From Matt:

Hi Everyone,
This past Sunday the weather forecast called for a bit of rain and cloudy skies, amazing how wrong can be! The day was bright, sunny, and with flat water ideal for the first head race of the season for our varsity squads in Lowell on the Merrimack River. Wayland- Weston raced a total of twelve crews in four events, coming away with two sets of gold medals, two sets of silver medals, and some fantastic racing and placement on all accounts.
Morning racing featured the Men’s and Women’s Junior 4’s. In the Men’s Junior 4+ our crews placed 1st and 19th of 37 crews. The gold medal crew edged out Community Rowing of Boston by just .2 seconds for the win!
In the Girls Junior 4+ we placed 2nd, 4th, and 9th of 26 boats. This event featured some very strong competition from perennial NEIRA contender and nationals medalist Winsor, along with CRI of Boston.
The afternoon lead way for the Varsity 8’s, of which all 7 crews performed very well across the board. The Boys lead the way with a 1st, 8th, and 26th place finish out of 36 crews. The “A” boat won by 10 seconds over Chaminade, and the “B” boat was the fastest “B” entry by 7 seconds over Chaminde’s “B” boat defeating the “A” crews from St. John’s and Shrewsbury in the process.
The final race of the day for W/W was the Women’s Varsity 8+ in which our crews showed quite a bit of speed in placing 2nd, 11th, 13th, and 16th out of 30 entries! Although encountering a bit of intereference our “A” boat clocked in at 15:55, about 12 seconds behind the CRI “A” entry. Most notable for the girls though is the overall team performance in placing 3 crews in the top half and one crew missing by the narrowest of margins!

Complete results can be found at

Look forward to seeing you all at the Housatonic next Saturday, a complete information e-mail will be sent out either Wednesday or Thursday.