Providence, RI (May 21, 2011) -- The Dublin School men's and women's rowing team competed in the 2011 Mayor’s Cup Regatta this past weekend. The regatta is held annually and is hosted by the Narragansett Boat Club on the Seekonk River in Providence, RI. Dublin entered its top four boats against a varied field of competition.
In the men's high school 4+ event, the Wildcats were able to secure top finishes, as both Dublin boats battled it out for first across the finish line. The boat of Omar Seven (stroke), Brendan Palmer (3 seat), Mengziying Tu (2 seat), Tucker Wheeler (bow), and Adam Bloom (coxswain) rowed the 1500 meter course with a time of 5:52, a mere 3 seconds ahead of Dublin’s Eddie O'Donnell (stroke), Alex Zanzucchi (3 seat), Sasha Popov (2 seat), Doug Gibson (bow), and Charlie Imhoff (coxswain). Finishing behind Dublin were crews from Norwich Free Academy and Great Bay Rowing Club.
In the first women's high school 4+ event, Dublin's top boat of Julie Swanson (stroke), Alexis Andrus (3 seat), Paige Brnger (2 seat), Meredith Hoffman (bow), and Charlie Imhoff (coxswain), rowed an exhilarating and fast-paced race against 5 other competitors. Overall, the Dublin ladies took a strong second place finish with a time of 5:46, just under 10 seconds behind the 4+ from St. Mary’s, and firmly ahead of crews from Cape Cod, Norwich Free Academy, and Great Bay Rowing Club.
In the second women’s high school 4+ event were Dublin’s Jess Scharf (stroke), Erika Hill (3 seat), Emma Morgan (2 seat), Phoebe Knox (bow), and Jamie Pierce (coxswain). This race proved to be even more of a pulse-pounder as the girls’ went stroke-for-stroke to the finish line with crews from Narragansett Boat Club, Great Bay Rowing Club, Norwich Free Academy, and Cape Cod Crew. Narragansett took a commanding lead, which guided them to a first place finish. The crew from Cape Cod began an early sprint, which caught the rest of the field off guard; this move narrowly secured them the 2nd place finish. Dublin was well ahead of both Norwich Academy boats, but about half a boat-length down to Great Bay RC as they entered the final 200 meters of the race. In a last-ditch effort to get ahead, coxswain Jamie Pierce called the girls up to a final sprint for the line. Their efforts paid off as they pushed through Great Bay and into the third place position with a time of 5:57; just 1 second off of 2nd place!
Since Dublin’s crews placed within the top three for their respective events, each racer walked away from the regatta sporting their first medals! Gold and silver went to the men’s top boats, and silver and bronze were awarded to the girls’ top boats. -Coach Rich Connell