Crew - Co-Ed Varsity
With two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, and six freshmen, boys' crew had a young group this year. The boys came together well, finding success this season and exhibiting great promise for the future. Our varsity crew relied on the stalwart efforts of our two seniors while capitalizing on the energy and enthusiasm of two of our novice rowers. Despite the mixture of experience, the first boat was a capable rowing force. They never looked out of their element and raced competitively and respectably in each event. Our varsity crew produced its strongest performances at each of our home races. They defended our unbeaten streak against South Kent in our first race of the season, comfortably outpacing them down our course. They also bested Suffield and Thayer in a hard-fought race at the end of the season, providing a great send-off for our seniors for their last race on West Thompson Lake.
Our novice boys had an accomplished season as well. They capped the spring season off with a strong showing at this past weekend's Mayor's Cup. Their time in their heat qualified them for the petite final, where they squared off against Medford, the host school. In a closely fought battle, the novice boys edged out the Medford crew to claim victory. Their win was a great way to end the season and an encouraging sign for the future of boys' crew at Marianapolis.
The girls’ varsity rowing team had a strong season. As a boat, they came together in a way that is rare. At each race and practice, the girls worked hard both mentally and physically. They pushed themselves past their perceived limits and found that they still had more to give. They remained focused and unflappable. Despite obstacles such as injuries, illnesses, and bad weather that kept them off the water, the girls pulled together and made the most of each opportunity.
The Lady Rowing Knights saw some fierce competition this season and rose to each occasion. They continued their several years-long streak of coming ahead of Eagle Hill both of the times they raced each other. One of the highlights of the season was the Knight’s victory over Westover. After finishing fourteen seconds behind them a few weeks earlier, the girls’ varsity boat pushed themselves more than they had before to cross the finish line five seconds faster than Westover’s first varsity boat. The girls also had a great race at the Mayor’s Cup where they were in the fastest heat for their group.
The coaches are incredibly sad to lose the three female seniors from the rowing program. Each of them has given so much time and dedication to helping it grow, and they are incredible women in their own respects. But they are excited to see what the future holds for the team and can only hope that each successive year can have a crew that is as tight as these five women were.
Sean MurphyHead Coach
Sean Murphy currently teaches English III and AP Literature and Composition. He serves as an AOD (Administrator on Duty), and coaches fall and spring crew. Mr. Murphy is married to Mrs. Murphy and they have one son, Gabriel.
Gwenn CurtisAssistant CoachGwenn Curtis joins the English Language department at Marianapolis this year. Ms. Curtis grew up on the campus of Salisbury School where her dad is a teacher and coach. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Eastern Asia. Ms. Curtis has her Masters of Music in Historical and Analytical Musicology from King's College London. She taught Grade 1 and 2 English, Science, and Art in Ningbo, China for the last two years prior to joining MPrep.