CHA and Springside increase their presence on the river
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.
“I don’t have any doubt that we’re going to continue to close the gap on those guys,” said first-year CHA coach J.D. Bridges. “The line-up in that boat is working out well.”
The Devils put out a pair of JV quads, an “A” boat with the 11th-grade quartet of Zack Baron, Graham Masker, Walt Palmer, and Carl Delacato, and a “B” boat containing junior Drew Ansel, sophomore Drew Adubato, and juniors Mike Blake and Griffin Horter.
The A’s won the third heat by almost three seconds over St. Joe’s Prep, and their time of 4:55.93 put them fourth overall out of 15 crews in three heats. CHA “B” placed second in an earlier heat and was eighth overall at 5:18.19, while Haverford School set the time standard by winning its section in 4:42.45.
Coach Bridges commented, “We’ve been mixing and changing boats at the JV level, and we’ll be doing more of that, but I was happy with the races for both of those quads today.”
In between the senior and junior quad contests, Chestnut Hill raced a double rowed by seniors Will Standish and Ethan Wang. At 5:42.32, they were second in their heat behind north Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep (5:35.97). The first heat went to Malvern, which won by a dozen seconds in a time of 5:12.26.
There will be a break in the race schedule for Easter, but the Devils will be hard at work during the rest of their spring vacation.
“We’re going to spend a lot of time working on technique,” Bridges said, “and we’ll really be focusing every practice on continuing to get fit. A number of guys were working out through the winter and other guys are coming in from other sports. We can make up a lot of speed by improving their fitness over the next few weeks.”
Meanwhile, in the fixing-what-isn’t-broken department, Springside was tinkering with its varsity quad line-up, making a substitution that turned it into an all-senior crew consisting of (stroke to bow) Jenn Arcidiacono, Katie Fitzkee, Allie Colina, and Larissa Sfedu. The boat went from a third-place finish in the March 21 Flick to fourth place last Sunday.
Episcopal (5:22.71) won for the second week in a row, and Conestoga High School (5:26.39) which hadn’t raced on the 21st, was second. New Jersey’s Haddon Township (5:31.97) finished third, just ahead of the Lions (5:35.15). Notre Dame was well back in fifth, and a second heat of varsity quads was decidedly slower.
Junior Taylor Apostolico, who’d been plucked out of the varsity boat, was installed at stroke in a JV quad, and ranged ahead of her were sophomores Anna Valcuikas and Jen Sager and junior Rose Donahue. Second with a time of 5:40.53, the Springsiders finished in between two boats from Sacred Heart (5:35.30 and 5:43.78) and ahead of Notre Dame and Conestoga. New Jersey’s Ridgewood High School won the second heat in 6:06.03.
The Lions entered two boats in the same heat of lightweight double event.
A duo from Connecticut’s New Canaan High School won handily in 6:09.31, but Springside “B” (Toni Hall, Victoria Iannarone) was second in 6:20.40 and the “A” boat (Mozelle Rosenthal, Tilden Bissell) was fifth in 6:44.89. The other heat in this category was won by Sacred Heart in 6:04.85.