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Huge weekend for Youth rowers

posted May 18, 2009, 12:20 PM by Guy Monseair   [ updated May 19, 2009, 7:35 AM ]
This past weekend was a great success for CCR. Our rowers took part in the Mayor's Cup Regatta in Providence, RI and our top two quads competed in the North East / Mid Atlantic championships.

The weather was glorious and sunny (maybe even hot) on Saturday, as CCR rolled out its tie dyed train and took the Mayor's Cup by storm. There were medals galore for our great little club, highlights included Golds in the Girls 4x- , Boys B4+ and Girls C 4+. One of the most exciting races was the girl's varsity 2nd 8+ where our rowers kept their cool and pulled through an incredibly tight field and moved from 4th to 2nd in the last 100m!

My lasting memory from the regatta will be the girl's D 4+, who despite having 3 rowers whose seat's jumped the tracks, struggled valiantly with a never say die attitude and fought and clawed their way home.

It was satisfying to beat our neighbors in the girl's A4+. this was a much anticipated match up and we had reason to be nervous, all of our girls had already rowed earlier (remember the heat), one of them twice and we had only had one 30 minute practice session all season in the 4+. It was quite close as the teams approached the finish, but our girls made a move and walked away ending up with a comfortable 14 second margin. We would like to congratulate the Cape Cod Crew Girls for a hard fought battle on the water, and their sportsmanship off.

Sunday saw our top 2 quads head to NEMA regatta in Worcester to face the best quads from Baltimore to Saratoga and all points in between. The competition was fierce and the times were fast and our crews (consisting three 8th graders, two 9th graders, one 10th and two eleventh graders) were undoubtedly the youngest there.

But boy did they perform. Our 2nd quad was tasked with seeing if they could beat just one of these elite crews.... and they beat 2! There 4th place finish was just one away from making a final, but they certainly rowed superbly and made us all proud. Our first quad also rose to the challenge, they were challenged to beat 4 boats in their heat and make the final, which they did, but it also made them realise just how fast the other teams were and it was a nervous couple of hours as our girls awaited their final knowing that they had qualified with the slowest of the 6 finalists times.

We challenged the girls to see if they could beat one crew in the final and a strategy was hatched, our move at the 1000m took Navesink completely by surpise and our crew walked away from them and then continued to open water, beating them by 13 seconds and achieving their goal. Their success arguably ranks them as the 5th fastest team in the North East Mid Atlantic region - well done girls!

Next weekend is our season's finale - the MA Publics championship regatta. We hope that everyone will be able to make their way to Lowell for what will undoubtedly be an awesome day by the river.

How does Robin put it?........1,2,3    "Let's go CCR!"


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