It was their first time rowing on the Occoquan this season, but for the TC Williams girls crew it seemed like home field. The varsity 8, lightweight 8 and third 8 all captured gold – and Virginia state championships – and the second 8 was a bronze medalist in the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship Regatta, May 10 at Sandy Run Park.
The first 8, rowing with a lineup that had been together only a few days, topped a field of 25 boats from around the Commonwealth and DC. They led throughout the race, and held off a late sprint by Robinson to win by nearly 4 seconds.
The girls lightweight 8 avenged their loss in the state finals last season, with a commanding 9.2-second open-water win over McLean. The girls third 8 beat TJ and Robinson for gold. Their combined performance won the Titans the girls team trophy for the third year in a row.
On the boys side, the second varsity 8 continued their winning ways, adding the Virginia championship to their gold medals from the Darrel Winslow and Charlie Butt Regattas. The boys 3rd 8 was edged by TJ in a close finish, and won silver. The boys first 8 finished fifth in the petite final.
The state championship was the last local competition for TC Crew. This weekend, the Titans head to Philadelphia for the Stotesbury Cup, the oldest and largest high school regatta in the country. On Memorial Day weekend, theyll compete in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the following weekend will travel to Ontario for the Canadian Scholastic Rowing Championship.