Yorktown Crews Excel in 2011 Virginia Debut

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.

The freshman women's 8 won its event over National Cathedral School of Washington and three Virginia schools; the freshman also posted the fastest time of the day of the nine schools competing. The women's novice four bested a field of six boats to win its race, and also clocked the fastest time in its category. The women's third 8 picked up a second place finish behind Robinson, with W-L, TC Williams and Thomas Jefferson trailing.

The men's third varsity 8 won in strong fashion, taking its event by eight seconds over Robinson, Oakton and South County. The men's freshman 8 finished second to W-L of Arlington, besting teams from South County, Forest Park and Thomas Jefferson. The men's novice 8 notched a second place finish behind a crew from Madison, with Great Bridge, McLean, Robinson and Forest Park trailing.

In the top level boats the Patriots locked in hard-fought contests with private school rivals St Albans and National Cathedral. In the men's junior 8, Yorktown battled St Albans the whole length of the course and finished just 1.2 seconds behind the Bulldog crew. Thomas Jefferson was a close third, while crews from Langley, Woodbridge, TC Williams and Oakton were well back.

The Yorktown women's first 8 powered out to an early lead over a tough field in the final of the premier women's event, but a big and powerful crew from Madison rowed through the lighter Yorktown crew, which held on for second, ahead of Robinson, last year's VASRA champion and National Cathedral, last year's VASRA runner up.

In the men's first 8 it was St Albans that took the lead off the start, leaving Yorktown in third, trailing both Oakton and St Albans at the halfway point. The Patriot crew kicked into high gear over the last half of the race and rowed through Oakton and closed on St Albans to finish 4.5 seconds behind last year's VASRA champion. Trailing the leaders were W-L, Woodson, Robinson and South County.

"This was a great start for us," commented Yorktown Coach Andy Bacas, "we are farther along relative to our top rivals like St Albans and NCS than we were at the same time last year. They have had their intensive spring break training and we haven't, so I expect we will be a good bit faster when we meet them again at the Charlie Butt Regatta on the Potomac April 30. Madison will be there, too. It should be a great event this year."