Much of the large rowing contingent from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria had reason to celebrate at today's 53rd Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta, but there was little joy for the Titan's boys varsity eight.
Williams was the winner in three divisions, as many victories as any other school, but its varsity eight, undefeated before this regatta, finished seventh and last in the cup final, won by West Park of St. Catherines, Ontario. Washington-Lee of Arlington, Va., finished third.
"I wouldn't think there would be much satisfaction in that performance," Williams Coach Jon Butler said of his varsity. "Overall, we were very good - three wins was a good showing. Certainly you don't feel good finishing seventh in the Stotesbury Cup race."
Earlier, Butler was a bit happier when his boys junior eight held off five competitors to win its title. The Titan's girls junior and lightweight eights also won championships.
The boys junior eight earned its margin of victory in the final strokes after being involved in a six-way race. the differential between first and last place was 3.7 seconds as the Titans, stroking 38 times per minute in the stretch, clocked 4:43.3 to 4:35.5 for Bonner of Philadelphia and 4:35.7 for F. E. Roosevelt of Hyde Park, N.Y.
"I was a little worried they were rowing too high in the middle, but what do I know?" said Butler, who did not know his crew had won until the official announcement minutes later.
West Park Forced to open water midway in the 1,500 varsity race and had little trouble winning in 4:12.0. Washington-Lee was second for much of the race before yielding the runner up spot to Holy Spirit of Absecon, N.J., in the stretch.
West Park also captured the girls championship-eight competion, with T.C. Williams a distant third and W-L fifth.