We’ll All Float on OK: a Milton Rowing Team?
by Charlie Blasberg on Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Milton Academy prides itself on athletic achievement in a variety of sports. Prowess in squash, sailing, and ultimate Frisbee underscores Milton’s ability to succeed outside the athletic mainstream. Many students, however, feel that Milton should add another sport to that list: rowing.
Nine ISL schools, including Nobles, offer rowing, as does Milton High. Located just 15 minutes from the water, Milton is in a prime location to foster a competitive rowing team. Eli Broderick (II) says, “We have a very good sailing team; I don’t see why we can’t take our success on the water one step further.”
Milton has no shortage of interested rowers. Haley Connor (II), Kendall Hall (II), and Sarah Muse (II) are among the many current students who have taken their rowing talents to different programs around Boston. Because Milton does not offer rowing, these students receive a sports credit for their participation. Haley said, “I don’t really mind that Milton doesn’t offer rowing. I get a sports credit, and I really love the program that I do now.” Others can’t wait to see Milton implement a rowing team. Kendall said, “We really need a rowing team. For the amount of people that row and are interested, it is not right that Milton shouldn’t have a team.”
A rowing team would foster community, leadership, and teamwork among the students interested. Though it is not the most inviting spectator sport, neither are sports like cross-country and sailing. Another team on campus will increase the school’s pride in its competitive athletics, give students another opportunity to excel in interscholastic competition, and allow the Milton community to appreciate the hard work and grit that goes into being a rower.
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