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Walter Mess Race Report - St Albans

By Ted Haley & Jameson Pesce, 04/13/18, 6:30PM EDT

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It was a cold day in April at the Occoquan, but our first home racing went fairly smoothly. Thank you to all the parents who helped out, and to all the athletes who brought a good attitude and strong preparation to this regatta. overall team depth was on display as all STA and NCS crews won their races.

Boys 1V8

5th LCHS 07:17.8
4th Westfield 06:31.2
3rd Wakefield 05:25.5
2nd Woodbridge 05:17.0
1st St. Albans 05:11.7 

The boys varsity 8 had one of the first races of the day. They cruised to a an open water victory over Woodbridge. The wind was fairly strong at this point of the morning and this was the fastest time of the 3 heats. It was a solid showing and there was going to be a competitive final race at 3pm against Woodbridge, WL (winnner of heat 3) and TJ (winner of heat 1). However, due to the cold and delays the finals were cancelled.   

Boys 2V8

5th Forest Park 06:04.3
4th Jefferson 05:39.1
3rd Oakton 05:38.8
2nd Woodbridge 05:27.0
1st St. Albans 05:09.5 

The second 8 dominated their heat. They ended up with the best time of the day. The next fastest 2V was over 13 seconds behind our boys. Even though the winds seemed to slow up for their race, this was a good accomplishment. It shows the depth at the varsity level on the STA side.   

Boys Jr 4+

4th Langley 07:23.3
3rd Mnt Vernon 06:56.0
2nd Mercyhurst 06:44.4
1st St. Albans 06:10.7 

Our junior 4 also dominated the field in their qualifying heat. This boat found its footing in Florida and has been gaining speed since then. They were 3 seconds slower than the Broad Run crew in the other heat. It was disappointing that they didn't face them in the finals that were cancelled later in the day.

Boys Frosh 8

5th W. Potomac 07:37.3
4th Jefferson 06:15.9
3rd Yorktown 06:08.4
2nd W-L 06:07.2
1st St. Albans 05:34.8

Despite the early spring cold and wind, the freshman 8 was eager for their first race and test of their early season training. While an unexpected 20 minute delay forced the freshman boys to sit around the starting line, the boat managed to look past the cold conditions to secure a convincing 30 second margin over the rest of their heat. The boys look forward to testing and improving their speed against more teams next week.