Big Red Crew finishes with strong Nationals performance

Girls come in as fastest high school program in the country while boys crack top-25.

Brian Muldoon
June 14, 2022
Phillips Exeter Academy Crew

The Exeter girls and boys crew program traveled to Sarasota, Florida to compete in the US Rowing Youth National Championships this past weekend and proved their mettle as one of the top programs in the country.

The girls top boat of Jacqueline Luque '22, Jamie Reidy '24, Emma Lyle '22, Charlotte Pulkkinen '22, Matilda Damon '23, Ellie Ana Sperantsas '24, Kate Nixon '23, Lucy Weil '22, Edie Fisher '24 finished 11th overall in the country and first among high school programs. The girls placed 12th overall in the Time Trials on Thursday which advanced to the Semifinals.

Big Red placed fifth in the Semifinal round and advanced to Sunday’s B Finals, which saw them finish fifth in their heat and 11th overall in the country with a time of 6:48.083. Their exciting finishing at Nationals came after a New England Championship for the girls first boat at the NEIRA Championship Regatta at the end of May.

The boys first boat of Ryan Kim '23, Weiyi Huang '23, Will Bernau '24, Andreas Lorgen '22, Rohan Radhakeesoon '24, Shrayes Upadhyayula '22, Henry Blakemore '23, Alex Luque '22, and Mikey Bean '22 competed well and earned a spot in the D Finals after a solid performance in Time Trials and finished 25th overall in the country.

The boys first boat performance came after an undefeated regular season of racing and a second place finish at the New England Championships. The boys program also earned the W. Hart Perry Cup as the top boys 8+ program in New England as the second and third boats each claimed first place at New England’s in May.

To view full results click here, to watch the races on-demand click here