Fall Season Summary: Rowing Year Starts off Strong for Barons

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s largest athletic team, the BCC Crew Team, represented its school with flying colors this fall. The autumn racing season consists of long races (5k) rather than the 2k sprint races of the spring season, and features head races, where boats race against the clock, starting down the course in intervals, rather than racing across a distance in lanes against directly each other. It is a time for refining technique, learning to row as a team, and for coaches to give athletes a chance to row in different positions and with different line-ups of teammates. For spectators, it is a time to enjoy cool days, sunny skies, and fall colors alongside the region’s most scenic rivers and lakes.

The Baron fielded a co-ed group of close to 100 athletes, with dominant showings in all the fall regattas in the DC area, racing up to 11 boats across different levels of competition. After beginning practices at the Thompson Boat Center in early September, the Barons raced at the Head of the Potomac, the Occoquan Challenge, the Occoquan Chase, the Head of the Charles, finishing up the fall season November 2 at the Head of the Occoquan. Highlights of the season included the Occoquan Challenge, the only race in the US to have a 180 degree turn halfway through the course, where despite a hurricane threat and days of steady rain, BCC's rowing club placed strongly. The Boy’s first Varsity Boat raced very well against an extraordinary international field of boats at the storied Head of the Charles. Rower technique and coxswain skill combined with grit and determination in all of our regattas, and for the first time, novice rowers (those in their first fall on the team) raced, in the Head of the Occoquan, the last regatta of the season.

After Thanksgiving, the rowers will start their routine of indoor, winter training everyday after school. If you walk by the WSC on Wisconsin, you may see them suffering on the ergs (indoor rowing machines) as they prepare for the championship spring season. Look out for the first regattas in early April and our defense of our Maryland State Championship, Stotesbury Cup, and Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association titles. Go Barons

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