The Holy Spirit High School girls and the Ocean City boys varsity eights each finished third in their 1,500-meter finals Sunday at the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association City Championships on the Schuylkill River.
Moorestown won the girls final in 4 minutes, 54.07 seconds, with Merion Mercy Academy second in 4:56.66. Holy Spirit finished in 4:57.30. Ocean City took fifth in 4:58.65.
The Spartans’ crew consisted of stroke Hayley McKeever, Claira Fucetola, Rachel Fabel, Megan Biondi, Riley Hackett, Mollie Knoff, Haley Bramante, bow Megan McCully and coxswain Natalie Weeks.
St. Joseph’s Prep captured the boys final by more than five seconds in 4:22.31. Christian Brothers Academy finished second in 4:27.48. Ocean City finished in 4:29.46. St. Augustine Prep was fifth in 4:34.03 and Mainland Regional sxth in 4:34.27.
The Red Raiders’ crew included stroke A.J. Oves, Blase Japzon, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, bow Jake Ruskey and coxswain Matt Catanoso.
The winners among area schools were the Ocean City girls second eight, the Absegami boys junior eight, the Holy Spirit boys varsity double and the Vineland girls freshman four.
The Absegami boys junior eight pulled away in the second half of its final to win in 4:29.72. La Salle College High School, which won Saturday’s head race by more than five seconds, finished second in 4:32.42. Mainland finished fourth in 4:40.08.
The Braves’ lineup included stroke Sean Blair, Tyler Lancaster, Avi Desai, Austin Reeder, Evan Taylor, Chris Feliciano, Michael Daniels, bow Bobby Cuviello and coxswain Owen Fitzgerald. The crew consists of five sophomores and four juniors.
“They had a great row,” Absegami boys crew coach Dan Salerno said. “We jumped out at the start and got the lead, and we were fighting with Mainland and Unionville from Delaware. La Salle came up, and we were back and forth with them. They would surge, and we would respond. At 750 (meters to go), we made a move and pulled ahead.
“We didn’t know what to expect. We’ve been training hard to get ready for the Stotesbury Cup (in two weeks in Philadelphia), but we’re more than excited to get this win.”
The Ocean City girls second eight won a four-boat final in 5:04.07, topping second-place Mount St. Joseph by more than a second. Holy Spirit took third. The Red Raiders’ crew included stroke Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, bow Kira Tracy and coxswain Lucy Greene.
Culmone is a senior, and the rest are sophomores.
“It was us and Mount the whole way down the race course,” Ocean City girls crew coach Ian Tapp said. “They had a great week of practice and a great race. They’re ready to just keep going.”
Holy Spirit’s Andrew Buchan and Brett McGettigan dominated the boys varsity-double division Saturday and Sunday.
Buchan, the stroke, and McGettigan won the final by more than eight seconds in 5:04.0. In Saturday’s 10-boat head race, the Spartans won by nearly 14 seconds.
“They were really focused on winning this race,” Holy Spirit coach Mike Giegerich said. “They did a great job with a great row. Penn Charter and Ridgewood (eventually second and third, respectively) were right there with them, but they broke loose at the 500 (meters into the race) and kept on going.”
The Vineland girls freshman four took its final by more than six seconds in 5:50.80. The crew consisted of stroke Stefaniya Zozulya, Jayda Minguela, Carli Hullihen, bow Alaina Merighi and coxswain Brynn Adams. Atlantic City was third.
“They had a pretty strong row, and they were pretty much in control in the last 250,” Vineland girls crew coach John McCarty said.
Boys freshman/novice double: 1. Germantown Academy 5:27.58; 5. Holy Spirit 5:39.83.
Girls novice four: 1. Villa Joseph Marie 6:05.90; 3. Vineland 6:16.61.
Boys novice four: 1. Harriton 5:30.84; 3. Vineland 5:32.85.
Girls freshman four: 1. Vineland (Stefaniya Zozulya, Jayda Minguela, Carli Hullihen, Alaina Merighi, coxswain Brynn Adams) 5:50.80; 3. Atlantic City 6:12.15; 6. Egg Harbor Township 7:18.35.
Girls novice eight: 1. Episcopal Academy 5:16.10; 5. Ocean City 5:33.35.
Boys novice eight: 1. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:43.87; 5. Ocean City 4:56.20; 6. Egg Harbor Township 5:04.77.
Girls freshman eight: 1. Mount St. Joseph 5:08.79; 3. Ocean City 5:17.32; 6. Holy Spirit 5:26.19.
Boys freshman eight: 1. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:35.03; 3. Mainland Regional 4:49.60.
Girls junior four: 1. Lower Merion 5:36.15; 4. Egg Harbor Township 5:47.69.
Girls junior eight: !. Mount St. Joseph 4:54.69; 3. Vineland 5:06.48; 4. Holy Spirit 5:16.48; 6. Mainland Regional 5:20.25.
Boys junior eight: 1. Absegami (Sean Blair, Tyler Lancaster, Avi Desai, Austin Reeder, Evan Taylor, Christian Feliciano, Michael Daniels, Robert Cuviello, coxswain Owen Fitzgerald) 4:29.72; 4. Mainland Regional 4:40.08.
Boys lightweight double: 1. Ridgewood 5:01.57; 4. Holy Spirit 5:12.77.
Girls lightweight four: 1. Harriton 5:31.33; 4. Absegami 5:39.67.
Girls lightweight quad: 1. Shipley 5:16.93; 3. Egg Harbor Township 5:46.95.
Girls lightweight eight: 1. Mount St. Joseph 4:59.00; 2. Ocean City 5:18.55; 3. Mainland Regional 5:24.73.
Boys lightweight eight: 1. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:21.76; 4. St. Augustiine Prep 4:40.43.
Girls second eight: 1. Ocean City (Alexa Japzon, Juliana Giardina, Maggie Clunn, Margaret Kane, Grace Broschard, Emily Culmone, Samantha Perro, Kira Tracy, coxswain Lucy Greene) 5:04.07; 3. Holy Spirit 5:32.19.
Boys second eight: 1. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:30.53; 2. St. Augustine Prep 4:33.19; 3. Ocean City 4:34.86.
Girls varsity single: 1. Germantown Friends 6:22.85; 6. Absegami 7:23.83.
Boys varsity double: 1. Holy Spirit (Andrew Buchan, Brett McGettigan) 5:04.00.
Girls varsity four: 1. Lower Merion 5:21.94; 3. Holy Spirit 5:30.01; 6. Egg Harbor Township 5:41.13.
Boys varsity four: 1. Haverford School 4:50.28; 2. Oakcrest 4:56.00; 5. Egg Harbor Township 5:05.52.
Girls varsity eight: 1. Moorestown 4:54.07; 3. Holy Spirit 4:57.30; 5. Ocean City 4:58.65.
Boys varsity eight: 1. St. Joseph’s Prep 4:22.31; 3. Ocean City 4:29.46; 5. St. Augustine Prep 4:34.03; 6. Mainland Regional 4:34.27.
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