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The story was corrected on May 23, 2012. An explanation follows the story.

Montgomery Blair High School’s crew team is about to move into uncharted waters as its squad of first-year rowers advances to the junior national competition.

After the Women’s Novice Eight squad (one of four on the 47-rower coed team) took home gold medals and the silver cup at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association’s Championship Regatta on May 12, one of seven qualifying regattas, the squad now moves on to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s junior national competition Friday and Saturday in Camden, N.J.

Coach Eva Sullivan said she is proud of the team’s hard work and ability to advance so far despite only being in existence for four seasons.

“The fact that we are four years old is significant, because it takes so long to build up the right equipment and to learn the culture of the sport as well as the technique.”

The squad is composed of eight rowers: junior Alexandra Fitzpatrick, sophomores Chloe Andre, Jeanne Garner, Sadie Isakower and Cailyn Keely, freshmen Martha Morganstein, Emily O'Brien and Maddie Palmieri and coxswain Keianna Simms, a junior.

The girls defeated powerhouse teams Walt Whitman, Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase in a 1500-meter race to qualify for the SRAA. The Novice Boys Four fell during a race against Gonzaga, B-CC and DeMatha. Women’s Varsity Four and Men’s and Women’s Varsity Eight all fell after advancing to the finals.

Correction: The story was corrected to include the name of the eighth rower of the Women’s Novice Eight squad.