The schools at the "largest high school regatta" in the country are still battling it out this morning to set the finals in many of the senior events, but here is a quick look at who has weathered these two days of fierce racing so far, before row2k heads up to catch the rest in person.
Look for a full report on all the finals and photo galleries from both days here in row2k's Stotesbury coverage.
Semi Results & (Partial) Finals Preview, 2011 Stotebury
Boys Freshman Eight
St Joe's Prep, silver by a length in 2010, cruised, seven sec faster than semi 2's St Albans, but tight semi 3 gave St Augustine's and Oakcrest the fastest qualifying times
Girls Freshman Eight
Saratoga, with best time, looks on target to defend the gold medal last year’s frosh took home, but field should be tight behind—and perhaps around—them, with Holy Spirit, Radnor, and NCS all at 5:06
Girls Junior Double
Grimsby won their semi, by more than 10 seconds over all the contenders, so the duo from Canada will be setting the pace this afternoon.
Boys Junior Double
E.L. Crossly went best in the semis, but Malvern, Christchurch, and Haverford HS posted strong times to keep themselves in the medal hunt here.
Boys Junior Four
Don Bosco won semi 1, just, over Moorestown, Montclair and Denis Morris won the other two semis, but only by 1 sec each, so the Junior four promises to be six boat barnburner.
Girls Junior Four
EL. Crossley took semi 3 with the best time in this event, but Montclair and Egg Harbor raced to w/in .01 second in semi 2—whew.
Boys Freshman Quad
Semis for the frosh quad predict a four way race for gold: Episcopal Dallas was just ahead of Conestoga in semi 1, with Saratoga just up on Malvern Prep in semi 2. Add in a Niskayuna quartet that just edged out Chestnut Hill, and we have a full field of racers ready to throw down.
Girls Freshman Quad
Conestoga and Mathews ran away with semis in this event, but should be a good fight out front for the top prize in this final.
Girls Ltwt Double
Baldwin, winner of this event in 2010, set pace here again and look strong to defend; Friends Academy won semi 2 and will look to take Baldwin down.
Boys Ltwt Double
Riverhead made good on their trip from “out east” to set the best time, with Conestoga close behind in semi 2, but not until after Malvern Prep moved on to keep alive their 2010 title defense win in the first semi
Girls Junior Eight
Montclair and Mt St Joseph’s are set for rematch of the final that came down to just a handful of seats last year (see photo). Each won their respective semi, but Lake Brantley set best time over all. Frankly, with all qualifiers within two seconds of each other, Episcopal, Merion Mercy and Notre Dame look set to make this final even closer this year.
Boys Junior Eight
Looking like a locals-only affair with St. Joe’s Prep, St Augustine’s, and LaSalle taking a semi win each. Prep has the best time, but not by much—and this event saw a blow struck for propriety as well, with one crew in semi 1 excluded for profanity.
Boys Junior Quad
Conestoga took silver last year, by .05 over Haverford, and both are back for the 2011 final: Conestoga won semi 1 and Montclair took the second. Haverford advanced easily behind Montclair, perhaps saving a gear or two for the afternoon. Hylton just beat out Upper Canada for the final spot in the Grand—good to see tight racing for the coveted spots.
Girls Junior Quad
Conestoga still alive to defend here, with a semi win. Sacred Heart Country Day School will be the adversary de jour after taking the other semi.
Girls Ltwt Eight
Another rematch brewing, with Holy Spirit taking semi 1 in the best time, and Mt St Joseph's winning semi 2. Both races were tight, though, with Winter Park, Eustace, Mainland, and Merion Mercy all with about length or less of the winner.
Boys Ltwt Eight
St. Joe’s Prep is on track here to defend, with a comfortable win in a semi where all qualifiers beat out the time Upper Canada posted to win semi 2.
Boys Ltwt Four
E. L. Crossley, Christian Brothers, and Manhasset are setting the pace so far, but Egg Harbor’s hopes to start defending their remarkable success in the fours at last year’s Stotes are still kicking with a close second to edge Upper Canada in semi 3.
Girls Ltwt Four
Lourdes, put up the best time, but all the finalists came down with in four seconds of each other, so a return to the medal dock will require withstanding strong challenges from EL Crossley, Montclair, Baldwin, and Egg Harbor.