HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth lightweight rowing head coach Sean Healey has announced the 2016-17 team awards at the annual end-of-year banquet.
The Big Green Oar/Harbaugh Oar is awarded to the most valuable member of the team and went to sophomore Henry Cawthorne, who rowed in the first varsity all season and most recently was part of the varsity 4+ that placed third in the Grand Final at the IRA Regatta. Cawthorne received the Ryerson Award as a freshman.
Two freshmen were recognized for their performances throughout their first season on the team. Will Kaufman was given the John L. Branscum, Jr. '81 Award for being the most outstanding novice. He rowed in the fourth varsity that was sixth in the Grand Final at the Eastern Sprints Regatta. Daniel Perez received the Timothy Ryerson Award, which is given in memory of an outstanding Dartmouth oarsman to the individual who has made the most significant contribution to freshman lightweight crew. He was two-seat in the varsity 4+ that took third in the Grand Final at the IRA Regatta.
Junior Ian Brackbill earned the Joshua D. Blum '90 Award, which is given annually to the most improved varsity lightweight oarsman. As a freshman, Brackbill rowed in the fourth varsity and, over the past two seasons, has made his way up to the second varsity.
The Class of 1990 Award – given to the underclassman who strives to excel on the water as an oarsman as well as off the water as a teammate and a friend – was awarded to sophomore John Martin. He rowed in the third varsity that placed second in the Petite Final at the Eastern Sprints Regatta.
Seniors Walter Banfield and Cortland Weatherley-White both walked away with an award after completing their careers in Hanover. Banfield, who stroked the varsity 4+ that was third at IRAs, received the Stewards Award for doing the most to promote the ideals of the Dartmouth Rowing Club. Commodore Weatherley-White was given the Louis C. Breer Memorial Bowl, which is presented to the oarsman who, through leadership and conscientious effort, has best shown sportsmanship as a member of the team. At Sprints, he stroked the third varsity that was third.