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Madison Crew Takes Top In State — Again

Women's first, second eight boats earn first place in Virginia Championships

, Madison High School's first and second eight boats demonstrated   their dominance in their state by cruising to first place victories  at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships.  

The women's first and second eight boats both defeated the National Cathedral School (NCS)  boats with times of 5:10:00 and 5:35:40, respectively. Also receiving   medals yesterday were the women's junior eight who placed second in   the state, just behind Lake Braddock with a time of 5:51:19.

The Madison men's boats also posted strong performances. The men's  
first eight placed fifth in the state (4:53:63) in a very tight  final won by St. Alban's.  It was one of the most exciting races of the day with only two seconds separating the second, third, fourth and fifth place winners.  The men's second eight also placed fifth in the   state with a time of 5:02:04.  Also competing yesterday were the men's lightweight four and the men's first four.

Next weekend, Madison crew travels to Philadelphia to compete in  
the 86th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta, which will attract  923 boats, 198 high schools and more than 5,000 athletes.

Treeby Brown contributed reporting to this story.

Cherie Lejeune May 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM
It is wonderful to watch the team continue to thrive--wish I could have been there at those last 500 yards to the finish line to hear the very familiar waterside mantra shouted by parents, fellow crew mates and their families that I know so well, "MAD-i-son, MAD-i-son!". Congratulations to all the boats..especially to the women’s-1st and 2nd 8--simply the best! Shout out to the coaches too. Best of luck at Stots next weekend...dream the big dream always!

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