Varsity Crew Steps Up to the Challenge
Derryfield crew stepped up its game against some very strong crews last weekend at an away race held on the Yale University crew program's home course. While we had fewer wins in the books than the previous weekend, all the crews held their own against some tough competition. Hopkins and Cambridge Rindge & Latin both qualified boats for NEIRAs in 2018, and are strong, deep programs.
On the men's side, we fielded four varsity boats (one more than last year) that placed 1st-3rd. What is most impressive is a look at the change in winning margins over the past year. In 2018 all boats placed 3rd-4th, ranging from 0:44 to 1:16 off the winning times. What a difference a year can make! While the first boat came in third, it was a tight 22 second margin between first and third place. Second boat had a barn burner of a sprint, holding off CRLS to finish second, only nine seconds off first place. Third boat was second in a dual race against Hopkins, but only 13 seconds back. Fourth boat earned a 16 second win over the Hopkins boat, earning coxwsain Cam Wilding a dip in the river! Overall, a vast improvement over last year, and it is exciting to look ahead to this weekend, as we face another group of competitive crews in Providence, RI.
For the women's program, the early departure time limited us to fielding only a first boat entry, but they finished a respectable third, the same place our girls' first boat of senior rowers placed last year. This group of women is gelling well together technically and is eager to push themselves to row hard. They will have the weekend off as we look ahead to our home regatta, the Davison Cup, on Saturday, May 11.
The rowers and coxswains are working hard this week to build strength and fitness as we cross the mid-point of the season. Those who have erg tested have all shown dramatic improvement from the beginning of this season. Congratulations to everyone on a great season so far!
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.