PHILADELPHIA - Senior Mike Fisher was voted the 2011-12 team captain of the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team as announced by head coach Nick Baker on Wednesday. Junior Mark Gannon will serve as the team's commodore during the upcoming season.
"Mike Fisher and Mark Gannon are not only great rowers, but outstanding individuals," Baker said of his captain and commodore. "I am very excited about working with this year's team and with the senior leadership that the team elected."
Fisher has occupied the stroke seat since 2009-10. In that time, Penn posted its best finish at EARC Sprints since 2005, ranked as high as seventh in the nation and posted wins over Delaware, Marietta, M.I.T., and Saint Joseph's. Fisher spent the 2011 summer with the St. Catharines Rowing Club and last summer was a three-time winner at the 128th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
"Mike has stroked the varsity boat for the past two years and throughout that time has proven himself as a leader to his teammates and our coaching staff," Baker said. "I believe Mike has the athletic, leadership and organizational skills to be a great captain and, in turn, lead this team to where it needs to go."
Gannon, who spent this past summer with local rowing club Malta, is a two-year letterwinner for the Quakers. Following his rookie season in the freshmen boat, Gannon spent all of last season in the bow seat for the Varsity 8 where the Quakers claimed the Mathews-Leonard Cup from Cornell for the first time since 1990.
"Mark is one of those soft spoken individuals that leads by example," Baker said of the rising junior. "As commodore, I foresee him as a great counterpart to Mike Fisher and huge assest to the team. After finishing his first year on the varsity squad as the bow seat of the Varsity 8, I know that Mark has his goals set very high for his two remaining years here at Penn. Through his leadership, I believe, the team has the opportunity to reach those loafty goals."
Fisher, Gannon and the rest of the Penn lightweight rowing team will begin the 2011-12 campaign on Oct. 8 with the Navy Day Regatta. The competition is one of four fall regattas for the Quakers and one of two hosted on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River.