B1 ended its streak of second-place finishes with an impressive two-second victory over previously undefeated archrival Phillips Exeter and Tabor, who finished in a dead heat for second place.
Under the lead of coxswain Jake Rauh ’14, the boat pulled a 4:39.8.
The rowers in B1 were Rome Arnold ‘14, Nick Faulkner ‘16, Dylan Norris ’16, Nico Robertson ’15, Marc Sevastopoulo ‘15, Rob Irvin ‘15, Ben Hawley ‘15 and Chandler Washburn ’16.
“The race was thrilling. It was up for grabs in the first 500 meters — all of the boats were fighting for an inch on each other. The last sprint was the hardest we have rowed all season,” said Norris, who rowed as the bucket rig with Robertson.
With the win, B1 advances to 2-4 and is in a good position to be highly seeded at Interschols (NEIRA).
B2, on the other hand, finished 0.6-seconds short of continuing its undefeated reign. The boat pulled a 4:55.0 to finish in second place behind Exeter.
B2 consisted of Andrew Vallejos ‘14, Gray Mackall ‘15, Js Dackiw ‘14, Alex Cao ‘16, Captain Grant Bitler ‘14, Jack Lane ‘15, Scott Simpson ‘14, Cooper Hurley ‘14 and coxswain Christina Schoeller ’16.
In its final race of the regular season, Andover will race against Hingham and Shrewsbury this upcoming Saturday on the Merrimack.
“We knew that we had to win to show the rest of the teams in New England that we are looking for gold at NEIRA’s. We wanted to show the other teams that we mean business, and that’s what we did,” said Norris.