The Heart of Hingham Harbor

Hingham photographer Andrew Mariner Ayer is known for his artistic athlete portraits. When one of his sons joined the Hingham High School Crew team, Ayer began focusing his camera lens on the sport of rowing. His recent series of evocative crew images capture a sense of intensity and beauty. Bonded by a competitive spirit and a dedication to their sport we asked several members of the team to share what they love most about rowing.

Photography by Andrew Mariner Ayer

*Watch them Race: On October 22 and 23, members of the Hingham High School Crew team will compete against rowers from around the world as they take part in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

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Ethan Ayer (’18) “I love the team aspect of rowing. Even though I didn’t know a lot of people going into the sport, I feel comfortable at practice as everyone is part of the team. I might not be the best rower, but I still love showing up every day because of all the great people there.”

Olivia Kelley (’17) “I enjoy rowing because of the mental and physical challenges it brings. Testing your limits and pushing yourself is what the sport is all about. I also love crew because of the great people I have met that share the same goals as I do.” | Nicole  Merian (’17) “I’m a very competitive person and I love how competitive this sport is.  I love the thrill of how winning races often comes down to seconds.”

Olivia Kelley (’17) “I enjoy rowing because of the mental and physical challenges it brings. Testing your limits and pushing yourself is what the sport is all about. I also love crew because of the great people I have met that share the same goals as I do.” | Nicole Merian (’17) “I’m a very competitive person and I love how competitive this sport is. I love the thrill of how winning races often comes down to seconds.”

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Delaney Donnelly (’18) “The thing I love most about rowing is the sense of family that the team has. We all face the same challenges, whether it is on the water or in the classroom, so we can relate to each other. It doesn’t matter if we’re erg testing or just having a leisurely row in the harbor, everyone supports the rest of the team.

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Angela Stanley (’18) “Teamwork. Unity. When everyone is pulling together—moving as one—you have the feeling as if the boat is flying beneath you.”

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Jonas Fryer (’17) “Nothing is better than our team’s camaraderie. Everyone has to work together to cross the finish line, so when we win the race, we feel like we won it as a team.”

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Tyler O’Connell (’17) “What I love most about rowing is the team commitment and being out on the water. The rewards and life lessons are unlike any other sport.”

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Gillian Mehigan (’17) “I am one of the captains of the Girls’ team. One of my favorite things about rowing is how close you get to your teammates. Whether it is regattas, pasta parties or just regular practices, we really bond together since we are together so often. The team has become like a second family and I don’t know what I would do without being on the water with them every day.”

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Zoë Pierce (’19) “What I love most about rowing is not only the tranquil feeling of being out on the water every day, but also the valuable and beneficial life skills I have learned. Being a coxswain [the person in charge of steering the boat] has taught me the importance of a building trustworthy motivational connections as well as the true meaning of teamwork. Nothing compares to the feeling of cruising over the water, united as one boat, and acknowledging that a greater success can be achieved as a team.”

ack Metzger (’17) “I love the camaraderie and the challenges that rowing presents. There are so many parts of a rowing stroke to master that even the most skilled and experienced rowers in the world still have aspects of their stroke that they need to improve upon. Forming a good chemistry, trust and unity with your teammates is a difficult but rewarding process. Rowing has introduced me to so many of my closest friends over the last few years, and I hope it introduces me to even more as I row throughout my life.”

Jack Metzger (’17) “I love the camaraderie and the challenges that rowing presents. There are so many parts of a rowing stroke to master that even the most skilled and experienced rowers in the world still have aspects of their stroke that they need to improve upon. Forming a good chemistry, trust and unity with your teammates is a difficult but rewarding process. Rowing has introduced me to so many of my closest friends over the last few years, and I hope it introduces me to even more as I row throughout my life.”

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