BLS Crew Finishes Fall Season with Two Golds & Two Silvers

October 27, 2019

It was a cold and rainy day in Lowell but BLS Crew finished the season strong at the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association's fall regatta. The Boys Varsity 1V8 and the Girls Varsity 1V8 took home silver, while both Boys Novice 4+ and Morgan McCarty, racing in the single, took home gold.“It was tough day for conditions, but all of the girls stayed focused and composed to put together their best race possible. To put together the results we did on a day like that is no small feat,” said Conor Fearon, Girls Varsity Coach. Boys Varsity Coach Chris DePaola, reflecting on the day, said, "The varsity boys have raised their level of competitiveness against other teams, and it has shown over the fall.  However the boys still have their eyes on the grand prize and making program history once again and qualifying for NEIRAs." 

BLS Crew Races Four Boats in the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta

October 20, 2019

BLS Crew was honored to race four boats in the 55th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Friends, family and alumni gathered at the boathouse on this beautiful fall day to cheer as BLS boats launched and later, joined the thousands of spectators lining the banks of the Charles to watch the races. The Women’s Youth Fours and the Men’s Youth Fours made strong showings against tough national competition. The Men’s Youth Eight missed the top half by a mere .125 seconds, but in a race that featured several crashes beneath the Eliot Bridge, rowers were happy to finish unscathed. The Women’s Youth Eights finished an amazing 36th out of 85 entries, easily securing a guaranteed slot in next year’s HOCR.  

For the 2nd Year in a Row, Three BLS Boats Earn Silver at the Textile River Regatta

October 06, 2019

The fall regatta season started on a windy and beautiful fall day in Lowell at the 40th Annual Textile River Regatta. Thirteen Boston Latin School boats raced to strong finishes and three - the boys' varsity 4+, the boys varsity 8+ and the girls varsity 8+ - earned silver medals in very competitive races.The boys' varsity 4+ finished a mere .3 seconds from first place, the boys' second varsity 8+ only .27 seconds from third place. 

Both girls’ and boys’ novice 8+ featured many rowers in their first races, and each finished in the top half of their races. "Your coaches are very proud," said girls' varsity coach Conor Fearon.

Fall Season kicks off new era in BLS Crew

September 30, 2019

BLS Crew entered a new era this season with two new head coaches. Conor Fearon, new Girls Varsity Head Coach, and Chris DePaola, new Boys Varsity Head Coach, both arriving at Boston Latin from high schools in Connecticut. Conor is assisted by returning coaches Nick Carter and Hannah Elder, Chris by new coach Lizzy Houston and returning coach Jeff Schaefer. 

All teams will be sending boats to compete in the Textile River Regatta, first race of the fall season, in Lowell on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Two weeks later, four BLS boats will be competing in the Head of the Charles, the world's largest two-day regatta. 

Here's to a great year of rowing!

Two BLS Crew Boats Heading to the USRowing Youth National Championships

June 03, 2019

BLS Crew is sending two boats to the USRowing Youth National Championships! From June 6-9, 2019, the Girls 1st Varsity 8 and the Boys Varsity Lightweight 4 will row at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, representing BLS Crew at this prestigious event and competing with the top crews from around the country. Girls heading to Florida are coxswain Regina Feininger '19 and rowers India Aikens '19, Sontaya Banyen '19, Somer Ellis '19, Elizabeth Garity '19, Lucia Catino '20, Stella Dzialas '20, Libby Wu '20, and Olivia Sullivan '22. In the Boys boat are coxswain Dominic Kennedy Slesar '20, and rowers Noah deLaski '19, Benjamin Wong '19, Morgan McCarty '20, and David Choi '21. Congrats to all, and best of luck! 

BLS Crew Wins At Mass Publics Championships, Taking Team Trophy and 12 Medals

May 26, 2019

For the first time ever, BLS Crew took the team trophy at the Mass Public Schools Championships while supporters cheered from the banks of the Merrimack. Not only did BLS win the overall points trophy, but it took the trophies for the Girls 8s, Boys 4s, Girls 1V8, and Boys 1V4! The Girls 2V8, Boys 2V4, Boys 4V4, and Boys1x also brought home gold medals, while the Girls 3V8, Boys 3V4, and Boys Middle School 4X took silver, and the Boys 1N4 took bronze. It was a triumphant day for BLS Crew!

