Crew - Boys Varsity
|Date:||May 10, 2014|
Event Recap:It was a beautiful day on Lake Wononpakook Saturday for the Bears' last home race of the season. For Nick Asaro, Roy Faigenbaum, Dylan O'Connor and Eric Smith, three senior team leaders, it would be their last opportunity to square off against competition on the lake they've come to know and love. They would be facing Dexter School, from just outside of Boston, who made the long drive west in what has become a competitive dual race. In the racing, the 3rd boat set the tone with a dominant 31 second victory. They'll look to smooth out their technique in the coming weeks as they take aim at a spot in the grand finals at New England Championships. The 4th and 5th boats also flexed their muscles in new lineups, cruising to 45 and 33 second victories over Dexter's 4th boat. The 2nd boat race was competitive for much longer than the lower boats, with Dexter clawing and scratching to hang on to the boys from Berkshire, but to no avail as Alex DeChellis, James Donovan, Peter Dunn, Eric Smith and freshman coxswain phenom Xander Amero pushed their bow ahead and kept on pushing to a 12 second victory. That set up the 1st boat with a chance to seal a team sweep. But Dexter's 1st boat would be no pushover, being race hardened and having beaten strong crews already this year. The boats were stroke for stroke for most of the race, crossing the 1000 meter mark with maybe a few feet difference in favor of Berkshire. As Berkshire started to build into the finish, Dexter moved right with them. Berkshire moved again and Dexter moved again. As the boats flew towards the line, either boat could have taken the victory, but it was the boys in green and grey who crossed first, 2 seconds ahead of the competition. A great day of racing for the Bears and they will look to carry this momentum into Wednesday where they will contest the Smith Cup against Gunnery and Taft.