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CHA and Springside increase their presence on the river

In the lightweight double event, Springside’s Victoria Iannarone (left) and Toni Hall came in second in their heat.

From a combined total of three boats racing in the Manny Flick regatta on March 21, Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School upped the number to 10 last Sunday. Generally, the Blue Devils and Lions turned in good performances for this early stage in their season.

Beginning in early in the afternoon following the girls’ races, the boys’ programme started with the solo races. Entered in the novice gig/single category, a pair of CHA freshmen, Graham Ervin and Alec Horter, competed in their first Manny Flick regatta.

The only CHA boat to race the previous Sunday, the varsity quad, was back with the same crew; junior Laddy St. George and seniors Gordon Anthony, Brendan Spearing, and Jack Anthony. They are already making up some ground on the year-round rowers, and in the faster of two heats they came in third at four minutes, 54.53 seconds, less than five seconds behind Roman Catholic. Malvern won the heat and posted the fastest overall time, 4:40.36.

Springside lacrosse takes Hill into overtime

Dressed for Friday’s cold snap, new Springside lacrosse coach Sara MacIntyre guides her Lions in a game with the Hill School.

Host Springside School appeared headed for a three-point loss in last Wednesday’s non-league lacrosse match, but the Lions pumped in three goals in the final 43 seconds of regulation play to tie Hill School at 9-9.

Hill went up by three points again early in a six-minute overtime stint, and this time Springside could only match one of the Lady Rams’ markers, and went down to defeat, 12-10.

The visitors received four goals apiece from Greta Witter (one assist) and Callie Francis as they improved to 1-1 on the season. Caroline Shomber made nine saves in goal for the Lady Rams, who had suffered an 11-9 setback in their season opener with Penn Charter.

Georgetown University recruit Courtney Caputo rang up five goals and one assist for the Lions (2-1), who had started their season with wins over Shipley and the Academy of the New Church. The Lions have two other NCAA Division I signees on their roster, midfielders Nicole Lombardo (American University) and Lindsay Yang (Lafayette).

Mount track getting up to speed

Track and field is proving to be a popular pastime at Mount St. Joseph Academy this spring, with almost 70 athletes signing up to compete under the guidance of head coach Karen Orr, assistant coach Kitty McClernand, and throwers’ coach Mike Sweeney.

With this strong turnout, the Magic should have the team depth to move up within the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies, where they placed fifth in the championship meet last year.

Lightweights lead Mount charge in third Flick

From this angle it looks like the Mount St. Joseph Academy varsity eight (foreground) is in the lead, but in fact Merion Mercy (background) had already won last Sunday’s race.

While some of their larger crew colleagues encountered some stumbling blocks in the Manny Flick races last Sunday, Mount St. Joseph Academy’s lightweight rowers focused their effort like an industrial laser and seared the competition.


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