On Saturday, the Blair crew team headed to Mercer Lake, near Princeton, New Jersey, to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships 2015. It turned out to be an extremely successful weekend overall. To begin, the girls novice eight placed fourth in their heat, qualifying for semifinals later on Saturday afternoon. The girls novice four B boat did well, placing fourth in their heat. The girls novice four A boat won in the same heat, going on to place fourth in their finals race on Sunday. The girls varsity four C boat did well in their heat, while the varsity four A boat and the B boat did great jobs in their heats, placing first and third, respectively, and both qualifying for semifinals. The other varsity four A boat won their heat, placed first in semifinals and went on to win gold in finals. As for the boys: the novice eight performed well in their heat. The boys novice four A boat placed second in their heat, going on to place fifth in finals on Sunday. The boys varsity four B boat placed fourth in their heat and ended with fifth place in semifinals. The boys varsity four A boat placed first in their heat and, as with the girls varsity A boat, won their semifinal race and took gold in finals on Sunday.
In all, six boats qualified for semifinals and four boats stayed overnight to compete in finals on Sunday. At the end of the event, Blair had won two gold medals. All the members of the crew team did extremely well and provided stiff competition to the other teams, comprised mostly of all-year club teams. Special thanks to all the coaches – Ms Guilmet, Mr. Doerr, Mr. Dougherty, Ms Schomers, and Mr. Newell – and to the awesome parents for all their efforts to make this past weekend a memorable and successful one.
(Copyright Rebecca Xi 2015)