MAYS LANDING — The Ocean City High School boys and girls crew teams impressed at the third and final Lake Lenape Sprints regatta of the season Saturday.
The Red Raiders’ boys varsity eight looked strong, beating rival St. Augustine Prep by 10.33 seconds in 5 minutes, 11.34 seconds. The girls race was all Ocean City — the field consisted of three Red Raiders boats.
The Ocean City boys varsity-eight lineup included stroke AJ Oves, Blase Japson, Greg O’Connell, Luke Hornick, Jack Branin, Seth Pierson, Noah Centrone, bow Jake Ruskey and coxswain Matt Catanoso.
“They put it together today and raced well,” Ocean City boys coach Mike Millar said. “St. Augustine is a great team. We have a long season ahead of us, but today was a good day.”
Luke Hornick, a 6-foot-11 senior, said the crew has a lot of leaders.
“We have an experienced boat, and we all keep each other motivated,” said Hornick, an 18-year-old Ocean City resident. “We’re always pushing to get better every week. We stayed out in front today and never lost any ground.”
The sunny, mild day brought a good crowd to the lake beach area for 23 races. The guest teams were Rumson-Fair Haven, The Hun School, of Rumson, Monmouth County, and The Hun School, of Princeton, Mercer County.
The Ocean City girls varsity-eight won in 5:54.44, beating the two other Red Raiders boats in the race. The winning crew consisted of stroke Avery Panico, Olivia Simone, Sofia Cooper, Meghan Finley, Eve Chiarello, Noelle Michel, Kellie Edwards, bow Claudia Scherbin and coxswain Maren Stickley.
St. Augustine Prep scored wins in the boys junior-eight, lightweight-eight and second-eight divisions.
“It was a hard day with a headwind, but they rowed through it and won their races,” St. Augustine coach Ray D’Amico said. “All the times were slow today because of the headwind.”
The Oakcrest boys varsity four won a six-boat race by just under six seconds in 5:40.70. The Falcons’ crew included stroke Anthony Ragan, Darren Christian, Andrew Thompson, stroke Adam Groff and coxswain Andrea Seeger.