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CHA, Springside crews out in force for Flick 3

In their second session of Manny Flick racing, the Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School crew had the full fleet in action on the Schuylkill last Sunday.

Among the top performers for Springside were the varsity, JV and novice quads and the JV double, while for CHA the highlights were provided by the JV and novice quads, the lightweight double, and the varsity single.

Chestnut Hill’s novice quad, made up of sophomore rookies Laddy St. George (stroke), Mike Blake, Anthony DePice, and Griffin Horter, came in second in their heat. It was difficult  to judge how they measured up to the crews in the other heat in this category, since there was a snafu in the timing results for that race.

Juniors Gordon Anthony (stroke), Brendan Spearing, Ethan Wang, and Jack Anthony powered the JV quad, which finished second in its heat to a boat from New Canaan, Conn., while putting up the fifth-best time overall out of two heats. In their heat in the lightweight double, sophomores Zach Baron (stroke) and Drew Ansel finished less than three seconds behind the winning duo from Montclair, N.J., and overall their time was sixth out of 10 entries.

Also finishing second in his heat while putting up the fifth-best time overall was senior Phil Schweitzer in the varsity single. At 5:58.50, he was less than four seconds behind a sculler from Inter-Ac League rival Haverford School, and well ahead of the third-place man from Roman Catholic High School.

Springside’s varsity quad, scuttled by illness a week earlier, debuted in second place in the lone heat in its class. Jenn Arcidiacono (stroke), Katherine Roberts, Katie Fitzkee, and Allie Colina hit the wire in 5:28.82, fewer than five seconds behind a Conestoga boat that had already competed in each of the two previous Flick races. All the Springsiders are juniors except Roberts, a senior.

Two other seniors, Nicole Carbone and Meg Speight, pulled their varsity double to a victory in their heat in a time of 6:32.26, a figure that emerged as the fifth-best time in this class. At the other end of the experience spectrum, the novice quad line-up of (stroke to bow) sophomore Ashely Stanley and freshmen Jennifer Sager, Kendyl Spearing, and Anna Valcuikas won its heat and recorded the second-best time overall.

The Lions’ two JV quads both raced in the third of three heats in that event, with their “A” boat containing (stroke to bow) junior Laura Chisholm, sophomores Verity Walsh and Sofia Soto-Reyes, and junior Larissa Sfedu, and the “B” boat featuring an all sophomore cast of Taylor Apostolico, Victoria Iannarone, Tilden Bissell, and Rose Donahue.

Springside A couldn’t catch Conestoga but was able to out-sprint Sacred Heart to place second, while the B boat was fourth. The A boat’s time of 5:41.65 proved to be third-best overall.

In the single heat of the freshman quad, the Lions (Caroline Harrison [stroke], Allison Schreffler, Paige Gembala, Mozelle Shamash-Rosenthal) were third, coming in ahead of two crews from Notre Dame, another Girls Inter-Ac league school. Sophomores Rebecca Lefco and Becky Chasar finished fifth for Springside in the JV double.

A week earlier, Chestnut Hill’s varsity quad (seniors Don Leatherwood [stroke], Marty Schardt, Eric Herrara, and Sam Baker) raced in the weaker of two heats since it was their first outing of the season, but last Sunday they were up against the big boys. Unfortunately, the results weren’t pretty, as the Devils had trouble at the start and things didn’t get much better after that. They came in fifth in their heat with the sixth-best time overall, leading to speculation that this boat may soon be disbanded to let doubles ace Leatherwood have a go with one of his crewmates in the smaller boat.

CHA did have a varsity double in last Sunday’s Flick, with seniors Buck Wolters (stroke) and Sam Bissell coming in fifth in their heat and seventh overall in the timing. Another double, a JV boat with sophomore Graham Masker in the stroke seat and junior Rob Ervin in bow, finished fifth in its race with a time (6:10.06) five seconds faster than the winner of the other heat.

Two other CHA juniors competed individually, with John Tordoff placing third in his heat of the gig/novice single (fourth time overall), while Will Standish came third in the slower of two JV single races.

Making an encouraging debut, a CHA freshman quad powered by Mike Delecato (stroke), Rob Ortelere, Ryan Munro, and Max Keyser wound up third in its heat, with the fifth best time in the category.