Back in 2017, the girls crew program went bow ball to bow ball in the final for the Peabody Cup at the Henley Women's Regatta but lost the race by one second. The program’s return to England this year was considerably different. In three days of spirited racing on the Thames, the girls first eight finished the 1,500-meter sprint with open water ahead of the Enniskillen Royal Grammar School to claim the Peabody Cup in the junior eights category. (To view the championship race, forward to the 5:37:43 mark here.)
Their victory marks the fourth time St. Paul's School has won the cup since the Henley Women’s Regatta began in 1988. The girls were victorious in the junior eights category in 1996, 1998, and 2001, and placed second in 2011 and 2017.
The win is just one of many accomplishments for the girls program this season. The week prior to Henley, the rowers tested their mettle at the Reading Amateur Regatta. The eight won the A category by defeating the City of Oxford Rowing Club by three boat lengths and recorded the fastest time of all eights on the water that day. Before arriving in England, the eight and the four competed at the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championship in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, where the eight placed 14th overall. In May, the first boat won gold at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) championships for the third year in a row, with the second and third eights securing silver.
As the girls return home, the boys crew program is gearing up for the Henley Royal Regatta, July 3-7. In preparation, the boys arrived in England last week to compete at the Marlow Regatta, held on Dorney Lake, Eton.