TJ and Lake Braddock compete to win ‘best fundraiser!’

Side note for parents: 1 family volunteer point will be earned for 10 fundraising emails sent! Watch Slack for the latest details on draft fundraising emails and how to record your fundraising emails sent and donations earned.

Novice Swim Test: Date and Time Set

The novice swim test is set for 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb 17, with a makeup date from 2 p.m. -3 p.m., Monday, Feb 20. It is for new TJ Crew rowers only. The swim test requires the athlete to swim 100 yards, tread water for 2 minutes and put on a flotation device while in the water.

The swim test occurs at Audrey Moore Rec Center (8100 Braddock Road, Annandale). Carpools are organized for the novices to get there on Friday after practice, but transportation is not provided for the makeup date. Make sure you have a backup plan if you do not make it back to the late bus at TJ in time.

Spring Season Registration is Live!

The registration for the Spring Season is now live for TJ Crew. To sign up follow the directions from this document for the 2023 Registration Steps or click on the Join 2023 page from the main menu above.

Winter Training registration is still the same as previously announced.

And don't miss that there is a $75 discount for paying before December 16th!


Be sure to check our Slack channel for all of the latest news and announcements, especially for any weather-related practice cancellations.

If you have any questions about TJ Crew, you may reach out to our Parent Liaison, Shaista Keating at She is a great resource for all new TJ Crew families.

2022 TJ Food Tent

Useful Information

Updated Regatta Schedule

We have the latest update to the Regatta schedule for this season. The St. Andrews regatta will be hosted on April 8th. This impacts the Spring Break schedule. This means that TJ will not attend a regatta on April 1st and there will not be practice on April 3rd, but practice is required from April 4th - April 7th

and then we will have the St. Andrews regatta on the 8th. St. Andrews is a great day event and is fun for the whole family to attend.

In summary, for Spring Break, rowers will have off April 1 - 3. For those that are planning college visits, FCPS has given us many three-day weekends this year. We encourage you to take full advantage of that before the season starts.

Rowing Gear Special Order

Now is your chance to order a TJ Crew duffel bag, TJ Rowing jacket, and Gore-Tex pants with the hope they arrive in time for the holidays! Please note there is a minimum of 6 jackets ordered for Boathouse to produce them. If the minimum isn’t met, you will be refunded. This may be one of your only chances to order this gear for the season, so act now. These are great for cold weather rowing, especially at the beginning of the Spring season.

The jacket and pants are available (currently marked way down!) through the Boathouse TJ Crew online store. The online store will be open until 10/14. Please refer to the sizing charts or ask a buddy with a jacket to try on to ensure proper sizing as personalized items cannot be returned or exchanged.

The duffel bags can be purchased by using the following link.

We also wanted to give you a heads up that we have limited sizes of the TJ embroidered rowing shorts, tights and tech shirts in the TJ crew store from a previous order. If you plan on buying these items, check the TJ crew store first to see if they have your size and buy them ASAP because the prices on the new order will be significantly higher due to increased cost from the supplier.

We will NOT be stocking these items in the TJ Crew store once they sell out so if you want these items (they are not required, but nice to have), you'll need to order them though the TJ Crew rowing gear special order.  Here's the link to the TJ Crew Store that shows the sizes we currently have in stock:

Please feel free to reach out to our Uniform Chairs with any questions!

Paige & Scott Ellis

Parent Interest Night Slides

It was great seeing everyone at the Parent Interest Night. If you missed it, the slides for the presentation are available here.

Booster Board Current Openings

Click here for the TJCrew Booster Board's Current Openings and Positions

What is Crew?

Crew is the sport of rowing. Boats are made of 8 rowers and a coxswain, who steers the boat. It is considered the ultimate team sport. 

While many students join crew to increase their college admissions chances, TJ Crew rows because of our love of the sport, the joy of being on the water, our close friends in our boat, and the challenge of doing something hard. TJ Rowers are very organized and enjoy the consistent physical exercise that allows us to refocus our minds to do even better with classes.

We are TJHSST's Crew Team, a community composed of over 100 hard-working student athletes.

Come Row With Us

TJ Crew is in its 31st year and we have both Men’s and Women’s Teams. We have a history of excellence, including the National Champions for Women's Varsity 8 in 1996 and 1999, and Men's Varsity 8 in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Our Men's Novice 8 won the Virginia State Championship this past year, and our Women's Freshmen 8 won the Virginia State Championship the year before.

We have 120 team members, and no prior experience is required. Year round rowing opportunities are available. TJ Crew "Learn to Row" is available in the Fall. Then join us for Winter Training, before the main Spring season starts. Over the summer, University Rowing Camps are available and past TJ Rowers have gone on to row for many top universities. Join us and let's row together.

Congratulations to our seniors

US Rowing Honors 5 TJ Crew Seniors

Congratulations to our TJ Crew rowers! Seniors Jonathan Buchholz, Emma Cox, and Matthew Kim were selected for the US Rowing Scholastic Honor Roll; Nikhil Vallikat and Anthony Van Rheenen received honorable mention. These rowers were chosen on the basis of their outstanding academics, rowing successes, and responses to a short application. (See US Rowing's announcement for the full list.) We're proud of these rowers, both on and off the water!

We are TJHSST's Crew Team, a community composed of over 100 hard-working student athletes. 

Since 1989, we have competed at State, National, and International competitions, winning numerous national medals and international acclaim. Our rowers form the most tight-knit and academically successful athletic community at TJ, with the highest graduating GPA of any sport in 2018. From the class of 2018 alone, our alumni went to row and study at schools including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Duke University, just to name a few.