Exeter crews start season strong despite rough weather

Eight Exeter crews traveled to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester/Shrewsbury, MA for their first races of the year. This season opening regatta is especially exciting because most races include six or seven boats, in contrast to the smaller dual races throughout the body of the season.

Heavy winds and choppy waters on Quinsigamond made for a rough first day of competition, though Exeter boats were able to persevere and take first place in five of eight races.

G1 G2 G3 G4
Exeter 5:49.6 Exeter 6:44.9 Exeter 6:49.5 Exeter 6:43.5
Simsbury 6:03.3 Simsbury 7:06.2 Andover 6:56.0 Andover 7:00.4
NMH 6:10.9 Shrewsbury 7:14.0 Shrewsbury 7:18.5
Shrewsbury 6:20.5 Andover 7:15.1 Simsbury 7:25.3
Boston Latin 6:25.6 NMH 7:15.7 NMH 7:31.1
Brookline 6:38.2 Brookline 7:23.1 Boston Latin 8:28.0
Andover 6:41.5 Boston Latin 7:26.0
B1 B2 B3 B4
Exeter 5:14.1 Andover 5:10.1 St. John’s 5:27.9 St. John’s 5:52.5
St. John’s 5:18.8 Exeter 5:13.0 Andover 5:31.0 Andover 6:00.7
Andover 5:22.0 St. John’s 5:27.3 Exeter 6:06.7 Andover 6:03.8
NMH 5:33.5 Brookline 5:36.6 Simsbury 6:14.3 Exeter 6:11.0
Brookline 5:34.9 Simsbury 5:53.9 Brookline 6:30.8 Simsbury 6:36.9
Simsbury 5:37.6 NMH 6:02.9 Shrewsbury 6:58.6 Brookline 7:39.3
Shrewsbury 6:06.2 Shrewsbury 6:23.0


Girls captains Mimi Reichenbach ’12 and CC Closmore ’12 said they are “really proud of how [crews] did yesterday,” and that “it was a great to start off the season.” Although conditions at Quinsigamond were “severe,” recent winds in Exeter helped prepare crews for choppy water. The captains were especially proud of their starts, despite having to wait sitting at the line as the crosswind misaligned the seven crews. The girls are looking forward to next weekend’s races against “very competitive” crews from Kent and St. Paul’s.

Boys captain Isaiah Brown ’12¬†thought the “the race was great.” B1 took the lead from the start, and “by the settle were up six or seven seats on all of the other crews.” Things continued well through the middle five hundred, though Brown thought “the last five hundred was our worst, and we lost ground in the sprint.” Looking ahead, Brown says B1 will “focus on holding higher rates for longer and finishing the race well.” Brown also commended B2 on a good race, despite a number of injuries.

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