BLS Girls 1V8 Wins Silver at NEIRAs

May 25, 2019

The BLS Girls Varsity made history on Saturday, May 25, with all three Girls 8s going to the Grand Finals at the NEIRA Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. The 1V8 took the silver medal - BLS Crew's first NEIRA medal ever - and only the second public school and the first city public school to medal in NEIRA's 70+-years!

BLS Crew Rows & Wins at Zapata Memorial Regatta

May 12, 2019

BLS Crew had an exciting weekend on the Merrimack River at the Zapata Memorial Regatta. Under sunny skies on Saturday and on a damp and raw Sunday, both the Girls and Boys raced against boats from around the state.

The Girls Varsity 2V8 brought home a bronze medal, while Senior India Aikens won silver as a single sculler. The Boys Varsity had a great weekend, with the 1V4 and the 2V8 winning bronze medals, the Lightweight 4+ winning gold, and a bronze for single sculler Morgan McCarty. 

The BLS Novices also got a solid start in their first major regatta of the season, with the Girls 2nd Novice rowers winning their first medal! 

Rowing in Gusting Winds, BLS Crew Makes a Powerful Showing at Saratoga Invite

April 28, 2019

39 Varsity rowers, along with coaches and parent supporters, traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY, April 26-28 for the Saratoga Invitational, the largest sprint race regatta in the country. Extremely challenging weather conditions - temps in the low 40s, rain, and winds gusting to 40 mph - cancelled Saturday afternoon’s races. Yet BLS squads had a fantastic weekend overall, with BLS boats successfully competing with the top club and school teams in the Northeast.

The BLS Girls brought home multiple medals, including the Lightweight 4, the Varsity 8, and the 2V8, with the Varsity 4 the fastest school team in Saturday’s racing. 

The BLS Boys had similar success, with the 1V8 and 2V8 both qualifying, for the first time, for the “A” final on Sunday, and the Lightweight 4 medaling in the B final. 

Boys Coach Mark Grinberg said, “The team’s results this weekend speaks volumes about the depth of our team and the hard work of our athletes. We were pleased with our athletes’ abilities to stay in the race mentality even when faced with such challenging conditions and race cancellations.”

Girls 3V-5V and Boys Novice Compete at Andover Invite

April 27, 2019

While other Varsity squads competed in Saratoga Springs, the BLS Girls 3V, 4V, and 5V boats, along with the Boys Novice squad, ventured north for a successful afternoon of racing against Andover, Hingham, and BC High. The day was cold and windy, and race conditions were fast with a strong tail current and tail wind making for a short, aggressive race.

The Girls 3V continued their unbeatened NEIRA season with a win over Andover and Hingham. The Girls 4V came home with a win as well, and the 5V had a great race in the 4V event. The Boys Novice had a successful row in their first time out for the season, holding close to the other boats in a Varsity event.

 

Jasmine Howard, Novice Program Coordinator and Girls Varsity Assistant Coach, said, “We are extremely happy with the progress these boats have made and look forward to building on these results over the rest of the season.”

BLS Crew Successfully Launches Spring Season, Re-Takes the Salvo Cup

April 14, 2019

After a hard-fought battle on the Charles River, the BLS Girls Varsity team retook the Salvo Cup on Sunday, April 14, to the sound of cheers from the parents lining Magazine Beach in Cambridge.

The BLS Girls 1V boat won with a commanding lead on a beautiful spring morning, and the Girls 2V boat also took first place in its race. The BLS Boys Varsity team showed strongly, with its 1V boat sprinting at the finish to overtake Brookline and come in first.

“It is always a pleasure to race our neighbors, Brookline High School. They're at the top of the league after finishing first in the Men’s Varsity 8+ at the Mass Public Schools State Championship this fall,” said Boys Varsity coach Mark Grinberg. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our athletes that they were able to come away with a win. I’m looking forward to seeing what momentum this brings to the squad.”

