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Mid-Atlantic Regionals 2014
This weekend the top crews from each PCR squad traveled to Mercer County Park in New Jersey for two days of racing at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic District Championships. This race gives PCR an opportunity to line up against many scholastic teams (athletes from one school) and clubs (athletes from multiple schools and school districts) who don't attend the PSRA Flicks and City Championships in Philly. It also gives PCR athletes a taste of national caliber junior racing. The regatta adheres to USRowing official weigh-in, uniform, and credentialing procedures (fancy wrist bands you aren’t allowed to take off). They race a full 2000 meters; the same distance as rowing races in the Olympics. Medals are awarded for first through third place. This is the sort of professional race atmosphere our athletes will one day experience when PCR is able to qualify boats to race at the US Junior Rowing Championships. Most importantly, this regatta allows us to celebrate Mother's Day in style... in a well outfitted tent on the side of a lake. What more could our devoted crew moms possibly want on their special day?! (Thank you again to our wonderful moms, dads, siblings, friends, grandparents, and supporters.)
Varsity Lightweight Boys 2x (double)
During Saturday's lightweight boys 2x heat, James and Amir executed an aggressive and professional race. They fought their way into qualifying position during the third 500m, but were out gunned in the final sprint by the Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) 2x. Our boys are already looking ahead to City Championships next week when they will have an opportunity for a rematch against the SCH crew and another shot at putting themselves in the medals race.
Varsity Boys 2x
Joe and Carmelo came off the water from their Saturday varsity boys 2x heat with smiles on their faces. Their rating, speed, and connection improved with each 500m of the race. Thanks to a lot of persistence and Coach Tom's help, it seems these guys are finally finding the joy of sculling. Joe and Carmelo will be looking to combine their new found poise with their already impressive power to make a run at the finals at City's next weekend.
Varsity Girls 8+
Coach Zach and the varsity women continue to blaze a trail for PCR. On Saturday they became the first PCR varsity 8+ to race and qualify for the finals at this regatta. Despite lining up against some of the top crews on the east coast in their final, our ladies raced with the same focus and tenacity we have come to expect from the PCR women. Look for them to be the first PCR varsity 8+ crew to fight their way into the finals at City's next weekend.
Novice Girls 8+
Coaches Linda and Eziaku have worked these young ladies hard this year, and the athletes are certainly seeing the results of all those long runs and technical drills. In Saturday's heats PCR posted the 6th fastest time in the novice girls 8+ event. On Sunday they finished in 5th place, gaining ground on all the crews ahead of them. These young women seem to get seconds faster every single day. We can't wait to see what they will accomplish next weekend!
Novice Boys 8+
The PCR novice boys qualified easily on Saturday and came into the final ready to fight for every inch. The first place crew (Christian Brothers) pulled ahead, but the rest of the field stayed tight throughout the race. PCR came through the 1000m mark towards the back of the pack but battled back to 2nd place by the start of the last 500m. The last quarter of the race was some of the closest racing of the day, ending with less than 2 seconds separating 2nd place and 4th. Thankfully, PCR managed to get their bow across the line in third to bring home the bronze. Now that these gentlemen have had a taste of the medals dock, expect them to do whatever it takes to get themselves and their fearless leader, Coach Ryan, back on it next weekend.