Stanwich School seniors Ted Frascella and Gaby Wakim will soon take their rowing skills to the collegiate level.
Frascella and Gaby Wakim recently committed to join the Princeton University men’s rowing team, and Bucknell University’s women’s rowing squad, respectively.
Currently students at The Stanwich School, they will become members of their university’s Division I crew teams next fall.
After attending a summer camp dedicated to rowing in eighth grade, Frascella decided to join the town-based Greenwich Crew program as a ninth-grader. The senior hones his rowing skills, competing in numerous regattas as well as following a challenging training schedule, throughout the year.
Frascella was the team’s MVP in 2018 and is serving as captain of the squas (2018-2019) team. He and Greenwich Crew teammates have competed in numerous regattas including, Youth Nationals, Club Nationals, Northeast Regionals and the Head of the Charles.
His advice to other student athletes: “You need to find the healthiest way to balance school and athletics, and don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help.”
In the fall, Frascella will study at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
After swimming competitively for nine years, Wakim joined Greenwich Crew, where a number of her friends were competing, as a 16-year-old. The Stanwich senior spends many hours per week training and competing. She and her Greenwich Crew teammates have rowed in ultra-competitive events such as the Mercer Sprints, Saratoga Sprints, Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Riverfront and Head of the Fish.
“Rowing is more of a mental game than anything,” Wakim said. “You have to be able to block out the voice in your head telling you that you can’t go any further even when you’re physically able to.”
She reflected on her six memorable years at Stanwich.
“Stanwich has pushed me to excel inside and outside of the classroom,” Wakim said. “My teachers have taught me how to succeed and encouraged me to persevere.”
Wakim plans on studying computer science at Bucknell and pursue a degree in either software or civil engineering.