The 2007 crew, with Shelley Pearson ’09 in for Tarabour and the rest of the lineup the same, continued the streak of dual and championship races winning the same events by up to six boat lengths, an enormous margin not unlike Secretariat winning Belmont Stakes. The girls also helped bring home The Brown Cup, a points-trophy contested with Lawrenceville, which had not been in Peddie’s hands since 1995. In an ultimate act of sportsmanship, the Lawrenceville crew rowed over to Peddie and said, “It was an honor to be with you for 500 meters (of the 1500 meter race). Good luck at Nationals!” The ’07 crew went on to win Youth Nationals again, this time by 6.0 seconds.
College recruiters waited on shore for these girls to land. Libfraind went on to row in Brown’s varsity eight for four years, winning NCAA accolades along the way. Carini rowed for Yale University and competed in the Henley Women’s Regatta in England. Hawes rowed for UVA and was later joined by Delaney. Pearson spent four years in Harvard’s varsity crew and went on to win the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race rowing for Oxford before ultimately competing for Bermuda in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Women’s Single.
The astounding thing about the success of these two boats was that they emerged from a team of only 15 athletes, all of whom took their first strokes at Peddie, and prevailed against schools and clubs with rosters four or five times their size.
The rowing shell used by the 2006 crew now hangs prominently in the Ian H. Graham ’50 Athletic Center as an inspiration for future rowers dreaming of taking their own first strokes at Peddie.