Race report from Coach Ted:
The Foley and Carr Cup regatta was held on the Potomac River this past Saturday, May 4. We were responsible for the organization and running of this regatta. After setting up the course in the morning and setting up the tents it was time for racing. The boys raced our cross town rival Gonzaga College High School for the Foley Cup and the girls raced nearby rivals Georgetown Visitation for the Carr Cup. The day ended up with nearly perfect racing weather, cloudy skies and light winds, and an unusualy calm Potomac River.
Our boys freshman 8 raced against Gonzaga's 5th 8 and won by a healthy 5 second margin. They were anticipating a strong challenge in the WMIRA freshman 8 category the next day and this was a good tune up race for that championship event.
The STA 3v was 4 seconds behind a strong Gonzaga lightweight 8. Some of these boys went on the race in the 4+ race and came in second between two Gonzaga 4's.
The boys 2v race was a Gonzaga's 2v and Junior 8. The race was close throughout, but the STA crew found speed near the end of the race and steadily pulled ahead in the last 500 meters to 3 second win over the 2v and 11 seconds over the Junior 8.
The race for the Foley Cup was roughly even for the first 1000 meters. Neither crew gained a big advantage until the end where Gonzaga had a solid sprint and ended up with a fast time of 4:13 and our boys were a little more than 5 seconds behind.
The day ended with a special ceremony to dedicate two new rowing shells. The STA boat was named after our first board president Dan O'Donoghue and the NCS shell was named after our first equipment manager, Brian Lockett. These are two special men who are near and dear to my heart. After a disappointing loss in the Foley Cup this was a moving and powerful event that made everyone feel proud.
Thanks to Susan Harreld, Robin Moore, Eric Gemmen, Susan Gerber, Sarah Williams, Ed Cavallin and Kirsten Albers for taking pictures. Enjoy!