2014 Covered Bridge Regatta in Oregon
The Oregon Association of Rowers hosted the 20th Annual regatta whose starting line is a few yards west of the stately, century-old Lowell Covered Bridge from which the regatta derives its name. Five hundred junior, college and masters rowers from 36 clubs competed in 44 events over the weekend of April 12 and 13. As expected, this was a major test for the Juniors with dominant competitors from the Pacific Northwest and California turning out in force. In particular, the Stanford Rowing Center’s select program made this regatta an important calibration and put Vashon’s rowers to the test.
Overall, the Junior crews passed with flying colors exceeding last year’s medal count by 2 pm on Saturday and concluding the regatta with 23 medals in 26 races. The Junior Women had particular success, winning 11 out of 14 races and taking second in the other three. First place wins were in the varsity, junior varsity and novice races. The first place varsity events were: the quad with Mia Croonquist, Riley Lynch, Kallie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard; the quad with Rhea Enzian, Virginia Miller, Caprial Turner and Mei Lee Vandervelde; the 4+ with Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch, Shannon Lipe, Te’a Schafer and Ally Clevenger, coxswain; and the double with Croonquist and Girard.
The four Junior Varsity races that took first were three JV doubles and a four. The novice junior women had another strong showing winning three races: the eight, the four and the coxed quad.
The Junior Men’s team won one gold medal in the JV 2x with Patrick Hanson and Forrest Miller. However their five silver medals provides great motivation for spring break training camp rhe week of April 14 – 18.
A few select Master rowers traveled to Oregon for the weekend bringing home three silver medals and one bronze.
Summing up the regatta, Coach Richard Parr congratulated the junior team on its overall 2nd place finish in team points (an improvement over last year’s eighth place finish) and said “The Covered Bridge regatta is an excellent calibration for our teams. We learned we are competitive but, especially with our Junior Men, we need to find some significant speed improvements. Both our fitness and our technique will improve this next week so that we will show up at the Brentwood regatta in two weeks a stronger crew.”
Detailed regatta results can be found here: http://bit.ly/1qBO5EQ