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From Matt:

Hi Everyone,
Well, the fall season is now over and the final weekend certainly came with its share of great racing and significant adversity. Head of the Fish provided it’s traditional fare of cold and rainy weather complemented by a lot of mud and overflowed parking. As many of you know, one of the buses broke down on the trip home, I would like to thank all of the rowers and parents on behalf of the coaching staff for your patience, understanding, and maturity (the rowers were terrific and extraordinarily well behaved) during the entire ordeal.
On to the results:
Starting off the day were the boys and girls novice 8’s both competing in their first regatta. Both crews finished in 6th place out of 20 and 22 teams respectively. The boys bested strong crews from Fairport, Canisius, and Chaminade. The girls did the same with crews from Saratoga, Norwalk, and St. Anthony’s.
Up next following a thunderstorm delay which they spent in the Skidmore college boathouse was the girls lightweight 4. With a time of 12:51.03 the lightweights added some gold medals and the 1st of 2 fish heads won Saturday to be displayed in the W/W boathouse. Next was the Boys Varsity 4+, who placed 3rd in an event of 30 crews. The boys also spent the delay at the Skidmore boathouse.
The afternoon had the girls and boys 8’s racing in the 1V, 2V, and 3V events on both sides. The girls 1V placed 4th; 10 seconds behind winner Saratoga and 3 seconds behind 3rd place CRI. The girls 2V brought home a bronze medal, finishing ahead of 4th place West Side RC of Buffalo by 1 second for the medals. Finishing off the day for the girls was the 3V who placed 4th of 7 in a time of 13:06.
The Boys varsity 8’s all brought home medals. The 1V finished 3rd behind CRI and St. Catherines with a time of 10:36. The 2V finished 2nd behind Canisius and ahead of CRI with a time of 11:06. Rounding out the day and bringing home the other fish head trophy awarded to first place finishers were the boys of the 3V. They ran the course in 11:18 besting CRI by 1 second for the win!

More to come on Sunday’s MPSRA regatta.

–Matt