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2014 Stotesbury Cup Regatta

Sunday, May 18, 2014

After an impressive performance at Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships, the North Allegheny rowers turned their attention to the largest high school scholastic race in the nation: the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on May 16-17. Nearly one thousand athletes from 188 clubs all along the East Coast fought the torrential rain for 12 hours on Friday for a chance to progress.

 

With so many entries in the regatta, North Allegheny rowers had to row their hardest in time trials in order to advance to semi- finals.  The weather was horrendous with rain, wind and waves adding to the stress of racing.  The first half of the day included the  men's junior double coming in 11th out of 32 entries, the men's lightweight double placing 8th out of 18, and the women's junior four placing 9th out of an impressive field of 61 boats; all three boats qualifying for semi-finals. 

 

As the conditions worsened, NA rowers continued to put forth their best effort; the men's junior four rowed their hardest against 63 competitors, the men's junior quad and senior single both barely missed qualifying for semi-finals by only two places.  The men's senior double missed semi-finals by one spot as well.  The women's lightweight four and senior double fought through deteriorating weather conditions, placing 23rd and 20th respectively.

 

The race day continued with the men's and women's quads heading to the race course; they placed 7th and 9th respectively, earning solid placements in semi-finals.  The last races of the day for NA were the semi-finals of the men's junior and lightweight doubles as well as the women's four.  We launched our boats from the dock and sent them to the starting line, only to have them sent right back without racing due to dangerous water conditions. 

 

After much deliberation, the race officials decided to cancel all semi-finals and just follow through with the final races based off of the top six posted times during the time trials.  NA rowers, coaches and parents were all disappointed in going home without a chance to row in their semi-finals and to cheer on their teammates.  As frustrating as the 2014 Stotesbury regatta proved to be, we are all turning our attention to SRAAs next weekend for a redemption row against much of the same competitors.
 
 
 
 
A photo recap of the qualifying races can be found on our 2014 Stotesbury Cup album page, and final details of the regatta can be found at http://www.stotesburycupregatta.com
 
Congratulations to all the crews that participated!
 
*A HUGE “Thank you” goes to the chaperones and the parents  who weathered the storm and the poor conditions to help make this regatta possible.
 
 
 
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