Top Boats Look to Dominate the Waters in ’09 Competitions

After taking home the team trophy from Interschols last spring, the Boy’s Crew team ended the 2008 season on a high note. With five returning rowers on boat one and coxswain Iris Chang ’09, the team has high aspirations for another spectacular season. “There is a lot of experience on our team this year,” said Conor May ’09. “We have more depth than I’ve seen in all my four years here, so we are certaintly aiming to win the team trophy again this year.” The boy’s team certainly does have incredible depth, completely filling its six boats with eight people each. “There are lots of returning kids, so our team is not only large but very experienced as well,” said Shaun Stuer ’09. “Preseason was short, but everyone looks great, is working hard, and is enthusiastic about the upcoming season.” Mr. Washburn recently drafted the lineup for the team’s first meet against Kent next Saturday, April 11. The Girl’s Crew team also concluded last season with impressive performances at Interschols, as the first boat finished third, the second boat finished second, and the third boat also qualified at second place. In preparation for the upcoming season, the team has pulled multiple 2ks and 4ks to get in shape physically. Andover was able to practice on the water for the first time this week. Because it is still the beginning of the season, the team is currently working a lot on technique and sorting rowers into appropriate boat assignments. “It feels so great to be back out on the water,” said Katie Fanikos ’11. “We have an awesome team this year, and plenty of potential. But right now our focus is on our first race against Kent.” Both teams will begin the 2009 rowing season away against the Kent School on April 11.