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Arlington Sports Briefs

<b>Yorktown Soccer Advances</b>

The Yorktown boys soccer team will face McLean in the Northern Region semifinals at 5 p.m. on June 2 at Robinson.

<b>Yorktown Varsity Crews Achieve Highest Ever Finish at SRAA Nationals</b>

In a series of stunning qualifying and final races, the Yorktown men’s and women’s varsity eights achieved the school’s highest ever combined finish at the annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Regatta, held this year on Fish Creek, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Patriot men placed sixth and the women eight. The only public school to place both of its top crews ahead of the Patriots was Winter Park High School of Orlando, Fla., a year-round program and a school of 4,000 students. Yorktown's crew program is spring-only and the school enrolls about 1,600 students.

The Yorktown men defeated local powerhouse Thomas Jefferson, New Trier of Wilmette, Ill., Ocean City and Mainland of New Jersey in the semifinal round to advance to the final round of six. The medal winners in the final were: St Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia, Central Catholic of Pittsburgh, Winter Park of Florida. The last and only prior time the Patriot men had made the final six was 2002.

The Patriot women’s varsity eight avenged being shut out of a medal at the Virginia state championship by less than a second by finishing second in the petite final (places 7-12) at nationals ahead of local rivals National Cathedral and T.C. Williams. Yorktown trailed only Virginia state champion Robinson. The Patriot women’s eighth-place overall finish at nationals was second best of all Washington D.C. area schools and the Patriots’ best in years. The Mount St. Joseph's School of New Jersey won the women’s grand final.

<b>Washington-Lee Men Go to National Championship</b>

The Washington-Lee crew closed out the 2010 season by competing in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta. The event, held for more than 70 years, was hosted this year by Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on May 28 and 29.

W-L raced its men’s junior eight on Friday and placed second in its heat, securing a place in the semifinals. On Saturday, the shell finished third and qualified for the final race later in the day. In the final, the men came crossed just .03 of a second behind Abesgami, earning them the bragging rights of fifth-fastest men's junior eight in the country.