May 3, 2016

After Solid Start, Wildcats End Up Clawing Desperate Overtime Victory

Josh Turkowski makes a shot from the foul line during last night's game against Lyman Memorial.

Josh Turkowski makes a shot from the foul line during last night’s game against Lyman Memorial.

Sixth-seeded Old Lyme appeared to be on their way to an expected victory last night over Lyman Memorial (seeded 27) at half-time when the score stood at 35-22.  Things were still on track at the end of the third quarter when the Wildcats had advanced to a comfortable 45-32 lead.

And then it all fell apart in the fourth quarter when Lyman outscored the ‘Cats  23-10 to force a completely unanticipated and nerve-wracking overtime at 55-55.

Kirk Kaczor’s boys fought back in overtime ably assisted by senior George Doll, who had sat on the bench until the final minutes of the fourth quarter due to an injury.  Doll scored five critical points in overtime, which helped Old Lyme finally claim a 67-60 victory.

Drake Gavin was top scorer for Old Lyme with 19 points, while Matt Watts St-Germain added 16.

Old Lyme now faces No. 11 Coginchaug tomorrow evening at Lyme-Old Lyme High School with a 7 p.m. tip-off.  Despite their lower ranking, Coginchaug defeated the Wildcats in the regular season so the game promises to be intense.

Go Wildcats!

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‘Cats Fall to Cromwell in Shoreline Championship in Final Minutes

A photo (by D. St. Germain) when victory was looking likely on Friday night ...

A photo (by D. St. Germain) when victory was looking likely on Friday night …

Despite leading much of the game against top-seeded Cromwell, victory ultimately eluded Kirk Kaczor’s Wildcats in the Shoreline Conference Championship game played Friday evening in Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. Old Lyme were up 28-27 at the half but in a heartbreaking loss, lost 52-48 at the buzzer.

For a full report of the game, read Desmond Conner’s article, Boys Basketball: Cromwell Beats Old Lyme, 52-48, published in the [Hartford] courant.com.

Old Lyme now faces Lyman Memorial on Monday at home tipping off at 7 p.m.in the first round of the CIAC Class S state tournament.

Go Wildcats!

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After Crushing Rams in Semis, ‘Cats Meet Cromwell Tonight in Shoreline Championship

The Wildcat seniors (from left to right) Matt Watts-St. Germain, George Doll, Drake Gavin and Josh Turkowski will play again Friday in the Shoreline Conference final.

The Wildcat seniors (from left to right) Matt Watts-St. Germain, George Doll, Drake Gavin and Josh Turkowski will play again Friday in the Shoreline Conference final. Photos by Danielle St. Germain.

Kirk Kaczor’s Wildcats stormed to success last night with a stunning 62-45 victory over the Old Saybrook Rams in a Shoreline Conference semi-final.

Coach Kaczor gives advice to his seniors during the team's 49-46 victory over East Hampton last Saturday.

Coach Kaczor gives advice to his seniors during the team’s 49-46 victory over East Hampton last Saturday.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd in the opposition’s own gymnasium, Drake Gavin, who was named the Shoreline Conference Player of the Year over the weekend, poured in the points scoring 33 by the end of the game.

Following a long tradition at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, the seniors pose with oversize cut-outs of their heads used later by the fans to show support for the team.

The Wildcat seniors!

The Old Lyme boys now face top-seeded Cromwell in the Shoreline Conference final at Wilbur Cross High School on Friday.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Giaconia Signs with UConn

Jack Giaconia, who signed a Letter of Intent to play football with UConn last week.

Jack Giaconia, who has signed a Letter of Intent to play football with UConn, was a four-year starter on the Valley/Old Lyme co-op football team.  Photo by Laura Matesky, www.lauramateskyphotography.com

Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Jack Giaconia, who was a starter on the Valley Regional/Lyme-Old Lyme ‘Warriors’ co-op football team throughout his high school career, has signed a Letter of Intent to be a preferred walk-on with the UConn Huskies.

A delighted Giaconia told LymeLine.com, “For me signing with UConn is a dream come true. I’ve been watching them play on TV since I was like seven years old.”

He explained that prior to signing with UConn, he had quite a number of college options on the table including Endicott, University of New Haven, and also Central, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities.  He noted, “I was also considering going to prep school since I wasn’t getting very much interest from big time Division One schools,” but, “When [Warriors head] coach [Tim] King told me that UConn was interested, I was very excited.”

Now, after a short break following his high school graduation in early June, Giaconia is looking forward to starting his training with the UConn team at the end of June.  He explains, “That’s when I start lifting and training with the team.”

