CSSRA Finale - A Final Push

Monday, June 03, 2019 - By: Jack NG, Ellis ‘21; Photo by Bud Patel

Raceday number three was once again a successful day of rowing for the Brentwood program. The day began with the Jr. Boys Coxed Four final early in the morning. The boys had a fantastic race to finish off the year leaving them number 6 in the nation. 

At 8:52, the Sr. Mens Quad had their final. After a solid start and a row that left Mr Carr jumping for joy, the boys parked their boat at the podium, and hoisted the CSSRA trophy! Ethan S, Axel E, Jesse H, and Karl D, can all look forward to their photo going up on some wall in some corner of the campus upon their return to Brentwood.

Next up was Thomas L and Max H in the Senior Men's Pair. These two Grade 11s held their own in a very competitive event, finishing in 5th place. These two have a lot to look forward to next season, to finish off their high school careers.

The next race was one of the most nail biting races of any Brentwood crew at the regatta. When the Jr Women's Quad came tearing through the 1km mark, sitting in a disappointing 4th place, much hope was lost in their chance at the podium. But thanks to the experience of Shaelyn L and Sarah G, along with the sheer athleticism and determination of Sasha K and Adrienne R, the girls started making moves late in the race, clawing their way into third, then second, and earning a hard fought silver medal.

Mr Carr’s Senior Men's Coxed Four were up next, coming off of a satisfying Saturday. The crew rowed well, missing out on the podium by only two seconds. Spirits remain high in the mind of Mr Carr, as three of the four rowers in the boat will be returning students next year, and are looking forward to another kick at the can next season. 

Allulah-Beth C was the next Brentwood representative to the starting blocks. The veteran senior went into the race with high expectations, and came out of it with a shiny bronze medal around her neck. A-B pulled a race to be very proud of, and she had all of her Brentwood family along the sidelines cheering her through every stroke. 

The Junior Boys had a second race to look forward to before the clock struck noon: the Jr. 8+ Finals. After a very bumpy start - to say the least - falling a boat length behind the rest of the pack, Ms Tarrant’s troops found it somewhere inside them and fought their way back into the race. With 300m remaining the boys were two seats down on St. Joseph’s, but through the never wavering guidance of the stroke pair Dylan K and Marc S the shrieking of the junior girls form the grand stand, and the booming voice of Edward L coming out of the speakers, they were able to fight their way ahead of St. Joseph’s and capture the bronze medal with less than a second to spare.  

Finally, Mr. Carr sent his last boat out to race: the Senior Mens Double. Jesse H and Ethan S had a great race, with a heartbreaking finish as they were half a second short of making it onto the podium. 

Brentwood’s last race of the 2019 CSSRA regatta was rowed by none other than our beloved Captain Zoe M, and one of our most decorated athletes, Allulah-Beth. These two left it all out on the water in their last race in a Brentwood uni(suit)form. You get out what you put in, and today these women got a final trip to the podium dock, receiving a bronze medal in the Women's Double. 

This season has been a massive success, and we athletes owe it all to our coaches and the immense support from Brentwood. Without Ms Biesenthal and her staff, we would be nowhere close to where we are today. Congratulation to all of the athletes on a fantastic season, and best of luck to Jesse H, Axel E, Zoe M, Allulah-Beth C, and Yannick H, who will all graduate this year. We wish you the best of luck in your future rowing endeavours and we will miss you all tremendously.

Jack NG, Ellis ‘21

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