Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- May 12, 2015 -- The world's largest high school rowing championship event comes back to Philadelphia for its 89th consecutive running on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th. Started as a single race in 1927, the regatta has grown to 31 championship events with more than 5,750 student-athletes from 181 high schools competing on the historic Schuylkill River.
The 89th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta is not only the world's largest high school rowing event, it is also the oldest, as well as the second-largest rowing event in the United States each year.
Attracting far more competitors, boats and spectators than any other rowing event in Philadelphia, this year’s competition will include more than 960 boats from 181 high schools in 126 cities, from 13 states and two countries. (By comparison, last Saturday's Dad Vail Regatta had 513 boats from 113 colleges).
Among the defending champions returning to Philadelphia for this year's 89th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta are Gonzaga Prep from Washington, D.C. (boys varsity eight winners of the past three years) and local winners of the girls varsity eight, Mount Saint Joseph Academy.
Also of note, the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia recently announced Mark Valenti has been named director for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Mark replaces Clete Graham, who stepped down after two decades and will remain on as Director Emeritus.
The 89th Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta begins on Friday, May 15th at 8 a.m. with trials in the girls junior double and continues to approximately 3 p.m. with the girls senior eight heat. Semi-finals are 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday's schedule begins at 8 a.m. with the continuation of semi-finals until noon. Finals start at 12:50 p.m. and racing concludes at 5:30 p.m. with the girls senior eight finals, competing for the Engman Trophy, followed by the boys senior eights racing for the Stotesbury Cup. Medals and awards will presented for all finals races at the finish line awards dock.
The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is excited to once again welcome Olympian members of the US Rowing team to the Stotesbury Village. Ambrose Puttmann and Jenna Gregoire will be available at the Toyota Experience from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Stephen Kasprzyk will be available from 10 a.m. until noon at the Penn Mutual Experience.
In a special exhibition, four rowers who competed in the 1965 boys senior single will return to once again row down the Schuylkill 50 years later. Following this exhibition, the Philadelphia Girls Choir will sing both the US and Canadian national anthems Saturday at 12:45, before the start of finals.
Admission to view the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the banks of the Schuylkill River and in the Kelly Drive Grandstand is free of charge. Limited parking for cars is available nearby in Fairmount Park and shuttle trolleys will be available to provide transportation from parking areas to the race course. A full schedule and additional resources for the Stotesbury Cup Regatta are available online at http://www.stotesburycupregatta.com.
Media credentials and parking passes for accredited members of the media are available. Please contact Brendan Tierney by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone at (610)-331-1096 for further information.