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Seton Crew does Earth Day 2018 and Anacostia Sprints Regatta
Seton Crew does Earth Day 2018 and Anacostia Sprints Regatta

Authored by Seton Crew Coach Cindy Cole

On Saturday, our Seton Crew team took some time to take care of the Anacostia River, gathering six bags of trash, one bag of recyclables, and a lot of plastic straws! A current environmental concern is how damaging and unnecessary plastic straws are to the environment, so the team separated straws out from their collection, finding about a third of a bucket of straws just in the short section of riverbank. Time to start turning down those straws!

In the afternoon, the team had their first regatta and it was action-packed! The first competition of the season always brings lots of learning opportunities, and the team plans on using those lessons to good effect, as well.

The best Varsity result was the first varsity four that finished 2nd out of 4 in their flight. Overall comparison of times is not accurate because of the floating start, but approximately, that four finished 3rd out of 8. The second four had the unfortunate need to race in a borrowed boat in different seats than they had practiced. The second and third fours put in good efforts and finished fourth in their flights. The varsity eight was a solid second in their flight behind Sidwell and ahead of Bishop Ireton.

The best Novice result was the first novice 8 which finished 3rd in their heat and 3rd out of 7 overall. The second novice four unfortunately got stuck in a bridge piling during their race and was not able to finish. They will work on some options for avoiding that next time. The remaining novice fours and the second eight put in good efforts and finished 3rd or 4th in their flights.

A big thank you to the parents for getting the athletes to ACB and providing such good support to the team. Their next competition is in Delaware at the Maryland and Delaware State Championships.

Go Roadrunner Rowers!