Jef­fer­son Boys’ 8 Keeps Win­ning As It’s ‘Re­fin­ing’

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Matthew Stan­myre

Jef­fer­son’s finest shell burst from the start­ing dock and whisked through the dark green wa­ter nearly in per­fect uni­son, pulling away for yet an­other easy vic­tory.

Mo­ments later, as the mem­bers of the boys’ var­sity eight stacked their oars in the boathouse on the Oc­co­quan Reser­voir, none of the Colo­nials was smil­ing. It didn’t mat­ter that they had won the mar­quee event at yes­ter­day’s Re­gional Park Re­gatta, or that they had re­mained un­de­feated this sea­son.

“I don’t think any­body’s too sat­is­fied,” Jef­fer­son’s Mar­cos Car­zo­lio said. “Our row­ing tech­nique, our en­ergy — it can all get bet­ter.”

Such are the ex­pec­ta­tions at Jef­fer­son, which boasts one of the top high school row­ing pro­grams in the United States. The Colo­nials fin­ished the 1,500kilo­me­ter course in 4 min­utes 49.8 sec­onds, well in front of sec­ond-place Oak­ton (5:05.6) and West Spring­field (5:07.7).

Jef­fer­son’s var­sity eight ad­mit­ted it is still work­ing out some kinks. The Colo­nials have yet to settle on the best com­bi­na­tion for its shell — there are 11 ath­letes, in­clud­ing two coxswain, com­pet­ing for nine spots. And Jef­fer­son said its chem­istry hasn’t clicked com­pletely be­cause cold weather de­layed the start of the sea­son, push­ing the first prac­tice from Feb. 18 to March 10.

“There was a lot of volatil­ity early on,” Ty Otto said. “We’re still try­ing to fig­ure things out.”

It didn’t ap­pear that way last week­end, when Jef­fer­son won a re­gatta in Delaware by beat­ing pow­er­houses St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) and host St. Andrew’s School. Last sea­son, the Colo­nials took third in that race be­fore go­ing on to win the Stotesbury Cup Re­gatta.

Jef­fer­son’s var­sity eight has not lost a race this sea­son, win­ning ev­ery heat of four re­gat­tas. The Colo­nials’ top 10 com­peti­tors are se­niors, giv­ing boys’ coach Jim Granger what he said is Jef­fer­son’s most ex­pe­ri­enced group.

“If we can get them all click­ing to­gether, I think we could have some­thing that’s pretty spe­cial,” Granger said. “But we still have some re­fin­ing to do.”

Jef­fer­son’s girls’ var­sity eight won its fi­nal yes­ter­day in 5:49.2, edg­ing Robin­son (5:52.2) and O’Con­nell (5:55.5). W.T. Wood­son was the high­est lo­cal fin­isher in the girls’ var­sity four, tak­ing sec­ond (6:46.1). The Cav­a­liers also were the best lo­cal fin­isher in the boys’ var­sity four, plac­ing third (5:52.8).

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