The Stotesbury Cup Regatta Celebrates 80th Year

Apr 17, 2006, 01:00 ET from Stotesbury Cup Regatta

    PHILADELPHIA, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The oldest and largest high
 school rowing competition in the United States is celebrating its 80th
 anniversary this year. Over 5,000 student rowers from 180 high schools from
 around the nation will travel to Philadelphia for the 2006 Stotesbury Cup
 Regatta (May 19-20), the most prestigious high school rowing event of the
 spring rowing season.
     Organized by the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, the Stotesbury Cup
 Regatta has been the pinnacle of the high school rowing season since 1927.
 Crews race on the 1,500-meter course on the Schuylkill River, from above
 the Strawberry Mansion Bridge downstream to the Columbia Bridge, in the
 historic Fairmount Park. The regatta is made up of 26 championship events
 based on the boat size and the grade level of the rowers.
     The Stotesbury Cup Regatta starts on Friday morning (May 19) with time
 trials for all teams. From each time trial, the top 12 or 18 boats advance
 to semi-finals on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Top boats from the
 semi- finals advance to finals on Saturday afternoon (May 20) starting at
 1:00 pm. The 15,000 cheering spectators contribute to the action on the
 water by cheering and encouraging their favorite schools to the finish
 line. The students will battle to return to their high school with the
 coveted Stotesbury trophies, and the recognition of being regatta
     "Over the 80 years of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta over 75,000 student
 athletes have competed in the event," Clete Graham, Commodore of the
 Schuylkill Navy said. "Many of the athletes that participate continue to
 row through their college years and beyond. There are many Olympic athletes
 and world-class rowers that got their competitive start at the Stotesbury
 Cup Regatta."
     Do not miss the excitement of this great Philadelphia event! The
 Stotesbury Cup Regatta is a wonderful event to enjoy with the whole family
 and best of all is it is free for the public. Catch the excitement of all
 the races and enjoy a nice day in Fairmount Park! For more information
     For more information:
     Brian Roman or Ashley Lerch
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