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Mass State Troopers Take to the Water


By Janine Eduljee – Posted on October 17, 2015

It’s a common sight at the Head Of The Charles Regatta, state troopers standing vigilant up and down the riverbank. Yet this year four of them were out of uniform during the club fours competition, because rather than providing security they were actually rowing themselves.

Four state troopers, Pat Mahady of Holden Barracks, Matthew Davis of State Police Academy, Patrick Moynihan of the Crime Scene Unit and Sean Maloney of the Underwater Rescue Unit, will comprise the first ever crew to represent the Massachusetts State Police.  It was an idea that began two years ago with Chris Maietta, founder of the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association.

Maietta always had a passion for encouraging rowing among young adults of all levels of experience; he started the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association to promote rowing as a high school sport for anyone who wished to participate. But it was at the 2013 Regatta where he gained the inspiration to take that philosophy and apply it to the police force.

He was chatting with a couple of state troopers and, noticing their eagerness and fascination for the sport, decided to institute start a state police rowing team. After 18 months of preparation, the MSP sent out a general interest bulletin to the organization. Pat Mahady, an alumnus of Northeastern University, was one of the first people to respond.

“I’ve always enjoyed rowing in the Head Of The Charles and being a part of the team allows me to represent the Mass State Police,” said Mahady. “I had never rowed before joining NU. I had played hockey growing up but wanted to try a new sport. It drew me in from day one and I lucked out with great teammates and a dedicated coach.”

Matt Davis also began his rowing career in college at the University of Rhode Island, rowing as a part of their Club 8 boat.

Massachusetts State Police Rowers (L to R) Patrick Fahady, Patrick Moynihan, Sean Maloney, Matt Davis, coxswain Inna Oh and coach Shayne Rowan

“My junior year in college my suitemate was part of the crew team, and he’s like ‘you should come out, at least come out and take a look at it and try,’” said Davis. “I went out to the boathouse and immediately fell in love with how big the boats were, and just watching the varsity team take off. I did it my junior year and senior year, but I haven’t done it in 20 years.”

Davis explained that when the email was sent out about the possible state police team, he immediately jumped on it, expressing his interest to Maietta.

“It’s been exciting and great and awesome opportunity, especially—I know Pat from training academy, but I never met the other two guys, and the camaraderie alone as we have on the job has just transpired in the boat, so it’s made things a lot easier.” said Davis.

Like Davis and Mahady, Sean Maloney began rowing in college, as a freshman at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, but found his collegiate career cut short when he enrolled in the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1993 (although he did continue rowing for a few years after, even rowing in a four in the 1994 HOCR).

“I rowed at UMass Lowell but that was over 20 years ago and when the opportunity came up to get back in a boat I couldn’t resist,” Maloney recounted with a grin. “Especially rowing with fellow troopers, it was exactly what I was looking for at the right time. I’m just really excited to be here and represent the Massachusetts State Police.”

And Patrick Moynihan saw some fliers posted at LaSalle University about a novice rowing team, which peaked his interest. His roommate at the time was on the varsity team and urged him to consider joining the team.

“It was an unbelievable decision,” said Moynihan. “It was a good move for me. I mean there’s a lot of things at school you gotta stress about and it’s a good distraction at times, and it was a good way to meet other guys and then to compete.”

The troopers haven’t been practicing very long compared to most of the teams they will be up against. The crew only began their training at the Wayland-Weston facilities just three and a half weeks ago according to their coach, Shayne Rowan.

“They’ve only been practicing for that amount of time, and two of the guys haven’t rowed in 20 years so just having them get down the race course and just have an amazing experience,” said Rowan of her hopes for the race. “Like I told them yesterday, ‘as long as you guys cross the finish and have had the most amazing race and you feel like you couldn’t have given any more, then I’m happy.’”

They crossed the line in 23:27. And received some of the most robust cheers of the day as they made their way up the course. As they explained, the event is less about winning and more about making a statement on behalf of the Massachusetts State Police.

“We’re establishing a new team so we’re just hoping to get it rolling, as well as possible and hopefully attract other members of the state police to come on board and try it.” said Maloney.

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