The Salvo Cup is a spring tradition: Rivals BLS and Brookline High meet every April to launch the season with some good-natured rivalry and a cookout afterward at the two public schools’ shared boathouse.

“Another great opening Salvo, with two storied public schools showing their might and lots of close racing,” said Terry Dougherty, longtime president of Friends of BLS Crew. “This strong start bodes well for the rest of the season.”

Girls Varsity 8+ Qualifies at Head of the Charles Regatta

October 20, 2019

Boston Latin School rowers represented BLS at the 54th annual Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) on Sunday, October 21, with the largest number of BLS entries in the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Despite the blustery cold and strong winds, the BLS Girls youth 4+ and youth 8+, and BLS Boys youth 8+ were masterful in steering their boats under six bridges along the iconic three mile course while facing gusts that at times topped 30 miles per hour. The Girls 8+ placed 37th out of 85 teams, qualifying for a guaranteed slot in next year's HOCR. The Girls Varsity 4+ and the Boys Varsity 8+ also made strong showings against tough national competition, placing 50th and 53rd, respectively, out of 85 boats. Teammates and families cheered on the teams from the Eliot Bridge in Cambridge, where the rowers make their final turn to the finish line. "It was exciting to have so many of our athletes competing against some of the best teams in the country," said Girls Varsity coach Beata Coloyan. "It definitely sets the tone for the spring season and the level of competition."

Three BLS Crew Boats Earn Silver at the Textile River Regatta

September 30, 2018

Boston Latin Crew kicked off their fall regatta season at the Textile River Regatta with nine strong finishes and three silver medals.

Both girls’ and boys’ novice boats rowed solid pieces to generate a lot of excitement for the future of the team. Girls' varsity senior, India, started off the day with a strong second place finish in a single.  Both girls’ varsity 4+ boats made the top 50% in a highly competitive race. The girls’ varsity 8+ A boat rowed to an outstanding second place finish and the B boat was not far behind. The boys’ varsity 8+ 1V also overtook multiple boats to earn second place, and the 2V barely missed bronze for a fourth place finish. Coach Mark was effusive in his praise. “I'm just very proud of all the work the boys have put in over the past few weeks,” he said. “We've had a string of good practices chained together with solid leadership from our senior class and captains. Results like these are only the result of hard work and driven athletes.”

BLS Crew Takes Dual of the Latins Cup and Celebrates a Fantastic Spring Season!

June 03, 2018

The Spring season culminated with an exciting day on the Charles River and BLS Crew taking the Dual of the Latins Cup in the traditional end-of-season regatta against Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Under clear blue skies, two of the oldest public schools in the country went head to head in eight races, including a race with mixed boats of Girls and Boys Varsity rowers. All boats rowed from the Weeks footbridge to the flag held by BLS Crew President Terry Dougherty at Magazine Beach in Cambridge. The Dual of the Latins has been a tradition since 2004, with both schools equally sharing the prize over the years, although this year BLS held onto the cup for a second year in a row. The day provided a picturesque and a perfect ending to a successful season for the BLS squads, which captured more medals this year than at any other point in the history of BLS Crew. 

After the races, rowers joined coaches, parents, and other supporters for the end-of-season award ceremony and BBQ at the BLS Boathouse. Everyone celebrated an awesome season for BLS Crew. Congrats to all!

BLS Boys 1V4+ Wins Trophy and 5 Other BLS Boats Medal at Mass Publics Spring Championships

May 27, 2018

The Mass Publics Spring championships was a victorious day on the Merrimack River for BLS Crew. The boys' 1V 4+ took the championship trophy in a dramatic win, plus two other boys' varsity 4+s won gold and bronze medals. The girls' 2V and 3V 8+s, plus the girls' novice 4+, took home bronze medals as well. All of this excitement took place in a long day of plentiful competition and challenging weather conditions, such as strong headwinds that required the rowers to redouble their efforts to move through the white caps. In the afternoon, the weather caused the course to be shortened to 1000m to avoid the worst conditions, and some races were cancelled.

Other BLS boats performed solidly as well, with several 4th and 5th place finishes adding to the list of accomplishments. Congratulations BLS rowers for a day of powerful rowing on a river of churning waters!

