From Coach Greg King: The NCS Crew team had a historic trip to Philadelphia this past weekend at the Stotesbury Regatta. Known as the oldest and largest high school regatta in the world, the team faced off against competitors from all over the country. Friday was a wonderful day, with warm temperatures and sunshine. Saturday took a turn for the worst and rain came in strong later in the afternoon. These conditions did not stop NCS from performing at their absolute best.
Frosh 8: The freshmen eight had a great regatta. Coming into the regatta having placed behind many local crews, the team was determined to change the fate of their season and really push the boundaries of athletic performance. This crew was made up of Peyton Gordon, Sophia Donovan, Katelyn Craven, Juliette Van Vleck, Kate Mabus, Elena Arvanitis, Elisabeth Sicoli, Morgan Chung, and Annie King. All races start with a time trial, where every crew from each event rows down the race course as fast as they can to get a seeding for the semi finals. Out of 50 boats in the frosh 8, only 18 advance to the next round. Our frosh 8 rowed more aggressively than they ever have, and placed 4th in the time trial, edging out local crews Walt Whitman High School and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School who they had lost to by 14 seconds just a few weeks earlier. The girls rowed the semi final later in the afternoon and qualified for the final. This is only the third time in the last 15 years that the frosh 8 has qualified for the final. On Saturday, the frosh raced a great race, but ended up sixth in the final. This was a huge leap for this crew in performance from earlier in the year. Well done Nuggets!
Senior 4: The senior 4, made up of Maeve Murphy, Julia Messick, Lexi Novak, Anna May Mott, and Zoe Lindahl rowed in one of the most competitive events at the regatta. Many schools boat their top 4 girls from their programs in this boat. Out of 48 schools, they placed 11th in the time trial, earning their spot in the semi finals the next day. This was the first time in program history that a four has made it out of the time trial and a huge accomplishment for the program. The four unfortunately did not make it into the final, but raced a great race against some tough competitors. This was a huge milestone for this program, and this group of athletes has reset the bar for performance in this event.
Second 8: The second 8, made up of Sophie Dunn, Camilla Ryder, Grace Farran, Annabelle Rice, Arianna DiGregorio, Eva Phelps, Rory Meyer, Kat Sniezek and Caroline Garcia had an amazing regatta. They pushed through the time trial and crushed the field, earning them a top spot for the semi finals. They cruised through the semi finals, clutching a middle lane for the final race. In the final, they put out a dominant performance, with an open water win for a Stotesbury Championship! This is the first time in school history that the program has won this event. They set the tone for the upcoming races in the first boat.
First 8: The first 8, in a category of 32 boats, made their way down the course for the time trial with a less than optimal row, but still pulled off second place in the time trial behind reigning champion Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Racing in a tough semi final, the crew pulled out a good race and took first, securing a great lane for the final. While launching for the final, pelting rain began and temperatures dropped. Having trained in these conditions all spring, the crew was not phased. They rowed from the launch dock with purpose and determination. Off the start line, the crew had a bad start, leaving them in last in the first ten strokes. Coach Greg watched the race from his bike and was instantly discouraged. The crew has a lot of horsepower and executed an aggressive high twenty strokes, pulling even with the field. During the middle thousand they pushed away from the field, committed on a move together and took the lead. They fought for this position all the way down the course and grabbed the win with a two second lead over Merion Mercy Academy. This is the first time in school history that the team has won the Senior 8 category.
This was the first time ever that NCS had all of its crews advance beyond the time trial. Only once before in regatta history has any team won both the first and second boats in the same year. This was a truly great accomplishment for the girls, and a great symbol of how hard work, patience, and determination pays off. So much credit goes to an unbelievable senior class that showed so much leadership and maturity all year. An amazing performance top to bottom. GO EAGLES!