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St. Andrews Regatta
Yorktown Crew traveled to Middletown, Del., Saturday April 13 to race in the Noxontown #3 Regatta, one of a series of regattas hosted by St. Andrew's School on its sheltered home course at Noxontown Pond. On an almost picture perfect afternoon, Yorktown squared off against some of the fastest crews in the country. On the men’s side there was St. Albans, which came in second at last year’s national championships, La Salle, which placed 6th, and Chaminade, which came in 10th, along with Holy Spirit and the St. Andrews squad. The competition was just as stiff on the women’s side, with last year’s national champions from National Cathedral School topping the list, along with Mount St. Joseph, which came in third last year, Holy Spirit, which placed 9th, T.C. Williams, which came in 12th, and host St. Andrews.
Clearly, this was going to be a day of tough racing against seasoned opponents.
The men's freshman eight began the day. Lining up on the outside of the course in lane 1, the race plan was simple: try to get an early lead on the rest of the field, and then hold on until the finish. The boys raced well against a strong field, finishing third behind winner La Salle and just 3.5 seconds behind St. Andrew's, and well ahead of Chaminade and St. Andrew's. It was a solid start for the men's team.
The novice eight was up next. In a three-boat race with Holy Spirit and La Salle, the Yorktown novice crew was in the thick of a very closely fought race when a crab forced one of its rowers off his slide. In trying to correct the problem, a second rower caught a crab, bringing the crew to a halt. After resuming rowing, the men put up a valiant effort to recover, making up considerable ground on Holy Spirit, finishing last, but only seven seconds back. These young men displayed considerable character, recovering from adversity and finishing the race strong.
Yorktown's 4V found itself in a five-boat event with La Salle, Chaminade, Holy Spirit, and St. Andrew's. This was a very strong field, with La Salle and Chaminade opening up a significant lead on the rest of the field. The Yorktown men put up a strong effort, but could not match the speed of the other crews, finishing last in the race.
The 3V event featured a full six-team field. The team started well, but with about 600 meters to go they found themselves in fourth place, with a small gap between their bow and the stern of the Holy Spirit boat. The Yorktown crew began to make a move in the final 500 meters, but the men couldn’t catch up and ultimately finished fourth, 3.5 seconds behind the determined Holy Spirit team.
The 2V also found itself in a six-boat event. Racing in lane 1, the crew stayed close to the field through the first 500 meters, before the stronger crews began to open a lead. At the end, it was a tightly clustered foursome of St. Alban's, Holy Spirit, La Salle, and Chaminade taking the top four spots, with Yorktown edging St. Andrew's to take fifth.
The 1V race found Yorktown in lane 1, facing some of the fastest crews in the country. The 1V had previously scrimmaged St. Andrew's and St. Alban's and were hopeful that lineup changes and technique improvements had resulted in found speed. The race started with the crews remaining close throughout the first 500 meters. As they passed the 1000 meter to-go mark, the entire field was in contact, with no open water gaps. By the finish, however, St. Alban's had pulled away from a fine field for the win, followed by La Salle, Chaminade, Holy Spirit, Yorktown, and St. Andrew's. Against some very good crews, the Yorktown men had improved significantly from earlier races.
The final men’s event of the day was the junior 4. This was a three-boat race, with Yorktown battling St. Andrew's and St. Alban's. The Yorktown crew moved out to an early lead which they never relinquished, leading St. Andrew's and St. Alban's across the line.
On the women’s side, the freshman eight was determined to show improvement, particularly in their start; they did that and more. They had a great start and stayed with the leaders until the midway point of the race before strong crews from T.C. Williams and Mount St. Joseph’s slowly began to pull away. At the end, T.C. Williams nipped the Mount crew by less than a second, with Holy Spirit back slightly in third and Yorktown in fourth, eight seconds back but well up on NCS and St. Andrew’s, who finished 5th and 6th, respectively.
The 2V was the first varsity crew up. All the varsity crews were missing rowers and had to rearrange lineups for the regatta; two varsity rowers even double-rowed ~~ kudos! Although the 2V finished 6th, they were connected to the pack of Stotesbury finalists and stayed with eventual winner Holy Spirit and second place finisher Mount St. Joseph through the 1000-meter mark.
The new version of the 3V had a fantastic race. The girls started behind, but this crew is full of feisty racers and they powered through the middle of the race and sprinted to a 3rd place finish. The winning crew from Mount St. Joseph posted a blazing fast time of 5:26.
The varsity 8 girls took the stage next. The girls knew they had the very best of the best in their race, and although compromised with illness and absence, were determined to stay connected to the pack. The girls were even with the leaders through the first 500 meters, but the power of NCS, Mount St. Joseph, and Holy Spirit was too much in the second 500. The crew was a few seats up on T.C. Williams coming into the sprint, but couldn't quite hang on and finished 6th, just .5 seconds back of the Titans.
The 4/N8 crew had a tough race. The top programs field many novice boats and the Mount St. Joseph boat was poised and fast, winning in a time of 5:43, as fast or faster than several 2Vs and many freshman 8s. The Yorktown girls did not get discouraged, however, and battled the T.C. Williams B boat all the way down the course. The Patriot ladies prevailed and finished 5th, topping the TC crew by 3 seconds.
The novice 4 lineup, just put together in practice last week, came together during their race. The girls were solidly in 3rd place behind St. Andrews and NCS, before a crab brought them to a halt. They did not give up, though and roared back to take 5th, just 2 seconds out of 3rd. Well done!
The lightweight 8 had the opportunity to see how fast the top two lightweight crews in the country are—as fast as the many of the best varsity crews. Mount St. Joseph won the race in 5:18, and Holy Spirit took second in 5:27. The girls rowed beautifully and finished 3rd with a good time of 5:46.
The women's results can be found here.
The men's results can be found here.
Full results of all high school regattas can be found at http://www.row2k.com/results/
All our crews are excited to be racing our local friends/rivals at home this weekend in the 2nd annual TBC Tussle.
See you on the Potomac.