As I’ve often said, a story for Holy Cross Magazine is never as simple as it first appears. The latest example? Our upcoming Fall issue feature on the 50th anniversary of Crusader rowing. On the surface (get ready for a lot of water puns in this post, by the way), the rowing story was just going to be an interview with the guys in 1965 who started it all, followed by a quick paddle through the program as it stands now…both men’s and women’s. But writer Mark Sullivan, dogged reporter that he is, has uncovered layers that we didn’t expect in this piece: alumni who explain how rowing “changed my life,” and how the teams’ chaplain Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J., finds parallels between Jesuit spirituality and rowing. We also learned that many of the rowers past and present are reading the same book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Now it’s in my nightstand too. I’m learning that the bond among rowers is as strong as a coxswain’s bark (okay, okay, I was reaching for that one), and am pleased to share this photographic evidence sent in by Rick Savage ’84. Rick wrote, “Suzanne, thanks for a great bunch of photographs from the recent reunion, including our (Class of 1984) 30th. There were actually 12 former rowers among the gathered 1984 alumni, and Rowing Coach Pat Diggins ’86 joined eight of us for a quick row on Lake Quinsigamond, during Saturday morning of the Reunion Weekend. We are, (left to right): Michael Kennedy, Stephen Schmeiser, John McGrath, Rick Savage, Andy O’Brien, Arthur O’Brien, Mike Faron and John Gaffigan.”
Thanks to Rick for sharing the snapshot…looks like the crew had a gorgeous day to hop in a shell.