Brunswick School- The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup 2014

Coach

Joe Falco

Crew

  1. Freddie Polak
  2. Conor Winston
  3. Jack Duggan
  4. Will Powers
  5. Alexander Skolds
  6. Matt Marvin
  7. William Bass
  8. Max Skolds

C. Markus Lake

Recent Results

3rd place in New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta in Boys 1st Eights

Won Boys 1st Eights in a private match with Phillips Academy, Boston College High School and Salisbury

3rd place at the Head of the Schuylkill in Varsity Eights

Won the Brunswick-Tabor Cup and Richard Curtis Cup [Brunswick-Salisbury]

Additional Information

These guys are a good crew with decent pedigree over in the USA. Their result at the NEIRA was a very good one and they were beaten by two decent crews in the form of Andover and Boston College High School. They have a tradition of coming across to race at Henley and have travelled four times in the last six years.

My prediction

Although they are a good crew, the format of US Rowing and their various junior championship events means that it is hard to gauge if Brunswick are genuinely the third fastest junior crew in the USA. Whatever the case, I don’t think they’ll be strong enough to trouble the top British crews; the Friday is as far as I can see these guys progressing.

This photo was taken from- http://crew.brunswickschool.org/2014/05/31/brunswick-2014-neira/

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  • southy

    As a follower of junior/scholastic crews in the USA, I thought I’d share my input regarding this crew and your predictions. It’s true that they are a good crew but they are certainly not the 3rd fastest scholastic crew in the USA (and I doubt anyone in their boathouse would try to argue that). What they are is a fast crew from the New England region of the USA (they are members of the NEIRA and that is their end-of-season championship). In their previous trips to Henley they have used their results at NEIRA to “earn” the trip by qualifying their top boat (Varsity 8) for the Grand Final. This year, their V8 won their first ever medal at NEIRA (bronze) which is why they are making the trip this year. Though the New England region and the NEIRA championship has been known to produce fast crews who have done well at Henley in the past (St. Pauls School, Kent School, Tabor Academy, Belmont Hill School, Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, etc), this is not a crew who dominated the USA scholastic races this year and thus should not be a threat to the top UK boats. More than likely, this crew will make it to Thurs/Fri … any further would be a result of a favorable draw.