Eleven Seniors Lead Girls Crew; Experienced Team Eyes a Medal

After last year’s successful season, the Girls Varsity Crew Team has high expectations. Returning team member and Captain Erika Roddy ’07, expressing the girls’ excitement said, “This season looks extremely promising for us! We have many strong returning rowers in addition to some exciting newcomers.” Although Andover boasted one of the best teams in the league last spring, the girls are hungry for more. The second boat won the title at the New England Prep School Championships. Narrowly falling to Exeter, the first boat took second. This year, both boats are striving to rise to the top. The team is aware of the hard work that must be done before it can achieve its goals at Interchols at the end of May. Possibly Andover’s strongest contender, St. Paul’s, was unable to compete at the Championships last season due to the school’s flooding. Thus, the girls will have to fight even harder than last year in order to claim the title. However, with many of the team members attending crew camps over the summer and nine of the girls participating in Spring Training in California over vacation, the girls have a helpful head start. Although the team lost a strong group of rowers to graduation last spring, Andover has eleven seniors this year. Morgan Broccoli, Hilda Buss, Liv Coffey, Pia Heilmann, Erin Mullany, Rachel Rauh, Captain Roddy, Carly Villareal and Becca Waldo, all Class of 2007, provide leadership and power unrivaled with past seasons. Andover will face its first challenge on April 14 in a race against Lowell, Brookline and perennially strong Kent, of which Brophey commented, “We are all really excited for our first race against Kent, and we hope all the hard work which has been put in will pay off with victories all around.” Captain Roddy added, “As always, our main rivals look strong as well, but this year there’s a new excitement, a certain something in the air that gives me a really good feeling for the season.”