Sometimes a Loss is a Win
While the girls had a well-deserved weekend off, boys' varsity crew headed to Providence, RI on Sunday to take on some of the toughest programs in New England.
Background: Derryfield crew is part of the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA), a group of over 50 high school crew programs from across New England. The spring racing season culminates with a championship regatta for the top 12-18 qualifying crews in the top four varsity boats. Derryfield was last invited to this event in 2010, when Coach Burnham rowed for the program.
The boys have put a lot of hard work into building speed over the past year, and the coaches wanted them to have the opportunity to see how they stack up against some of the top crews in the league. Noble & Greenough, Groton, and St. Mark's Schools regularly qualify for NEIRAs and have strong, deep programs. For reference, at the 2018 championships Nobles placed 4th, St. Mark's 8th, and Groton 10th in the first varsity four event (Nobles also competed at Youth Nationals). Last weekend, Derryfield held with those crews and had respectable margins. First and second boats were within a length of St. Mark's and third boat beat the St. Mark's crew. Whether we qualify for NEIRAs or not, it is clear that Derryfield crew is a program to watch!
This coming weekend is our big home regatta, the Davison Cup, at which we will be racing two girls' boats and five (?!?) boys' boats against crews from Brewster, Thayer, Waynflete, Bancroft, and Vermont Academy. Please join us to see these tenacious rowers and coxswains defend their home course, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Amoskeag Rowing Club (101 Merrimack Street in Hooksett).
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.