B-CC Crew Update: MD State Rowing, Novice WMIRA and a Look Ahead!

B-CC Crew traveled to the Eastern Shore for the Maryland High School Rowing Championship Regatta in Chestertown on Sunday, April 30th and walked away victorious, with first place sweeps in all Varsity and Freshman final events as well as incredible showings and medals in the Novice races!

After the rainy, dreary weather that dampened the 2016 States races, parents, rowers and coaches alike all took the overcast skies and winds that started the day last Sunday as a welcome relief. Due to the high winds in the morning, an exhibition race that was slated to be part of the Men’s’ Varsity 8 race was removed and the heats were merged to turn the race into a final to start the day. The boys in the boat had to shift mental gears and prepare themselves for an immediate medal race to start the regatta. In what would become the second closest final of the day, the Men’s Varsity 8 took gold and lengthened B-CC’s run as Maryland State Rowing Champs with a 1.5 second win over DeMatha and a 2.1 second win over Whitman.

Every B-CC boat competing in preliminary heats qualified for finals and before the lunch break of the day, the Men’s and Women’s Novice 8 boat rowers competed in their first championship races with the Men’s Novice 8 taking gold and the Women’s Novice 8 taking bronze.

As the clouds broke and the sun started to warm the day, the finals started again with the Women’s Varsity 8 race picking up first after the break. In what was a real nail biter, the B-CC Women took first place with a .5 second win over Whitman. Parents and rowers had to wait for the results to post before they could breathe and know who won.

The very successful day was rounded out with wins in the Men’s 2nd Varsity 8 with the B-CC 2V taking gold and the 3V taking silver; the Women’s 2nd Varsity 8 with B-CC 2V taking gold and the 3V taking bronze; and 1st place wins for both the Men’s and Women’s Freshman 8s.

On May 6th, the B-CC Men’s and Women’s freshman teams rowed through wind, rain, and unseasonable cold on the Anacostia River to compete in the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA) Freshman championship races with fantastic results. The B-CC Men’s Novice 8 not only bested local rival Whitman High School but beat national powerhouse Gonzaga College High School by an unprecedented 33 seconds to win the final. The Men’s Freshman 8 also triumphed with a first place win over Gonzaga, Whitman, and Walter Johnson High Schools. Not to be outdone, the Men’s 2nd Freshman 8 beat Gonzaga by open water and a stunning 10 seconds to win their final. The Women’s Freshman 8 took first place with an impressive victory over Whitman and Wilson High School. The Women’s Novice 8 placed third in a very competitive field of 5, rowing fast past Wilson and Elizabeth Seton High School.

The Maryland State Rowing Championships mark the start of the championship season for the B-CC crew team.On May 13th, the day after prom for many of our team rowers, B-CC will compete in the WMIRA Varsity championship races at Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown. The team will compete against other area schools including St. Albans, National Cathedral, Walter Johnson, Whitman, Gonzaga, and many others for a chance to once again represent B-CC High School at the SRAA National Championship Regatta on the Cooper River in New Jersey for their season finale on May 26th and 27th. In order to row in the SRAA Nationals, the Varsity 8 boats must place 1st or 2nd at WMIRA.

Following WMIRA, the team will head to Philadelphia to compete in the 2017 Stotesbury Cup Regatta on May 19th and 20th. Exceptionally fine crews from all parts of the United States and Canada travel to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to participate in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Over 5,000 competitors meet at the Athletes Village to experience both the spirit of rowing competition as well as the physical challenge of pitting themselves against the very finest crews rowing at the high school level. Their achievements draw a crowd of nearly 10,000 spectators. This year B-CC Crew will send eight boats, four Men’s and four Women’s to compete for a chance to come home with the Cup!