The Deerfield girls’ rowing team traveled to Worcester, MA to compete against St. Mark’s School, Brooks, Middlesex and the Frederick Gunn School to open our racing schedule. The weather provided excellent racing conditions: mild temperatures, a gentle tailwind and flat water. A big thanks to the host school, St. Mark’s, for organizing this regatta!
The girls’ first boat of co-captain Nicole Xing ‘22, Rachel Mark ‘23, co-captain Lila Nottage ‘22, Natalie Meyer ‘23, and Larrabee Pollack ‘23 started their race well. They jumped out to a lead in the early stages of the race before settling into their race rhythm and pace. Through the middle, Deerfield moved slowly but steadily away from Middlesex and Brooks. By the finish, DA had established an open-water lead and crossed the finish line in a time of 5:20. Middlesex placed 2nd with Brooks in 3rd, SMS in 4th and Frederick Gunn School in 5th.
In the girls’ second boat race, the crew of Lillian Auth ‘24, Olivia Konar ‘22, Georgia Sackrey ‘23, Margot McAuliffe ‘24 and Ashley LaBrucherie ‘23, used a quick start to establish an early margin. Once ahead, they used a strong middle of the race to establish a commanding lead over their competitors. Deerfield never let up and crossed the line first, ahead of Middlesex in 2nd, St. Mark’s in 3rd, Frederick Gunn in 4th and Brooks in 5th.
In the final race of the day, the girls’ third boat of Emi Takegami ‘25, Carson Stultz ‘24, Tatum Lowe ‘25, Fiona Van Nice ‘25, and Jenny Jin ‘24 had to manage a delayed start to their race. Once the race did start, they were quick to jump to the front of the race and used a controlled and relentless pace to separate from the other crews. They battled with Middlesex and Brooks in the early going, but were able to distance themselves from these two schools, who were in an evenly matched race for the entire 1500m course. By the finish line, DA was able to cross ahead of Middlesex in 2nd, Brooks in 3rd and St. Mark’s in 4th.
The girls’ fourth boat of Charlotte Steffensen ‘25, Alice Zhang ‘24, Elizabeth Richards ‘24, Lily Pierce ‘25, and Mia Senturk ‘24 had a terrific race against competition from Brooks, St. Mark’s and Middlesex. Rowing best in the middle of their race, this crew moved steadily away from their competition, making the most of the flat conditions on Lake Quinsigamond. By the finish line, DA had established a significant margin over Middlesex, with Brooks placing 3rd and St. Mark’s School 4th.
Full race results can be found here. This weekend marked the opening of the Deerfield racing schedule and was the first race for many rowers and coxswains–it was an exciting start for them all! Deerfield now looks forward to preparing for its upcoming race at Pomfret, where it will face strong competition from Taft, Groton, and Dexter-Southfield, along with the host school, Pomfret.
For directions to the Quinsigamond Rowing Association, click here.
Address: Donahue Rowing Center at 237 N Quinsigamond Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545