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Ridgewood NJ, one hundred eighty-five teams gathered at the Schuylkill River to compete in The Schuylkill Navy’s 96th Stotesbury Cup Regatta under perfect conditions. Ridgewood Crew sent 13 boats to compete against outstanding athletes from all parts of North America for two days of thrilling sportsmanship. Only Montclair had as many entries. Ridgewood Crew won three medals and had one additional boat race in finals.
According to The Stotesbury Cup, the regatta has been held since 1927. Edward T. Stotesbury, a local philanthropist, was urged by members of the Philadelphia rowing community to underwrite the cost of an award to serve as the ultimate goal for scholastic rowing: winning the Boys Senior Eight race. Women began rowing in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 1974 with the Girls’ Senior Eight competition. Over the years, races and trophies have been added to the regatta, culminating in today’s 31 championship events. What began as a local Philadelphia “Cup Race” quickly evolved into a full-fledged regatta that today endures as the largest high school rowing regatta in the world. Exceptionally fine crews from all part of the United States and Canada travel to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to participate in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Nearly 5,000 competitors meet at the Athletes Village to experience both the spirit of rowing competition as well as the physical challenge of pitting themselves against the very finest crews rowing at the high school level. Their achievements drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 spectators.
Boys Varsity Single Nate Harris Photo by Mark Riedel
Our finalists included:
Silver Medal Boys Varsity 1x N. Harris
Silver Medal Boys Varsity 2x T. Clark/S. Boogaert
Silver Medal Boys Freshman 4x W. Nasr/S. Scharfenberg/M. Moomjy/U. Han
Fifth Place Girls Ltwt 2x A. Friedrich/E. Friedrich
Complete results are available at: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/?job_id=8451&org_id=12407
Boys Varsity Double Sam Boogaert and Thomas Clark Photo by Mark Riedel
Ridgewood Crew introduces Ridgewood, NJ high school-aged youth to the traditions, athleticism, sportsmanship, techniques and camaraderie of the sport of rowing. Founded in 2004, the team rows on the Passaic River in northern NJ and competes in the sport’s premier regattas held throughout the Northeast.
In the program’s short history, our youth, board and parent volunteers have moved Ridgewood Crew forward by leaps and bounds. That success is represented by the widespread individual and team achievements of each of the student-athletes on the roster. To facilitate that success, Ridgewood Crew continues to make investments in coaching and new equipment. The coaching staff is one of the most experienced in program history.
Ridgewood Crew athletes compete in the Philly Manny Flicks on the Schuylkill River as well as at the highly competitive SRAA Nationals, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia City Championships, Passaic River Northern NJ Championships, Cooper Cup and Garden State Championships.
Additionally, the team’s overall performance continues to attract interest from top rowing colleges and universities including Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Delaware, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Ithaca, Lehigh, Marist, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rutgers, Skidmore, Syracuse, Trinity College, Williams, and others.
We are offering a Learn to Row (LTR) program this summer (and at other times during the year). We have videos of our team and registration forms on our website www.ridgewoodcrew.com.
Registration for Ridgewood Crew Learn-to-Row Sessions Is Open
#1 June 10th – 11th 8:00am -12:00pm
#2 June 17th – 18th 8:00am -12:00pm
#3 June 24th – 25th 8:00am -12:00pm
#4 July 1st – 2nd 8:00am -12:00pm
#5 July 8th – 9th 8:00am -12:00pm
#6 July 15th -16th 8:00am -12:00pm
Ridgewood Crew offers several ways for you to experience our mission: join the team, volunteer or donate.