So they won a regatta? In that case, how about every first place team that raced over the weekend be nominated. When I think about this award, I look at the crew that did something special or out of the ordinary in their race over the weekend; not just win.
Woot! High School Rowing!
It would be hard to compete with the Winter Park Boys V8, though... I mean, seriously. What a race. What a crew. I know one of the rowers and the coxswain for that eight and I can tell you they're not even surprised they came back at the end after a broken oarlock. It's just how they DO.
Yeah, it's great that Exeter Girl won all those races, and that's stiff competition, but they win like every year. They're a fast crew and they work really hard, but NEIRAs is basically in the pocket for them every year. Congrats, but big deal.
I think Mount deserves this.
Congrats to the BH rowers and Coaches on what has been a phenomenal year so far, and the best of luck at Cinci.
There's a huge difference between the obstacles that high schools and colleges face in building self-funded programs. Michigan rowers are living on their own, paying their own bills, and taking full course loads at one of the nation's best public universities. Building the top national collegiate V8 in the nation with these other academic and financial responsibilities is pretty spectacular. Stop trying to compare.
So, suck it.
1. Collegiate rowing = club rowing (hence, ACRA is the national championship for club teams now since IRA is kicking them out) 2. Club teams don't have divisions 3. Times don't mean anything...look to the boatlengths of open water Michigan had over #19 Purdue
This is the third year in a row that Belmont Hill has won the first four/w; the poll calls for the "Boys 4," so I assume that means the first four, which eliminates any relevance of the whole team being 66-0. If the poll said "Belmont Hill Rowing Squad" then it would be a different story; however, in the simple Boys First Four/w race, Belmont Hill won, just like they were predicted and supposed to. Winter Park overcame a huge setback that occurred in their race, at the "national" level, to come back and win by open water. Belmont Hill's victory at the New England championships, their qualifier for Youth Nationals, although impressive, does not stand up to Winter Park's feat at SRAs.
During the season, all four Belmont Hill V4+ boats were undefeated in all of their regular season races.
This is third year in a row that Belmont Hill School Boys V4+ has won the NEIRA 1st Boat race as well.
Finally, to give some measure of the overall strength of this achievement and the quality of NEIRA competition, In 3 of the last 5 years, 2003, 2006, and 2007 Belmont Hill has won the Boys V4+ Jr National Championship in Cincinatti, OH, And in 2007 JrM4+ Grand Finals, the BoysV4+ 1st (Belmont Hill), 3rd, and 4th places were all taken by crews from New England.
So not only has this year been an exceptional year for Belmont Hill Crew, there is amazing level of consistency in the program to be able to achieve and sustain this level of performance across multiple years against a formidable and notable group of competitors. This is what makes this an even more significant achievement.
These giant schools have like 8 eights or more... Belmont can barely field three
there accomplishment is incredibly impressive - swept NEIRAs for the first time in the regattas history and combined to go 66-0. They are two time defending National Champions and are going to try to defend their title in two weeks...
amazing girls, amazing
plus they have won the new englands 6 years in a row and the nationals in cinncinatti two years in a row