May 10, 2022 By Holly Moriarty
The Hingham High School Crew team prevailed against five Connecticut teams to win the Mahoney Cup this past weekend—with the HHS boys team sweeping the top three varsity races.
The Mahoney Cup Regatta is hosted annually by the Glastonbury High School Crew team to memorialize Eric Mahoney, a rower who passed away when he was the captain of the team. Pat Houle, coach of the HHS Girls Crew team, was a teammate of Eric Mahoney.
This year’s Mahoney Cup took place on Sunday, May 8 at the Glastonbury Boathouse, along the banks of the Connecticut River. HHS competed against Hotchkiss School, Glastonbury High School, East Lyme High School, Farmington Senior High School, and Stonington High School in 1,500 meter races.
The Hingham crowd exploded in cheers along the shore when the boys first varsity boat crossed the finish line first of the six boats. Rowing for 1V were Will D’Arcy, Gabe Wagner, Colin Menuchi, Tasman Claridge, Dylan Drew, Brennan Beitler, Theo Grossman, Joey DeCola, and coxswain, Michael Wegener.
The HHS second varsity boat followed up with another first place win, with rowers Cam Santarelli, Eamon Murphy, Michael Magner, James Feeley, Nathan Tesler, Josh Bradshaw, Owen Burleigh, Oskar Scholund, and coxswain Alex Jacobs.
The HHS boys third varsity boat completed the first place trifecta. James Donnelly coxed rowers Walker Shetty, Jack Burns, Nick Germain, Alex Hart, Joe Delmonico, Alex Doggett, A.J. Rubel, and Cullen Moriarty.
“I am extremely proud of the Hingham boys first varsity boat for bringing home the prestigious Eric Mahoney Cup this weekend,” said Coach Houle. “As an alumni of Glastonbury High School and a teammate of Eric Mahoney, I know firsthand what this regatta means to the town and its rowing team. Our boys rowed a fantastic race and beat out some of the strongest programs in New England. I look forward to seeing them build upon this success as they prepare for our state championships at the end of the month!”
After the awards ceremony, the first varsity athletes presented the Mahoney Cup to Coach Houle.
The rest of the HHS Crew team also made strong showings. On the girls side, coached by Houle and Sydney Blasetti, the first varsity boat placed third, with rowers Charlotte Bogen, Abby Brown, Devon Moriarty, Teagan Schnorr, Grace Desai, Helena Orth, Sophia Kerr, Kathryn Feeley, and coxswain Maddie McPhillips.
The girls second varsity boat joined in the 1V race and included Sadie Niedecker, Anna Capodilupo, Maeve Schnorr, Maisie Knies, Marissa Matthews, Patti Ricci, Sofia Scholund, Mazie Niedecker, and coxswain Alexa Fox.
The HHS girls third varsity boat took second place, with rowers Ella Niehoff, Jane Betti, Allison Dasco, Genevieve Vale, Ava Green, Julia Lopes, Ava Lydotes, Ellie Dodd, and coxswain Nora Pluto.
The HHS girls fourth varsity boat placed fifth in the third varsity race, with rowers Sasha Coleman, Shauna Arseneau, Denley Bellows, Luka Guitierrez, Bridget Sandler, Grace LaFond, Jordan Peterson, Dania Thayer, and coxswain Maddie McPhillips.
Both HHS girls and boys novice (first year) boats placed fourth. Girls novice rowers included Sasha Coleman, Shauna Arseneau, Denley Bellows, Grace LaFond, Sophia Poetschke, Nina Murphy, Grace Ji, Dania Thayer, and coxswain Alexa Fox.
Rowing for the boys novice boat were Slater Fairfield, Ethan Parnell, James Barry, Brian Magner, Will Cassidy, Sean Barry, Owen Franklin, Trevor Steiner, and coxswain Quinn Gainey.
“After dealing with bad weather and tides, this week brought the opportunity for boats to practice in beautiful spring weather which helped us earn our results,” said Olivia Vita, head coach of the HHS Boys Crew team. “We’re lucky to be invited to the Mahoney Cup and to be able to honor the memory of Eric Mahoney. This was a race for the books! Special shout out to coach Jack Magner for getting our crews out and about this weekend.”
The HHS Crew team is hosting a car wash this Saturday, May 14 at the old Hingham Light Plant at 308 Cushing Street between 10am-2pm. The team races again May 21 for the Hanover Invite!