FDR Crew wraps up in style

It was a season of solid finishes for FDR’s girls and boys crew.

At the Hudson River Rowing Association two-day triangulars at Poughkeepsie, the Presidents posted three first-place finishes among some solid heats.

On May 2, the Presidents’ girls novice 8 boat won first place with a time of 5:18.11, and the boys freshmen 8 won with a time of 5:34.12.

On May 3, the Presidents’ boys senior 4 boat came in first with a time of 5:36, beating second-place Lourdes by almost seven seconds. FDR’s girls junior 8, boys junior 8, boys junior 4, and boys first varsity 8 all won second-place finishes. FDR’s first girls varsity 8, boys lightweight 4, and girls junior 4 all took third place.

In their next meet, the New York State championship at Saratoga on May 10 and 11, the Presidents fared well, but without a first-place finish. The girls junior 8 and boys junior 4, both grabbed second place, the girls finishing with a time of 7:02.051 and the boys with a 6:37.641. The boys senior 8 lightweight came in third.

The Presidents followed that showing with a trip to the Stotesbury Cup, one of the nation’s oldest and most expansive high school rowing meets, which was held May 16 and 17 on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia. FDR sent boys junior 4, girls junior 8, boys junior 8, girls senior 4, and boys senior 8 boats, and one managed a top-20 finish against teams from all across the country: the girls junior 8 boat finished 19th with a time of 5:37.44.

FDR recouped at the Hudson Valley Rowing League championship at Poughkeepsie on May 31. The boys varsity 4 came in first in a preliminary heat with a time of 4:47.70, but came in fifth in the final; the varsity 8 girls team came in second in their preliminary heat with a time of 5:05.64, also coming in fifth in the final.

The boys varsity 8 also placed first in their semifinal, with a time of 4:12.80.

FDR head coach Harry Harrington told the Observer that the team was hampered by the rough weather early this year, which dramatically cut their practice time.

“We had half of our water practices,” he said. “Early in the season, we didn’t even get on the water until the second week of April. April wasn’t the greatest. It was cold, a lot of winds.”

Harrington is positive about the season overall, though.

“For the limited amount of water time we had, I’d say that we achieved and exceeded our goals,” he said.

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