A BRIEF HISTORY



Plant High Rowing Association  (PHRA) was founded in 1999 to facilitate rowing in support of the Plant High School Rowing Club Although separate entities, PHRA, and the Plant High Rowing Club work together to provide the sport of rowing for students at Plant High School. The individuals instrumental in establishing PHRA and rowing at Plant were, among others, Margaret Gandy, Marilyn Samaha, Sean Stewart, Steve Blaschka, Joe Gonzalez and Ken Snyder. Due to the small size and inexperience of the team, PHRA began by racing mostly boats of 4 rowers (fours) and was coached solely by volunteers. As crew grew, racing shifted from fours to eights and part-time coaches were hired.

2004: PHRA continued its competitive development by hiring a full-time Head Coach/ Executive Director.

2005: Plant Crew moves to its current site on the Palm River. Construction of the boathouse occurs during the 2006-07 season. As facilities improve and the staff expands, PHRA is able to facilitate rowing for more students. The roster continues to grow with each season.

2010: PHRA completes work on its second major project: an air-conditioned office, erg room, and changing rooms. In the state of Florida “club” crews (teams with athletes from multiple high schools) and “scholastic” crews (teams from a single public or private school) compete together in the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association (FSRA) State Championship. Historically, through competition in the FSRA State Championship, Plant High Rowing Association has earned its spot as one of the top 3 scholastic rowing programs and one of the top 10 overall rowing programs in the state of Florida.

2011: Head Coach Michael Moseley and PHRA announce an expansion to the coaching staff to meet the needs of a growing High School and Middle School Program.

2017: Palm River Training Center (PRTC) is created after realizing there is a need to provide a place for local high school students to compete in rowing who attend high schools where they do not have a crew program.

All programs offered are run under the PHRA, 501c3, non-profit organization and are operated by volunteers.