May 21, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams have announced their team award winners for the 2007-2008 season. Senior Caitlin Rushworth (Newport, R.I.) has received the Crusader Award, senior Chris Lynett (Scranton, Pa.) earned the Chick Award and senior Victoria Vergara (Newton, N.J.) took home the Cassidy Coxswain Award.
Rushworth earns the Crusader Award, given to the most dedicated rower on the women's team. A graduate of the Portsmouth (R.I.) Abbey School, Rushworth joined the rowing team as an inexperienced freshman in the fall of 2004. She was part of the third varsity eight lineup that placed first at the New England Championship in 2007 and second in 2008. A religious studies major with an asian studies concentration, Rushworth studied abroad in Beijing, China, during the fall semester of her junior year. She is also a member of the religious studies SAC and was a fall orientation leader in 2005. Rushworth continues to be involved in Campus Ministry and is a head greeter. She has a passion for Asia after living overseas for four years, and hopes to work and live in Washington, D.C., after graduation.
Lynett is the recipient of the Chick Award, honoring 1970 Holy Cross graduate Larry Chick, and recognizing the person who stands out on the team as going above and beyond everyone's expectations. Lynett came to Holy Cross from Scranton (Pa.) Preparatory School, and joined the men's novice team his freshman year as an inexperienced rower. He stroked the second freshman boat throughout the 2005 season, and was part of the lightweight varsity eight that won gold in both the second varsity eight and lightweight division of the 2006 Patriot Challenge, and finished second at the 2006 New England Championship. In 2007, Lynett was a member of the second varsity eight that finished first at the Knecht Cup Regatta and third at the Jesuit Invitational Regatta, and this year he earned a seat in the varsity eight that finished first in the Patriot Challenge. He also competed in the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons. Lynett will graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science, and has served as both vice president for his class and the speaker of the Holy Cross student senate. Next year, he will teach social studies at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston as part of a two-year volunteer teaching internship.
Vergara is the winner of the Cassidy Coxswain Award, given to the top coxswain on the men's and women's teams. Vergara is a graduate of Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., where she ran cross country, and competed in squash and lacrosse. After joining the rowing team as an inexperienced novice during the fall of her freshman year, she coxed the women's second varsity eight to a bronze medal at the 2007 Patriot League Championship and a gold medal at the 2007 New England Championship. This spring, Vergara led the women's varsity four to a bronze medal at the Patriot League Championship, and the women's third varsity eight to a second place at the New England Championship and a third place finish at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta. Vergara has been part of the pre-med program at Holy Cross and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She has plans for a master's in biomedical sciences before applying to medical school in the future.