Stotesbury finals this afternoon; semifinals canceled

The Stotesbury cup Regatta, the largest high school rowing event, canceled all semifinal races Saturday, with finals scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with the boys' freshman eight.

Organizers made the decision to cancel the seminfinal events early Saturday morning, after Friday's rainfall led to potentially dangerous rowing conditions on the Schuylkill River. At 11 a.m., they announced their decision to continue with the finals races only.

Friday's storm led to high water levels, increased speed, and debris in the water.

"The water is actually going down. But the debris and current, which is still fast, is a concern," said Leslie Pfeil, member of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta committee and finish-line manager.

"It's high, it's muddy, has a lot of junk floating around in it," she said of the water.

Some participants, hoping for a full day of rowing, expressed frustration, but Pfeil said most were understanding of the situation.

"People already knew from last night that this was a possibility," she said. "There's disappointment, but acceptance. Most are happy that there will still be racing today."