BLS Lightweight Boats Represent BLS in Finals at Northeast Regional Championship

May 20, 2018

On yet another rainy weekend, BLS Crew boats braved the chilly conditions in Saturday's time trials at Regatta Point Park in Worcester. Both the Girls Lightweight Eight and the Boys Lightweight Four went on to represent BLS in Sunday's finals. On Sunday, the seriously stiff competition matched the seriously stiff winds, and the final top slots that qualify boats for the national championships were dominated by well-resourced private clubs from the Connecticut coast. But BLS rowers were thrilled to be in the mix and to represent the school at ever-increasing competitive levels.

Four BLS Crew Boats Earn Medals at Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta in Lowell

May 13, 2018

In a regatta that's considered a "tune-up" for the regional championships, BLS Crew boats excelled at the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta on the Merrimack River, May 12-13. Clouds, rain, and raw conditions didn't dampen BLS Crew's spirits on Saturday. An incredible nine boats placed in the top 6 in the trials and moved on to the "A" Finals, four moved on to the "B" Finals, and two rowed in the "C" Finals. The Girls 2V8 was the first to learn their results, racing their final on Saturday and placing an impressive first of 19 boats. On Sunday, with fierce competition under brighter skies, the Girls 1V8, the Girls Lightweight 8, and the Boys Lightweight 4 also earned medals, placing third overall in each category. These results marked the highest that BLS Crew boats have placed in the history of the program. For the BLS Varsity Boys, this was the first time making the "A" Finals, showing significant progress in a young and still growing program. On Saturday, parents braved the weather, rushing under tents, umbrellas, or rain jackets to keep the athletes fed, with Paul Toomey performing magic at the fryer and a flurry of parents tending to the grill. By Sunday, the Mother's Day sunshine and medals gave BLS Crew plenty to celebrate as the team wrapped up a busy weekend.

Girls Novice 8+ Takes Second at Lowell Novice Challenge After Drama for Middle School Boys

May 05, 2018

It was a riveting morning on the Merrimack at the Lowell Novice Challenge, where the BLS Girls Novice 8+ and middle school quad, plus the Boys Novice middle school quad were scheduled to race. High winds overnight had taken down tree limbs and utility lines and the Boys Varsity morning practice was canceled, but the Novice Challenge pushed ahead. The boys' quad launched first, rowing to the starting line into a strong current and a powerful headwind. As the race began, the boys caught two crabs, putting them behind, but they worked hard to keep pace with the leaders and successfully completed their first race. But while waiting for an open spot on the dock and navigating the quad into position, the boys were hit with a gust of cross wind, and one of the oar locks broke from the rigger. The combination of the lost oar and the windy, choppy conditions was too much, and the boat flipped. Other races were postponed while the boat drifted through the race course and the boys were brought to the dock. 

 

After the drama ended, the girls' 8+ was able to race, taking a lead over Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough as they passed under the bridge, but BAB was strong and caught up during the second half. The BLS girls came on strong at the finish and won their heat, taking second overall for the day - a fantastic result and the high point of the day. Unfortunately, the damaged quad was towed back to the dock too late to be drained and repaired in time for the girls’ quad to launch and race. Coach Sam described the day as a “learning experience” for all.

Saratoga Invite: BLS Rowers Rise to the Challenge Despite Rain, Wind, and Mud!

April 29, 2018

What do dedicated BLS rowers have in common with shoe-sucking mud, hay, and thunderstorms? The SARATOGA INVITATIONAL REGATTA, where 39 BLS varsity rowers held their own in a regatta dominated by fast clubs and schools.  Demonstrating the true spirit of an athlete and athletic competition, the rowers individually and collectively proved that they have grit, stamina, and sportsmanship in spades. Well-prepared by the dismal conditions in this spring’s practices, each boat competed to the best of its ability without complaint.

The weekend’s races took place under conditions that included rain, mud, more rain, brief sunshine (steaming mud), thunderstorms (fleeing to the bus), dropping temps, and more windy rain. When not rowing or rigging, rowers huddled under our awesome new purple tent on top of the hay absorbing the water, keeping each other warm like a waddle of penguins on the icy tundra. (It’s true, the sub-soil was still frozen in Saratoga, causing the incredible mud.)

