A quick look at the junior national team testing will reveal the strongest
(and deepest) high school crew in the country. The Sarasota Scullers crew
team (aka Riverview Crew) from Florida has dominated the fall rowing scene
and will dominate the spring. In the youth 4 at the Charles they lost only
to a loaded Navy 4 which set the course record. At the Schuylkill, in the
High School 8 they beat PENN AC aka St. Joes by :55 seconds on a 2.5 mile
course and lost to only the Princeton Frosh 8(which looks to be the team
to beat at Eastern Sprints) when the colleges are factored in. Their time
beat Navy's, Georgetown's, BU's, and George Washington's youth crews
decisively. The shocked NE Catholic and PENN AC coaches could not believe
a Florida crew could be fast, protested to the officials that the clocking
system must have malfunctioned. When the protest was proved faulty, the
race official found that the PENN AC crew had made off with the silver
plates given to the winners.
At CRASH-Bs the Sarasota Scullers second best erg, Dan Newman(7:59.4),
lost to LaSalle's beloved Miller by a mere second. Miller's fly and die
plan fell through when he was bested by the record setting German and
three others. Another Sarasota rower, Bill Plifka, finished seventh behind
Newman in Junior race. Plifka, a lightweight, won the lightweight hammer
by pulling an 8:09, more than five seconds off his best time.
The average 2500 erg for their 8 is under an 8:10
Two weeks ago at The President's Cup in Tampa, Fl. They had a chance to
race many college varsitys including Yale. In the morning heat, Sarasota
placed fourth losing to Yale's varsity 8 stroked by Peter Stroble by .5
seconds, FIT's varsity by .3seconds, and Yale's JV by .1 seconds. Sarasota
then won the Petite Final by open water beating five college varsitys all
The Sarasota Scullers are anxious to get out Florida to find competition
and establish themselves as the premier junior program in the country.
They are going to San Diego in ten days to race the West Coast Schools and
the newly formed Victoria Rowing Club, formerly Brentwood.
They are going the new Cincinatti Invitational Junior race(June 10) which
could possibly put an end to this idiotic discussion. From Cincinatti they
will fly to Henley to race in the Temple Challenge Cup, one plate above
the Pricess Elizabeth Cup.
They will race anyone. They will race any crew which will come to the line
with them from colliegiate varsity 8 to any Philadelphia Catholic school
or any New England prep school.
Bring it on.