Two Atlantic City women’s boats, including one from Ocean City, win at Philadelphia Championships | High school

The rescheduled Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association Municipal Championships took place Sunday on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, a day after the Stotesbury Cup final at the same venue.

Atlantic City High School’s Junior Four and Novice Eight Girls’ crews both won the city’s event, along with Ocean City’s Junior Eight Boys. Four other area crews and two Holy Spirit single rowers each finished second. All races were 1,500 meters.

The city championships were originally scheduled for May 7-8. The event was shortened to time trials on Sunday instead of finals.

Atlantic City’s four junior girls finished third out of 49 crews at the Stotesbury Cup and, with a change of formation, won the City Championship time trial final in 5 minutes and 52.80 seconds. The Vikings crew consisted of Grace Gaskill, Alexis Gormley, Claire Kelly, bow Melissa Tran and helmsman Isabella Gravely. Mount Saint Joseph was second in 5:55.35 and Mainland Regional was third in 6:00.37. The division had 21 crews.

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The AC girls novice eight won their race in 5:28.21, beating 11 other crews. The Vikings squad consisted of stroke Zuzanna Turska, Kaitlynn Do, Anna Tran, Ahnjeles Maldonado, Maggie Morgan, Ellie Carrasco, Chloe Connors, bow Gabriela Tayoun and coxswain Tasnova Tayeba.

“It was a great way to end the season,” Atlantic City girls’ coach Sean Duffey said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my assistant, Joy Cress. She really helped the girls fall in love with the crew sport.

The eight junior boys from Ocean City won a five-boat race by 1½ boat lengths in 4:53.18. La Salle High School was second in 4:58.97. The Red Raiders roster included hit Jake Tracy, James Nilsen, Drew Young, Ben Wilson, Wesley Dice, Thorne Swift, Colin Abbott, bow Joey Pepe and coxswain Jake Thurlow.

“They rowed really well,” said Jim Swift, coach of the Ocean City boys’ team and Thorne’s father. “They got off to a good start and then rowed a very strong body from the race and won by over five seconds. They form a good regular formation and they are tough competitors and good kids.

Novice four of the Ocean City girls finished second in an 11-boat field in 6:04.69. The Novice Four Absegami boys placed second out of 11 crews in 5:31.23. The Egg Harbor Township boys’ novice eight finished second in a 15-crew field in 5:04.94. The OC lightweight women’s eight was second in 6:00.98. Holy Spirit’s Megan Baldwin was second in the senior women’s race in 6:54.62. The field had eight rowers. Spirit’s Aidan Driscoll was second out of 12 rowers in 5:59.71 in the senior men’s singles race.

Atlantic City Freshmen finished third, Cedar Creek Novice Boys four, Mainland Novice Girls eight, Holy Spirit Junior Girls eight, Atlantic City Lightweight Boys four and Mainland Lightweight Girls eight.

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Earnest A. Martinez