Asked if there was anyone he wished to acknowledge in terms of having helped him reach his goal, Giaconia, who stands 6 ft. 4 in. and weighs 330 lb, graciously offered quite a list, saying first, “I want to thank coach King and all the coaching staff for being the best group of coaches a player could ask for.”  He then added, “I also want to thank both the Valley and Lyme-Old Lyme school districts because without the co-op being created, I wouldn’t have been able to play for my hometown.”

Giaconia quickly followed up saying, “I also want to thank the Roche family for being so supportive and helpful throughout the recruiting process.  And last but not least, I want to thank my family for being my biggest fans and for getting me to this point in my life.”

Jack is the son of Mark and Monica Giaconia of Lyme, Conn.

Congratulations, Jack — we’ll be following your career with great interest!

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Name Hilda Heck as New Athletic Director to Replace Buscetto

Hilda Heck

Hilda Heck

Region 18 Schools have announced the appointment of Hilda Heck (photo added 1/4/16) as the new Athletic Director for the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. Heck currently serves as the Athletic Director at The Classical Magnet High School and Middle School in Hartford, Conn. 

A graduate of Springfield College, Heck has coached both indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. In addition to serving as a physical education and health teacher in Hartford, Heck has also taught gymnastics and swimming at the Westbrook YMCA. She will begin her tenure in January, replacing outgoing Athletic Director Bill Buscetto.

Region 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented.“We have been fortunate in our district to have a number of very talented and dedicated Athletic Directors in Rob Roach and Bill Buscetto. Hilda Heck fits the mold of high quality people we have had in this position. We are excited for her to pick up right where Bill left off and continue providing top notch athletic opportunities for our students.”

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Old Lyme’s Fairfield-Sonn Named All-American by D3Football.com

All American Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn stands with his proud parents, Lynn and Jim Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme.

D3Football.com All-American footballer Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn stands with his proud parents, Lynn and Jim Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme.

Old Lyme resident Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn, who graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2012 and now attends Amherst College where he is a senior safety on the College’s football team, was named to the 2015 D3football.com All-America team, and earned recognition on the Third Team Defense.  Fairfield-Sonn played a key role on the Valley-Old Lyme Co-op football team while attending high school in Old Lyme.

Fairfield-Sonn became the fifth member of the Amherst football team to garner All-America praise from D3football.com. In addition to his most recent accolade, Fairfield-Sonn was also named to the D3football.com All-East Region First Team Defense, the New England Writers Division II/III All-New England Team and the NESCAC All-Conference First Team Defense.

Fairfield-Sonn also picked up two yearly awards and was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, while also claiming the Joseph P. Zabilski award – which is announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and recognizes New England’s top offensive and defensive players for Division II and III.

Congratulations, Jimmy!

Click here to read the full article on which this article is based. The original article was first published on the Athletics section of the Amherst College website.

 

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Moriarty Signs to Row D-1 at Holy Cross

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Maegan Moriarty of Old Lyme (pictured above center), who attends Phillips Exeter Academy and will graduate in June 2016, has accepted a scholarship and signed a National Letter of Intent to row D-1 at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
Maegan is the daughter of John and Brenda Moriarty.  Maegan’s sister Patricia is a 10th grader at Phillips Exeter Academy and her brother Johnnie is a 6th grader at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.
Congratulations, Maegan!

 

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Co-Champions! Girls Tie 2-2 After Double Overtime in Class S State Championship

Co-champions! The Old Lyme girls gather for a photo to celebrate their shared victory in the Class S state tournament.

Co-champions! The Old Lyme girls gather for a photo to celebrate their shared victory in the Class S state tournament.  Photo by T. Lewis.

UPDATE 11/21 7:34PM:  Despite being two goals down at half-time to Notre Dame of Fairfield, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats, seeded fifth, clawed back in the second half with two goals by Maddy Oullette to equalize the score.

After two periods of overtime, the score was still level at 2-0 and under CIAC rules, both teams were declared co-Class S  state champions.

This is the second time that an Old Lyme girl’s soccer team has been named co-champions of Class S — it happened in 2009, when the Old Lyme girls shared the title with Immaculate of Danbury after a 1-1 tie.

CONGRATULATIONS, WILDCATS!

Click to read a full report of yesterday’s state final game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day today.

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Girls Defeat Holy Cross, Advance to State Final; Boys Fall to Coventry in Semis

The Wildcat teams after winning their respective Shoreline Conferences. Now both are playing in the Class S semi finals. Go Wildcats!

The Wildcat teams celebrate after winning their respective Shoreline Conferences — now both are playing in the Class S semi finals. Go Wildcats!

