Members of the Lower Merion High School Crew Team recently competed at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships Regatta held on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River where juniors Anne Cloud and Caroline Burchette out-rowed the rest of the field en route to winning the Girls Lightweight Double National Title!
A "double" is a boat with two rowers, who each row with two oars and no coxswain, which means they also have to steer the boat as they row. The dynamic duo of Cloud and Burchette finished in a blistering time of 5:45.306, more than seven seconds ahead the runner-up boat from Harpeth Hall, a college preparatory school in Nashville, Tennessee.
Also competing at the event were rowers George Rieke, Matt Lexa, Isaac Berman and Paul DeSouza, who finished fourth overall in the Boys Varsity Quad as well as Théa Kerekes, MJ Pennington, Rose Leinhauser, Jane Spencer and Faye Berry, who came in eighth place overall in the Girls Varsity Four.
The Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA®) is the principal source of rules and procedures governing high school rowing. The association has helped many emerging high school crew programs by providing both sound advice and helpful contacts within the rowing community. The primary function of the SRAA® is to run the Scholastic Championship Regatta each May, determining the North American Champions. High school athletics does not allow sporting events to be held which officially decide national champions. This regatta, nevertheless, is informally recognized by the rowing community as a national championship.