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Weekend Recap: April 28, 2013

Cooper Cup (Camden, NJ)


PCR athletes, families, and coaches handled the extra stress and logistical challenges of racing away from home with great professionalism this weekend as the team traveled to Camden, NJ for the Cooper Cup.  There was a lot of exciting and aggressive racing from all the PCR crews, and several came home with medals.

The racing format was a bit unusual.  Novice and JV events raced in flights, and medals were awarded to the winners of each flight.  Normally varsity events race heats and finals at this regatta.  However, due to the volume of entries, varsity crews raced in flights, but medals were awarded to the top three fastest times.

The Women’s Novice 8+ raced to a 3rd place finish in their flight.  With many members of the crew new to the team this spring these girls continue to gain valuable experience.  

The Men’s Novice 4+ kept up their winning streak, taking their flight by a comfortable 5 second margin.  No doubt the novice men’s squad will be hard at work with final selection and focused preparation as they approach the next weekend's City Championships as the crew to beat.

PCR had two boats in the Women’s JV 8+ race.  PCR B raced very impressively to finish second in their flight, clocking the 5th fastest time in a field of 16.  PCR A stormed down the course to take the medals for their flight, finishing a full 31 seconds ahead of second place.  This line up was composed of the JV 4+ and 4 women from the first novice boat.  After just a week of practice they posted the second fastest time out of the whole field!  

The Men’s JV 8+ was also a new line up.  They showed great determination, fighting the whole way down the course.  They held off 5th place to take 4th by a 1.25 second margin.

Men’s Ltwt Varsity 4+ was 5th in their flight and 13 out of 15 in a very competitive event.

The Men’s Varsity 4+ was back in their fall/early season line up this week.  They won their flight by 3 seconds over Lower Merion, and were awarded bronze medals for posting the third fastest time of overall.  The guys spent the rest of the day leading the cheering at the grandstands for every other PCR crew that came down the course.  Being a good teammate is hungry work; thankfully they had provisions.

In the Women’s Varsity 2x Anna and Imani came from behind for the second weekend in a row to take their flight in the last 500m.  They certainly know how to keep things exciting for the fans.  Their time was good for bronze medals.

Finally, a very special thanks to the fantastic efforts of our booster club and all the PCR families who came out to support our dedicated athletes.  The PCR tent city was both sprawling and luxurious, and the food was delicious!