Bainbridge/OAR Spring Scrimmage

Bainbridge/OAR Spring Scrimmage

On March 24th, the Vashon Island Junior crew traveled to Bainbridge Island’s for a Spring scrimmage with Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and Olympic Area Rowing . Vashon rowers took first place nine of the 15 races and added second-place finishes in four more on the 1,400-meter course in Eagle Harbor.

As is the case in many rowing events, the unsung cohorts of the day were the coxswains — crouched teammates who are barely visible during races but who can make the difference between first and last place by directing the boats and shouting commands.  Vashon Junior Crew has three excellent coxswains: eighth-grader Olivia Mackey, freshman Ally Clevenger and sophomore Liv Mangione.

The opening race on Sunday was a boy’s novice double where Forrest Miller and Jacob Plihal kicked off the day with a gold.

Three races later, the boys heavyweight quad with Isaiah Moser-Rohe, Alexander Wright, Gus Magnuson, Tate Gill and coxswain KaiLi Scheer brought in the next first-place finish. The girls 8 then added another first place earned by Hannah Russell, Ella McConnell, Anne Gaspars, Shannon Lipe, Kirsten Jeffries, Maya Krah, Emmie Kehoe, Bryn Gilbert and coxswain Clevenger.

More first place finishes were tallied by the boys’ novice quad (Miller, Liam McConnell, Plihal, Fletcher Call and Katelyn Carter as cox), the girls’ varsity double (Anna Ripley and Kalie Heffernan) and the girls’ varsity four (Jeffries, Krah, Kehoe and Gilbert, with Clevenger coxing).

In the last three events of the day, Vashon finished strong, claiming first in all three races: the boys’ novice four (Miller, Ethan Rumberg, Plihal and Call with Clevenger coxing), the girls’ varsity four (Russell, Ripley, Jeffries and Heffernan, with Olivia Mackey coxing) and the varsity boys’ double (Magnuson and Gill).

After the event, rowing coach Richard Parr said he liked what he was seeing from the young rowers so early in the season.

“In particular the boys’ novice four displayed amazing power for such a young group of rowers,” he said. “The girls’ varsity quad also moved the boat extremely well.”


By Pat Call

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