The ice came off of Thorndike Pond on Tuesday, April 11, the docks went in, and the crews had three days of practice before the Varsity group made a trip to Lake Quinsigamond for their first race of the season. Novices were still learning the most basic skills, so only the top boys 4 went to this event. The goal for this intrepid group of veteran oarsmen was to experience travel, rigging, racing, and de-rigging in order to be better prepared for the later, championship events.
Coach Brown forced the group to row a controlled rating, much lower than their competition. Again, with so few strokes under their belt, the goal was to emphasize control and a clean race. Facing crews that had several weeks of practice on the water, Dublin boys varsity 4 still managed to finish 2nd out of 4 crews. It was a strong race and indicative of the skill and leadership of the group - coxswain Joey Hynes (Dover, MA), Stroke GH Werowinski (Acton, MA), 3 seat Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH), 2 seat Sean Brown, and bow seat Warren Umbach (Birmingham, AL).
On the girls side, the lack of early season on-water practice was compounded by the youth of our teams. With only three returning varsity rowers: Michelle Zhong (Beijing, China), Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH), and Faith Lewis (Bennington, NH) and only one senior, the team needs time on water. We did bring up a strong group of novices from last year led by Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH), Theresa Barth (Alexandria, Virginia), and Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) who all competed at Nationals last year.
Girls varsity 1 finished second to Bancroft. Bancroft had a very strong start and held onto the lead the entire race. Girls were close, but couldn't close the gap. Set a goal to work on quickness and speed at the start. Boat line-up: cox: Laura Coffin, stroke: Zoe Hewitt, 3: Michelle Zhong, 2: Lilly Bates, bow: Faith Lewis.
Girls varsity 2 finished third. Strong gusts and worst wind of the day for their race. Line-up: cox: Devyn Itula (Los Angelas, California), stroke: Theresa Barth, 3: Ali Weis (Nelson, NH), 2: Laura Hoffheimer (Peterborough, NH), bow: Bridget Geary (Exeter, NH). This was the first race for Ali as a rower and Devyn coxing in tough conditions. Bridget's first race for Dublin.