As the spring season is well underway, the crew team is swinging into some strong performances. Based off of strong erg performances and early race results, the crew team is surely on the path to an extremely strong performance at NEIRAs.
A week before the first race of the season, the team invited Deerfield for a scrimmage against our own varsity eights. The Belmont Hill first, second, and third varsity eights walked away victorious, taking many of the pieces by open water. In this victory, the Belmont Hill team showed both its strength and depth against the team that took second in the first four race at NEIRAs and third in the men’s four at Nationals.
The crew team also rowed extremely strong races against Choate in their first official meeting of the year. Belmont Hill completed a full sweep of Choate, with three of the four varsity four crews winning by large margins. The BH second varsity four just beat out Choate in the sprint, taking the race by just .7 seconds. Our third varsity eight also crushed their Choate counterparts by nine seconds in a race of their own.
The bout was a particularly strange meeting in that the first couple of races of the BH Crew season are usually against lesser competition. However, kicking off the season, and sweeping, against a program like Choate was definitely a feat, as Choate is usually a top contender in the grand final at NEIRAs.
Varsity oarsman Ricky Cronin (VI), who rowed in the fourth varsity four, said, “It was a great day for all the boys. I was proud of all the work everyone put in and I can’t wait to make more gains.”
The crew team will be heading into one of its biggest regattas of the year this coming weekend. At the Wayland-Weston Invitational, they’ll get to race against some of the top NEIRA competition as well as some club teams.