在他的 季刊 教练拉里贵族在1954年秋季写道，“弗兰克·怀特，雷·沃克和比尔·昌西都是快速，三重威胁的后卫，而四分卫约翰莱茵兰德不仅是一名灵巧的控球手和准确的传球手，而且是一名真正的学生足球战略和酷火的思想家。他们最好的武器是白色或步行者的广泛投球，可选择跑步或通过。这对双方都有效，因为白人是左撇子。 bill chauncey的off-tackle倾斜和穿过中间的推力是毁灭性的。戈登灰色是一个伟大的结局，而且是我那个时代三个最佳中心之一。“
The team defeated key rivals—米德尔塞克斯, Belmont Hill, Brooks, Noble & Greenough, 米尔顿, and St. Mark’s—by a 19–4 margin, including a 6–1 drubbing of St. Mark’s, and set a new Groton team scoring record (forty-one goals in thirteen games). The steady development of the defense (two goals allowed in the last five games and fourteen altogether) played as important a role in the overall success of the team as did the outstanding offense. Nine core players were able to build on the success of the prior year’s team, which ended its season in second place due to an overtime loss to 贝尔蒙特山, making the two-year league record 18–2. Six players from the fall 1978 team were awarded All-League honors, including Stephen Higginson ’79, Jonathan Rich ’79, and David Wilmerding ’79 on the First Team, and Mike Curtis ’80, Tom Hoopes ’79, and John Steinert ’79 on the Second Team.
Team members J. Grenier ’04 (All-League), T. Bunzel ’04, C. Hall ’04, A. Usmani ’04, S. Landesberg ’03, R. Ramkhelawan ’02, J. Higgins ’02, S. Dhaka ’02 (captain, All-League), and Z. Pasanen ’02 (captain, All-League & Boston Globe MVP) would have not reached this achievement without the leadership of prior teams and players, including W. Thompson, B. Lawrence, K. Bhupal, A. Sutherland, M. Baudler, D. Helwing, J. de Grazia, and many others. These players and teams shared a common thread in that Señor Conner coached them all. He will forever be remembered as a masterful teacher who inspired his players to be their best, on and off the court, and led the Boys Tennis program into the record books. With his memorable motivational speeches, training sessions, road trips, and Wendy’s runs, the 2002 Boys Tennis Team thanks Señor for his years of service. Ole!
While at Groton, Seymour “Sy” Cromwell played football, managed the baseball team, and participated in track. It was at Princeton where he started his rowing career, one that spanned decades and was ultimately fulfilling as well as successful. After graduating in l956, Sy spent two years in the Air Force, then took a degree in Naval Architecture at MIT. He began to scull on the Charles River in l959, quickly becoming one of the top U.S. scullers. He won many national sculling championships beginning in l960, ventured to Canada to win the Royal Canadian Henley singles championships two years running, and then traveled abroad to compete in the European and World Championships. In winning the Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Sculls, he was the first sculler to complete the course in under 8 minutes, setting a new record for the 120-year old event. He worked as a naval architect at Babcock & Gibbs in New York, before sailing on Ted Hood’s Nefertiti in the America’s Cup Trials in l962. Later he would teach at Iolani School in Honolulu, Collegiate School in NYC, and the at 188体育滚球 from 1973 through 1976. At the time of his death from pancreatic cancer in 1977, Sy was completing a degree at Harvard University in Environmental Engineering.
Katherine Roberts Alteneder ’82 remembers racing BB&N:
“I recall being excited and proud to row on the Charles. As we pushed off, some old guy (complete with boater, double-breasted jacket, and a G & T) shouted, ‘Girls? at Groton! The Rector would roll over in his grave.’ As happened more than once in those early years of co-education, I felt frozen. Olivia Hatch Farr ’79 had it handled. Without missing a beat, she retorted, full of confidence, laughter, and insouciance, "I'm sure he already has!" The coxswain followed with: "Ready; Row." Off we paddled. A perfect piece of performance art and life lesson, and that moment taught me to pursue my dreams and ambitions in the face of others' biases. We rowed our hearts out to prove we had a right to be there. For me, co-education was not about giving girls a chance; it was about giving talent opportunity. The seasons of '78 and '79 were all about proving that co-education had not been a mistake, and that we could bring honor to the School in the oldest of old boy sports. It seemed this was Mr. Parker's plan as well, and that he delighted in our successes not just for us, but for co-education.”
The boats opened with preseason wins against Northeastern University’s JV and BB&N, followed by a dominant, season-opening victory against St. Mark’s—winning by margins of five to six boat lengths and shattering the St. Mark’s course record. Course records would continue to be broken over the remainder of the season as the two boats also easily mowed down 米德尔塞克斯, Nobles, 贝尔蒙特山, and Brooks, all by open water. The NEIRA finals at Lake Quinsigamond were no different, other than a mighty effort by Brooks’ first boat to close the gap in the middle of the final race, only to be met by Groton’s breakaway sprint in the closing 500 meters. It was often said during the course of the season that the first boat’s toughest competition was the second boat, as the boats routinely traded positions during midweek practice sprints. Several of the crew went on to have successful college rowing careers.
第一艘船：andrew kennedy '79，david rimmer '79，alexander chatfield '79，matthew smith '79，and nelson howe '80