11/18, 3:03am UPDATE: Boys lose 2-1 to Coventry

11/16, 8:22pm UPDATE: Girls defeat Holy Cross 4-1 to earn place in state final!

Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (14-2-2)  meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal tonight in Middletown with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off.

The Old Lyme boys defeated Canton 6-1 in their CIAC Class S quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon to advance to their semi-finals where they will meet Coventry on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Montville with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off.

To reach the semis, Old Lyme girls defeated Coventry 2-1 away in the quarterfinal on Friday and Windsor 4-1 at home in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.  The boys soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round and Portland 2-1 in the first round.

Go Wildcats!

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Girls Advance to Soccer Semis, Boys DEFEAT Canton in Quarters Today!

The magic words before the match.

Wildcats gather in a time-honored huddle before every game..

UPDATE 5:30pm: The Old Lyme boys defeated Canton 6-1 in their CIAC Class S quarterfinal game this afternoon to advance to the semi-finals where they will meet Coventry on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at a time and location to be determined.

Marc Vendetti’s third-seeded Wildcats  (14-1-3) meet sixth-seeded Canton (13-4-1) in the quarter final of the CIAC Class S soccer tournament this afternoon on the varsity field at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.  Kick-off is at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (14-2-2) defeated Coventry 2-1 away yesterday afternoon and will now meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal on Monday, Nov. 16, at a time and location to be determined.

To reach the quarterfinals, the boys soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round and Portland 2-1 in the first round, while the Old Lyme girls defeated Windsor 4-1 in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.

Go Wildcats!

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Wildcat Boys, Girls Advance to Quarterfinals in State Soccer Tourney, Girls Face Coventry Today

Victory! Old Lyme players celebrate their victory over Cromwell. Photo by E.Z. Cole.

Victory! Old Lyme players celebrate their victory over Cromwell. Photo by E.Z. Cole.

11/13 8:17pm UPDATE:  The Old Lyme girls (14-2-2) defeated Coventry 2-1 this afternoon and will now meet Holy Cross (14-3-2) in the Class S semifinal on Monday, Nov. 16, at a time and location to be determined.

Yesterday afternoon, the third-seeded Old Lyme boy’s soccer team (14-1-3) soundly defeated Cromwell 3-1 in the second round of the CIAC Class S soccer tournament to qualify for a quarter final spot against sixth-seeded Canton (13-4-1). Kick-off is tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 14) at 2 p.m. in Old Lyme.

The Wildcats coached by Marc Vendetti beat Portland 2-1 in the first round on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Paul Gleason’s fifth-seeded girls (13-2-2) meet fourth-seeded Coventry (14-3-0) in their quarter final game at 4 p.m. today away at Coventry.  To reach this stage, Old Lyme defeated Windsor 4-1 in the second round having enjoyed a bye in Round 1.

Go Wildcats!

 

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Wildcats Sweep Shorelines! Girls, Boys Defeat Morgan 4-0 in Respective Soccer Championships

Shoreline champions 2015!

Shoreline champions 2015!  Photo by T. Lewis.

In a stunning night of soccer, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School girls’ and boys’ soccer teams completed a clean sweep of the Shoreline Championship yesterday evening with both teams defeating their Morgan counterparts 4-0.

Senior Danny Cole (right) is all smiles as he holds the Shoreline Championship trophy after the Wildcats defeated Morgan 4-0.

Cameron Dean-Frazier (left) and Danny Cole (right) are all smiles as they hold the Shoreline Championship trophy after the Wildcats defeated Morgan 4-0.  Photo by E. Cole.

Marc Vendetti’s boys played first at 5 p.m. and Paul Gleason’s girls followed at 7 p.m.  Senior captains for the boys’ team are Alex Bellas, Brett Hartmann, Will Ferguson and Joel Driscoll who join seniors Ethan Fenton, Cam Dean-Frazier, Nate Peduzzi, Cooper St. Germain and Dan Fink.

Paul Gleason, veteran coach of the girl's soccer team, shares a smile with several of his players after winning the Shoreline Championship last night.

Paul Gleason, veteran coach of the girl’s soccer team, shares a smile with his senior captains Tori Sims, Kyra Teixeira, Samantha Lee and Silja Forstein after winning the Shoreline Championship last night.

In the girl’s game, Maddie Ouellette sent a corner kick to Kyra Texeira for the first goal after some 14 minutes to end the half 1-0.  In the second half, Mya Johnson then assisted Silja Forstein for the second goal and Jenna Peduzzi notched up the assist when Johnson scored the third goal.  Then for the final goal, Forstein assisted Peduzzi for fourth goal to secure the championship win.

