Mount St. Joseph coach Meg Kennedy was running from her rowers. She knew what was coming.
It’s a tradition that the coxswain and the coach get tossed into the Schuylkill after teams win their races at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and Kennedy’s team won the senior eight — the premier girls’ event of the day — the lightweight eight, and the second eight on Saturday at the 93rd Stotesbury Cup.
“I don’t think any time in our history we had all of the seniors medal, much less gold medal,” Kennedy said. "For us and these girls, it’s all about leaving a legacy, leaving their mark for the girls behind them to follow.”
In their final race, the Magic senior eight beat second-place Whitman with a time of 4 minutes, 44.87 seconds. Whitman clocked in at 4:47.76. Ocean City (4:54.92) was fourth, and Moorestown (5:04.09) placed sixth.
Listed on the Magic senior eight roster are Margaret Newell, Katherine Edling, Hannah Lemanowicz, Catherine Van Stone, Mae Sweeney, Caroline Timoney, Riley Gorman, and Giavanna Hunt, with coxswain Katie Greed.
The Magic won the girls’ lightweight eight in 4:43.9. Radnor was second, and Merion Mercy Academy was third. They won the second eight in 5:04.24. Ocean City was third.
With all that success, it’s no surprise that Mount St. Joseph will have 14 girls row at the college level next year.
St. Joseph’s Prep coach John Fife said he hadn’t slept in a week leading up to the Stotesbury because his nerves were all jangled.
Those nerves were tested on Saturday as the Hawks managed to edge Canadian school Grimsby in the boys’ senior boys. The Prep finished in 4:19.19. Grimsby was at 4:20.57.
“Extremely," Fife said when asked whether he was nervous as the boats came down the stretch. “As a coach of rowing, once kids shove off to race, we have no control.”
Fife, a Prep graduate, said he’ll allow his team to celebrate the big victory over the weekend. But the team needs to regroup Monday, since the Hawks are to compete in the national races next weekend in Bethel, Ohio.
Listed on the Prep senior eight roster were Quinn Sullivan, Thomas Schrieber, Patrick O’Connell, Aidan Kilgannon, Robert Raics, David Fritz, Colin Rosser, and Michael Linquata, with coxswain Connor Thompson.
Prep (4:32.03) also defeated La Salle (4:32.73) in the boys’ lightweight eight.
The Conestoga girls’ team placed second in the senior quad after winning the event for the last seven years. Ridley won in 5:15.17, and Haddon Township was third.
The Conestoga boys, however, won the senior quad for the first time in school history. The Pioneers (4:36.16) beat second-place Haverford School (4:40.66), and Haddon Township was fourth.
“It’s bittersweet,” Conestoga coach John Hayburn said. “I’m thrilled [for the boys]. For seven years, we’ve been really trying."
The Pioneers also claimed first place in the boys’ senior double (5:08.47) and the girls’ lightweight double (5:33.7).
Besides earning bronze in the girls’ lightweight eight, Merion Mercy took home two other medals, winning gold in the girls’ lightweight four (5:31.09) and placing second in the girls’ freshman eight.
Coach Mike Brown said the results this year were far better than last year, when none of his teams won a medal. Brown was a rower for La Salle and won gold in the boys’ senior four in 1976.
The Golden Bears will also take part in nationals next week in Ohio, and, for Brown, rowing is more than a four-year experience.
“They’re not four-year memories, and that’s what we try to tell the kids,” Brown said.
Episcopal was second in the boys’ senior four, and Sacred Heart Academy’s Marlin Andrews was second in the girls’ senior single.