MHC Crew Celebrates Twenty-Five Years on the River
This fall marks the twenty-fifth year that Mount Holyoke students,
often at sunrise, have challenged mind and body through the College's
crew program. To celebrate, more than fifty crew alumnae, parents,
and friends will be on campus during the weekend of September 2830.
The reunion was planned to correspond with the annual Mount Holyoke
Women's Regatta, the oldest regatta for women in the country, now
in its twenty-seventh year.
The weekend's events will kick off Friday evening with a viewing
of the documentary film A Hero for Daisy at 8 pm in Gamble Auditorium.
Directed by former Olympic rower Mary Mazzio '83, the film tells
the story of two-time Olympic rower Chris Ernst, who, in 1976, led
her Yale crew team in demanding rights equal to those of male athletes
at the university. The protests, says Mazzio, sparked nationwide
awareness of what fairness and compliance with Title IX meant.
Title IX is the legislation passed in 1972 that mandates gender equity
at all institutions that receive federal aid. The film has been lauded
by the media and by viewers of all ages and athletic backgrounds.
Mazzio, who made the film in part as inspiration for her daughter
Daisy, won the 2000 Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award.
The film is open to the entire MHC community.
On Saturday, after cheering for current MHC team members at the regatta,
crew alumnae will gather to embark on a row of their own on the Connecticut
River. Later, at a dinner gathering for the reunion group, speakers
will share their personal experiences in the development of women's
rowing during the past twenty-five years. Speakers Saturday evening
include Ernestine Bayer, Maril O'Malley, Wanda Fremont '76,
Holly Metcalf '81, Mary Mazzio '83, and Jen Grow '94.
The three co-captains of the current MHC crew team will also speak.
Alexis Billett '04 is a math and art history major; Katie Boates
'02 is majoring in physics; and Jenny Simon '02 is a sociology
and math major.
Maril O'Malley has been involved with MHC crew from its inception.
She and her husband, the late Bob O'Malley, were instrumental
in founding the program. The O'Malleys endowed a boat fund, maintaining
a Mount Holyoke boat in their name in perpetuity.
Wanda Fremont was a founding member of MHC crew. In 1976 she rowed
in the first MHC boat to participate in the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The following year she rowed in the first MHC boat ever to qualify
for nationals. Fremont is a child psychiatrist, and she still rows
when she can.
Holly Metcalf is a six-time national/ Olympic team member, bringing
home the Olympic gold in 1984, as well as three silver and one bronze
World Championships medals between 1981 and 1987. She has coached
at the national, collegiate, and community levels. Metcalf is the
founder of Row As One, Inc., an organization for masters women that
runs rowing camps in South Hadley during the summer.
Mary Mazzio was a member of several national rowing teams, including
the 1992 Olympic team. Formerly a partner with a law firm in Boston,
Mazzio is now president of 50 Eggs Inc., an independent film production
Jen Grow '94 began her rowing career at MHC. Since 1996 she
has served on the board of the Mount Holyoke Friends of Rowing. She
has coached both high school and masters crews and is currently the
novice crew coach at MHC.
The weekend concludes with a farewell breakfast Sunday morning at 9 am in Kendall Hall.