Team King & WinTech had a superb weekend at the 2023 edition of the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta. Staged at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the event attracts hundreds of scholastic athletes from across the USA to compete over 1500m. Overall, WinTech and King shells secured ten medals including four golds.
King SEs won both the Boy’s and Girl’s Varsity 8+ categories, securing King status as the premier boat-builder at the event. Winter Park, who will be returning to Henley Royal Regatta in 2023 to compete in the Prince Philip Challenge Cup after losing out in the final last year, swept home to take the girls title by nearly seven seconds ahead of New Trier and Walt Whitman
Nevertheless, Walt Whitman also raced in a KingSE shell and went on to secure the bronze! This result was particularly sweet for the crew from Maryland, who just a week prior did not even make the final at the Stotesbury Cup, losing out with a 4th place finish in the semis to Mount St. Joseph. The Vikings then made a last minute hull change going into the short week of SRAA, choosing the KingSE over their old hull, and the rest is history!
On the boy’s side, New Trier defeated Belen Jesuit and Loyola Academy by just under three seconds to take gold.
Our other victories came in both the Boy’s First and Second Varsity 8+ categories, where New Trier in their King cemented their place as the dominant boy’s sweep program by winning both trophies. Northville also raced in a WinTech and went on to win the Junior Varsity 4x events ahead of Girls Prep and Hockaday.
Additional medals came in throughout the day across various categories. Norfolk Academy in their WinTech secured silver in the Boys Junior Varsity 4x+ whilst more WinTech shells took silver and bronze in the Boys Varsity 1x (C. Gross of Bonner & Prendergast and R. Muldoon of Liverpool, respectively). We also secured a bronze in the Girls Junior Varsity 2x, courtesy of Germantown Friends, and a silver in the Girls Lightweight Varsity 2x via Bonner & Prendergast.
This event represented a fantastic showcasing of junior talent, and was our pleasure to be there to support crews in their efforts to win. We’re looking forward to seeing some of these boats racing at the US Youth Nationals in the coming weeks and possibly further afield at Henley Royal Regatta!
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