The team enjoyed another sunny day by the river yesterday at the Cooper Cup. Sunday saw four races for the Hawks beginning with the men’s varsity double. The pair finished 3rd in their heat with a time of 7:24.83; we are excited to get to work preparing for this year’s SRAA’s with these two.
Next race up was the men’s varsity quad where Joel, Noah, Ryan, and Dan W raced against Conestoga, Navasink, and St. Joe’s HS. Amazingly, the foursome was able to finish the race amidst breaking an oar at the thousand meter mark. The remaining 3 rowers pushed through to the finish line and grabbed 4th place.
Angela and Noa then raced in the women’s lightweight varsity double. They lined up beside Conestoga, River Rowing A & B, Holy Spirit, and Upper Merion. The girls rowed an aggressive race, pushing their rate and concentrating on quick catches. They came in at a close 3rd place, just seconds after 1st.
The women’s novice quad raced next with Olivia H, Kayla, Kara, and Olivia H pushing hard every stroke. The crew had a rough start but quickly got back into the race and amazingly caught up to steal the 3rd place title.
In heat 1 of the men’s novice quads, Paul, Dan M, Luke, and Erik won gold and finished an impressive 11.77 seconds before the 2nd place boat. The crew looked great coming down the river with strong catches and big leg-drive.
In heat 2, Mike, Liam, Parker, and Nick got silver! They matched up against Conestoga, St Joe’s HS, Norwalk, and SJRC. They entered this race in an unfamiliar lineup yet took advantage of the challenge. The crew came down the river looking strong and together; and they were able to see their hard work pay off at the finish line.
Colin and Matteo also took advantage of a new lineup and new boat. They lined up for their first race in the men’s novice double alongside Shipley, St. Joe’s HS, and Germantown Academy. The pair looked controlled coming down the race course and finished in 3rd place.
Joey rowed next in the men’s JV single where he got the silver place metal! He raced against Norwalk River, Baltimore, River Rowing, Whitemarsh, and Haddonfield. Joey looked calm and strong throughout the 2k and held off 3rd place by a close second.
The last race of the day was the women’s JV quad. Brie, Rachel, Becca, and Sophia faced their 3rd race of the weekend against River Rowing, Friends Select, Holy Spirit, Springside Chestnut Hill, Navesink, and Whitemarsh. The winds had just died down before the girl’s took their place in the stake boat. They came down the river backing in their blades and sending the boat with each stroke which took them to finish in 5th place out of 7.
We’d like to thank the family and friends who spent their weekend cheering on the Hawks from the shoreline. We appreciate your support and commitment to the team. Thank you for yet another great food tent that was filled with healthy fuel for our athletes! We will see everyone next week in Philadelphia for the PSRA City Champs.
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