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1988 Varsity Girls' Crew

88' Girls Crew
New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Champions

Tabor Academy's 1988 Varsity Girls' Crew were the first in school history to win the NEIRA Championship - a feat made more remarkable because they missed an unusual amount of water time, and had to substitute hard and tedious work on land. During a time at Tabor when erging was not commonplace, the team's workouts included extremely energetic, though not particularly graceful, aerobic dancing. This may have been a large part of the reason why, when they were finally on the water, the team seemed more fit, cohesive and ready to race than any other crew they faced. The team mastered the art of rowing fast, not only on flat water, but in headwinds and crosswinds.

In the fall of 1987, this team was the top high school to finish in the Head of the Charles Regatta. During the regular '88 season, the crew lost only to Phillips Andover Academy. However, they made up for it by beating Andover a week later when the crews met in the final of the New England Championships. Here, the team was no doubt motivated by their disappointment being seeded what they considered an undeserved sixth. There is no greater spur than a determination to prove how they saw themselves! Led by their ice-cool captain at stroke, and urged on by their take-no-prisoners coxswain, the team rowed a pair of extremely disciplined races; the first well within themselves and the second finishing with an exactly timed sprint that brought them clear of the pack in the last hundred yards.

Team Roster:
Bow: Jacante Tougas Arnone '88; 2: Julie Kaczynski Baars '88; 3: Kerry Galligan Caldwell '88: 4: Katie Schickel '89: 5: Yvette M. Dixon '88: 6: Laurie R. Paulsen '88: 7: Lise Schickel Goddard '88; Stroke: Diana Cochran Knightly '88, Captain; Coxswain: H. Kendall Garev '88

Head Coach: Abigail Rodgers

Assistant Coach: G. Bruce Cobbold