Following up on Olwen’s post from a few days ago, regarding the results from the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints last weekend. First of all, congratulations to all of those who participated and have been getting faster by logging in their meters this winter.
As mentioned, Potomac Boat Club won the 2017 Team Award with a final score of 297 points. The main composition of these points are attributed to the following medals: 28 gold, 13 silver, and 5 bronze. That said, I would like to point out that everyone who competed contributed, since PBC has always had a tremendous presence at this event every year. I also wanted to briefly recognize Alexandria Community Rowing, who got second place with a score of 254 points. They proved once again to be great competitors, and definitely walked away with a decent collection of medals as well.
Doing our part, each person in the High Performance Program won one of the 4 golds, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze. Leading the charge is Jack “The Ripper” Devlin, who finished in first place with a time of 6:27.7 in Event 167: Open Lightweight Men. While we do have high expectations for everybody on our squad, Jack has been showing a great deal of improvement on and off the water.
We are certainly excited to see what kind of noise his is able to bring this Spring season.
Next in Event 168: Open Lightweight Women, we have Emily Schmieg who lit up her competition and finished one minute before second place, with a time of 7:18.9. Emily is coming off a 6k personal record from earlier in the Fall, and is consistently improving her erg scores during our 2k training. As coaches, we always push our athletes to go faster. So of course, we are excited when our athletes show a gain in speed and represent the values of the HPP culture.  
 For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “clean sweep”, this next category will serve as a good example.
 In Event 169: Open Men, in first place we have Gregory “Gorgeous” Ansolabehere with a time of 6:04.2. Nipping at his heels, our second place finisher is Daniel Marquardt with a time of 6:05.0. Posting a 6:12.9 for third place, Chris Buesser comes in just before Taylor Frank, who is one of our most recent alums. Unfortunately Taylor’s digital boat on the TV screen had a bit of technical difficulty, in which it hit a lane buoy and rendered him with a subsequent slower time of 6:15.8.*  
 We hope to continue to see this group increase speed over the next few months through close competition. It is also extremely satisfying and a thing of pride to see our recent alumni still in the mix throwing elbows.
 Last but not least, we have the newer additions to our group in Event 170: Open Women. Just breaking 7 minutes with a time of 6:58.2, Mickey Fili has been training with us for just over a year and has been improving her results with every race. Just behind her with a time of 7:08.7, is our Shout Out winner (and newest addition to our team) Rebecca Soja. Rebecca joined our group from PBC’s Open Sculling Program and has approached each practice with determination and an open mind. Coaching both of these women has been an awesome experience and we hope to see great results from both of them soon.
 We look forward to having more updates for you as the “Winter” months continue to roll on. Please do not wait till the last second to buy your tickets for The Red Buoy Banquet, which is hosted, cooked, and served by your very own High Performance Chefs. Please visit redbuoybanquet2017.eventbrite.com to buy your tickets soon, as there are a limited amount left.  

As usual, I hope this reaches you in good health and I look forward to seeing all of you out on the river soon.

Onward and upward,

Sam Stitt