On May 9-10 North Allegheny Rowers traveled to Nashport, OH to compete in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. As both a Regional Championship regatta and a National Championship qualifier, it is the most important race of the regular season. Nearly fifty schools from nine different states competed for the top three spots in 38 events.
The races began in the pouring rain with North Allegheny's novice events. With an extraordinary amount of novice athletes on the team this year, we were able to enter two women's 8+s and a men's 8+. Both women's boats progressed to semifinals and the lightweight boat advanced to finals where they got 5th place. The men posted one of the fastest times in semifinals, knocking Central Catholic out of contention early on and going on to capture a silver medal in the final.
The doubles came down the course next, with the men's lightweight double placing third, the men's junior varsity double finishing first with a commanding lead as well as a bid to Nationals, and the men's varsity double earning bronze, missing the silver by only 0.3 seconds. The women's varsity double made it to the final where they placed fifth. NA also had a men's single scull who went on to place fourth in semifinals.
In the 4+ races, NA saw more success with a good effort from the junior men in the head race and a lightweight men's novice 4+ and lightweight women's 4+ both of which progressed to semifinals. The last race of the day was the women's junior varsity 4+ who came back from a fourth place finish last year to dominate the final and row away with the gold as well as qualifying for .Nationals
North Allegheny continued their reputation for excellence in the quad events with a men's junior quad, a men's varsity quad and a women's varsity quad all rowing away with gold medals and all qualifying for Scholastic Nationals.
Overall, North Allegheny Rowing is coming back into the spotlight as a total points contender once again. The men's team earned 91 points, placing 4th out of the field of competitors, and the women's team earned 44.5 points, placing eighth among the women's teams. NA captured the fifth place spot for combined team total points thanks to every rower's hard work and dedication.
*a huge “Thank you” goes to the chaperones and the parents (especially the moms) for making this mother's day regatta possible.