Posted on 17 April 2014.
by Peggy Musselwhite with Julie Hall
The Bainbridge Island Junior Rowing Team (the high school team) powered their way to earn first place at the Covered Bridge Regatta last weekend in Eugene, Oregon, their first spring season regatta.
Showing strength and composure in dozens of races, the team earned the Junior Team Trophy for their exceptional overall race results, ranking first of 13 high schools competing in the regatta. The trophy honors the team with the highest average number of points won in each event the team entered. The 113 rowers from Bainbridge Island won gold, silver, and bronze in a flurry of 22 races over two days.
Varsity Boys 4 silver medalists Alex Derry, Keegan Dymoke, coxswain Nathan Johnson, Cole Sander, Walker Hauptman. Photo courtesy of Rick Hauptman.
The Varsity Boys took home nine medals, medaling in all races entered. Late Saturday afternoon, two four boats placed first and third, with another four placing third in their race. Soon after, two Bainbridge Varsity 4+ boats took second in their respective races, with yet another Bainbridge 4+ boat placing third. Sunday morning, as the Varsity 8 backed into the start for their race, Walker Hauptman’s seat dropped a wheel leaving him only able to row on three wheels in the race. Despite the setback, the boys persevered and went on to place second, less than two seconds behind Stanford Rowing Center. Medals went to C. Teddy, A. Derry, C. Sander, B. Allen, G. Schulz, W. Hauptman, T. Musselwhite, K. Dymoke, and coxswain K. Carlson.
Not to be outdone, the second Varsity eights sprinted for gold and bronze in one of the last races of the weekend. Gold went to J.M. Najarian, M. Greenwood, P. Isenman, T. Wikstrom, Z. Welch, M. Spray, G. Johnson, H. Lant, and coxswain M. Crawford.
Varsity Girls 8: coxswain Sydney Gibbs, Eryn McCassey, Samantha Pelliciotta, Mira Rosenkotz, Carly Millerd, Elsa Godtfredsen, Amina Lee, MaryAnn Samson, Kaylie Treskin. Photo courtesy of Anna Bernhard Carson.
The Varsity Girls had a strong showing, medaling in seven of nine entries. In the fours, the first and second lightweight boats finished first and third. The first and second open weight boats both placed second in their heats, with the third boat winning their race. Late on Saturday, the Varsity and Lightweight Varsity Girls 8+ boats both won their races decisively, with the Varsity Girls boat subduing a Vashon crew that had beaten them by over a length in a scrimmage just two weeks earlier. Varsity 8 included E. Chun, A. Leigh, L. Fawley, F. Eckford-Prossor, R. Brown, H. Schneiderman, K. Van Aken, J. Komok, and coxswain N. Haught. Lightweight Varsity 8 included J. Sheldon, A. Karreman, T. Drury, E. Pazoff, S. Dore, J. Denlinger, J. Blazina, K. Hathaway, and coxswain S. Gibbs.
Racing in their first 2K this season, the Novice Boys had impressive results, medaling in five of their seven races. In an early morning race on Saturday, the Novice Boys 4+ led the field and finished first by several boat lengths, earning the fastest time of the three heats at 7:37. The Novice Boys 8+ also won their race handily on Sunday, posting a time of 7:01. Novice rowers included A. Stern, S. Ruud, C. Hayes, K. Vander Leest, M. Derry, S. Musselwhite, W. de Rubertis, C. O’Keefe, and coxswain S. Bryant.
Novice Girls also showed strength and speed in their first spring regatta, medaling in two races. The Novice Girls 4+ clocked one of the fastest times for BIR novice girls 4 boats, placing second. The team included I. Frawley, A. Clarke, Erika Mattes, J. Fradkin, and coxswain M. O’Leary.
A Novice Girls 8+ boat also earned silver, second only to Vashon. The 8+ boat included J. Greer, C. Lant, D. Erickson, A. Millerd, E. McGee, K. Buchmeier, S. Townsend, G. Nikunen, and coxswain C. Deavy. All other Novice Girls boats took a fourth place finish. Novice Girls coach April Podbregar said the girls are determined to become even faster and stronger in the weeks ahead to prepare for their next regatta in Canada.
Mens Masters 4+ Gold winners: Marc Olason, Kurt Frost, Tim Goss, Brandon Fleet, coxswain Rachele Turnbull. Photo courtesy of Anna Bernhard Carson.
The Mens Masters also got a taste of victory at the Oregon regatta, winning gold, silver, and bronze for Bainbridge. On Saturday, their 4+ boat took first place, clearly outdistancing the competition and logging the fastest time for two heats, at 3:18. The boat included B. Fleet, T. Goss, K. Frost, M. Olason, and coxswain R. Turnbull.
On Sunday, the Mens Masters 8+ earned silver medals. Silver medalists were M. Stewart, T. Goss, D. Dale, M. Olson, B. Fleet, B. McGonagle, K. Frost and M. Olason, and coxswain R. Turnbull. Marc Stewart also took to the water in a single scull, earning a bronze in the final.
Some 1,200 rowers converged on Dexter Lake near Eugene to compete in the regatta, now in its 20th year. Masters, collegiate, and high school teams participated in 91 races over the weekend. The weather cooperated throughout, giving teams a fast course and ample sunshine. Bainbridge Island Rowing Head Coach Tim Goss said, “My hat’s off to all of them for racing hard, helping out, and having fun.”
Featured photo, courtesy of Greg Millerd, shows Varsity Girls Gold winners Samantha Pelliciotta, Mira Rosenkotz, Carly Millerd, Eryn McCassey, coxswain Sydney Gibbs.