Varsity Men Make it Three in a Row at Charlie Butt

Thanks to all for another great day for Yorktown crew!

We had wonderful weather for the Charlie Butt regatta along the banks of the Potomac and the YHS rowers had yet another great showing. Winning performances in the finals were notched by the men's 1V and 2V and women's 3V. Almost all of the Yorktown entries advanced through the heats to the finals, including both of the women's top boats. For the men's 1V, this was their THIRD Charlie Butt championship in a row--a Yorktown record!

Also in attendance at the regatta were Ray Pasi, Yorktown’s principal, and Mike Krulfeld, the school’s student activities director. Thanks to you both for your support of our team!

The men's team held a quick and quiet ceremony to dedicate their new shell, the Class of 2007, between heats and finals. In attendance for the christening were Poss Echols, father of 2007 alum and co-captain Conor Echols, Dr. Pasi and Mike Krulfeld. Nina Bacas did the honors, pouring cider over the new boat's bow. The new boat is named after the 10 men of the Class of 2007, who turned the YHS men's program around over the course of their four-year career. After not winning a single race their first three years, they notched wins in 2007 at the Al Urquia regatta at Occoquan in the 1V and 2V, a 1V win at the Charlie Butt regatta and silver medal finishes at States in both boats. The 10 men were spread across all three varsity boats in 2007, with two in the 3V, four in the 2V and four in the 1V. Co-captain Anthony Catalano was selected as a first team All-Met at the end of that turnaround season. Thanks to the many generous donors who contributed funds toward the purchase of this new shell. Seat naming plaques are in place and riding with the crew every practice.

The novice teams now look forward to their championship races at the Ted Phoenix regatta on Saturday, May 2. The varsity crews have two weeks to tune up for the VASRA championship regatta on May 9. Both regattas will be held on the Occoquan at Sandy Run Park.

A link to some ink in The Washington Post

Pictures can be found here