T.C. Williams High School lost last weekend when its well-known closing sprint fell a few strokes short. But yesterday, the Titans finished strongly to hold off Washington-Lee and Yorktown in the boys varsity eight race in the Occoquan Sprints Regatta on Lake Occoquan.
Yorktown led early but tired quickly. Williams took the lead after 500 meters, but W-L gave no ground the next 1,000 meters. The sprint proved the difference as the Titans won by 1 1/4 lengths in 5:08.2. W-L finished second in 5:11.7 and Yorktown third in 5:17.7.
"Last week we rowed a very good race, perhaps a better race than we rowed today, and lost to a very good crew La Salle Prep of Philadelphia ," said Williams Coach Bob Spousta. "We didn't do anything different today. If anything, we might have rowed a little slower. But after being beaten like we were last week, our crew wasn't going to let it happen again."
Williams also won the boys lightweight eight, junior four, lightweight four and five other races yesterday.
West Potomac defeated Gar-Field by 2 1/2 lengths in the boys varsity four race.
Washington-Lee won the girls races. It defeated Yorktown by 1 1/4 lengths to win the varsity eight race in 6:31.9. It outlasted Williams by one length to take the varsity four race in 6:49.0 and also won the lightweight eight and junior eight races.
*Adams Cup: Pennsylvania won the 50th cup on the Charles Basin at Cambridge, Mass., in 5:44.9. Navy, the winner the last two years, finished in a dead heat with Harvard for second at 5:50.1.
The Quakers led early, were up a half length at the 1,000 meter mark and then had open water after 1,500 meters. Navy had fought off Harvard for the first 1,500 meters but the Crimson came on in the final 500 to pull even.
*Kerr Cup: Temple's varsity eight won on the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, rowing the 2,000-meter course in 5:42 to beat Ithaca's 5:55. Georgetown was third at 5:57.2.
Temple also won the varsity lightweight eight in 6:01.2. Georgetown was third at 6:05.2. Georgetown won the junior varsity lightweight eight in 6:20, beating Ithaca by 1 1/2 lengths. Georgetown finished second to Temple in the junior varsity heavyweight eight.
*Callow Cup: Also on the Schuylkill, Navy won the lightweight varsity eight, rowing 2,000 meters in 5:47.6 to beat Pennsylvania's 5:51.6. Georgetown won the lightweight freshman eight over Navy, 6:05.5 to 6:05.8.