The team defeated key rivals—米德尔塞克斯, Belmont Hill, Brooks, Noble & Greenough, 米尔顿, and St. Mark’s—by a 19–4 margin, including a 6–1 drubbing of St. Mark’s, and set a new Groton team scoring record (forty-one goals in thirteen games). The steady development of the defense (two goals allowed in the last five games and fourteen altogether) played as important a role in the overall success of the team as did the outstanding offense. Nine core players were able to build on the success of the prior year’s team, which ended its season in second place due to an overtime loss to 贝尔蒙特山, making the two-year league record 18–2. Six players from the fall 1978 team were awarded All-League honors, including Stephen Higginson ’79, Jonathan Rich ’79, and David Wilmerding ’79 on the First Team, and Mike Curtis ’80, Tom Hoopes ’79, and John Steinert ’79 on the Second Team.
Team members J. Grenier ’04 (All-League), T. Bunzel ’04, C. Hall ’04, A. Usmani ’04, S. Landesberg ’03, R. Ramkhelawan ’02, J. Higgins ’02, S. Dhaka ’02 (captain, All-League), and Z. Pasanen ’02 (captain, All-League & Boston Globe MVP) would have not reached this achievement without the leadership of prior teams and players, including W. Thompson, B. Lawrence, K. Bhupal, A. Sutherland, M. Baudler, D. Helwing, J. de Grazia, and many others. These players and teams shared a common thread in that Señor Conner coached them all. He will forever be remembered as a masterful teacher who inspired his players to be their best, on and off the court, and led the Boys Tennis program into the record books. With his memorable motivational speeches, training sessions, road trips, and Wendy’s runs, the 2002 Boys Tennis Team thanks Señor for his years of service. Ole!
While at Groton, Seymour “Sy” Cromwell played football, managed the baseball team, and participated in track. It was at Princeton where he started his rowing career, one that spanned decades and was ultimately fulfilling as well as successful. After graduating in l956, Sy spent two years in the Air Force, then took a degree in Naval Architecture at MIT. He began to scull on the Charles River in l959, quickly becoming one of the top U.S. scullers. He won many national sculling championships beginning in l960, ventured to Canada to win the Royal Canadian Henley singles championships two years running, and then traveled abroad to compete in the European and World Championships. In winning the Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Sculls, he was the first sculler to complete the course in under 8 minutes, setting a new record for the 120-year old event. He worked as a naval architect at Babcock & Gibbs in New York, before sailing on Ted Hood’s Nefertiti in the America’s Cup Trials in l962. Later he would teach at Iolani School in Honolulu, Collegiate School in NYC, and the at 打冷车运什么挣钱 from 1973 through 1976. At the time of his death from pancreatic cancer in 1977, Sy was completing a degree at Harvard University in Environmental Engineering.