Rowing Christens Three New Boats Thanks to Donors
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Episcopal Rowing has added three new boats to the team’s fleet. The boats were dedicated on Saturday, February 23. The new boats will be named the Arthur F. Peterson, the Ann Campbell-Hays, and the Eagle Pride.
At the event, Program Director and Head Coach Mike Alton thanked the rowing families and the alumni donors who made the new boats possible. Coach Alton said that the Eagle Pride was the name of an older, now retired boat that many alumni rowed in, and as a legacy name it was good to bring it back to a new boat.
Cristi Peterson Skeels ’91 spoke about her father, the late Dr. Art Peterson, former Episcopal history department chair, who had no experience as a rower and yet directed Episcopal’s Rowing program during challenging times and returned it to strength.
Current parent Bob Hays spoke about his family’s endeavor to find a name for the third boat, one that would express commitment, love of teamwork, and love of water, and thus they christened it for his wife, the mother of two Episcopal rowers.
The Hays family, the Peterson and Skeels families, the Witt and McCoy families, and alumni rowers doused the boats with champagne before the team took them for their inaugural trips on the water.