The Dublin School crew team qualified their top two boys’ and girls’ boats for the National Schools’ Championship in Philadelphia, PA after winning the Granite State Fours Schools’ Championship in Hanover, NH. The National Schools’ Championship is a three year old regatta that seeks to bring in as many state champion boats as possible to their annual event. Dublin’s first varsity girls’ and second varsity boys’ four oared shells won gold medals at the June 11th regatta while the first varsity boys and second varsity girls earned fifth place finishes.
Coach Blair Granum’s first varsity girls’ shell of Phoebe Glaude ‘17 (Francestown, NH), Zoe Hewitt ’18 (Keene, NH), Lilly Campbell ’16 (Milford, NH) , Tatum Wilson ’16 (Dublin, NH) and Michelle Zhong ’17 (Beijing, China) dominated their semifinal race and earned a position in the six boat final. With a strong head wind on the Schuykill River, the Dublin girls got off to a strong start and had a length lead on Lyme Old Lyme School from Connecticut by the halfway mark of the 1500 meter course. With 500 meters to go Lyme made a move drawing even before Dublin put on a determined sprint, digging their oars in just before crossing the finish line. The crowd in the grandstand waited anxiously for the race officials to determine the winner in the photo finish. Dublin ended up the victor by just two feet.
Coach Katie Curtis’ second varsity girls’ boat, made up of novice rowers Alice Weis ’19 (Nelson, NH), Lillian Bates ’19 (Dublin, NH), Theresa Barth ’19 (Alexandria, VA), Viivi Salmi ’17 (Muonio, Finland) and veteran Faith Lewis ’18 (Bennington, NH) entered the first varsity race as well and earned a spot in the final by finishing third in their semifinal. In the final they finished fifth, edging Duxbury Bay Maritime School of Massachusetts.
Coach Brad Bates’ first varsity boys’ boat of Joseph Hynes ’17 (Dover, MA), George Henry Werowinski ’17 (Acton, MA), Calvin Bates ’17 (Dublin, NH), Andrew Johnston ’16 (Landover, MD), and John Scriven ’16 (Townsend, MA) capped off a successful season by qualifying for the final by finishing just behind Belmont Hill School of Massachusetts in their semifinal. With a fast field in the final Dublin got off to a slow start before making a move on Belmont Hill and Episcopal School of Pennsylvania for the bronze medal. Canissius School and Lyme Old Lyme led the pack for the gold and silver medals. Dublin ended up fifth, less than second behind Belmont and Lyme.
The second boys’ varsity crew of Laura Coffin ’19 (Keene, NH), Matthew Coffin ’16 (Keene, NH), Chris Brodie ’16 (Oakton, VA), William Stanhope ’17 (Nassau, Bahamas) and Jared Lewis ’17 (Bennington, NH) had an exciting battle in the final against Philadelphia powerhouse St. Joe’s Prep. The Dublin boys took a one length lead by 500 meters into the race before making a move and cruising to a comfortable six second win.
The regatta was the conclusion of a successful season for the Dublin crew that enjoyed the opening of the School’s brand new Steele Family Boathouse.