|Crew - Girls Varsity Founder's Day|
|Date:||May 4, 2014|
Girls' crew had a great day on the water at the annual Founder's Day Regatta on Sunday, May 4. First boat won their heat to make it to the Grand Finals, while second boat qualified for the petite finals in their event. Weather was a big factor in the racing, as a strong, gusty wind challenged rowers and coxswains alike, and made times quite slow on the course.
The second boat of Molly "Mauler" O'Neill, '17, Morgan "Glencoe Grappler" Handwerker, '15, Moet "et Chandon" Matsuoka, '17, Lindsy "Vineyardhaven Valkyrie" Dario, '17, and cox Lulu "slip n' slide" Kauffman, '17, rowed a solid race to top Hopkins and Thayer Academy in their morning heat. In the afternoon, they faced very challenging conditions, finishing fifth in their petite final (11th of 18 overall) ahead of Hartford's Riverfront Recapture club.
The first boat rowed two incredible races to earn the highest finish ever for a Berkshire boat at Founder's Day. In the morning heat, they hung with Lyme-Old Lyme and Greenwich Academy all the way down the course before coming from slightly behind to nip the other two boats at the line for the win. Their margin over Lyme-Old Lyme was 0.22 seconds, and over GA was 0.27 seconds. It was an impressive performance in a type of race rarely seen at the high school level.
In the final, the girls faced off against the Choate boat they had hosted in their first race of the season, when the Boars topped the Bears by 15 seconds. Sunday was a different story. Despite falling behind early, the girls fought back through a strong headwind and whitecaps to challenge Choate at the line, falling short by 0.02 seconds. Connecticut Boat Club was first, followed by Cincinnati, Kent and Choate. Lyme-Old Lyme was sixth, 1.4 seconds behind the Bears. 0.02 seconds represents about 6.8 cm (or 2.5 inches for you non-metric types), a microscopic margin over a 1500 meter course. Sophie "Perky" Perekslis, '14, Annette "Ginger" Key, '16, Arwen "President" Neski, '15, Renee "Aspen" Dreher, '15, and cox Olivia "So" Good, '15, were a bit frustrated not to have caught Choate, but they should be very proud of their day's work.