Battling a strong headwind and significant chop in the water, Andover’s B2 boat rowed to a narrow second place finish, just 1.8 seconds behind Salisbury’s first place boat and a full 50 seconds ahead of Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH). While Andover Boys Crew swept nearly all of the NMH boats in its race on Saturday, the undefeated Salisbury team proved to be a challenge for Andover.
B1 rower Dylan Norris ’16 said, “The boat raced really well this weekend considering the heavy chop in the water. I am really pleased with how we rowed, and I’m looking forward to our future races.”
Salisbury’s B1 boat cruised in at a time of 4:57 minutes, while Andover’s was right behind at 5:01 minutes. The boat from NMV finished at 5:26 minutes.
Andover’s B1 held a constantly higher stroke rate than Salisbury, maintaining around 35 rpm for the majority of the race, compared to the 34 rpm that Salisbury settled into. After losing by a four second margin, Andover looks to improve on its stroke efficiency and thrust per stroke.
In a head to head battle between the B3 boats of only Salisbury and Andover, Andover pushed to a convincing 5.4 second win with a time of 5:42.2 minutes.
B3 rower Nicholas Isenhower ’18 said, “The wind gave us a tough time with our set—something we need to work on a bit—but we performed well overall. We all came together to have a good race in the end due to our concentration and execution of our race plan. However, in the next few weeks we’ll definitely need to work on the set of the boat and holding firm power throughout the race when needed.”