Racing with “insanely powerful” champs
Asha Vassar Youmans ’89, left, and Lynda Vassar, center, surrounded by members of their family, dedicate a shell in memory of T.J. Vassar ’68.
On Oct. 4 2014, alumni, current students, and friends of Lakeside rowing gathered at the Ayrault Shellhouse in Kenmore for the 2014 Alumni Row and Boat Dedication. To start the morning, five shells with a mix of alumni and student rowers took to the water for a friendly race. In a blog post, Aneesh Sachdeva ’15 shared what it was like to join former Olympic rowers Betsy McCagg Hills ’85 and Mary McCagg-Larin ’85, both 2012 inductees to the National Rowing Hall of Fame: “Not only were the McCaggs insanely powerful but all the alumni in our boat also brought a refreshing intensity and excitement to our row. This feeling is what we now strive for during our practices…I guess having Olympians in our boat is a decent explanation for why we went so fast.” Back on dry land, three new shells were christened in honor of Betsy and Mary and in memory of T.J. Vassar ’68.