The mission of Blair Crew is to facilitate instruction in the sport of rowing, and to promote physical fitness, teamwork and competition among students.
Jordan Croll, Head Women’s Coach and Novice Women’s Coach
Jordan Croll began rowing in the fall of 2013 for Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA. During his first season, his boat placed 2nd at the SRAA National Championship in the First Freshman 8+. Jordan continued rowing with Central throughout high school and by Spring 2017, he found himself in the stroke seat of the First Varsity 8+ placing 10th at SRAA.
Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland where he studied geophysics and rowed for the Club Rowing Team. During his stint with Maryland Rowing, Jordan held the Executive Board positions of Social Chair and Public Relations Officer for 2018 and 2019-2020 respectively. In 2019, Jordan competed at the Dad Vail Regatta where his 4+ placed 10th.
From Fall 2019 through Spring 2021, Jordan coached for Elizabeth Seton high School as the Assistant Novice Coach. During Summer and Fall 2021, Jordan coached the Washington Rowing School U19 Girls’ team where the team competed at races such as the Philadelphia Youth Regatta, the Head of the Occoquan, and the Head of the Schuylkill.
Aside from coaching, Jordan currently works for AASHTO Resource as a Construction Materials Laboratory Auditor. “In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, spending time outdoors and seeing friends and family.”
Perrin Salewood, Head Men’s Coach and Varsity Men’s Coach
Perrin Salewood grew up in St. Louis, MO where she rowed for 4 yeas for St. Louis Rowing Club. Perrin finished her high school rowing career in the V4+ that won the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship and placed fifth at youth nationals.
After graduating high school, she attended Hamilton College in central New York where she majored in Psychology and minored in Hispanic Studies.
As a member of the rowing team at Hamilton, she was elected co-captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Hamilton had its most successful season in program history during the spring of 2021. During that season, Perrin sat six seat in the V8+ that finished second in the conference. Hamilton then received a bid to the NCAA championship where they finished third. Following the season, Perrin was named an All-American and to the all-conference team.
After Hamilton, Perrin moved to DC where she works for the National Association of Corporate Directors and has coached sweep and sculling at both the high school and masters levels. loves to spend her free time hiking and exploring DC.
Colin Silvers, Varsity Women’s Coach
Colin Silvers started rowing in the winter of 2012 for Gonzaga College High School after competing in cross-country for the fall. He continued to row for Gonzaga throughout high school. Colin was selected as a senior to the bow seat of the First Varsity Eight, which won Stotesbury and went 5th overall at the US Rowing Youth National Championships, being the only scholastic program in the grand finals that year. Colin was named to the 2016 Washington Post All Metropolitan team.
After Gonzaga, Colin rowed for the University of Maryland men’s team, where he stroked the First Varsity Eight his freshman year. During his time at Maryland, the club grew from a developing team to one of the best clubs on the East Coast, before the season was cut short due to Covid-19. Colin also rowed for TBC and PBC Men’s Sweep during college, traveling domestically and internationally to compete.
Colin started his coaching career in the Fall of 2020 at Blair Crew, where he oversaw the novice group (shoutout to the “mediocre novices”). “One of the highlights of my coaching career was seeing the Women’s Novice 4+ win WMIRA 2021 by a landslide margin. However, even better than that is seeing the consistent, individual improvement of each and every rower I coach.”
Aside from coaching, Colin currently works as a QA Software Engineer in Georgetown. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, gaming and programming computer games.
Caroline Dollymore, Novice Men’s Coach
Caroline Dollymore, a rower of 6 years, has rowed since her freshman year of high school. She rowed for St. John’s College High School and served as the women’s team captain for her junior and senior years. She graduated from SJC in 2020.
In the 2020-21 school year, Caroline rowed D1 for Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and has just recently transferred to the University of Maryland. She is now a sophomore rowing for UMD’s Women’s Crew team and is very excited to get back out onto the water! She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
This is Caroline’s second season coaching for Blair Crew and she is very excited to see some boats go fast.
Ned Wood, Novice Men’s Coach
Ned began rowing in 1968 as a freshman in Belmont Hill School in Boston. Three years later he was
co-captain (with his twin brother) of the national championship high school crew. He then rowed at
Brown University under the guidance of Vic Michalson. His first coaching position was as Novice
coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and during his two-year tenure he coached a
Heavyweight crew that finished 2 nd at the Dad Vail Regatta and a Lightweight crew which defeated
Cornell, Penn, Princeton and Yale on route to an undefeated season and a Dad Vail championship.
After beginning to develop his sculling skills at the Club Deportivo de Puerto Sajonia in Asunción,
Paraguay, he returned to Noble & Greenough School in Boston to coach the Boys Varsity crews for 10
years. In 1997 he moved to Iowa City, where he worked for several years as the Coordinator of
Rowing (coordinating the use of the boathouse by the University of Iowa’s Women’s Crew and Men’s
Club, and the Old Capital Rowing Club). He returned to coaching at the St. Louis Rowing Club as an
assistant coach the junior women for 5 years.
Ned was a high school Spanish, English, and Latin teacher for 37 years, before retiring in 2018. He continues
to enjoy sculling on the Anacostia when conditions are favorable.