Athletic Events

Rowing, Girls: Varsity vs. NEIRA

The girls varsity rowing team ended its season this past weekend, a scorcher at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, coming in 5th place overall in a field of thirteen competing teams from across New England.  The Big Green earned their “finals” races through the morning qualifying heats in the girls second and first boats, with both crews facing off against impressive power from Greenwich, Nobles, and Windsor to cross the line for gold (G2) and bronze (G1).  A genuine feat for the Girls Varsity Second, which improved dramatically through the season to earn that coveted position, crowning weeks of dedication and persistence.  For the defending New England champions, Deerfield’s Girls First Varsity, the loss to Nobles and Windsor in the final meters was certainly disappointing, for a mere six seconds separated gold from bronze in that nail-biting race. Their effort did not go unnoticed, as the crew has been invited to participate in the 2018 Youth Nationals to be held June 8-10, 2018, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, CA.  As for the two lower boats, the G3 put in a good fight in their qualifying heat in a tight race with five other crews but did not have the final surge to place in the top three to cross the finish and move on to finals.  An amazing experience full of invaluable lessons to carry forward for this primarily novice group.  G4 ended its season with one of its best races to date, even though it also did not place in the top three of its qualifying heat.  Coach Onufrieff commented that the team saw significant progress and obviously achieved some outstanding performances.

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