T.C. Williams' girls scored the only triumphs in an otherwise dismal day for Washington area crews at the 52nd annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta yesterday on the relatively calm Schuykill.
Williams' junior and lightweight girls eights jumped to early advantages and extended their leads into open water buy the end of the 1,500-meter course.
The lightweight shell, with, bow to stern, Cathy Johnson, Tracy Lynch, Margaret Biava, Chris Roland, Priscilla Zanone, Gretchen Test, Cricket Lou, stroke Cortenay Padgett and cox-swain Molly Egertson took a one-boat-length lead immediately and clocked 5:10.7, 15 seconds better than runnerup Washington-Lee in the three-team race.
The junior eight crew, bow to stern, Nora Nichols, Katy Langstaff, Chris Zeisler, Susie Brennan, Liz Lewis, Joanie Lynch, Colette Mosley, stroke Patty Moore and coxswain Loren Minnich, took control of its race by the midway point and finished in 5:07.3.
West Park of St. Catherine's, Canada, spoiled a perfect day for the Titan girls by registering an easy varsity eight victory Williams was second and Washington-Lee third.
West Park also outdistanced a trio of local crews in the girls' championship four Fort Hunt placed second, W-L, third and Yorktown, fifth.
Ridley of St. Catherine's held off neighbor St. Catherine's for the Stotesbury Cup in the championship eight race in which Fort Hunt was a fast-closing third, Williams a distant fourth, and Stuart last in the six-shell field.
Canadian crews maintained a distinct advantage over their American counterparts because their high schools include a 13th grade. In the Stotesbury Regatta, there is a 19 1/2-year age limit, with two oarsmen allowed to be 19 or older.
Williams' boys saw two titles slip away in the final meters of races. The lightweight eight was overtaken by St. Joseph's Prep. of Philadelpia at the finish, the winners recording 4:22.4 3-10ths of a second better than the Titans. Williams' coach Jon Butler filed a protest, claiming one of his oarsmen did not have an oar in his hands when the race began.
Meet directors voted to let the result stand but said if T.C. Williams defeats St. Joseph's in this weekend's Scholastic Rowing Association Regatta at Princeton, duplicate medals will be awarded for yesterday's race.
The Williams junior four with cox-swain relinquished its advantage in the final 100 meters to Kearney (N.J.) which clocked 4:51.8 for a 1.1-second decision. The Titans also placed third in the championship four with cox-swain and third eights competitions.
Washington-Lee's boys took second in the championship eight petite (consolation) race, fourth in the light weight eights. Their championship pair with coxswain finished fourth and last more than a minute behind the pack.