Follow this link for a full report of the boys’ game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day Nov. 7.

Follow this link for a full report of the girls’ game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day Nov. 7.

We send huge congratulations to both teams, their coaches and the team parents.  We wish we could have been there to record this piece of Wildcat history (especially as it seems The Day did not feel it warranted sending a photographer!) but sadly family duty across the Atlantic called.

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Wildcat Boys, Girls Compete in Shoreline Finals Tonight

Caroline Wallace in action for the Wildcats.

Caroline Wallace in action for the Wildcats.

Both the Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s and girl’s soccer teams will play tonight in the 2015 Shoreline Conference Championship double-header at Portland High School. The boys kick off against Morgan High School of Clinton at 5 p.m. and the girls also play Morgan at 7 p.m.  Quite a night for the Wildcats!

Marc Vendetti’s boys reached the final after a 2-0 vistory over the Old Saybrook Rams with Nate Peduzzi scoring both goals.

Click here to read a full report of that game by Vickie Fulkerson and published on TheDay.com Tuesday.

Paul Gleason’s girls defeated Coginchaug by an astonishing 10 goals to the Blue Devils four in their semi-final game.

Click here to read a full report of that game by Jimmy Zanor and published Nov. 3 on GameTimeCT.com

Good luck to both teams tonight and … Go Wildcats!

 

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Old Lyme Boys Defeat Saybrook to Advance to Friday’s Shoreline Final

It will be a double-header for Old Lyme Friday when both the boys and girls’ soccer teams will both play their Morgan counterparts kicking off at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively at Portland High School.  Quite a night for the Wildcats!

Marc Vendetti’s boys reached the final after a 2-0 vistory over the Old Saybrook Rams with Nate Peduzzi scoring both goals.

Click here to read a full report of the game by Vickie Fulkerson and published on TheDay.com Tuesday.

Good luck to both teams on Friday and … Go Wildcats!

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Old Lyme Girls Cruise Past Coginchaug in Shoreline Semis

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats defeated Coginchaug by an astonishing 10 goals to the Blue Devils four in this morning’s Shoreline Conference semi-final game. The top-seeded Wildcats (13-2-2) will now meet second seeds Morgan (13-3-1) in the championship Friday (7 p.m.) at Portland High School.

Click here to read a full report of the game by Jimmy Zanor and published Nov. 3 on GameTimeCT.com

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Old Lyme’s Eastman-Grossel Finishes Sixth in Junior Olympics Long Jump

Zoe Eastman-Grossel stands on the medal- winners podium after placing sixth in the Junior Olympics long jump.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel stands on the medal- winners podium after placing sixth in the Junior Olympics long jump.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel of Old Lyme finished sixth out of 77 qualifiers in the long jump at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics.  Participants from across the country competed in the Norfolk, Va., event held Aug. 1-8.

A smiling Zoe Eastman-Grossel proudly wears her Junior Olympics medal.

A smiling Zoe Eastman-Grossel proudly wears her Junior Olympics medal.

Eastman-Grossel competed in the 8-and-Under division of the girl’s long jump and set a personal record of 3.37 meters (11.00.75 ft.) to earn a medal and All-American status in the event.

This past season Eastman-Grossel was the Connecticut AAU District and Regional champion in the long jump.  She went undefeated in Connecticut while breaking meet records at each meet and finishing no lower than second in the long jump during the regular season.

She also qualified for and competed in the 100 meter dash at the Junior Olympics in which she finished 58th out of 104 participants.

Eastman-Grossel is a member of the Connecticut Hawks Track Club in New Haven and attends the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London.

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Women’s Golf Association Tournament Raises Funds for Terri Brodeur Cancer Foundation

The participants in the Terri Brodeur Foundation benefit at the Old Lyme Country Club gather for a photo.

The participants in the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament at the Old Lyme Country Club gather for a photo.

The Women’s Golf Association (WGA) of the Old Lyme Country held its annual Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Golf Tournament July 23, at the Old Lyme Country Club.

Over 37 ladies participated in the tournament and raised $4,240 for the Terri Brodeur Foundation. The event included 9-holes of golf, a silent auction, raffle, and a luncheon. All of the funds pledged go directly to breast cancer research. Administrative costs are either sponsor-supported or volunteer provided. The Terri Brodeur Foundation has an office in New London that was donated to the organization. Since 2006, over 3 million dollars have been raised and awarded to 30 researchers.

