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VASRA Varsity Championships Recap

posted May 13, 2015, 1:44 AM by W. T. Woodson Crew

This past weekend completed the second of two consecutive weeks of Virginia State Championship level rowing on the Occoquan with the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) Championships.  W.T. Woodson Crew continued their strong tradition of excellence, competing extremely well against the top 46 private and public school teams across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 
The Women’s Junior 4+ started off the day for WTW rowing their best race and fastest time all season.  Unfortunately, they drew an unbalanced heat that included four of the six fastest Junior 4’s in the state.  With only three able to advance from each heat, and despite easily having the 5th fastest time overall, they could not advance to the six boat final.  (Coxswain: Sierra Cole / Rowers: Beth Zhao, Meryn Holtslander, Rachel Hundley, and Alex Schmidt)
 
The Men's Junior 4+ continued their meteoric rise in the state rankings.  They started off the day placing second in their heat and advanced to finals where they placed 5th overall.  (Coxswain: Nico Marucchi / Rowers: Jared Keen, Miles Knight, Griffin Adams, and Mark Riesco)
 
The Women’s Lightweight 8+ competed in a straight final, finishing 2nd overall and earning automatic invitations to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) and National Scholastic Rowing Association (NSRA) National Championship Regattas!  (Coxswain: Gwen Cameron / Rowers: Sierra Boucher, Coryn Mayer, Jayoung Christner, Sara Chan, Pele Solell-Knepler, Trini Hong, Katie Lam, and Carolyn Wong)

The Men's Second Varsity 8+ was 2nd in their morning heat and placed 3rd overall in finals earning Bronze medals!  This is the best 2V8 finish for WTW in VASRA history!  Based on their performance throughout the season and in this championship race, we expect they will be invited to compete in both SRAAs and NSRAs.  (Coxswain: Ian Bushey / Rowers: Ewen Crunkhorn, John Dobrydney, Val Jack, Larry Cai, Trevor von Christierson, Fin Merrill, James Magee, and Nate Aanestad)
 
In the most grueling test of the day for WTW Crew, our Women's First Varsity 4+ battled 20 other 1V4 crews through heats, semi-finals, and finals, where they ultimately finished 6th overall in the state!  Based on their performance throughout the season and in this championship race, we expect they too will be invited to compete in both SRAAs and NSRAs.  (Coxswain: Erika Schneider / Rowers: Rita Bodrog, Courtney Becker, Hannah Fisher, and Hannah Haines)
 
In the premier Men’s race of the regatta, the Men’s First Varsity 8+ finished 1st in their morning heat and placed 3rd overall in finals earning Bronze medals and automatically qualifying for SRAA and NSRA Nationals!   (Coxswain: Jax Ohashi / Rowers: Thomas Holtslander, Ryan Applin, Jack Ning, Joe Killion, Joe Korn, Adam Sami, Jacob Nelson, and Adrian Michel)  
 
W.T. Woodson was one of only four teams to medal in both the men’s or women’s First and Second Eight categories – National Cathedral and St. Alban’s from D.C., T.C. Williams, and W.T. Woodson! 
 
Congratulations Woodson Crews! 

The following boats have invitations to Nationals:  Men's First Varsity 8+, Women's Varsity 4+, Men's 2nd Varsity 8+, Women's Lightweight 8+, Men's Jr 4+, and Women's Jr 4+!

The team heads to Philadelphia, PA this week for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest high school regatta in the country with over 5000 rowers and 20,000 spectators.  Pull for Woodson!
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