Stotesbury Race Report for STA Bulldogs

Duke, a real bulldog

Duke, a real bulldog

From Coach Haley:

The Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia marks the culmination of the rowing season. Here is a brief report on the racing.

Frosh 8: Our freshman 8 competed well in the time trial, and ended up coming in 6th in their semi-final. They seemed to get an unfortunate lane assignment in the semi-final as a lower ranked crew ended up winning the semi from lane 1. Occasionally the winds in Philly will create this problem. These boys made great strides over the course of the season, and the skills and habits they learned from coach Bacas will serve them well in the years to come.

Junior 4: Our Junior 4 advanced to the semi-final as well which was a solid accomplishment against a stacked field of crews. The names of the crews in the Junior 4 category are often unfamiliar. That is because many smaller programs prioritize this event. The boys in our Junior 4 made significant progress this year and will fight for seats in the 1v and 2v next year.

 

IMG_61502nd 8:  The highlight of the regatta was the performance of our 2nd Varsity 8. They blew away all the competition with a 4 second win over Gonzaga, Jesuit College of Dallas, Winter Park, Jefferson and Yorktown. In doing so, they won the coveted Hammer Trophy. This group of young men clicked from the very beginning and rowed with more patience and technical skill than I had seen in many years. They typically rowed at a lower stroke rating than their competition, but clearly squeezed every inch of speed out of their efforts. This combination of 2 seniors, 4 juniors and 3 sophomores made this race look easy. I see their impact on the future 1st boat to be very significant.

 

1st 8: The 1st 8 was on a collision course with rivals Gonzaga and Winter Park. We saw it coming since racing Winter Park in Florida and we always can count on Gonzaga to be in the mix. The results ended up confirming the dominance of these three programs. After coming in second in the time trial and winning the semi-final the crew felt ready to bring back the Stotesbury Cup. After a good start and a slight lead in the first half, Gonzaga took over and ran away with the race. Winter Park squeaked into 2nd on the last stroke of the race. It was not to be on this day. Gonzaga turned things around since we raced them weeks ago and got the victory by 3 seconds. It was a disappointing bronze medal, but the 1st 8 has one more chance against these crews at the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals in New Jersey this weekend.

 

Amazing weekend at the Stotesbury Cup!

There are way too many photos to post and this selection hardly captures all the activity of the weekend. Our freshman girls took the gold as did our boys 2v! NCS 2v and STA 1V took bronze. Thank you to John Green, Bill Phelps, Pamela Parizek and many other parents who took photos. Now let’s get ready for Nationals!

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Congratulations Eagles and Bulldogs!

Saturday was Spectacular! STA Bulldogs took the State title, NCS took third. Boys 1V, 2V and 4 were 1st, 1st, and 2nd. Girls were 3rd, 1st, and 6th. You can read more about it in the Washington Post.

Enjoy the slide show, thank you to all parents who took photos! Also check out many more photos and photos of individual rowers from Bill Phelps.

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