Congratulations to all on a successful season opener at Navy Day!
The hard work and focus put in throughout the past several weeks was demonstrated yesterday in all events. We are pleased with each athlete's racing performance. A few notable performances deserve some special recognition:
Emily and Nicole finished well ahead of the field, capturing the Gold in the Junior Women's 2x event. Close behind were Selena and Cassidy missing second place by mere seconds to finish third in the competitive field. Maddie and Lauren launched from Boathouse Row and rowed a solid race, finishing 6th out of the 16 boat field. All boats rowed exceptional pieces, carrying on the strong HT tradition in this event at Navy Day.
Sara finished in the middle of the pack in the Woman's 1x event, despite being brought to a complete stop by an inexperienced competitor. Sara's time was impressive, even with the minute penalty she was unfortunately assigned for her competitor's mistake. Good work Sara, not only on your race, but on maintaining a positive attitude despite the frustrating circumstances.
Nick was the only HT athlete to row in two consecutive races yesterday. He competed in the Jr. Men's 1x finishing 5th out of a field of 17. Nick then hopped into the Men's 4x to help Tyler, Keaton, and Dan to a successful finish. Good work too all!
Alex, Jim, Eric, and Alec finished an impressive 6th out of 18 entries in the Jr. Men's 4x event. The guys finish is indicative of the intensity and aggression they have shown at each practice this Fall. The Varsity guys are hungry this year, and we expect to see more good results in the months to come!
The biggest honors of the weekend go to the novice rowers. Not only did they exceed all expectations in results, they kept calm and focused in very intimidating circumstances.
As some of you many know, there are not novice events at the Navy Day regatta. We felt that our novices were ready to compete and so registered them in the same events as our Varsity and JV athletes. A few highlights are below.
Rachel navigated the course solo, competing in the Jr. Women's 1x event. Rowing 4k on unfamiliar water is no small feat, let alone doing so under stressful race day conditions. Rachel did beautifully, keeping a great course and finishing with a smile on her face. Good Work Rachel!
Gia and Angela followed suit, competing in the Woman's 2x event that their team mates championed. Gia and Angela were cool and calm from the start. They rowed a perfect course and finished 12th of 16 in a varsity event. All three novice girls show strong promise in continuing the solid HT Women's reputation.
Similarly the novice boys put together a solid race in the Jr. Men's 4x event. Under JV rower Noah's leadership Joe, Kevin, and Brian successfully completed the race with a respectable time.
To race for the first time against experienced competition, on a new river is certainly a challenge. The Fall 2012 Novices did so with ease. We look forward to seeing how the stack up against other Novice athletes later on in the season.
Of course a special thanks is owed to the Parents and Families for braving the cold to cheer on our athletes. Your support and enthusiasm is essential to making race day a success.
Good work to all!
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