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2010 - 2011 Season
The strength of Yorktown’s crews this year was evident in the team’s medal-winning performances at the spring’s championship regattas. Those performances were team driven, but a number of rowers were singled out for their individual contributions. Among the winners were:
- Fielding Williams and Hannah Yoest, named first team All-Met by the Washington Post;
- Daniel Thom, Ben Vihstadt , Tabby Andelin and Annemarie Wamsted, named All-Met honorable mention;
- Daniel Thom, named male rowing athlete of the year by the Better Sports Club of Arlington;
- Shannon Johnston, named female rowing athlete of the year by the Better Sports Club of Arlington; and
- Annemarie Wamsted, named female athlete of the year by Yorktown High School.
The YHS freshman women set the tone for the whole team at the scholastic national championships in Camden over Memorial Day weekend, racing beautifully in their heat and moving on to the semifinal round by virtue of their strong 2nd place finish (three from each heat advanced to semis). Later that morning, the women’s first varsity eight upped the ante, finishing a fast second in their heat and moving directly through to the semifinal round (the 3rd and 4th place finishers had to race again in the repechage round). The women’s 2nd eight was not able to follow suit, however, finishing out of the running in a tough heat that included an unseeded Robinson crew that ended up advancing to finals. Still, they had a terrific final race! Read more.
Full results and pictures of the 2011 Stotesbury regatta can be found at the Boathouse Row website.
VASRA State Championships
The VASRA season ended May 14, with a wet, but fast and calm day at Sandy Run Park, and Yorktown crews challenging in all five events entered. In the end, only the men made it to the medal dock, but the women's crews were again extremely close in several very competitive categories, with both women’s boats advancing to the finals. Read more.
The younger contingent of the Yorktown crew team rowed aggressively and well Saturday, May 7, on the calm waters of the Occoquan at this year's Ted Phoenix Lower Boat Regatta, the annual state championship race for the third varsity 8s, freshman and novice 8s and novice 4s. Yorktown earned more medals in 2011 than in any prior Ted Phoenix appearance, winning the men’s 3V 8 and taking silver in both the men and women’s freshman, the highest combined finish for any freshman class in YHS history. The 3rd 8’s successful defense of the team's 3rd 8 win last year was the first time a Yorktown crew had ever repeated as state champ in rowing at any level. Read more.
In a whirlwind of rescheduling on Friday, Yorktown managed to find a place to race on a sunny Saturday, April 30, thanks in huge measure to the flexibility and hospitality of Gonzaga head coach Marc Mandel. Already a proven friend of our program, Coach Mandel did not let us down this time either, casually taking Coach Andy Bacas' frantic email of Friday morning completely in stride and in effect saying, "We have room to accommodate your whole team, come on over." So after a short practice Friday on the flood-swollen Potomac, the YHS crews again packed up all their shells and equipment and prepared for a Saturday row on the Anacostia River with some of the best crews in the area. Read more.
In their first contest of the season versus Virginia and DC competition, Yorktown's men's and women's crews finished first or second in almost every category entered at the Darrell Winslow Regatta April 9 on the Occoquan Reservoir race course—the top team performance by a Virginia school. Read more.
St. Andrews Scrimmage
The Yorktown High School crew hit the water strong this past weekend in their first races of the spring at the St Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware. The men's and women's teams fielded five eights and two fours each. Joining them for the competition were Monsignor Bonner and Prendie School, both from Philadelphia, PA, St Augustine Prep of Linden, NJ, the Mercer Junior Rowing Club of NJ and Washington-Lee from Arlington. Read more.