The St. Mark's rowing teams and the School community gathered Monday, May 24, to dedicate the newest girls' varsity crew shell in honor of the Haugen family and in memory of Jim Haugen P '18, '21, who passed away following a battle with lung cancer in 2019.
St. Mark's Director of Athletics John Levandowski welcomed the Haugen family, their guests, and alumni, faculty, and students and was thrilled to dedicate the new shell after a year delay caused by the pandemic. He then offered brief remarks on the legacy of St. Mark's girls' rowing. Head of School John C. Warren '74 then added words of welcome before Caleb Corliss, boys' crew head coach, and Clara Babbott-Ward, girls' crew head coach, spoke about the contribution of Sophie Haugen '18 to girls crew and how the new boat served the girls' team in practice and races this year. Members of the Haugen family then spoke.
Sophie, now a coxswain for Harvard-Radcliffe women's rowing, shared reflections on her St. Mark's experience. "I already feel humbled by and grateful for all of the opportunities that I had at this school—both rowing and non-rowing related—and our family has felt so supported," she said. "This dedication is a real honor, and I only hope that I can give back to this community continually throughout my life. I can't thank all of you enough for choosing to honor our family and remember my dad in this way. It means so much that you are here and that we can become part of the iconic white boat fleet."
In thanking St. Mark's, Tom Haugen '21 spoke about his father's dedication to his family, and his ceaseless efforts to support his children with their sports and other activities, all while balancing his own passion for hockey and running.
"This is why I only find it fitting that his name is being dedicated to an athletic symbol and tribute, and my family and I are extremely grateful to St. Mark's, Mr. Levandowski, the Warrens, and the crew program for this incredible honor," Tom Haugen '21 said.
Joan Haugen P'18, '21 also shared remarks, expressing gratitude to the St. Mark's community. The Haugen family concluded the ceremony by christening the new boat with a bottle of champagne.