Washington-area teams swept the top races at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
National Cathedral finished off an impressive late-season run with a win in the girls’ first eight, giving the program its first national championship gold medal. The Eagles won with a time of 4 minutes, 57.1 seconds, just five-tenths of a second ahead of the silver-medal boat from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The win came on the heels of National Cathedral’s silver medal May 19 at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, where the Eagles upset previously undefeated Virginia state champion Madison. The Warhawks finished just out of the medals on the Cooper, in fourth place.
On the boys’ side, Gonzaga’s first eight kept alive its undefeated streak with a national championship. The Eagles clocked a 4:18.15 , more than a second faster than second-place St. Albans.
Other area medal winners included South County, whose boys’ junior four won a bronze medal, and T.C. Williams, which won a bronze medal in the girls’ freshman eight. The McLean girls’ lightweight eight, which won bronze at the Stotesbury Cup, took third again Saturday.