Malvern Rowing competed well this past Friday and Saturday at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The Stotesbury Cup is the largest high-school regatta in the world with crews from all over the country and Canada participating. Malvern came home with 3 golds after many hard fought races.
Malvern's Varisty Single, freshman Trevor Pinos, fought hard but came up short in a tough qualifying heat. In addition, Malvern's Varsity 2X consisting of freshman Alex Stoczko and sophomore Julian Venonsky missed the semis by 2 seconds in a competitive event.
Malvern's JV 2X of freshman Alex Tammany and sophmore Robbie Smith, made it through the head race qualifier and the semi-final landing them in the Final.
Malvern's first win of the day came in the light-weight double event. The double consisting of Dan Schwarz and Bill Doughty placed first all the way through the qualifiers to the final where they finished with a time of 5:19; 5 seconds ahead of second place. For this Malvern won the Barker Trophy for the Varisty Lightweight Double.
Malvern's next gold came in the JV Quad event. Malvern's recently formed JV 4X comprised of Pat Allen, Austin Moore, Austin Velte, and Jeremy Gonzalez placed second in their time trial and 1st place in their semi-final. In a very competitive final Malvern placed 1st. This is the second year in a row that Malvern has won the George C. Hines Trophy for the JV Quad event.
The final gold medal came from Malvern's Varsity Quad of Mike Lewers, Austin Bury, Alec Somers, and Dave Matasic. The Quad came in 1st in their qualifier and semi and proceeded to the final where they had one of their toughest races of the year. The quad battled from behind to win the race by .4 seconds over second place with a time of 4:49. This win marked the fourth year in a row that Malvern has come home with the Sonzogni Trophy for the Champions of the Men's Varsity 4X.
Malvern looks forward to competing in two weeks at SRAA Nationals in Saratoga, NY.
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