Walter Banfield to row at Dartmouth
Christchurch School senior Walter Banfield, son of Doug and Nancy Banfield of Wake, has been accepted to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he will row for the Dartmouth Lightweight Crew Team.
Banfield is an accomplished rower, who has earned a number of accolades and distinctions.
As a junior, he was recognized by the CCS athletic department as “Outstanding Male Rower.” In the spring of 2011, his boys varsity double scull won the Eastern VA Scholastic Rowing Championship, and then the VA Scholastic Rowing Championship. In fall of 2011, he won the boys junior single scull championship at the Occoquan Chase.
In February of 2012, Banfield won the boys lightweight event at the Hampton Roads Ergometer Championship in a field of 110, breaking the previous record by eight seconds. In April, he won the boys varsity single-scull event at the Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship, and took fifth place for the boys Varsity Single Scull at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship. He was selected by the United States Rowing Association for the Junior High Performance Sculling Team, for which he spent 10 days training and racing in Germany this past summer.
This fall, Banfield won the Junior Single Scull Championship at the Occoquan Chase, as well as the Junior Single Scull Championship at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. The Head of the Schuylkill is the second largest annual head race in the United States.
Banfield is a Headmaster’s List student at Christchurch School and he sings in the school chorale.