Northern Virginia's five scholastic crews hope to end their seasons on a high note in the 14th annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta that begins at 4 p.m. today on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.
The finals in 23 boys and five girls divisions commence tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Washington - area representation - Fort Hunt's boys and both sides of T.C. Williams' delegation - should do well because much of the Canadian entourage, which dominated last weekend's Stotesbury Cup Regatta, is again north of the border.
Ridley of St. Catharine's Ontario , snd neighboring St. Catharine's bury in the boys' championship eight race, could not meet this week's newly installed 19-year-old age limit and went home. At Stotesbury last week, as it has been in the past with the Scholastic Rowing Association championships, there was a 19 1/2-year-old age limit, with two oarsmen allowed to be older than 19.
Fort Hunt and Williams, third and fourth at Stotesbury, figure to battle with Father Judge and Holy Spirit of Philadelphia and Marieta of Ohio for the senior eight championship.
Williams' boys' lightweight eight can gain two sets of medals by winning. Last week at Stotesbury, Williams protested that it was not allowed a fair start in a narrow second-place finish to St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia. Apparently, Stotesbury officals saw validity in the claim, for they will award Williams a duplicate set of Stotesbury medals if the Alexandria outfit finishes ahead of St. Joe's this weekend.