Quick Catch: August 2015


Nhat’s Note

Dear Capital members and friends,

I hope you all enjoyed a great summer rowing season thus far. Be sure you hydrate before, during, and after your row.

I am happy to share some great things happening around our club:

  • With the assistance of a grant from the DC Trust, Capital will be concluding its first summer rowing and academic camp for youths in Wards 6, 7, and 8.
  • Our rowing squads took home two team trophies at Diamond States Master Rowing regatta for having the most team points in sweep and the most overall team points.
  • In mid-August, our team will travel to US Rowing Masters Nationals and Bayada Regatta, a premier regatta for adaptive athletes. Good luck to those who will be racing!

We have also done a better job with publicity this year. There has been more exposure for our club through news articles, videos, and radio coverage.  Of course, we could do more to let people know about our great organization.  If you have experience in media or publicity, we would love for you to help get the word out to the community about our organization.

Similar to the past few years, we will conclude the summer with the “Pull for the Pig” event on August 29.  Come row, erg, eat, and drink at this fun club combine and show your red, white, and blue team spirit.

Go Capital!

Nhat Nguyen, President

Upcoming Events

  • August 13-16 – Masters Nationals (Cooper River, Camden, NJ)
  • August 15 – Bayada Regatta (Schuykill River, Philadelphia, PA)
  • August 23, 4:00pm – CRC Board Meeting (Erg Room, 1900 M St., SE)
  • August 24 – Fall Season Starts
  • August 29, 2:00pm – Annual End of Summer Season “Pull for the Pig” (1900 M St., SE)
  • August 30, 11:00am – Bioswale Work Session (1900 M St., SE)*

*Volunteers Needed!

Fundraising: Adopt-A-Rower


Recruiting season for Juniors is coming up and it’s a great time to Sponsor-A-Rower!  Check out how to make an incredible difference in the lives of our Juniors.  Sponsor for 1 season, 2 seasons, or all year!  

Capital Juniors Featured on the Steve Harvey Show


On August 6, the Capital Juniors were featured on the Steve Harvey Show on WHUR (96.3) in a brief interview with Capital’s Executive Director Harlan Trevithick.  Prior to the interview, Harlan invited Darryl Haley, a former Patriots, Browns, and Packers player, who has worked on WHUR 96.3 Howard University Radio for the past 15 years and hosts “Fitness Fridays” on the Steve Harvey Show, to visit a Capital Juniors camp day this summer.  He accepted and was thrilled to see the Juniors in action. The radio spot briefly explains the Capital Juniors program, when the upcoming tryouts are, and where to donate to the program. 96.3 broadcasts to all the historically black colleges and universities and has a roughly 8-million person reach.


Information about Capital Juniors is already posted on the show’s website and video footage will be added soon!

Congratulations to Harlan and the Juniors!

Coach Spotlight: Elena Bratichko, Comp Men & Women

Interview by Georgia Bullen


Which programs do you coach at Capital?

I coach the men’s and women’s competitive sweep program.

How and when did you first get involved with Capital?

I joined my husband coaching at CRC in 1996.

How would you describe your coaching style or philosophy?

I coach alongside my husband (Coach Guennadi Bratichko) to encourage athletes to work as a team. I assist each athlete individually based on their specialized needs. Sometimes it’s as easy as showing them a video of themselves to help them better understand what they are doing wrong and how to correct their form. They might not fully understand the whole picture as I’m coaching during practice, so when they are able to see what I see during practice, it ties everything together. I’m very particular in my coaching style because I observe every little detail.

When did you first start rowing? What drew you to it?

I first started rowing in 1978, absolutely by accident. An acquaintance at the sports college I was attending encouraged me to try rowing. I attended one practice. When I sat down in the boat for the first time, I thought to myself that I could be great at this and I fell in love. Within two years, I became a silver medal Olympic Champion at the age of 19. My passion grew as well as my achievements; I finished my education and went on to win more medals as part of the national rowing team for seven years. Rowing opened a lot of doors for me and was truly my passion.

What other coaching experience do you have outside of Capital?

