Cooper Cup Results
We had some great racing at the Cooper Cup in some very tough conditions. There was a kicking head wind all day, making for some very long and heavy races. We came away from the race with wins in the JV Girls 8 and the JV Boys 4 and added a second place finish in the Novice Boys 8 and the JV Boys 8. It was fantastic to see all the huge smiles and feel the energy that comes from performing well on race day.Th win for the JV Girls 8 was a huge breakthrough and something that they can really build on for the remainder of this season and on into next. We are super proud of them!
Varsity Girl’s report from Coach Kim:
Pictured (L-R): Rachel Fiala, Meredith Welsch, Anna Hrit, Brooklyn Horine, Ireland Robb, Sarah Weir, Eliza Worth, Carly Hutter, Natalie Savaiko, Coach Kim
This past week, the varsity girls worked really hard to secure their spots for the Cooper Cup. Their hard work paid off with a first place finish! The race proved to be an exciting one as our boat was started a half a length behind and halfway through the race an oar came out of an oarlock. Even with the external drama, the girls were able to stay composed and take control of their heat. We are really looking forward to racing again next week at City Championships!
Novice Girl’s report from Coach Rosemary:
The Novice Girls 4+ had their first race of the season on the Cooper River yesterday, since their first two races were cancelled and their third race was a rowover (no competition). Although they came in last in their heat, they gained valuable racing experience that showed them what it takes to do well in competition. We will be scrimmaging with the Newport Rowing Club’s novice girls later this week during practice in preparation for the City Championships. With one big race under their belt, our girls are looking forward to racing again this coming weekend.
Novice Boy’s report from Coach Jake:
Despite a seat coming off of the boat at the start and a handful of ill timed strokes that followed to put the Novice 8+ down early, the crew showed tremendous grit and recouped quickly to take 2nd in their Flight. After a difficult and high volume training week, it is encouraging to see the squad perform well after the incident and not give up. The team has shown immense toughness the past few days, which is exemplified here where they stormed back through the other boats in their race and put up a competitive time despite not having a clean start. They look to continue the upward trend with less than two weeks until the Mid-Atlantic Championships.
Varsity Boy’s report from Coach Chris:
Pictured (L-R): Brett Nilsen, Matt Defilipo, Stewart Short, Ben Horine, Meagan Hailey, Coach Chris
The JV 4 dominated their heat to come away with a gold. These guys rowed very well this past week in practice and it showed on race day. They were relaxed (maybe too relaxed) pre-race but all business when it was time to go.
The JV 8 also put together a great race and finished second in their heat. One goal was to increase the racing intensity and they accomplished that with a little help from the competition. They were in a back and forth race for second, trading the lead with St. Peter’s Prep, until finally putting them away in the last 500.
The Varsity 4 had an easy time of it in their heat as they were racing for a spot in the top two in order to qualify for the final. They raced hard for the first 1000 meters and were just one length down on a St. Peter’s Prep boat that won silver at the Garden State Championships the day before. They cruised in the last 1000 meters, saving themselves for the final.
Unfortunately that final never happened, at least for us. The regatta gave very conflicting information on when the final was to be held. The final being held at the end of the regatta (as was stated in the Race Packet) it was at 1:36 pm and we missed it. This is a very good Varsity 4 that I hope to race again, especially since they are all juniors.