The Saint Joseph Academy Crew competed in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championship Regatta this past weekend in Camden, New Jersey. The team qualified two boat from the Midwest Scholastic Championship to compete at the regatta which had over 180 teams entered.
The Varsity 4+ (Anya Zurawski ‘20, Margaret Grant ‘19, Sarah Houser ‘19, Julie Panstares ‘18, and coxswain Katie Hinton ‘19) won their opening heat by 2 seconds over Langley Crew (McLean, VA) and progressed directly to Saturday’s semi finals. In the semi final, the crew raced a hard-fought race, finishing 5th and progressing to the Petite Final later in the day. In their Petite Final, the Varsity 4+ had a great last race of the year, finishing 4th in the event and 10th in the country.
The Lightweight 4+ (Libby Fox ‘20, Catie Egan ‘20, Hannah Zerman ‘20, Karly Turner ‘19, and coxswain Sarah Gallo ‘20) finished second in their opening heat 3 seconds behind Harriton High School (Rosemont, PA). The Lightweight 4+ had another second place finish in Saturday morning’s semi finals, finishing 4 seconds behind Merion Mercy Academy (Merion Station, PA). In the first National Championship final for any SJA Lightweight Boat, the crew had a solid race, finishing 5th overall in the country.
Both crews finished the year faster than when it started and are excited to return nearly 100% of the line ups to compete in 2019. A special shout out to alternates Brooke Bulan ‘19 and Adriana Gadd ‘20 for all their help during the regatta weekend. The team is officially finished for the Spring 2018 season and looks forward to welcoming the class of 2022 in the fall.