HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Linda Muri has announced the 2016-17 Dartmouth Women's rowing awards at the team's annual end-of-year banquet.
“I'm delighted to hand out these awards each year, and this year, in particular, has been a success for the team, making our end of season dinner that much more of a celebration,” Muri said. “We were able to set achievable goals this year while going after our ‘wish-list' at the same time. Although we did not have all the victories we wanted in the win-loss standings, the team culture and positive attitude have set the stage for all kinds of success in the future.”
The Martha Beattie '76 Award was presented to freshman Elisabeth Fawcett. Beattie is the current vice president for Alumni Relations and, previously, she had completed a 30-year career as a rowing coach, math teacher and volunteer leader for a range of charities and schools. Beattie is also in the Dartmouth Rowing Hall of Fame and has coached in Boston, Seattle, Montreal and at Dartmouth. This award is given annually to the Outstanding Freshman Oarswoman. Fawcett held down the 7-seat in the first Varsity 8+ which won the Parent Cup for the first time since 2014 and finished seventh at the Ivy Championships.
The Novice Award for Spirit and Ability given in the Tradition of the 1978 Novice Crew went to freshman Katie Erdos. She began coxing the first Varsity 8+ this past fall. She was instrumental in the crew's successes bringing outstanding coxing acumen to the team from a strong high school career at the Bromfield Acton-Boxborough and Bare Hill Rowing Association programs, where she was a four-year letter winner.
Junior Sophia Stone received the Parents Award, presented annually to the Most Improved Member of the team. As a sophomore last year, Stone raced in the V4B+. This season, she moved into the 7-seat in the second Varsity 8+. She says she owes that transformation to her personal commitment and a positive mental attitude.
The Julia H. Geer '75 Award presented annually to the woman who has made the most significant contribution to rowing at Dartmouth went to junior Kate Griffiths. Geer represented the United States in rowing at the '76 and '84 Olympics. She was also a member of the '80 Olympic team, which did not compete due to the U.S. boycott. Griffiths has stroked the first Varsity 8+ each of her three years at Dartmouth.
Senior Carin Carroll received the Warren C. “Chuck” Nagle Jr. Award which goes to the woman who perseveres toward the goal of giving her absolute best. Nagle walked on to the lightweight men's team as a coxswain his freshman year at Dartmouth and went on to coach the women's team in the mid-80s. Carroll demonstrated versatility again this spring when she switched sides to take over the 2-seat duties. As a four-year firstt Varsity 8+ oarswoman, Carroll's leadership within the boat stemmed from her desire to hold herself to a higher standard this year, which was integrated by the rest of her boat mates, leading to their success as a crew.
The Season of 1979 Women's Cup for Service and Dedication was presented to junior Sabrina Bohrer for her contributions to the team both on and off the water. This is Bohrer's third year in the first Varsity 8+, where she held down the 6-seat this season. Prior to attending Dartmouth, Bohrer was a multi-sport athlete at Concord Carlisle High School where she lettered in both cross country running and skiing as well as indoor track, in addition to her rowing accomplishments at both Community Rowing, Inc., and Cambridge Boat Club.
The Laura Woodberry Jessiman '80 Award was established last year to be presented annually to the senior member of the Dartmouth Rowing program 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 was selected by the head coaches of the women's, lightweight and heavyweight teams. Brianna Ager is just the second student-athlete to be honored with this award, as it was established last season. A novice to competitive sports when she walked on to the team four years ago, Ager has become a true athlete: able to push herself and to support her teammates to do their best.