The Madison girls’ first eight punctuated a dominant postseason run with a national title at Saturday’s Scholastic Rowing Association of America championship regatta on New Jersey’s Cooper River.
The Warhawks crossed the finish line in 4 minutes 50.48 seconds, nearly a second faster than second-place Saratoga Springs (N.Y.). Last year’s champion, National Cathedral, finished just out of the medals in fourth place (5:01.71) and Whitman took sixth (5:09.82).
The victory was the second in as many weeks for the Warhawks, who also won the top girls’ race at last week’s Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia.
“When people ask me what was my greatest high school rowing achievement, I’ll probably say a national championship,” Madison senior Georgia Ratcliff said. “At the end of the day, if you tell a random person that you’re a national champion, that’s going to mean a whole lot more to them than Stotesbury.”
The win also capped an impressive run for Ratcliff and the rest of the Warhawks. Madison’s top girls’ boat will send five rowers to Division I programs next season on scholarships, including Ratcliff, who will row at Virginia. Lexy Shannon will head to Alabama, while the trio of Caroline Williams, Karen Munyan and Hannah Brown will row at UCLA, Stanford and Gonzaga, respectively.