HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Linda Muri announced the 2015-16 Dartmouth women’s rowing awards at the team’s annual end-of-year banquet this past weekend.
“I am especially proud of the team's improvement in overall standings this year,” Muri said. “Each woman in every boat did her part to contribute to that effort, not just on one particular weekend, but throughout the year.”
The Martha Beattie ’76 Award was presented to freshman Cara Cavanaugh for being the most outstanding first-year oarswoman. A walk-on, Cavanaugh held down the 7-seat in the second Varsity 8+, which finished sixth at the Ivy Championship. The award’s namesake is the current vice president for Alumni Relations and has previously served as rowing coach, math teacher, and volunteer leader for a range of charities and schools. She is in the Dartmouth Rowing Hall of Fame and has coached in Boston, Seattle, Montreal, and at Dartmouth.
The Novice Award for Spirit and Ability in the tradition of the 1978 Novice Crew went to freshman Ciara Gaffney. Gaffney began the season in the Varsity 4+ before moving to the stroke seat of the second Varsity 8+, where she led the crew to a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints and a sixth place finish at Ivy’s.
Junior Harriet Van Metre received the Parents Award for being the most improved member of the team. Van Metre, a walk-on transfer from Marquette, spent her first year at Dartmouth (2015) in the third Varsity 8+. Working two internships in Hanover during her off-term this past winter, Van Metre worked out daily with the team, improving both her technique and racing capacity by over 13 seconds on the ergometer from last year. Van Metre sat 3-seat in the second Varsity 8+ this spring.
The Julia H. Geer Award is presented annually to the woman who has made the most significant contribution to rowing at Dartmouth and was given to senior captain Caroline Allan. She rowed in the second Varsity 8+ as a freshman and, in each of her remaining three years at Dartmouth, was part of the Varsity 8. Allan rowed in the 7-seat in the Varsity 8+ that finished third at the Eastern Sprints and seventh at the Ivy League Championship for the 2016 season. Geer arrived at Dartmouth as a junior transfer from Smith in 1973. Geer went on to represent the United States in rowing at the ’76 and ’84 Olympics.
Junior Olivia Bono received the Warren C. “Chuck” Nagle Jr. Award, which goes to the woman who perseveres toward the goal of giving her absolute best. Battling injury and illness for much of the year, Bono pushed on and helped lead the second Varsity 8+, holding down the 6-seat this spring. Nagle walked on to the lightweight men’s team as a coxswain his freshman year at Dartmouth and went on to coach the Dartmouth women’s team in the mid-80s.
The Season of 1979 Women’s Cup For Service and Dedication was presented to junior Ariana Wetzel for her contributions to the team both on and off the water. Wetzel held down the 2-seat in the Varsity 8+ this season.
In addition, a new boathouse-wide award was established this year to honor the memory of Laura Woodberry Jessiman ’80, and was given to senior Caroline Estill. This award, to be presented annually to a senior member who, despite never participating in the first varsity boat, exemplifies Laura’s qualities of hard work, perseverance, positive attitude, and leadership. The recipient of the award will be selected by the head coaches of the women’s, men’s lightweight, and men’s heavyweight teams.