Yorktown Crew Makes Strong First Impression

Yorktown High School’s crew made an impressive showing at its first full regatta of the year on Saturday, March 31, recording six first place finishes and a second in the team’s 13 events. Racing against more than 20 schools from across the area in the Regional Park Regatta on the Occoquan River at Sandy Run Park, Yorktown’s men and women showed that they once again are a team to be reckoned with.

On the men’s side, the second varsity boat, or 2V, placed first in both its heat and the final. The men’s freshmen boat also won its heat, and placed first in the final. The 3V boat won its heat (no final was held), as did the 4th/Novice “A” boat.  The 1V won its heat, and placed a close fourth in the final. The men’s 4th/Novice “B” boat and Junior Eight boat rounded out the Yorktown field on the men’s side, finishing fifth and fourth in their respective heats.

On the women’s side, the freshmen boat won its heat, and placed first in the final. The 4th/Novice boat won its heat (no final was held), and the 3V placed a strong second in its final.  The women’s 1V placed third in its heat, less than a second behind the third place finisher, and the 2V placed fifth in its heat. The women’s Junior Four boat placed fourth in its competition to round out the racing on the women’s side.
Head coach Andy Bacas was pleased with the effort by Yorktown, but stressed that it is early in the season.  “We were happy with our racing on Saturday on all levels.  We had an impressive showing for our first full event of the season.  But it was only our first event, and we will look to continue to improve from here.”

Women’s coach Carol Dinion added, “Our ladies raced hard and performed well. Our goal every year is to continue to improve and peak at the end of the season for the state and national events. We’re on track to do well if we continue to work hard.”

The team is spending spring break training at Camp Bob in Summerton, S.C. Its next full regatta is the Arlington Cup on the Potomac in Georgetown on April 14. Yorktown will be competing against Washington-Lee and Bishop O’Connell high schools in an intra-county matchup.