When Marissa Garey scored her 1,000th point for the Groton School recently her name went in the school record book. The senior captain from Salem became the first girl to ever reach that coveted mark in the 130-year history of the school. Garey reached 1,000 in a 24-point performance in her final game and finished her career with 1,017 points.
She was highly recruited for basketball, but decided to make a full-time commitment to her other passion — crew. Garey had her choice of several excellent colleges for both sports and picked the reigning national champion University of Virginia.
“I knew with three games remaining that I had a chance to do it, but I really didn’t think I would (reach 1,000) until I scored 26 points against Milton in the third to last game of the season,” said the Lady Zebras MVP, who was selected to play in the NEPSAC all-star game in Connecticut last weekend. “They had a very good team, and after that I knew I had a good shot to do it.
“Playing against the best players in the all-star game was a nice way to end. It was a lot of fun, but now I will concentrate on getting ready for our crew season. For a while I really didn’t know if I was going to continue with basketball or crew in college. I was looking at Williams and Yale for basketball, but then realized I wanted crew more.”
Garey has enjoyed her experience as a member of the very successful Groton crew team and even had the opportunity to row on the Thames in England back in 2011. Virginia, Villanova, and Dartmouth were at the top of her list once she made up her mind to pursue the sport in college.
“I weighed the pros and cons of each school,” said Garey, who received a scholarship to the D-1 powerhouse. “UVA has won the NCAA championship the past few years, and I know it’s a huge commitment. I’ll never have this chance again so I decided to go for it.