Fayetteville Manlius placed two Senior 4+ boats in the grand finals at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Rowing Championships, held May 25-26 in Camden, N.J.
Both finishes were beyond expectation, as the girls and boys senior boats rowed from outside lanes to gain a spot in the grand finals, and complete what has been a great season.
The regatta consisted of more than 600 boats, representing 16 different states.
Chris Warren, Garrett Tongue, Connor Williams, Graham Ritchie and Sawyer Konys rowed exceptionally strong to place fifth nationally, while Kaitlin Anderson, Claire Meyers, Sam Paige, Keara Lynn, and Caitlin Green completed their decorated season in 6th. It was the first time in F-M history where two boats finished in the top six in the same (4+ boat) class, and the highest boys finish ever.
The races began Friday morning, May 25 as the third qualifying boat from F-M, the girls junior 4+ boat of Mackenzie Elliot, Dana Moffat, Caroline Withers, Sarah Sidd, and Chelsea Guida rowed to a fourth-place finish in their heat, ending their season.
The freshman and sophomore-filled Hornet boat rowed a great race, considering their competition was more experienced junior aged girls. The national exposure will prove invaluable for next year and beyond for these young girls.
Next up was the senior girls 4+ boat. Having drawn a difficult heat, the girls needed to place in the top two in their heat to advance to semi finals. Merion Mercy (Pa.), the eventual champions, had petitioned for a national 4+ entry after a member of their 8 boat was injured following their national qualifying regatta.
The board approval placed the strong Merion Mercy (Pa.) boat in lane one of F-M’s heat where they were already rowing alongside Hampton (Va.). They had their work cut out for them - but rowing strong, the girls finished third to qualify for the repechage heats, one final chance to make semifinals.