The boys and girls crew teams wrapped their 2018 seasons with successful runs at two national regattas: the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia during the third weekend in May, and the Scholastic Nationals Regatta, held in Camden, New Jersey during the last week in May.
The crew program took eight boats and 72 athletes to the 2018 Stotesbury Cup, the country's oldest high school rowing competition. Rainy weather put the Schuylkill River at flood stage, so all racing was moved to the nearby Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey. "The Saints braved rainy, muddy conditions, early morning van departures, and crowded conditions to participate in their qualifying time trials," said boys crew assistant coach Dave Myers. All four boats St. Andrew's girls boats qualified out of time trials, with the second eight and freshman eight boats advancing to the finals, where the second eight placed sixth and the freshman eight placed fourth. The boys first eight placed fourth (out of 38) in the initial time trial, and went out to a fifth place finish in the final. "An impressive showing for all the athletes and the program in general," Myers noted. The girls freshman eight was unexpectedly interview by a Philadelphia TV reporter at Stotesbury; you can watch the video on the Fox29 website. Full Stotesbury results are available on the Regatta Central website.
One week later, at Scholastic Nationals on the same river, St. Andrew's continued to make a strong showing in a large field of competitors. "Scholastic Nationals is an invitation-only regatta for the top high school crews in the country," explained girls crew Head Coach Lou Berl. "St. Andrew's has not competed there in many years, and does not compete in any of the qualifying regattas, but we petitioned for a run this year, and thankfully were given the thumbs up!" Races took place in a blistering heat and 31 boats were entered for each event. The girls second eight qualified for the grand finals (for boats placing first through sixth place in the semifinal race), where they placed fourth in the country. Both the girls and boys first eights made it to the petite finals (for boats placing in seven through twelfth place in the semifinal race), where they placed third and fourth, respectively. "Our boys and girls first boats trounced many of the perennial powerhouse teams who beat us earlier in the season," Berl said. "Congratulations to all the rowers on a great end to your season! We are very proud of you!"
You can check out photos and videos of St. Andrew's crew program on Twitter @sasrowing.