Crew Team Qualifies for National Scholastic Rowing Championships

June 8, 2015



La Lumiere School sophomores, Amelia Murphy of La Porte and Sarah Van Sessen of Westville, battled heat, humidity, and racing shells from 10 other schools on May 9 and 10 to place second in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. This achievement qualifies the Lady Lakers to compete in the National Scholastic Rowing Championships in Camden, NJ.

Murphy and Van Sessen are set to race in the national championships on Saturday, May 23 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time which will take place on the Cooper River where the rowing championship has been held continuously since 1935. This is among the first high school championship events held in the United States. Over 545 boats from 178 schools around the country will be competing for the championship honors. Murphy and Van Sessen will compete against top boats from New York, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The La Lumiere Crew team is led by Kevin Spingler, a veteran coach with over 30 years of coaching experience. With Spingler’s guidance, the School started the program with 17 rowers and seven shells (boats). The team has grown to have 23 team members this spring and 15 shells. Starting a new program, particularly Crew, was made easier by the fact La Lumiere has its own lake on campus. Additionally, the School offers the opportunity for its team members to row two seasons — in the fall and spring. During the offseason, student-athletes have the opportunity to utilize a dozen indoor rowing machines for year round training.


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