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Crew Cleans Up at 2018 Philadelphia City Championships

Crew Cleans Up at 2018 Philadelphia City Championships

Our GFS boys won four medals, including gold in the novice quad, the JV double, and the varsity single. The girls earned a silver medal and three gold medals, winning the novice single, the novice quad and the varsity single events. 

The Philadelphia City Championships in crew takes place over two days and serves as our Scholastic Nationals qualifier. On Saturday, May 5, GFS rowers competed in time trials to make and seed the finals. Semi-finals and finals took place on Sunday, May 6.

Our GFS boys won four medals, including gold in the novice quad, the JV double, and the varsity single. The girls earned a silver medal and three gold medals, winning the novice single, the novice quad and the varsity single events. 

In the time trials on Saturday, Taliah Brodus '19 placed 9th in the WJV 1x time trial. Three other boats just missed out on the finals placing 7th: Novice MNOV 2x Josh Kulak '21 and Rich Soong '21, Avi Kulkarni '18 in the MJV 1x and Sam Pancoe '18, Chloe Smith-Frank '19, Sophie Henisz '19, Ayla Malefakis '19 and Gabby Schwartz '19 in the WLt. 4+. Out of a field of twenty boats, Meg Bigelow '20 and Megan Hua '20 placed 10th in their semi-final and Vanessa Mirage '20 and Isabel Ortega '19 placed 12th in the WJV 2x.

All three novice boats that made the finals became City Champions!

Evelyn Anderson '19 was the first boat to compete in the finals (W Novice 1x).

The novice women's 4x (Sophia Ortega '21, Lui Nehez '21, Amelia Sanchirico '21 and Annika Ehrlacher '20) followed in Evelyn's footsteps and won by 8.5 seconds.

In a somewhat closer finish, the novice men's 4x (Robert May '21, Jekeun Jung '20, Ethan Rupp '19 and Bailey Greenwald '19) won by 6.3 seconds.

The lightweight 2xs finished in the same placement as their time trials. Zaynab Sanogo '19 and Isabel Mehta '20 placed 6th in the WLt. 2x and Seve Reitano '19 and Finn Kassel-Osborne '20 placed 5th in the MLt. 2x.

Leading from start to finish Owen Keim '20 and Doulin Appleberry '20 won the JVMen's 2x.

Andy Regli '19 had the sprint of a lifetime to edge out Friends Select, who led for 3/4s of the race. Watch the come-from-behind victory (start at the 5:13:00 mark), as well as all of the finals.

Not surprisingly, James Wright '18 successfully defended his title and won the men's 1x by a margin of 6 seconds.

Kim Hua '19 and Katie Maguire '19 ended the day for GFS competing in the WV 2X and placed 2nd.

The four JV and Varsity boats have all qualified to compete at Scholastic Nationals on May 25 and 26.

GFS Crew placed 4th out 78 schools in the overall points trophy

GFS will compete this upcoming weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships in West Windsor, NJ, which is also our qualifier for USRowing Youth Nationals in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Read more about our Crew teams' successes in the Chestnut Hill Local

Major medal haul for area girls at City Champs

Area boys' crews medal at City Championships


Photo credits: Tom Utescher, Chestnut Hill Local