Three Huntington High School seniors led the Blue Devil varsity crew team this past spring. Kelly Warren, Emma Farrell and Graham Young all garnered awards at the 51st annual senior athletic awards dinner for their heroic performances on the water.
The squad was coached by veterans Anika Giehl and Shawn Dunn. The team consisted of 15 rowers, including some very strong underclassmen.
Farrell was named Huntington’s Most Valuable Senior. “The best things come in small packages,” Giehl said. “Emma has proven that hard work and commitment make you a great athlete.”
Warren captured the Coaches Award. “Kelly is one of the most talented athletes I have ever coached,” Giehl said. “She has overcome injuries, which makes a true athlete.”
Young was named Most Improved. “Graham has just recently taken to rowing,” Giehl said. “He is a fierce competitor and anyone would love to row with him.”
The Blue Devil roster included eighth grader Annika Galvin; freshman Eliza Walther; sophomores Maren Grosso, Lillian Joseph, Zadie Lauer and Alexa Rind; juniors Christopher Carmen, Paul Katigbak and Tyler Rund; seniors Emma Farrell, Meagan-Elise Malone, Cameron Mills, Adriana Scarpati, Kelly Warren and Graham Young.
Galvin captured fifth place in her event at the New York State Rowing Championships at Saratoga Springs. Rowing in the freshman category, she reached the finals despite spotting the rest of the field years of experience.
Looking ahead, Giehl would like to organize a late winter conditioning program to help ease the Blue Devils’ transition from land to water once the official season gets underway.