The Hill Athletics program creates opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level of independent school sports and is committed to providing an experience that develops character, emphasizes teamwork, and encourages healthy lifelong habits.
Within that context, Hill Crew, an interscholastic competitive program, seeks to kindle at all levels from novice to varsity a passion for the highest standards of balanced personal, boat, and team achievement. Hill Crew believes all success comes from the operational skills: how to formulate step-by-step goals and to achieve them.
Hill Crew has an integrated approach that combines mental alertness, physical toughness, technical expertise, teamwork, emotional steadiness, and a cheerful approach to life. We strive to win races as an expression of these.
Hill Crew’s highest values are athletic competitiveness and all-around sportsmanship. Our objective metric is thus boat speed and the winning of races.
Race results—and an honest assessment of them—reflect directly the quality of both athlete and coach preparedness, consistency, and resolve. Hill Crew’s subjective metric, to be developed over the four years of a student’s rowing career, is the development of good character. A specific area worthy of note is a healthy, mutually-supportive relationship between the boys and girls sides of the program.
In the spring, Hill Crew races other MAPL teams and in the Philadelphia Manny Flick series and competes in three championship races MAPL Championships, USRowing Mid-Atlantics, and Stotesbury Regatta. Hill oarsmen and oarswomen are encouraged to participate in summer rowing or other athletics and to contribute to team sports in the fall and winter terms. Those rowers who do not have a winter team sport are strongly encouraged to participate in the winter erg power-endurance program. Over spring break, interested rowers can participate in a one-week training program in Clemson, SC, designed to teach novices the fundamentals of rowing in mild conditions, to ramp up varsity skills for racing, and to build team camaraderie.