|The News Page: 5/20 Stotebury '05|
By Brian Conley_______________________________________________________________
The lightweight women put on the show of the day in their semi as they approached the last 500 meters. They were dead even across for the last spot in the final with two other crews. The girls took a gutsy move and tried to sprint a little early hoping it would pay off. The other crews thought the same thing and with 200 meters left it was still barely even with LM a bow ball ahead. Lane 2 however took two really solid strokes to take the lead back, placing our ladies out of the finals. It was an outstanding effort and show of desire. The lightweight men were placed in the final with the Canadian crews, who only show when they are lightning fast. The Men held right with them for the first 750meters. Being in lane 6 with slightly slower water really showed, as the other crews really began to move out on the lightweights placing the men 5th in the semi and out of the finals. The Varsity women were neck and neck the majority of the way down the course in their semi. While trailing the lead crews into the last 500 they tried to make a fight for a spot in the final. Unfortunately, the lead crews pushed out a little too far at the 1250 mark to be able to reel them back in by the finish. The women placed 5th in their semi final.
It was a good showing by Lower Merion, despite not making the finals. There were more crews in the semi-finals this year than in recent years for the LM team and shows how the team is growing stronger overall and not just a single boat at a time. I am extremely happy with the way the crews conducted themselves and left no regrets on the river. There will be several crews that will be heading to Nationals. The Women's lightweight and Varsity (Open) fours will be traveling to Mercer County Lake in NJ along with the Men's Lightweight Four. The Women's Frosh 8 and Varisty Men's 4+ are waiting on confirmation of their entries. It will be a race to be watched by all. Please come and support the team as they have earned and will be racing for the National Championship next weekend on Friday and Saturday. See you all there.
By David Greenspan _______________________________________________________________
Day 2 the weather was much improved, clear, cool and a little tail wind started picking up. The Ladies V4 was the only boat left as their heat didn't go till after 11:00 am. The 'head race' leading to the heats had them in 10th, with a cluster of boats close to that top 6 slot. They drew wind swept lane 5. Watching from finish line it appeared our ladies were close to the second place boat through the middle of the race, by the island they were clearly in 5th and that is where they ended.
Next week, a few of our crews that have placed in events during the season will be off to National's at Mercer Lake, Princeton. The Ladies V4, Light 4 and the Men's Light 4 are definitely in. Whether the Men's V4 and Frosh 8 get to go will be decided by the Scholastic Rowing Association later this week according to Brian. It would seem that for all of our kids, taking off the pressure and playing the underdog "we have nothing on the line" or "spoiler role" will carry them on for this last week of the season. For more details go to the 2005 Scholastic Nationals web site.
HEAD RACE results report final time and split from first place.
Race #3, Girl's Freshmen Eight -- 18 to heats
THE SEMIS on Friday and Saturday
Race #51, Boy's Lightweight Four Event 13 Semi 1
Place Lane Name Team Time Split 1 3 Dan Downie E.L.Crossley 4:59.80 2 4 Kevin Burrows Bonner 5:04.04 4.24 3 2 Phil Henson Hun 5:08.35 8.55 4 1 Matt Mclain Lake Brantley 5:13.46 13.66 5 6 Adam Goetz Lower Merion 5:18.30 18.50 6 5 Daniel Douglass Woodson 5:21.17 21.37Race #54, Girl's Lightweight Four Event 14 Semi 1
Place Lane Name Team Time Split 1 3 Alex Stellato Saratoga 5:39.07 2 5 Maddie Grant Shipley 5:43.40 4.33 3 2 Molly Jankolovits Montclair 5:48.65 9.58 4 1 Kelly Milsop Lower Merion 5:50.33 11.26 5 4 Ali Gage Westdale 5:52.11 13.04 6 6 Stephanie Keller Winter Park 6:05.25 26.18Race #81, Girl's Senior Four Event 23 Semi 3
Place Lane Name Team Time Split 1 3 Anna Walter Hun 5:27.09 2 4 Michelle Franchi Upper Merion 5:34.10 7.01 3 2 Mollie Welty Woodbridge 5:38.11 11.02 4 1 Jennifer Tsai Woodson 5:40.02 12.93 5 5 Michal Trope Lower Merion 5:43.25 16.16 6 6 Maria Oldiges Our Lady Lourdes 5:45.58 18.49
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