At the end of the weekend, the coaches emphasized how proud they were of their teams and their athletes, who were ready for the challenge and now have the depth and speed to compete in this field. As Boys Varsity cox Dominic Kennedy Slesar said, “We came out to prove we have speed, and we proved that and had a great time.” As Girls Varsity rower India Aikens said, “It was exiting to get so many races in this weekend -- we became closer as a team from the bus ride to huddling under the tent for warmth.”

Andover Invite: Girls 4V & 3V Place 1st and 2nd on the Sunny Merrimack

April 28, 2018

April 28th was a picture-perfect spring day on the Merrimack River in Methuen, where the BLS Girls’ 3V and 4V 8+ boats faced Andover, Hingham, and Phillips Academy. The sunny sky and green grass brought families sporting sunscreen, hats, and smiles to the banks. Waiting athletes tossed a football around and fed their pre-race nourishment needs and post-race hunger. The racecourse was laid out with the starting line out of sight around a river bend, but the finish line in clear view for spectators.  

The BLS 4V had a fantastic win in the only race of the day not taken by Andover, taking first place by an impressive 11.64 second margin. In a tense and exciting 3V race, BLS and Andover were neck-and-neck until the very end, with Andover ultimately taking the race by just 1.38 seconds. Coxswain Charlotte Chen recounted the race: “At the start, all three boats were pretty tied up, then we and Andover began to pull ahead. Then, around the first 500m, we made a move and gained about two seats on Andover. We stayed ahead for most of the rest of the race, until Andover began their sprint and pulled ahead of us.” Congratulations to both BLS boats on their tremendous efforts!

In Windy Conditions, BLS Varsity Girls Make Strong Showing at Simsbury Invitational

April 14, 2018

The BLS varsity girls sprung into action in ever-shifting winds on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday, April 14, with an impressive showing in the Simsbury Invitational. Wind conditions changed throughout the afternoon in the 1500 meter race, giving coxswains an extra challenge in handling the floating starts. The Simsbury Invitational is the second race of the regatta season, with BLS rowing four boats in three races against Shrewsbury, Simsbury, East Lyme, Tabor and Stonington. The girls 2v and 3v both rowed to first place in their respective races.  The girls 2v beat Shrewsbury by just two seconds with a time of 5:35.4 in a race that came down to the wire with a final sprint from all teams. "Lining up for the race was tough because the wind was pushing us to the starboard side of the lane," said 2v coxswain Regina Feininger. "Once we started, our first 100 meters were good because we locked in on the rhythm quickly." The girls 3v and 4v raced together with the 3v coming out on top with 5:44.0 a full seven seconds ahead of the nearest challenger Shrewsbury, while the 4v placed third at 5:59.5. The 1v boat pulled out strong and commanded second place throughout much of the race before the final sprints put them in fourth place with a time of 5:30.0. Feininger said that practicing on the windy Charles River made the teams more than prepared for the conditions at Simsbury.  

The Salvo Cup Launches the Regatta Season

April 08, 2018

The 2018 Salvo Cup race has launched the BLS Crew 2018 Spring season! For the first time since the race between BLS and Brookline began in 2006, a cup was awarded to the boys' team as well as the girls. With competitive rowing on the chilly Charles, the Brookline boys finished strong to win this year's cup, while the BLS girls took it back after losing it in 2017. The competition was expanded this year with the growth of the BLS boys' program, and rowers embraced the opportunity to go head to head with Brookline. "It's the first shot fired. Today was a great start," said BLS Girls Varsity coach Beata Coloyan as the cups were awarded. The Salvo marks the traditional beginning of the regatta season, and based on the day's races it looks to be an exciting several weeks to come. The BLS girls 3v and 2v boats won their respective races, while the 1v boat made it a sprint to the finish, coming in just three seconds short of Brookline. "We had a good start," said team co-captain Julia Pryor. "They got ahead of us in the middle of the race, and while we made gains at the end, it wasn't enough." The two schools have made the Salvo a hotly contested race in the last thirteen years, with Brookline winning seven of the cups versus six for BLS.  

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