Saturday, May 12, 2012

MHS Rowing Team Races Avon High School

 MHS Boys' 2nd Varsity racing today in Middletown

    Middletown High School Crew welcomed Avon High School Crew to the Connecticut River today for a fabulous day of racing on a nearly perfect day!

    MHS Crew started the day today celebrating their graduating seniors with a wonderful Senior Day Ceremony.  The team is graduating 12 seniors who will be sorely missed:  Simon Arias, Kyle Breton, Cody More, Kiene Hannah, Tyler Sheil, Jack Winters, Amber Drew, Morgan Feshler, Sophie Bishop, Zoe Kaplan, Sharon Richards and Lizzie Paquette.  The soon-to-be graduates were escorted by their parents and junior members of the team made brief speeches honoring each senior as they received small gifts (see picture below - look for tiaras, bow ties and crazy glasses)

   After the festivities everyone's attention and focus moved to the job at hand for the day - racing Avon High School.  As mentioned, the weather was absolutely perfect and the water was nearly flat, which makes for fabulous rowing conditions.  Everyone brought their "A-game" and the crowd enjoyed racing that was close and exciting.  Many of the races were decided in the final seconds of the 1500 meter course, which kept the crowd at Harbor Park on their feet, cheering and clanging their cowbells (an item more easily heard while racing on the river)
    Results of today's racing:  all races are in 8 person racing shells with a coxswain
Girls' Novice:
Avon              5:11.43
Middletown    5:18.99
Girls' 3rd varsity
Middletown    5:20.63
Avon              5:29.12
Girls' 2nd varsity
Avon              4:54.53
Middletown    4:59.38
Girls' 1st varsity
Avon              4:53.26
Middletown    4:57.47
Boys' 3rd varsity
Avon A          4:46.58
Middletown    4:55.50
Avon B          4:58.28
Boys' 2nd varsity
Middletown    4:28.99
Avon              4:39.26
Boys' 1st varsity
Middletown    4:07.94
Avon              4:12.08

                                                  Boys Varsity Celebrating Their Win!

     MHS Crew next races at Lake Waramaug in New Preston next Sunday, May 20th in the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association's State Championship Regatta.  The entire team will spend the next week preparing for the full day of racing.  With such a strong day of racing today many of the crews are going into the championships with a renewed sense of confidence and focus on doing their very best!  Good luck MHS Blue Dragon Crew!

                                                 Girls 2nd varsity - during the re-run of their race

1 comment:

Ms. Jukins said...

Perfect day for our Seniors!What a great day on the river. Congrats to all!