Although only Kevin Warming ’19 remains from last year’s 1st boat, a bevy of experienced oarsmen from the 2nd boat is poised to move up and show their mettle this spring on Lake Washinee. Returners competing for spots in the top boat include Colin Hively ’18, Eddie Tuohy ’18, Ryan Elsinga ’19, Mingyu Moon ’19, Liam Seibold ’19, Bryan Decelles ’20, and coxswain Graham Nance ’20. This group helped Salisbury earn bronze in the 2nd-boat division at the New Englands last May, so hopes are running high for the season ahead – though the successors to last year’s 1st boat will be hard pressed to match their predecessors’ sterling 12-1 record and Mercer Sprints Championship. To keep things in perspective, it should be noted, last year’s 2nd boat finished with a 7-5 slate. Veterans Warming and Hively will provide strong leadership as co-captains.
Positions in the 1st boat will not, however, be automatic, as a strong group of newcomers will challenge for seats. Bringing considerable experience to the Salisbury program are Joe Raab ’18 from South Jersey, long a stronghold for high school rowing; Myles Knight ’18 from New Trier H.S. (Winnetka, IL); coxswain William Mulhall ’18 from Chaminade H.S.; Harrison Rupp ’20 from Rumsey Hall; Parker Stone ’20 from East Lyme, CT; Charlie Thompson ’21 and Rowan O’Sullivan ’21, both from the Maritime Rowing Club; and Joe Subyak ’21 from Georgia Rowing.
Add to the mix lower-boat returners Rudolph Xu ’18, Anthony Altieri ’19, Michael Chiang ’19, and Johnny Sterba-Green ’20 along with several other rowers just taking up the sport this year, and head coach Toby Ayer and his staff have every reason to look forward to the work at hand.
“The first boat has a lot of combined skill, strength, experience, and energy,” Ayer recently reflected, “and we aspire to match last year’s successes. We are excited to integrate a number of younger rowers into the group and generate some momentum for the future. As with last year,” Ayer continued, “the second boat will have lots of potential, and it will take significant effort from the crew and their coaches to find good boat speed as the season progresses.”
Looking ahead, Kent and St. Paul’s loom as particularly formidable opponents and early-season favorites to contend for gold at the New England Championships.
- Procter Smith