The winners of the tournament this year were:

FIRST GROSS: Paula Bingham (Old Lyme), Louise Ferrebee (Old Lyme), Debbie English (Centerbrook), and Suzanne Kitchings (Essex).

FIRST NET: Mardee Moore (Guilford), Carolyn Daddona (Centerbrook), Eleanor Way (Old Lyme), Diane Deutermann (Old Lyme), and Kathy Jose (Old Lyme).

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alum, Former Teacher Breault Skippers US Team to Victory in ISAF Nations Cup

Nicole Breault at the helm of her winning sailboat at Vladivostock.

Nicole Breault (right) at the helm of the winning US Women’s Match Racing sailboat in Vladivostek.

Nicole Breault, a graduate of Lyne-Old Lyme schools and former head of the History Department at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), was the skipper of the US Women’s Match Racing team, which was victorious in the Women’s Grand Final at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nations Cup held in Vladivostek, Russia over July 15-19.

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991, with Open and Women’s contests based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final.

Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault

Breault now lives in San Francisco but still has many friends in Old Lyme.  She graduated as Valedictorian, an All-State soccer player, point guard on the basketball team and captain of the LOLHS team that won the 1990 Connecticut High School Sailing Championship.

Breault was a two-time International 420 champion (the first woman to achieve this in a high performance dinghy class.)

She went to Yale University and was an All-American collegiate sailor there and captain of their co-ed sailing team.

Click here to read an article with photos published on Scuttlebutt Sailing News about Breault’s victory.

 

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Old Lyme’s Zoe Eastman-Grossel (Age 8) Qualifies for Two Junior Olympic Track & Field Events

Zoe Eastman-Grossel leaps to victory in the Junior Olympics qualifying event.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel leaps to victory in the AAU Junior Olympics qualifying event.

Eight-year-old Zoe Eastman-Grossel of Old Lyme has qualified for the 2015 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games after competing in the regional qualifying meet in New Britain, Conn., held over June 26-28.  The AAU Junior Olympics will be held in Norfolk, Va. from July 29 through Aug. 8

Zoe Eastman-Grossel finishes in sixth place in the AAU Regional 100 meter final, qualifying her for a spot on the Junior Olympics team.

Zoe Eastman-Grossel (second from left) finishes in sixth place in the AAU Regional 100 meter final, qualifying her for a spot at the AAU Junior Olympics.

Zoe competed in the long jump, 100 meter dash and 400 meter dash.  She qualified in the long jump by taking first place and also in the 100 meter dash with a sixth place finish in the finals.

Zoe attends the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London and trains with the Connecticut Hawks Track Club located in New Haven.  Her parents are Martha Grossel and Deborah Eastman.

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Old Lyme’s Lian Rows at Henley with Philips Academy Crew Team

The Phillips Academy team from Andover, mass., competes in the historic Henley Royal Regatta in England.

The Phillips Academy rowing team, with Old Lyme’s Tyler Lian aboard, competes in the historic Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Tyler Lian of Old Lyme, a former intern for LymeLine.com who is currently a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., was selected to be a member of the school’s rowing team, which competed last week at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Philips Academy, one of the nation’s oldest private secondary schools, accomplished a historic first by fielding both a male and a female team at the Henley Royal Regatta rowing competition. While Andover has sent girls’ and boys’ teams to Henley during separate years, the program has reached new levels this year fielding both full boys’ and girls’ teams at the same time.

The Andover crew team was poised to cap off an already strong season, with the girls’ team having won the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championship earlier this year and the boys’ team taking second (missing the top spot by 0.25 seconds). Andover sent two boats of eight and two boats of four from each gender, a show of strength for a program already regarded as one of the nation’s strongest (… along with Lyme-Old Lyme High School!)

The 28 students and two coaches qualified by proving the fastest crews in New England who met the Henley requirements. “I could not be more proud of how well the Andover girls performed at Henley Women’s Regatta. They came over here held their own against some of the best secondary schools in the world finishing in the semi-finals in both the 8 and the 4,” said Dale Hurley, coach of Andover girls’ crew.

The Henley Royal Regatta has been one of world’s leading races since 1839 and attracts high school, university, and professional teams from all over the world.

Andover has had a historic presence at the races, with the most recent woman’s team competing in 2007 and the most recent boys team competing in 2006. The boys team made it to the semifinals of the Princess Cup at Henley in 2006 and the girls team made it to the finals of the same cup in 2007.

For more photos, visit http://phillipsacademy.smugmug.com/Athletics/201415/Henley-Womens-Regatta/

For more information, visit http://www.andover.edu/About/Newsroom/Pages/HenleyRegatta2015.aspx

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