Freshman Men Nail Silver At Ted Phoenix

Yorktown’s freshman men’s 8 rowed to a historic silver medal at the Ted Phoenix lower boat championship regatta May 2 at the Occoquan, finishing second to four-time defending freshman champion St. Albans. It was the first medal for Yorktown’s freshmen in this event since the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association went to the “full heat to final format” in 2002.

St. Albans covered the 1,500-meter course in 5:22.1, with Yorktown in second at 5:30.8, just ahead of third place TC Williams at 5:31.3.

Nate Uhlenbrock, coach of Yorktown’s freshman and novice men, was thrilled with the result: “The kids came back after a hard loss to TC Williams last week at the Charlie Butt regatta and really rowed well today. They are not very big as a crew, averaging only 140 pounds across the eight rowers, but they have great heart. The St. Albans coach mentioned that his coxswain at 125 pounds weighs more than our stroke-man, who tips the scales at a whopping 112 pounds. That kind of says it all right there."

The women’s freshman 8 had a tough heat, with 3 of the 4 crews in that heat taking first, second and third in the finals. The girls moved to the petite final and rowed a beautiful race, placing third. We look forward to them building on that performance at Stotesbury. The coaches are extremely proud of their mental fortitude to come back and have such a fantastic race in the petite final!

The men’s novice 8 (or second freshman boat) finished 5th in a very game effort against most programs' first novice boats. The YHS crew finished second in their heat and advanced to the grand final, but ended up trailing a strong field that included Madison first in a photo finish over Westfield; the boats’ times were 5:26.5 and 5:26.6. Lake Braddock followed in third at 5:33.4. Yorktown’s time was 5:49.7, getting them across the line ahead of last place TJ, who finished in a time of 5:53.4.

The women’s novice 8 (8th graders) placed 4th in their heat, narrowly missing the final. The novice women were with the pack and were racing other teams' top novices (those teams that do not field a freshman 8). This bodes well for next year.

Kudos all around for a job well done!