The Haverford School Crew wrapped up its 2021 fall season over this past weekend with the Hidden River Regatta. The Fords had an adjusted fall schedule this year due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida that left the program and local rowing community in recovery mode.
Hurricane Ida brought record rain and water heights to the Schuylkill River area leaving destruction and equipment issues for most of the local schools, including Haverford. With seven boats being destroyed by the flooding, the crew program had to adjust its normal fall training to make sure that the 50 athletes could get on the river most days for training and head-race preparation.
The fall racing started out with a scrimmage against local Unionville High School. Haverford hosted Unionville and did (6) pieces with the Varsity and JV Fours. The JV Four won all of their pieces against their visitors, and the Varsity boat split 3-3 with the Unionville crew. This Unionville boat would go on to place 4th at the Head of the Charles in Boston.
With all the early local fall regattas being cancelled due to all the docks needing to be repaired or replaced, the first regatta for the team was the prestigious Head of the Charles. The Fords took four boats up to Boston for the race. The highlight of the weekend was the Boys Double that placed 14th out of 55 entries. In the double was Conrad Reller and Jake Brewington. The team also had entries in the Coxed Four, Coxed Quad, and Directors Quad events.
The second regatta of the Fall for the team was the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. This was a full squad regatta, and everyone got the opportunity to race. The Varsity double of Jake Brewington and Chase Herz placed 4th out of 35, and just 3 seconds out of 1st place. The Frosh/Novice quad and Varsity Quads both placed 5th. The JV Quad and JV Four both finished 7th in their events, and the Varsity Four finished 13th out of 57 boats in their event. The Fords also had boats in the Frosh/Novice Eight, Frosh/Novice Four, JV eight, and 2nd boats in the Varsity Double and Novice quad events.
The Fords wrapped up the fall rowing season with the Hidden River Regatta. The team took six boats to compete in a 1st boat 2nd boat model of head racing on the lower Schuylkill River. The Frosh/Novice quad of Joseph Herd, Noah Kanefsky, Charlie Gord, and Johnny Herd won the 2nd quad event in a time of 15.25. The second-place team was 25 seconds back. The 1st Four also had success finishing second place in their event—in the boat for the Fords was Quinton Bowers, Cameron Douglas, Cole Pressman, Jackson Harrington, and Alphonso Evans. The Fords also had entries in the 1st Quad, 2nd Four, and additional entries in the 2nd quad and 1st four events.
This was the last event of the fall season for the rowing team. Next up will be the Manny Flicks with the first race being on Sunday, March 20, 2022.