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T.C. Crew Captures Four Medals at Stotesbury!

T.C. Crew Captures Four Medals at Stotesbury!Thursday, May 26, 2016 -

Best T.C. Showing in Years in this National Regatta

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The T.C. Williams Crew team proved this weekend that it can compete with the best boats in the country. Participating in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest and oldest high school rowing competition in the world, the T.C. boats excelled. During the May 20-21 event, T.C. boats posted impressive times, with three capturing silver medals and one winning a bronze medal. This is the best T.C. showing in years in this national competition. The Titans chant rang out each time the Titan rowers ascended the medal dock, clearly answering any lingering questions about who the mighty Titans were.

Racing on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the T.C. crew team rowed with 984 boats with 5,679 athletes from 191 schools who participated in the 90th anniversary of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

The T.C. Freshman Girls, Virginia state champions who entered the regatta undefeated this season, led T.C.’s medal wave. With a strong race in the finals, the boat captured a bronze medal in its category in 5.07.55, behind only Saratoga and Mt. Saint Joseph. The freshman girls had won their semi-final race.

The T.C. Girls Varsity Lightweight 8 then competed in its final, after winning its semi-final competition. The lightweight girls came out strong, with only perennial lightweight champ Mt. Saint Joseph pulling ahead of it. The lightweights quickly pulled ahead of all other competitors and sprinted after Mt. Saint Joseph, closing the gap with every stroke. The lightweights crossed the border virtually even with the lead boat, only 1.6 second behind, with an impressive time of 5.00.76.

The Titan Lightweight Boys then began their final race, taking on a full field of the fastest high school boats in its category. The lightweight boys sprinted down the course, vying for the lead with rowing heavyweight St. Joseph Prep, which enjoyed home field advantage. The boys crossed the line in 4:27.01, behind only St. Joseph Prep. They accepted their medals to the sound of their team mates, parents, and supporter doing the T.C. chant.

Rowing in one of the most competitive races of the day, the T.C. Girls Second 8 made a strong start and rowed with the leaders all the way down the 1,500 meter course. With a strong final sprint, the T.C. oarswomen pulled into second place, clinching the silver medal with a time of 5:04.78, behind only National Cathedral School.

The Girls First Varsity 8, rowing in the most competitive category for high school girls, put in an outstanding effort in a series of races. Excelling in its heat and then again in the semi-final race, the First Varsity advanced all the way to the finals. With a strong stroke, followed by a powerful sprint, the boat took fifth place, besting dozens of the best boats in the country, with a time of 5:01.45.

The Boys First 4, competing against the strongest men’s 4s in the country, excelled in its heat and advanced to the semi-finals, where it posted an impressive time of 5:05.08.

Members of the medal winning boats were as follows:

Girls Second Varsity 8/Silver Medal: Camila Cardwell (coxswain), Rachel Saez Knapp, Alyssa Forbes, Hannah Posson, Grace Asch, Grace Vannatta, Lily Warden, Emma Carroll, and Charlotte Carey. They are coached by Gracie Barbara.

Boys Lightweight 8/Silver Medal: Brianna Zuckerman (coxswain), Stefanos Psaltis-Ivanos, Connor McGivern, Ian Willmore, Wogan Snyder, Jacob Souza, Addison Guynn, Drew Jones, and Peter Laboy. Peter Stramese, the Titan Boys head coach, guides this boat.

Girls Varsity Lightweight 8/Silver Medal: Paige St. John (coxswain), Anissa Ashraf, Lauren Kelly, Sierra Arnold, Leeann Richards, Tori Cook, Olivia Anthony, Sarah Scroggs, and Emily Debodene. Jaime Rubini coaches the boat.

Girls Freshman 8/Bronze Medal: Paula Filios (coxswain), Chloe Marsh, Grace Fluharty, Blythe Markel, Ailysh Motinger, Piper Bucholz, Charlotte Milone, Elspeth Collard, and Anna Guynn. It is coached by Patrick Marquardt.

With strong momentum from this regatta, these T.C. boats will head for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta, commonly called “the Nationals,” which will be held in Dillon State Park near Zanesville, Ohio next weekend.
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