The DBMS Crew team started its fall slate strongly at the Head of the Textile in Lowell on Sunday, September 30th, capturing two medals and showcasing its team depth in an event featuring high school rowing teams from 7 states.
The Girls Novice Coxed Quad crew of Kesley Meyer, Lauren Levasseur, Elise Hogan, Izzy Tobin and coxswain Jaden Chee took first place in their event, while the Girls Lightweight Four of Bridget Curran, Charlotte Roest, Deirdre Sullivan, Sarah Glinski and coxswain Fiona Shortt placed 2nd.
In the marquee events for Duxbury, the Boys & Girls Fours, the team performed strongly. The Boys placed 7th, 10th, 29th and 31st in the 52-boat field, while the Girls placed 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th in a pack of 46 entries. “It was an amazing jumping off point for racing season, and a great opportunity to demonstrate what a strong team we are across the board.” Said Girls Co-Captain Amanda Kenney ’19. “I was exited to see not only how powerful, but also how technically skilled the team is, especially given that leading up to this, we didn’t have the ideal amount of days on the water. It was such a positive experience, and I think it brought us even closer together as a team. I can’t wait to see how we will progress throughout the next month of racing and what we’re going to accomplish!”
“All of our boats today showed they could row with some of the best teams in the region and our placements definitely demonstrated that. Next week is only looking brighter as we head out to Worcester.” said Boys Co-Captain, Sean Carlisle, class of’19.
Duxbury also placed placed 4th in the Boys Novice Eight, 4th in the Boys Lightweight Four, 5th and 14th in the Girls Novice Eight, 10th in the Boys Eight, 12th in the Boys “B” Eight and 15th in the Girls Eight.
Boys Varsity Coach Oli Rosenbladt said “It was nice to see some flat water for a change! Our training this past week has been tough given the windy conditions on Duxbury Bay, but everyone dug in impressively to get the work done during the week, and our racing showed positive results. We’re a younger team this fall, and are playing catch-up against some of our traditional rivals, but we are making steady progress.”
“It was an excellent start to our competitive season.” said Girls Varsity Coach Betsy Davenport. “We placed every varsity girls boat in the top half of their event and even came home with medals in the quad and lightweight four. The inter-squad competition is pushing all of our boats to be competitive and fast. We will continue to look for more speed in the top boat with lineup modifications and technical improvements but this was a great start for the whole team.”