Crew - Girls Varsity
|Date:||May 15, 2013|
Event Recap:Girls' crew traveled to the familiar shores of Lake Waramaug, in Washington, CT for the annual Alumnae Cup races against Gunnery, Taft, and Canterbury. Although the skies looked ominous early in the afternoon, the weather cleared and a strong, steady tailwind kept up throughout the racing.
The highlight of the day (and of the season, and perhaps of the last nine years) was the first boat's victory over Taft. Powered by Sophie "Perky" Perekslis, Juliet "What light in yonder window" Duplessis, Arwen "Sunshine" Neski, and Maddy "9 more days" Maher, and driven by cox Olivia "5 for legs" Good, the girls rowed to a second place finish behind a strong Gunnery crew, but a length ahead of their longtime rivals from Watertown. Emerging from the archives deep in the bowels of the Norman White Boathouse covered in dust and cobwebs, coach Paul "PMack" MacKenzie stated that the last time Berkshire G1 beat Taft was, well, never. Having finished 14 seconds behind Gunnery at the Founder's Day races 10 days ago, the girls showed tremendous improvement today, closing the gap to about 3.5 seconds. Said Coach MacKenzie after the race, "Clearly they deserve better than the 18 seed for New Englands. They beat the 15 seed (Miss Porter's) head to head, now they have beaten the 16 seed by a length and finished only a length down on the 13 seed. I hope the seeding committee reads these recaps."
Second and Third boats had a tougher day. With Sassy Cosman-Connery a late scratch due to illness, Bryn Kenny still out with post-concussion syndrome, and Greta Dorsey semi-retired, Maddie "Mads B" Bricken had to double up, rowing in the 2 seat of third boat for Sassy, then hopping into her usual stroke seat for the 2nd boat race. Both boats struggled a bit with the choppy conditions in the latter part of the race, but both put together solid efforts.
The Bears host Canterbury, Hopkins, and Dexter/Southfield this Saturday at Camp Sloane for the final regular season race of 2013. After that, the first boat will continue to train for New Englands, on May 25.