Crew: Cooper Cup Regatta results (Crew (Spring) - V)
April 30, 2012
The Haverford School fielded eight boats at the Cooper Cup Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., April 29. The Cooper Cup is known among SRAA rowers as a particularly grueling race, as the competition lasts 500 meters longer than the typical high school SRAA race. This means rowers are racing 2000 meters as opposed to the normal 1500, forcing rowers to push themselves for an even longer period of time.
Lightweight 2x: The Men’s Lightweight Double, consisting of junior Sam Blitzer and sophomore Eamon Glavin, placed seventh overall behind local club teams with a time of 7:48:84.
Novice 4+: The Men’s Novice Four consisted of freshmen Kyle Bowman, Curran Browning, Greg Kirwan, Cole Smith, and coxswain Berkeley Melvin as the Cooper Cup did not field freshman-specific events. The four managed to place fifth overall against local club teams and some high school teams, while racing above their age group.
Novice 4x: The Men’s Novice Quad – freshman Jack Henderson, Cheyse Johnson-Burrus, Eric Petersen, and Jordan Siegal – placed second in their heat, and third overall with a time of 7:24:87, losing only to Pelham Community Rowing and Nereid.
JV 4+ (A): Haverford sponsored two JV Fours, the first, consisting of Charlie Battersby, Mario Maggio, Sanjay Narayanan, Beauchamp Zirnkilton, and coxswain Leith Dennis, placed third in their heat and getting fifth overall between three heats with a 7:33.44, against notably Bishop Eustace, the only school at home on the Cooper River.
JV 4+ (B): The second JV Four – Chris Boerner, Cheyse Johnson-Burrus, Bryan Rodriguez, Jordan Siegal, and coxswain Charlie Battersby – rowed to fifth in their heat with a time of 8:13.16.
JV 4x (A): In addition to two JV Fours, Haverford entered two JV Quads. The first JV Quad of juniors Wick Egan, John McMichael, Jack Kling, and Gerard Hoeltzel, gained first overall with a time of 6:39.29, beating the second-place team by 19 seconds.
JV 4x (B): The second quad of Chet Bickhart, Eamon Glavin, Michael Maggio and R.J. Meiers achieved first in its heat and third overall with a time of 7:03.01.
Varsity 4+: Unlike the other races, varsity races were not awarded medals based on heat placement, but rather boats were placed in a preliminary race at the beginning of the day, and raced in a final at the end, consisting of the top six boats from the preliminaries. In its preliminary heat, the Varsity 4+ of seniors Jake Gaskill (captain) and Pat Meehan (captain), and juniors Colin Meehan and Max Freundlich (captain), with sophomore coxswain Leith Dennis, earned first overall placement in the finals. In the final race, the four managed to beat local club Philadelphia City Rowing and Mountain Lake for a first overall victory.