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Arlington Cup Regatta
The second annual Arlington Cup was held Saturday, April 6 in Georgetown and after a week of windy, cool conditions, the winds calmed, the temperatures warmed and the water was just about perfect for a regatta. There was superb racing by all the crews involved and it was a great day for the novice and freshman crews on both the women’s and men’s teams to get their first racing experiences of the season—practice pieces are one thing, but that first race is something else entirely.
First up on the women’s side were the freshman and 3rd varsity 8s. While they finished second and third behind the Washington-Lee freshman girls, both these crews have plenty of power and should improve as the year continues. The mixed 4th varsity/novice eight was up next, and they came through big, winning by open water over Bishop O'Connell and W-L.
While not a normal race for Yorktown, four women from the first varsity raced O’Connell’s first four and pulled away, winning by open water. Next up was the 2nd varsity eight, which has had mixed results in scrimmages against St. Andrews, McLean, National Cathedral and Bethesda-Chevy Chase. There was nothing mixed about this result, however, as the 2V won by a decisive 15-second margin over W-L’s second eight.
One of the best races of the day came between Yorktown’s lightweight eight and the O’Connell 1V, with the two crews going back and forth down the course. O’Connell jumped out front at the start, but the Yorktown lightweights powered through the middle to take the lead. O’Connell did not quit, though, and launched a furious sprint that brought them back in touch with the Yorktown lights. At the end, however, Yorktown prevailed, winning by three seconds.
Last up were the first varsity boats from Yorktown and W-L. The young Yorktown crew has been gradually gaining speed, and it showed on Saturday. The 1V steadily moved away from W-L during the race, ending up 9 seconds ahead of their cross-county rivals.
The competition intensifies this weekend, with the women traveling to Delaware for races against perennial powerhouses Mount St. Joseph, Holy Spirit, NCS, and St. Andrew's.
The men started the regatta with an unusual race as well, with the stern four from the 1V taking on O’Connell’s two first fours. Despite the lineup, the men performed well, crossing with a comfortable seven-second margin over the O'Connell "B" boat and 11.6 seconds over the O'Connell "A" boat. It was a strong start to the day.
The men's freshman 8 was up next, in a head-to-head duel with rival W-L. While the Yorktown freshmen put up a strong effort, they came up short against what looks to be a big, strong W-L crew coached by Wilson DeSousa, a former member of the Yorktown staff.
The junior 4, featuring a "tall and skinny" sophomore lineup, rowed a beautiful race, finishing in a time of 5:24.8, putting them 22 seconds up on second place W-L. While these athletes had rowed together in other boats, this was the first time that they had competed together as a crew.
The 4V and novice 8 boats found themselves racing each other and W-L’s 4th varsity crew in the next race. The Yorktown novice 8 finished first, with an open-water margin over the Yorktown 4V in second.
The men's 2V featured another duel between Yorktown and W-L crews, with the W-L 8 pulling away to finish eight seconds ahead of the Yorktown crew. Next on the docket, the Yorktown 3V squared off against W-L, this time getting the upper hand and finishing 5.5 seconds ahead.
The final event of the day featured the men's 1V 8s from Yorktown, W-L, and O'Connell. This was a hard fought race with the Yorktown men trailing W-L by about a half-length of open water as the crews entered the final 500 meters. At the 300 meter to-go mark, Yorktown began its sprint, gaining on every stroke. But in the end, the men ran out of race course, finishing about 2 seats of open water behind the first place W-L men. It was a hard-fought race, but after a difficult week including a humbling scrimmage with B-CC, the Yorktown men had begun to find their stride.
Results from the Arlington Cup can be found here
Full results of high school regattas can be found at http://www.row2k.com/results/
This Saturday the men’s side of the Delaware regatta includes races against traditional powers La Salle, St. Albans, Chaminade, and Holy Spirit, as well as St. Andrews. We are looking forward to some very fast racing.