After Dublin School's varsity four was impeded by another school at the Vermont Academy race two weeks ago, the Vermont Academy team was very nice and agreed to come to Dublin to race again. We held dual races for each of the three top varsity boys' boats.
The 3rd Varsity race was a battle for the first 500 meters with Dublin and VA changing leads repeatedly. Dublin stroke Sean Brown settled into a nice rhythm heading through the halfway point and the Dublin boys started gaining seats every few strokes, eventually opening up a strong lead. These guys have had two strong weeks of practice and have been hanging with our top two boats during some of our shorter pieces. They have made huge gains in the weight room and on their ergometer scores. They are looking forward to their final race at the Granite State Championships.
The 2nd Varsity, also known as the "freight train," had a typical freight train race got off the starting line slowly and trailed VA by up to three quarters of a length through the opening 500 meters. A strong move brought them even and they slowly moved out to a lead over a much improved VA 2nd boat. By the final 500 meters the Dublin boys found their groove and let the hull do a little work for them. They cleared their puddles by a few extra inches compared to their middle 500 by relaxing on the recovery. Vermont hung tough and put on a good sprint, finishing 7 seconds behind Dublin. Is was the second straight victory for coxswain Henry Luettgen, who received a double dunking after the races!
The boys' first boat was ready to race after their race on Sunday was cancelled due to high winds and after they were cut off in their race the week before. They had been rowing well and have yet to lose a race this season. This week most of the boat hit personal records for their 2000 meter erg scores and their max weight lifting scores. They were ready. Vermont was ready as well and hung tough with Dublin off the line. VA even had a seat or two after the first thirty strokes. The Dublin boys have been focusing on strong catches and power application during the drive and it paid off through the middle of the course. Dublin moved out in front, at one point taking almost a seat per stroke. Fill in coxswain Phoebe Glaude did a great job maintaining the boys' composure and letting them know where they were in the race. They finished strongly in front of our beautiful Steele Family Boathouse and a terrific crowd, including Mr. Steele himself. After the race the boys went right up and thanked Mr. Steele for his gift to the School.
It was fun for to have two Dublin alums in attendance, Bill King '52 and his roommate Buddy Bates '53. Next we are off to Hanover for the Granite State Championships. They boys are ready!