The Beaumont School club crew team traveled to Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio this past weekend along with 49 other schools from eight states to compete in the Midwestern Scholastic Rowing Championships. This premier regatta is a qualifier for two National Regattas: the Scholastic Rowing Association of America in Nashport and USRowing Youth Nationals which are held in Florida in June.
It was an early start on warm and sunny Saturday morning with the Novice 8+ time trial being the first event of the day. The field consisted of 18 boats with the top 12 times advancing to the semifinals. The Beaumont 8+ was coxed by freshman Khaela Tierce, and from stoke to bow was Samantha Zullo, Ella Lisac, Anna Farrington, Alayna Sturgill, Lauren Harmat, Ava Maslowski, Georgia Larive and Kate Auletta.
Finishing the 1,500m course with a time of 5:56 was enough to propel the Blue Streaks to a 10th place finish earning a trip to the semifinals and beating local rivals Magnificat, St. Joseph Academy and Laurel School.
There was no time to rest for Zullo, Lisac, Harmat and Sturgill as they went out in the Novice 4+ about a half-hour after the 8+ race. They were coxed by Maddie Roth in a time trial of 30 boats with the top 12 times advancing. They put in a strong effort and finished in 15th place and just missed a 12th place qualifying finish by only seven seconds.
An hour later they were back in the Novice 8+ for the semifinals with the winners and next four fastest times moving to the finals on Sunday. It was a solid race, but the crew came up short of making the finals and finished 11th out of the semifinals.
The last race of the day was the Ltwt. Novice 4+ Semifinals coxed by Roth and stroked by Joelle Kratzert, Brigid McCarron, Farrington and Auletta. The winners of each heat would advance to the finals on Sunday along with the next four fastest times. The crew had a rough race, but it was enough to earn them a stop in the finals on Sunday. This was the first time Beaumont Crew advances to the championship finals in more than a decade and a great way to finish the afternoon.
Sunday morning was overcast with a slight breeze over Dillon Lake. The Ltwt. Novice 4+ was excited and ready to go for their finals race. They started out strong in lane one, but the pace was higher than their liking and they finished in sixth place. This was a huge achievement for this young crew with all four rowers only getting on the water for the first time on March 17th.
The lightweights earned Beaumont crew’s first team point in more than a decade and placed 40th out of 42 for the overall team points trophy and came in 30th out of 35 for the women’s point trophy.
Congratulations to all the rowers who rowed this past year. You are part of something special as Beaumont has re-launched its crew program.
It was a tremendous season with a silver medal in the fall at the Head of the Cuyahoga and making it to the finals at the Midwest Championships.
We will continue to grow the program and we have our sights on sending a boat to the Head of the Charles in Boston this fall and qualifying for Nationals next spring at Midwest Championships.
Great job ladies and we will see you on the water!