Westover Wildcat Rowing earned a first place finish today on Bantam Lake. Race conditions were good with a bit of crosswind at the start and mid-race with smooth waters over the last 500. Westover powered off the start and took an immediate lead over Forman and Taft’s novices. They had open water by the first 500m as Taft was stern to bow with Forman. With consistent strong rowing and excellent steering by coxswain Gabby Y. Westover continued to build on their lead crossing the finish line with a strong effort and open water over Forman who battled back to take second. Racing for Westover: Gabby Y.(coxswain), Alex K. (stroke), Maddie Claire (3), Jess G. (2), Chloe K. (bow).
Westover is happy to announce that the rowing program will be returning to Lake Quassapaug for its fifth year in 2017. The program continues to grow since the first five Westover girls established the program in the Spring of 2013. Riley Boeth ’13, Liv Burns ’14, Sarah Peterson ’15, Isabelle Morrissey ’16, and coxswain Julia Copper ’15 – had the privilege of participating in a pilot program associated with Chase Collegiate School in the spring of 2013.
That first year, Westover competed in a total of six races in a borrowed 4+. The program now owns its own boat, trailer and support equipment. The team is fortunate to be able to practice on nearby Lake Quassapaug. The Wildcats hope to participate in some competitive races throughout this spring.
This season, the team consists of 11 rowers including returning seniors Alex Kagan (3rd year, sits stroke) and Chloe Kirk, nine underclassmen with four new additions to the program.
Westover was represented well in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference this winter with five athletes being named All-NEPSAC in swimming and basketball.
The varsity swimmers are honored as National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Silver Level Scholar team for earning a team GPA of above 3.5.
At the Winter Sports Awards held on March 1, each team was recognized and the girls were awarded their letters, pins, and certificates. Nineteen students received team awards, while four were recognized as All-CISAC (Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference), three as CISAC Honorable Mention, and one as a NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) All-Star.
The Swim Team's successes at the New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Division III Championships included its first New England Champion.