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Year: Senior
Hometown: New Canaan, Conn.
High School: New Canaan


Junior (2014-15): Was eight seat in the varsity 8 that won the Packard Cup against Syracuse (5:39.1) … at the EARC Sprints Regatta, he sat eight seat in the varsity 8 that placed fifth in the Petite Final (5:45.656) … was eight seat in the varsity 8 that came first in the third final and 13th in the nation at the IRA Regatta (5:43.054) … received the team’s Marshall A. Robinson Award.

Before Dartmouth: Rowed for four years at New Canaan High School … captain as a senior … first place varsity four in the 2011 Northeast Regionals … won the varsity 4 in the 2011 Nationals.

Personal: Henry is the son of Mike and Mary Franco … enjoys skiing, piano, golf and trap shooting.


Q & A with Henry Franco

Why Dartmouth?
I chose Dartmouth because I love the outdoors. Nothing beats the pleasure of a nice sunny summer afternoon by the river, it's so cash. Also, autumn in New England is pretty awesome, I like to play in the leaves.

How long have you been rowing and what sparked your interest?
I've been rowing since 8th grade. I originally joined because all of my friends were doing it. All of my coaches were Ukrainian. I stuck around because I loved racing, being on a team, and working out. 

Have you won any awards?
Yes. I won nationals in the Quad even in 2011, and went on to race in the Henley Royal Regatta in England. I also won the "Best Hair" superlative in high school, because I had an afro. It was pretty sweet. 

Something interesting?
I have a fish named Lil' Blade Chillingsworth, a Juniper Bodhi tree whom I call H.G. Pennypacker, and I like long walks on the beach and stargazing. I've never eaten at Taco Bell, and I didn't like Titanic that much. It was soooo long, and there was room on that door for both Jack and Rose, don't even try to convince me otherwise.

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