February 9, 2016

ACR Pulls Weight at 2016 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints


ACR Pulls Weight at 2016 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints

Members of Alexandria Community Rowing were out in force for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints, an annual event hosted by the Alexandria Crew Boosters which provides the largest single source of support for the T.C. Williams rowing organization. ACR volunteers pitched in to help with registration, race administration, and event set up.

The Erg Sprints Café, which provides healthy food and refreshments to the racers and their fans, was organized by ACR’s Alexandra Braun and Mary Cato. The food for the café was contributed by the ACR membership. Café proceeds provide support to the club – this year over $5,000 was raised. The surplus food was donated to New Hope Housing in Alexandria.

Twenty-four ACR members jumped into the competition itself, bringing home a total of 18 medals (7 gold, 7 silver, and 4 bronze) and earning a total of 208 points to place second of 29 teams in the club division, finishing ahead of Capitol Rowing and behind Potomac Boat Club. In the highly competitive open 2K event, Sarah Henry collected silver with a time of 7:05, while Jim Prial earned team points for the men’s side with a 6:33 and an 8th place finish. Christina Swartz earned gold in the 50+ 2K, and Lori Craido took the top spot in the 30+ 30-minute row. Mary Cato earned another gold medal for ACR in the 50+ 500 meter race, while Gus Seyler-Schmidt found silver in the men’s open 500 meter race with a time of 1:22, and Sarah Henry and Catie Serex took gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s open 500 meter race. ACR also fielded mixed relay teams, taking silver in the open and gold in the 30+ categories. Three ACR rowers competed in the grueling 42,195 meter marathon row. Men’s sweep coach Alan Weatherley finished 5th, while James Caple and Cindy Way captured bronze and gold medals, respectively. James and Cindy competed under the “1000-Leagues” affiliation as they prepare for their crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, unassisted, in a two-person row boat. When asked how it felt today, James seemed undaunted, “Not a problem…just one more shift of one more day of 90 days when crossing the Pond.” More on their upcoming trek can be found at http://www.1000leagues.com/.