The Holy Spirit High School girls lightweight-eight crew finished with a victory in the B final at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Sunday. It was the last day of the three-day regatta.
The St. Augustine Prep varsity eight was sixth in the C final of the men's youth-eight division.
Holy Spirit won the 2,000-meter B final of the women's youth lightweight-eight category in 7 minutes, 2.828 seconds. PNRA/Mercer Rowing Club was second in 7:05.196.
The event had A, B and C finals in each division, and the Spartans' win gave them seventh place overall among 22 boats in their category.
The Holy Spirit crew consisted of bow Shannon La Sala, Nicole Maslowas, Katie Bainbridge, Tara Puhalski, Caroline Bradley, Tori Light, Cailin McCully, bow Danielle Peck and coxswain Kiersten Stone. All are non-seniors.
"They had a great race," said Rory Roberts, the Holy Spirit girls lightweight-eight coach. "They said they had a good start and got the early lead, and they just tried to stretch it as the race went on. I'm extremely happy. It was a good learning experience for them. They're such a young boat, and they're only going to get better next year."
St. Augustine finished in 6:22.479 in the C final. LPJ Chicago Rowing Club won the race in 6:15.423. St. Louis Rowing Club was fourth in 6:22.196, 0.283 seconds faster than the sixth-place Hermits.
The St. Augustine crew members were stroke Alex Dillon, Lee Wetty, Shane Dickson, Dan Palombo, Brandon Hesser, Zach Seither, Alastair Watson, bow Dan Capone and coxswain Brett Barry.
"They rowed pretty well and they had a fast time," St. Augustine coach Ray D'Amico said. "All the times in the B and C finals were close. This was a good experience for them. They're a young group. They came up to me and said, 'We really have to train hard next year.' There are some great crews out there."
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