The Dublin crews overcame significant challenges to place well and find success at the Amber Zapatka Regatta this past Saturday. Due to various schedule conflicts, the team had their last practice on the water on Wednesday, students enjoyed their prom celebration late into the night Friday, and then the rowers had to wake up at a painfully early hour Saturday morning to go to Lowell, MA to compete. The regatta was designed to be a two-day event, with time trials on Saturday and finals on Sunday. Due to the awful weather predictions for Sunday, the regatta directors wisely cancelled all racing for Sunday ahead of time. This meant that the time trial, when each boat races the full course against the clock one team after another, would determine the place finishes in each event.
The novice group had their first experience with a big regatta scene - over 20 teams competing, the masses of other athletes, and a strange race course. The boys and girls novice groups were so excited and thrilled by their racing and the chance to see so many other teams. The girls Second boat reported feeling like they had their best race of the season while the girls Varsity boat recorded a faster time than Great Bay, a team that had beaten them earlier in the season. The boys Varsity boat of Joey Hynes, William Stanhope, GH Werowinski, Jared Lewis, and Sean Brown threw down a great race against much bigger schools and full time club rowing programs. They finished third overall and were justifiably proud when they collected their bronze medals.
The teams will be practicing and working hard for two races this week. Vermont Academy will be coming to Thorndike Pond to race Wednesday and then we will travel to Hanover for the Granite State Championship Regatta on Sunday.