Edit: The problem with thanking people is omitting someone you meant to thank. So a BIG thanks to Chris Hutchingon for driving our boats to and from the regatta. Without this, we would have been swimming instead of rowing. Not something I suspect we'd have wanted to do in 32 degree weather :)
Pictures from Citrus Sprints can be found here: http://www.robertmcclory.com/p708254563
Please note that ALL SORA pictures I take eventually make their way to http://www.robertmcclory.com/soracrew
What a great (but very chilly) day of racing at the Citrus Sprints in Inverness. The first thing many of us got to see when we arrived was the amazingly beautiful tents provided by the Lemos family and Dunkin' Donuts of Moss Park. Inside one of those tents, Tina, our new hospitality coordinator set up a great spread of food and hot/cold drinks that kept our rowers going all day. Thanks Tina and crew!!!
After braving a morning of VERY cold weather, it was onto the water and victory for many of our boats.
Our Middle School team had an amazing day with open water wins in two of their 3 gold medal winning performances.
It was also a great moment for our Women's 4+ A boat who won (fairly easily) the last race their coxswain, Madi Deweese, will be able to participate in for awhile since she has corrective hip surgery scheduled on February 9th,. This will be her 2nd such surgery in a few months (both hips needed the same surgery) so all prayers and well wishing should be sent her way as she hopes to make a full recovery and return in time for States.
Thanks to our coaches who made the trip for their great work all day and to the coaches who couldn't make it for the training that lead to some impressive results on the water.
Lastly, thank you to all our parents who made the adjustment to their schedules and brought their rowers to Inverness. It turned out to be a great day of racing and even warmed up by the end.
Here is a roundup of our medal count from the day (based on memory as final results are not posted yet...please forgive any errors or omissions. This info will be updated if necessary):
- Women's Varsity 4+ A
- Women's Novice 8+
- Middle School 8+ A
- Middle School 4+ A
- Middle School 4+ B
- Women's Varsity 1x
- Women's Varsity 2x B (flight 1)
- Men's Varsity 4+
- Men's Ltwt Varsity 4+ A
- Women's Varsity 2x A (flight 2)
- Men's Varsity 2x
- Men's Varsity 8+
- Women's Varsity 4x
- Middle School 8+ B