Our team races in boats with either eight or four seats (categorized as "sweep" rowing), in several racing categories -- Freshman, Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Within those categories, we also row in a lightweight division. In addition, each boat has what is called a coxswain who sits at the back controlling the boat, as well as directing and motivating the athletes during both practice and races.
Most of our regattas occur during the spring season. Our spring races are 1,500 meters long and take place in different locations. Our first spring races are called the "Manny Flicks" and are held down by Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River [link to Competitions: Getting There], as are the PSRA City Championships, Robert White Regatta (freshmen only) and a nationally recognized regatta called the Stotesbury Cup Regatta – the largest high school rowing event in the world. We are also often invited to invitational races in locations such as Delaware and New Jersey. Any fall races typically will involve our varsity and JV boats, and fewer boats usually participate in these races than in the spring races. However, the fall season is an important opportunity for athletes to hone their skills and prepare for the spring racing season.