Meet the Coaches

Ted Bristol

Head Coach

Ted is the team's Head Coach. Ted's involvement with our team began when his daughter, Hannah, took up the sport as a freshman in 2007.  All told, Ted has been involved with rowing for more than 35 years as a coach, athlete and parent. 

He was also Co-Captain and Stroke of the George Washington University men's crew and Most Valuable Oarsmen in his senior year. After graduation, Ted coached the GWU freshmen for a season. He is a member of the Potomac Boat Club and rows a single in his spare time.

When he isn't coaching, Ted is a Senior Vice President at FaegreBD Consulting, where he heads the public sector practice team.

Anna Wyeth

Assistant Coach

Anna Wyeth is now in her 6th season assisting the coaching team part-time. Anna is the Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement Programs in the Institutional Advancement office at Sidwell Friends, working primarily with young alumni on a variety of programming and fundraising efforts. Anna rowed at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and for the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, California, and competed on summer teams with CRI in Boston and Saugatuck Rowing Club in Norwalk, Connecticut. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, exploring DC, and spending time with family and friends.

Peggy Tio

Novice Coach

Prior to joining our team, Peggy rowed at San Diego State University and coached at Pacific Rowing Club in San Francisco as the Varsity Assistant Coach. Aside from coaching, Peggy is the Associate Director of Diversity & Equity at Holyu Trinity School. Peggy works to build new diverse student outreach initiatives for K-8 that fulfill the diversity mission of the school. Outside of rowing and work, Peggy likes to travel, spend time with her friends, and find new excursions along the east coast.

Meet the Board

SFS Rowing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that administers the Sidwell Friends School girls' rowing program and raises the funds necessary to purchase and maintain equipment used by the team.  The capital budget is amortized over ten years so that we can afford large purchases, such as new shells, without unduly burdening current families.


SFS Rowing's equipment currently includes two eights, two fours, a launch and motor, nineteen ergs, three cox boxes, safety equipment, lots of oars, and a new Vespoli four, the Aurora. We fund the capital budget with donations, primarily from current parents, and from large and small fundraising events.

Dana Gershon


Dana is the mother of junior Noa Pesner and an attorney with a private practice that specializes in employment law. She has also taught at Boston University School of Law and in the Genesis Program at Brandeis University. Dana received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. from Cornell University. Dana is a past President of the Board of Trustees of the Rashi School in Dedham, MA. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Council on Jewish Women and on the Board of Advisors of the New England Center for Children in Southborough, MA.

Jill White


Jill’s daughter Wiley is a sophomore rower. Jill is a museum educator by training and consults with schools on arts-related projects. She is an active volunteer in the Sidwell Parent’s association. 

Pamela Kurland

Secretary and Head of Merchandise

Pam’s daughter, Hannah Marchick, is a junior rower. Pam is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has been active in the SFS Parents Association in the past.

Jacqueline Becker


Jackie’s daughter, Anika Schipma, joined the crew team as a sophomore in 2016 and is now a co-captain!  Jackie is an attorney practicing law in the District of Columbia. She also serves as co-clerk of the SFS Parent Association Upper School Parent Peer Group Committee and was formerly a SFS 10th grade Parent Association representative.

Russ Lamotte

Board Member

Courtenay Labson

Board Member

Courtenay’s daughter Claudia is a sophomore rower. Claudia has two siblings in 8th grade at Sidwell (with hopefully at least one additional new rower!). Courtenay previously practiced law and is now pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

Russ' daughter, Amelia, is a sophomore rower. Russ is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Russ helps multinational companies navigate international environmental regulatory regimes and product compliance.