Placing first in all of its races, Andover Boys Crew dominated Hingham, NMH and Belmont Hill this past weekend. The race was Andover’s last before Interschols, so Andover was very pleased with its late season speed.

Andover’s B1 finished with a time of 4:56.7, beating Hingham by 8.8 seconds and NMH by 12.2 seconds.

“The race went extremely well on Saturday. We went into the race pretty confident of our ability to beat the two other crews, so our main focus was simply to row as good a race as we could row, treating it as if we were in Interschols already,” said Aaron Finder ’13, a B1 rower.

Finder continued, “That being said, I think the key moment for the race was the sprint. Coming out of last week, we knew that the last 500 meters was the part of the race that we needed to perfect more, and this weekend we did what we set out to do. During the sprint, we successfully took the stroke rating up even when we were tired and rowed cleanly and with power once up there. We ended up taking more open water because of it.”

Andover’s B2 also won its race, finishing with a time of 5:04.9, to beat Hingham by an impressive 16.1 seconds and NMH by a whopping 30.9 seconds.

This coming week Andover Boys Crew has a specific practice plan, gearing itself up for the tough competition it will face at Interschols.

Captain Henry Kennelly ’13 said, “This coming week we’ll mainly be honing in our technique and getting really locked in together so that we can get some extra free speed while giving our bodies some rest so we’re really ready to peak on Saturday.”

Kennelly added, “Also, going into this as the defending champs, having graduated six out of eight guys last year, and with six non-Seniors on the boat this year, taking gold would really make a huge statement for Andover, and we’re all very ready to bring the glory home.”

Alex Smith ’12, a B1 rower, said, “Our curve of improvement is going exponentially up, and we’re all very confident that we and the team in general will definitely put on a good show at NEIRA’s [Interschols]. We start our taper this week... I’m very happy with the way our team has come together this year. Quite honestly I had no idea how we would fare, but now I’m convinced that we’ll represent Andover with surefire speed once again at New Englands.”

Tomorrow Andover will travel to Interschols where it will face its toughest competition of the year, including rivals Tabor and Exeter.