When I was on the Soviet national team, as the most experienced athlete in my boat, I took leadership and coached the girls in my boat. I was their mentor, coach, and teammate. After I left the national team, I coached a junior club team in Minsk, Belarus. When I came to the United States, I coached for one season at Jeb Stewart High School as an assistant head coach.  In 1997, I was hired as the head women’s coach at George Mason University, where I built the program from club to varsity within five years. I coached the DC Strokes sculling program at Thompson’s from 1997 to 1998. I also coached CRC winter sculling for a few years in mid-2000.

When you’re not coaching, what’s your day job?

I work at the Aquatic and Fitness Center at George Mason University as well as several locations as a massage therapist.

Favorite place in the DC area?

I enjoy the Waterfront especially at sunrise or sunset.

What other hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of rowing?

Some of my favorite hobbies are drawing, painting, making mosaics, going to the spa, hot yoga, biking through scenic trails, and spending time with my family.

Where did you grow up and, if you aren’t from DC, what brought you here?

I grew up in Russia and came to the U.S with my family in 1995.

If you could listen to just one song or album while you rowed, what would it be?


What is it about Capital that encourages you to return each year?

I am very encouraged by the dedication and hard work that the CRC athletes exhibit. I admire their ambition to continue to give it their all and strive to be the best they can be.

Share a favorite Capital moment.

I feel so proud after every regatta in which our athletes perform to the best of their abilities and bring home medals.

What are you looking forward to this year as a Capital coach?

I look forward to our team getting top 3 at Master’s Nationals and Head of the Charles and enjoying the victories from daily hard work.

If you could give Capital rowers a piece of advice, what would it be?

Strive to be the best that you can be and don’t give up when things get hard. Life is like a wave, you’ll experience highs and you’ll experience lows, just hold your course and do you best to ride the wave.

Volunteer Opportunity: 2015 Gala Planning


Planning for the 2015 CRC Gala is underway!  The success of this annual Capital fundraiser is dependent upon the work of many dedicated volunteers.  If you’re interested in helping, please contact Rachel Poor (rachel.s.poor@gmail.com).

Safety Corner

Our club is lucky to have a few extremely capable trailer drivers to help us transport our boats to and from races (three cheers for Rachel Humphreys and Jim Aust for all the work they do to make it happen!), but every member should know what it takes for us to safely get all our equipment to our races: Check out US Rowing’s trailer safety feature here.


Meet a Member

Like Congress, Meet a Member is on vacation this month.  Check back in September!

Program News


Adapative will head to Philly for the Bayada Regatta on August 15, an annual all-adaptive regatta.  We’ll have new rowers Kenneth Marrs, Sarah Davies, and Daniel Longo competing at this regatta for the first time — good luck!

Mikaela Schaller is leaving to head back to Bucknell. She has been an invaluable resource to CARP and has brought order, discipline, and better training to our daily practices. Due to her absence, CARP is looking again for another assistant coach. Only 2 days per week! We have received some interest, but are still eagerly searching for qualified candidates. Email harlan@capitalrowing.org with interest or referrals.



Through the DC Trust, Capital has put on a 6-week academic and rowing camp targeted to students in local wards 6, 7, and 8.  Their families were invited to attend the last day with the students to see presentations and learn how to row from their children.

Congratulations to our Juniors who competed at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta !  This regatta closed out our competitive summer offerings.  The students traveled with Coach Nathan and their families to the Schuylkill River to put their training to the test.  With no lightweight categories or J-16 options, our young, light rowers were up against students much older and heavier.  Coach Nathan was pleased with each student’s performance and thought the regatta ran very smoothly.  


CRC Board Highlights

Board meeting minutes can be found here.

Capitol Hill Yoga Opportunity

East Side Yoga is now open at 10th and F NE, and is inviting Capitol rowers to try a first class for free!  The promo code ESYFreeClass can be used to sign up for a free class online or on walk-in basis. To use it on a walk-in basis, just show up 5-10 min before class is scheduled to start and provide the front desk staff with your promo code.  To use it online:

  1. Go to our online scheduler at: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=46557.
  2. Click the “Sign Up” button next to the class you wish to take.
  3. Choose “Single Drop In Class” when asked which type of pass you’d like to purchase
  4. Enter the promo code in the box in the top left-hand corner of the screen where it says PROMOTION CODE.


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