The boys' rowers had a full and successful conclusion to their racing season. The varsity boat, with three sophomores and two juniors, first traveled to Camden, NJ to compete in the Stotesbury Regatta on Friday and Saturday, May 18 -19. This enormous regatta has nearly 6,000 athletes competing from almost 200 different scholastic rowing programs in a variety of events. The Dublin boys raced in the "Junior-4 with coxswain" event -- meaning that none of the athletes were in their senior year. This was the first time Dublin School has ever competed in the Stotesbury. It was an eye-opening experience for the team to see the breadth and depth of rowing competition from all over the U.S. and Canada that was there to race.
All boats had to row a 1,500-meter time trial, and the top 12 boats went to a semi-final round. There were 65 entries in the boys' junior-4 event, so making the semi-finals was going to be a challenging task. The odds were not in our favor. Overcoming the difficult conditions of high wind, rain, and cold, the boys' boat surprised the field and finished with an impressive 5th place in the time trial. They then raced in the semi-final and were just a fraction of a second away from earning a starting spot in the final. It was a successful regatta experience, and the group returned to Dublin Saturday night full of optimism and dreams of future racing at the highest level.
The group could not rest, however, as the varsity boat had to get up early Sunday morning to travel with the entire Dublin team to race in the Granite State Championship Regatta. Even Mr. Hungerford who had driven the boat to the Stotesbury and back, was up early Sunday morning to take the full trailer with all the shells up to Lebanon, NH for the race. The boys entered a varsity-4, 2nd varsity-4, novice-4, and 2nd novice-4, and all of these crews made it to the finals. Both the varsity-4 and novice-4 boats won their championship races, and the 2nd varsity and 2nd novice boats gave their full and best effort in their races.
On the women's side, we entered a varsity-4 and a 2nd varsity-4 at the Granite States Championship. The 2nd varsity-4 came in 3rd in their heat, missing qualifying for finals. The varsity-4 won their heat and entered the finals with the fastest time. All four boats entering the finals were within 5 seconds of each other in preliminary heats, setting up an exciting final in the afternoon. The race proved as close as expected. Dublin edged out a win by less than a second, beating both Derryfield and Lebanon who they had lost to earlier in the season. It was an exciting finish for seniors Devyn Itula and Zoe Hewitt! We'd like to thank seniors Zoe, Devyn, and Nancy Rose Unser for their contributions to the crew program. We look forward to continuing to follow Zoe's rowing career as she heads off to the University of Virginia in the fall.
The racing season is now over, and the boats will be put back in the boathouse to wait for next spring. The teams have earned some well-deserved rest after their weeks of training and racing. There were no seniors in the boys' program this year, so their accomplishments are all the more impressive considering the youth and inexperience of the group. We all want to thank the parents for their support of the athletes, for bringing food to the away races, and for cheering all the teams. Thanks to Mr. Hungerford for all his assistance with driving the trailer, and thanks to the volunteer coaches - Mr. Jack Calhoun and Mr. Jeff Dickler - who came every afternoon to help teach and mentor the novice rowers. They are great examples of how rowing is a lifetime sport and passion, and the Dublin athletes are just at the beginning of their rowing journey.