- Upper School
Malvern Prep’s varsity rowing team competed in the 94th Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world’s largest high school regatta, on May 14th & 15th.
After finishing 5th in the time trial on Friday, some eight seconds behind the winner, Haverford, one could have been excused for counting Malvern’s Lightweight Double of Will Hicks ’23 & Vijay Ramakrishnan ’22 out of contention for medals. Especially as Haverford had won the City Championships in the same event but Saturday’s final was a different story. Coming off the start fast, the crew held a narrow lead through the middle of the race ahead of Haverford, but as the crew entered the final 500 meters, Haverford began an aggressive charge that ate into their lead. Finding another gear, Hicks & Ramakrishnan were able to hang on and win the Barker Cup by 2.09 seconds ahead of Haverford’s crew. This was a tremendous showing of grit and resolve by these athletes which resulted in Malvern bringing home the Barker Cup, which Malvern hadn’t done since 2011.
Malvern’s Senior Double of Cormac Delaney ’21 & Matt Miller ’22 finished 3rd in Friday’s time trial and 2nd in Saturday morning’s semifinal, thereby qualifying for the final on Saturday afternoon. With less than five seconds separating all the finalists’ times in the semifinals, it was certain to be a close race. Delaney & Miller got off to a strong start and pushed hard through the middle of the course, moving clear of all crews except for Woodside Priory’s entry, who held onto their lead. Malvern crossed the line in second to take silver, over five seconds ahead of third-place Ridgewood High School. This is a massive accomplishment, as Malvern’s crew defeated all league members and regional crews.
Finishing up the weekend of racing was Malvern’s Senior Quad of Matt Davis ’21, Collin Munyan ’21, Quinn Hall ’21, and Dan Ward ’21. This boat entered and exited the weekend undefeated, winning Friday’s time trial, posting the fastest time in Saturday’s semifinals, and winning the final on Saturday afternoon. This crew was never seriously challenged in the first half of Saturday’s final and steadily pushed out on the field through the second half, crossing the finish line over eight seconds ahead of second-place Conestoga High School and winning the Sonzogni Trophy. Malvern last won this event in 2018.
Next up for these three crews are the Scholastic National Championships on May 28th & 29th in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River.