Pope John XXIII Regional High School students with the Sussex County Rowing Club in Sparta were on the podium at the end of the Philadelphia City Championships on May 6-7.
Nearly 85 scholastic rowing programs competed in the culminating regatta of the Philadelphia Flick Scholastic regatta series.
Pope John sent two boats: a novice single scull rowed by sophomore Vincent Clerico and a novice double scull with senior Christian Marlin and sophomore Andrew Wilson.
On the first day, both boats placed in the top six, advancing to the finals Sunday.
In hard-fought races, Vincent rowed to a second-place finish, just 1.6 seconds back from the winning sculler, while Christian and Andrew in the double scull finished third.
Tim Holovacs, the Sussex Rowing Club coach, said Christian started rowing with his freshman year. “He was eager to race but because of pandemic cancelations and restrictions, he wasn’t able until this season. Having to wait three years to finally race really shows his commitment and dedication to rowing and his love for the sport.
“Vincent and Andrew also showed their mettle all season long.”
Holovacs said he was extremely proud of the team. “They are all very hard-working, dedicated athletes who should be very proud of their accomplishments this season.”