Villa Maria rowers raced on November 7 at the Hidden River Regatta run by the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association. Both varsity and novice rowers competed in 4+ boats. The 1st varsity boat placed 3rd, behind Harriton and Lower Merion, and the 2nd varsity boat placed first in their event, with the novice 4+ finishing in second place.
The crew finishes its fall season this weekend at Mercer Lake in Princeton with two sprint races, the Frostbite Regatta and Braxton Memorial Regatta, racing a varsity 4+, novice 4+ with experienced sophomores, and a novice 8+.
Coach Elizabeth Miller notes, “In our first fall of racing, we have had our largest squad yet with 22 rowers and coxswains. Although our first two races were cancelled due to the damage from Hurricane Ida, all our preparation at practice on and off the water has proved to build a strong base for our two head races (Head of the Schuylkill and Hidden River Regatta) and we are looking forward to side by side racing at our two regattas this weekend to cap off the season.”
Miller says the Villa Maria Hurricanes were challenged by Hurricane Ida. “In the beginning of the season we were limited to our three 4+ boats as our two 8+s were damaged in the hurricane and rendered unusable. Our rowers were resilient, rising to the challenge of rowing or learning to row in our small boats.”
Winter training will focus on improving speed and strength, Miller says. “We will hit the water in the spring ready to race with 10 races on our calendar. We are expecting to have our new 8+ replacement so we will be ready for our biggest roster yet and we will build on the success of the past year of racing.”
Call for Coxswains
Miller also put out a call for coxswains. “We really need coxswains, so if there is anyone who loves to be on the water and is smaller in stature, it is a great leadership role and a way to be a part of a fabulous group of young women.”