Story, photos and video by Nikolai Roster, West Potomac Campus Correspondent
PHILADELPHIA (WUSA) -- The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is the largest high school rowing event in the world. It was started in 1927 and this year, on May 18 and 19, more than 190 schools traveled to Philadelphia to compete for a trophy.
With big shoes to fill, James Madison High School's girls' first eight wanted to stay undefeated. Despite one rower's ankle injury, the boat from Fairfax County finished third in the finals with a time of 04:51.29. The National Cathedral School (Washington, DC) came in second place and Mount St. Joseph's Academy (Philadelphia) finished first. Their times were 04:50.32 and 04:48.34, respectively.
James Madison's girls' second eight, brought home first place with a course time of 04:58.15, over four and a half seconds ahead of the next boat.
Gonzaga's boys' senior eight placed first, completing the race in 04:06.69 seconds. The school's boys' second eight almost brought home a victory, crossing the finish line at 04:21.64, 02.52 seconds after St. Albans.
Woodbridge placed third in the girls' senior quad final, with a time of 05:15.00, after Episcopal Academy and Conestoga.
In the boys' lightweight eight final, W.T. Woodson placed fourth and T.C. Williams came in sixth.
West Potomac High School's boats did not advance to any races beyond the time trials Friday morning and early afternoon.
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