The National Schools’ Championship Regatta took place on Saturday, June 11th. Teams were invited to compete based on
the speed that their boats showed earlier in the season. Because Unionville’s Varsity girls had fast race results, we were invited to compete in the Girls Varsity Four event.
Our Girls Varsity Four of Maegan Hailey, Kiera Callahan, Eliza Worth, Meredith Welsch, and Natalie Savaiko battled through strong head wind conditions in their Heat to advance to the afternoon final. Unionville finished their heat in 6:52.04. Lyme-Old Lyme from Connecticut was the only boat to finish the heat ahead of Unionville with a time of 6:42.28.
Dublin B from New Hampshire was the third boat to advance to the finals with a time of 7:01.02. Boston Latin failed to advance.
Strong head wind conditions sometimes cause the wind to pull the rowers’ blades away from the water and make the athletes “miss water” at the start of the stroke. Thus, the rowers typically row short, which means the arc length while the blade is in the water is shorter.
Although the wind gusts and white cap conditions remained throughout the afternoon, racing continued as scheduled. Unionville had a fast start in the Final and was among the first three boats at 500 meters into the race. However, Radnor was not far behind and continued to challenge our boat. Unionville powered against the head wind with more length than they had in their Heat and fought to remain as one of the top three crews over the remainder of the course. They ultimately finished behind Dublin A (6:27.11), and Lyme-Old Lyme (6:27.30). Unionville took over 12 seconds off of their earlier Heat time to finish with a time of 6:39.51 in the Final – a third place finish! Rador (6:43.66), Dublin B (7:02.47) and Duxbury Bay (7:40.64) completed the crews in the Girls Varsity Four Final.
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Congratulations to our girls for working so hard and earning bronze medals at the National Schools’ Championship Regatta! This is an amazing achievement and I am proud of all of you. Also, thank you to Coach Ed for driving the trailer and thank you to all the parents, family, and friends who came to the regatta to support our girls varsity four. This was a great ending to our spring season and I’m honored to have been a part of it.
- Coach Holly