In a projected two volumes, More Than Rowing covers 100 Kent School boys crews between 1922 and 2021 and 49 girls crews stretching from 1973 to 2021. Each year was populated with young athletes living, learning, and growing, and their stories are worth remembering. This week I present 1937, which contains my homage to intramural rowing at Kent.
For much of the early history of Kent Rowing, there had been two eights of boys competing interscholastically, but they were backed up by as many as ten additional boats enthusiastically competing intramurally. Organized by graduation year in the early decades, lower boats formed the very backbone of Kent Crew. Kent’s first rower to win a World Championship had never progressed beyond intramurals at Kent.
My in-depth coverage of the Class of 1937 intramural crews is filled with the kinds of stories that have occurred for a century on the Housatonic, and in the ultimate example of “It pays to know the author,” that year also includes my own father, an intramural rower who would eventually spawn another intramural rower, myself, who 26 years later would cox and row in some of the very same shells that had once carried his father.