Girls', boys' varsity 8+ both grab fourth

Arlington-Belmont Crew turned in impressive results racing against the top teams in the country at the USRowing Youth National Championships June 10-12 on Mercer Lake outside of Princeton, N.J.

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On Friday, teams raced in preliminary heats, with the top-three boats in each heat moving on to the semifinals Saturday and the fourth-place boat moving on to the C Finals.

The girls' varsity lightweight 8+ (eight rowers and a coxswain) and boys' varsity 8+ both placed fourth in their respective heats and qualified for Saturday’s C Finals.
The girls' varsity lightweight 8+ rowed to a strong third-place finish in a close C final race.

Texas Rowing took an early lead in the 2,000-meter sprint, but A-B Crew stayed close. Rowing behind A-B was the girls' lightweight 8 from Chicago Foundation.

At around the halfway point, Chicago made its move and sprinted to catch up to A-B and Texas, both of which responded with a burst of speed.

Then it was neck and neck, as the three boats battled through the final 500 meters. In the end, Chicago crossed the finish line first, Texas second and A-B Crew third, with a time of 7:12.4, only 1.6 seconds behind first place.

Behind a third-place finish

Rowing to a third-place finish for A-B were Laura Schoonmaker (cox), Linnea Metelmann, Alice Liu, Sophia Haska, Grace Newberry, Abi Judge, Camilla Carere, Callie Abouzeid and Alena Jaeger.

Their third-place finish made A-B Crew the 15th fastest girls' lightweight 8 in the country.

The boys' varsity 8+ faced stiff competition in the C finals as the crew stayed tight with the lead boats from the start.

However, New Trier High School from Illinois proved to be a formidable competitor, taking a lead in the first half of the race and holding on to win. A-B Crew finished in fourth place, with a time of 6:10.8, behind New Trier, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Dallas United.

Rowing for the A-B boys were Julian Green (cox), Louis Pratt, Owen Niles, JD Tiffany, Adrian Tanner, Ryan Sass, Matteo Piga, Joe Wenzel and Adam Cronin.

With a fourth-place finish, the boys' varsity 8+ became the 16th fastest boys' 8 in the country.
With its impressive showing at Nationals, A-B Crew brings to a close a successful spring season. Hard work, strong team camaraderie and the support of parents and the Arlington and Belmont communities made for some fast boats this season.

Most notably, A-B won the Massachusetts Public School state championships at the end of May.

For the seniors, the end of the spring season marks the conclusion of their high school rowing careers, though many plan to row or cox next year at top colleges around the country.
A-B Crew finished strong and is poised to have a successful fall season. In the meantime, the rowers, coxswains and coaches took advantage of their downtime and celebrated the team's successes and looked to the future at the A-B Crew spring banquet.

A-B Crew, the reigning four-time state champion, is a nonprofit organization run by parents and coaches and supported entirely by participant fees, donations and fund-raising.

Over the last few years, A-B has qualified a number of boats to compete in Nationals and Head of the Charles.

Squad seeks new rowers

A-B Crew is looking for new rowers and coxswains to join the team in the fall.

Rowers and coxswains start as novices, knowing nothing about rowing and over three to four years transform into strong, confident, respectful and mature athletes.

If any student entering or already enrolled in Arlington or Belmont High School is interested in joining A-B Crew's girls' or boys' novice team for competition, team camaraderie and fun, visit No experience required.

For those students interested in learning more about the sport of rowing, the A-B Crew coaches encourage you to register for the Summer Learn-to-Row Program run by the Arlington Recreation Center.

The dates for the summer 2016 learn-to-row program are July 11 through 22 (session 1) and July 25 through Aug. 5 (session 2). This program is for all rising eighth, ninth and 10th graders.

This is a great introduction to rowing for those students who might be interested in joining the Arlington-Belmont Crew Team in high school. Registration is through the Arlington Recreation Department.

May 31, 2016: Arlington-Belmont crew wins top state test fourth straight year

May 26, 2015: Team repeats in states

Oct. 22, 2014: Crew team tops state 

This summary was published Wednesday, June 15, 2016.