2009 NEIRA: Exeter Girls Repeat Sweep

Six Exeter crews returned to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA today to race for medals at the 63rd annual New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship.  The girls squad amazingly repeated last year’s sweep of the competition by taking gold in the first, second and third varsity eight grand finals.  This is the fourth time in NEIRA history that a girls squad has swept the competition (St. Paul’s in 1979, Exeter in 1994, Exeter in 2008).  These wins come amidst significant turnover on the girls squad–nearly three-quarters of last year’s varsity girls graduated.  On the boys side, the first boat was edged out of the grand finals by three seats in the morning heats, easily finishing first in the petite final that afternoon.  The second boat fell 0.288 seconds (around 6 feet) short of a bronze medal in its grand final, and the third boat finished sixth in its grand final.  Full results:

G1 Grand G2 Grand G3 Grand
Exeter 5:09.157 Exeter 5:25.963 Exeter 5:34.372
Andover 5:12.929 Andover 5:27.050 Hanover 5:38.541
Tabor 5:17.632 Kent 5:33.603 Kent 5:38.871
Kent 5:17.892 Hanover 5:37.519 St. Paul’s 5:41.131
St. Paul’s 5:27.481 St. Paul’s 5:42.879 Andover 5:42.843
Simsbury 5:28.272 Tabor 5:49.858 Simsbury 6:05.879
B1 Petite B2 Grand B3 Grand
Exeter 4:52.825 Andover 4:43.404 Kent 4:51.523
NMH 4:56.995 Kent 4:43.845 Andover 4:52.732
St. John’s 5:00.742 Salisbury 4:48.915 Salisbury 4:52.734
Hanover 5:01.002 Exeter 4:49.203 St. John’s 5:07.379
Hingham 5:01.532 Brunswick 4:55.042 Hanover 5:08.133
Middletown 5:11.948 St. Paul’s 5:00.575 Exeter 5:15.014

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