Girls' crew traveled to Lake Waramaug, in New Preston, CT, on a lovely spring Sunday for the annual Founder's Day regatta. This race brings together a variety of fours schools, eights schools, and clubs, which generates some very fast racing. In addition, it brings out crowds of spectators, including many parents, with generous helpings of food.
Due to some irregularity in the time/space continuum, 3rd Boat, despite launching on schedule, found themselves rushing to the starting line without time for a full warm up. The lack of preparation resulted in a less than optimal row, and they finished fifth in their heat. 2nd Boat, featuring Maddie "Big Red" Bricken, Annette "Ginger" Key, Rhiannon "Mountain Hawk" Vanderbeek, "Walk Away" Renee Dreher
, and "Arlington" Addie Bullock
, struggled to translate individual strength into group speed, finishing fifth in their heat and failing to advance to the afternoon finals. Finally, the 1st Boat of Sophie "Perky" Perekslis, Juliet "It is the East" Duplessie, Arwen "Evenstar" Neski, Maddy "Continental" Maher,
and cox Olivia "Johnny B." Good
, rose to the occasion, racing hard for the full 1500 meters in their heat to nip Miss Porter's by 0.8 seconds to qualify for the afternoon finals. In the Petite Final, for places 7-12, the girls were hampered by a blown cox box, rowing to a fifth place finish (11th overall) in a race won by St. Mark's first boat, which was coxed by former Bear Caroline "Big Cat" Ellwood. Thanks to all the parents that came out to support the team, and thanks especially to Melissa Robinson
, mother of Lars, '13
, for coordinating the whole affair.
After the lower boats host Rumsey this Wednesday, the girls will regroup and focus on the Alumnae Cup race against Gunnery and Taft on the 15th.