At Danbury School’s pool on Monday evening, the annual two-person Regatta entertained an appreciative crowd of students, parents, faculty and local residents. The race is always a popular part of the school’s Science Olympics.
The rules for the race state that all watercraft must be constructed of cardboard and no more than three rolls of duct tape. The competition was friendly and feisty, with only one second separating the first and second place finishers. Both the first and second place teams broke the previous pool record of 50.2 seconds.
There were 16 teams competing this year. Nearly half finished the competition. The participants who had the misfortune of having their watercraft sink bailed out safely and with good humor and style.
First place went to juniors Lindsay Mark and Erin Lavelle, who skillfully paddled their catamaran-style watercraft the length of the pool and back in 45 seconds. Mark and Lavelle bested seventh graders Cade Wilhite and Devon Grosswiler’s duct-tape silver watercraft’s pool record, set moments earlier, of 46 seconds. Eighth graders Sierra Puckett and Allisa Ritterbach finished third in 1 minute 11 seconds.