Crew - Varsity Girls
2019 - 2020
Captains for 2020: Mary Collins '20, Annie Fey '20, and Annabel Kocks '20
Since Groton’s founding in 1884, rowing has been a prominent sport. Girls began to row as soon as the school became coed in the mid-seventies. Like most of the other small New England schools, Groton rows in fours with a coxswain. We generally have eight boats of girls for a team of forty girls (varsity and JV). We are extremely lucky that our boathouse is right on campus, next to the Nashua River. To get to Bingham Boathouse, you take a short walk down a scenic dirt road. The Nashua River is a beautiful and narrow river that is very protected from spring breezes. We have near-perfect rowing conditions every day. Although the boathouse is very close, many rowers say that “it feels like it is off campus” and is an escape from the everyday world of school.
Groton competes in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) along with more than thirty other day and boarding schools. Rowing at Groton begins with preseason practice in mid-March and ends with the NEIRA Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester at the end of May. Groton is one of the most competitive schools in the NEIRA and has been one of the top six schools consistently over the past sixteen years.
Crew offers a great chance to learn a sport that you can continue in your college years. We have had graduates row at most of the major rowing colleges in the country. There are or have been Groton girls rowing at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Williams,Trinity, Bates, and the University of Virginia.
Highlights from the Past Twenty Years:
2014 Third place overall at NEIRA championships
2013 All varsity boats are again undefeated and each of them finishes 2nd at the NEIRA.
2012 Groton completes a completely undefeated varsity season (top 4 boats) by sweeping the NEIRA championships. The top two boats travel to England to compete in the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Henley Royal Regatta.
2011 Groton wins the School/Junior 8 at the Henley Women’s Regatta. Second place overall at NEIRA championships.
2009 Second place in New England, fourth place at the US Rowing Junior Nationals in Cincinnati
2008 Winners of Reading, England, Regatta Junior 4+
2006–07 New England Champions
2002 Winners of Reading, England, Regatta Junior 8 and Senior 8 events
1998 New England Champions
1995 Winners of US Rowing’s Junior National Championship, 4’s, New England champions
1994 Winners of Henley Women’s Regatta high school eight and high school four events