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.