Current North Stamford and former New Canaan resident Elizabeth Wells, captain, and the crew of the St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH Girls Varsity Eight swept all races to win the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships (NEIRA) and overall team points trophy at the season end regatta held on Lake Quinsigamond, Mass.

Only three schools have ever swept all varsity races in this championship in its history.

The crew finished out a perfect season with the top prize of gold besting Kent School and Philips Exeter Academy in the varsity 8 grand final race.

The varsity 8+ crew continued on to the UK, where they won both days of the Reading Amateur Regatta, Reading, UK, besting both high school (day one) and university crews (day two) from the UK and internationally. They advanced to beat out Nottingham University, UK in the final for the Women’s Intermediate 2 win on day two.

At the Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley UK, the crew advanced through the quarter and semi finals after beating both Royal Chester and Henley Rowing Club. They met the UK national champions Headington School in the finals. In a race for the ages, where both unbeaten teams broke the 1500M course record, the Headington team came out ahead by just one second.

Wells is a graduate of Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, CT and began her junior rowing training at Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk under the renowned coaching of Yan and Olga Vengerovskiy.