Two Greenwich Academy seniors, Emma James and Katarina Kern, both signed National Letters of Intent on Monday to row at Division I schools – James is committed to Bucknell University, while Kern is committed to Duke University.
James joined the Greenwich Academy crew team in the spring of her freshman year and has since rowed each spring and trained each winter with GA. In her junior year, she helped GA tie its best team-wide effort in program history while stroking the first boat. “What I cherish most about crew is that there are no egos in a boat, only the one unifying drive, the will to win,” said James, “I felt a real connection with the Bucknell program because I felt that same drive there.”
James is a multi-sport athlete who has been part of GA’s varsity volleyball team for two years. She was also on the honor roll in her sophomore and junior years.
Kern says of rowing: “It is a very mentally and physically difficult sport, but there’s a team culture and supportive nature that makes you want to work extremely hard, not only to make yourself as fast as possible, but to be better for your teammates. I’m really looking forward to spending the next four years rowing at Duke.”
Kern currently rows for the Connecticut Boat Club and has been named a team captain for the 2017-18 year. She has also played three years of varsity ice hockey for GA and was on the honor roll during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
“We are so proud of these girls who have excelled in the classroom and on the water,” said Head of School Molly King. “We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the years ahead.”