Berwick Academy Athletes Sign with Brown and Bucknell

Berwick Academy is pleased to announce two students have recently committed to Brown and Bucknell Universities for swimming and crew.

Erin Sullivan, of Amesbury, MA, has attended Berwick since the eighth grade. Erin is an impact member of the Berwick Crew team and has recently committed to row for Bucknell University where she plans to major in biomedical engineering.

While at Berwick, she has participated on the Varsity Cross Country team, earning MVP freshman year and co-captain senior year, the Varsity Swim team, recognized with the coaches’ award sophomore and junior year, and the Varsity Crew team. In her sophomore year, her crew team boat had an undefeated season, and during her junior year she was awarded MVP and named co-captain. This past April, Berwick hosted over 150 students from Waynflete,Yarmouth, Merrymeeting, and Megunticook in the Junior Maine State Ergatta (an indoor rowing competition), where Erin placed first among nearly 30 Varsity-level female rowers. Erin’s boat also placed first in the Junior Maine State Regatta Championship in both the spring of 2016 and 2017. This past summer Erin rowed with Great Bay Rowing, out of Dover, NH, and participated on Berwick’s inaugural fall crew team.

Outside of athletics, Erin has been inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society, and has received departmental recognition awards for science and music. Erin is co-founder of the knitting club at her school, is co-leader of Femmes for STEM, an outreach program encouraging Middle School girls to become interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and is a student leader of the Inspiration Commons (an innovation center) at Berwick.

Emma Whall, of Dover, NH,has attended Berwick since Kindergarten. Emma is an accomplished swimmer, and swims upwards of 21 hours a week. After a long college search, she committed to Brown University and plans to swim for them for the next four years while studying cellular biology/pre-medicine.

Emma has swum for Seacoast Swimming Association (SSA) out of Dover, New Hampshire, her entire career. She currently trains under Bill Reeves and has swum for him since she was ten years old. Her club swimming accomplishments include: Outstanding Swimmer for New England Swimming since she was 8, Administrative Review Board for NE Swimming, Senior Committee for NE Swimming, SSA Coach's Award, Jr National Qualifier for 1650 (mile), 400 individual medley, and 200 butterfly, and has competed in the Speedo Sectional Championships since 2013. Emma has also swum for Berwick Academy since eighth grade. Her Berwick swimming accomplishments include: Varsity Captain for sophomore and junior year, NEPSAC Championship team 2015, 2016, and 2017, NEPSAC D3 record holder in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, and held the record for the EIL100 freestyle.

Outside of her swim career, Emma thoroughly enjoys participating in extracurricular volunteer work to help her local community, including loading bags for 68 Hours of Hunger, teaching volunteer swim lessons upwards of aasd75/hrs/, being a MakerFaire/Halloween volunteer at the Children's Museum in Dover, making capes for Capes for Kids, playing violin at volunteer/fundraising concerts at Wentworth Home & Marshwood High School, and food packing for Feed My Starving Children. Emma also works as a lifeguard at Rye Beach Club, a Microbiology intern at Fairchild Dairy Research Center at UNH, and runs her own amateur photography business (Em.Whall Photography).

At Berwick, Emma co-leads Femmes for STEM, an outreach program encouraging Middle School girls to become interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She is also a member of the National Spanish Honors Society, the Outreach Club, Wellness Club, the Alliance (GSA), Prom Committee (junior year), Diversity club, Yearbook, and went on school trips to rebuild houses in West Virginia in 2016 and 2017.   

"I chose Berwick for the wonderfully supportive teachers, the incredible advising system, and the college counseling office", says Whall about her decision to remain at Berwick for her high school career.


Founded in 1791, Berwick Academy is an independent, coeducational school located in South Berwick, Maine.  For over 200 years, the Academy has pursued its mission of promoting “Virtue and Useful Knowledge” through a purposeful blend of strong academics, arts, and athletics.  Berwick serves nearly 600 students in grades PK-12 from the seacoast area of southern Maine, New Hampshire, and northeastern Massachusetts.

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.