Frostbite and Head of the Lake Regattas
Vashon Island Rowing Club wrapped up their fall season at two Seattle regattas this past weekend winning two first place medals and dominating in second and third finishes.
On Saturday, the junior rowers competed in the Frostbite at Green Lake, a one kilometer sprint race, where they won the medals. The women’s open quad, with Kalie Heffernan, Hannah Russell, Emmie Kehoe, Anna Ripley and coxswain Ally Clevenger, crossed the finish in 3:55.8, eleven seconds ahead of the closest competing crew. The novice girls had a strong race in the women’s novice four event, taking first by seven seconds. Rowing in that boat were Mei Lee Vandervelde, Caprial Turner, Emma DuBois, Emily Milbrath with Olivia Mackie coxing. “The novice girls did an awesome job this weekend”, said Assistant Coach Tom Kicinski, who also lamented the cancellation of the novice boys race due to wind conditions later in the afternoon.
Second place finishers were the women’s open four and the women’s JV four. The three Vashon boats that placed third were the men’s open quad, the women’s 3rd varsity four, and the men’s lightweight eight.
On Sunday at the Head of the Lake regatta, a 5k head race co-hosted by the University of Washington and Lake Washington Rowing Club, both the masters and juniors competed in seven races. Five boats finished in second place, two of which had competing Vashon crews in the field.
In the men’s junior quad, Gus Magnuson, Tate Gill, Baxter Call and Isaiah Mosser-Rohe, with cox Mackie, came in second while rowers Nathaniel Petram, Patrick Hanson, Charles Elliott, Jack Mask and cox Isaac Hughes placed fourth, both boats on the heels of Canadian crews. Coach Richard Parr commented, “Victoria City would have a lot of kids to choose from. They scull very well and are well coached. Coming in second to them is no shame.”
Crews in the women’s Masters quad race both took second in their respective flights and the master’s men, rowing in a four and a double, each finished second, as well. “The masters had good races all the way around”, Parr said.
Although the junior girl’s quad came in fourth overall, they were only one second behind the fastest American boat, which also pleased Parr.
In the highly competitive women’s junior eight race, the same crew that raced in Boston two weeks ago put their training to the test and took third place out of eleven entries. “Ally steered really well and we looked solid coming through the Montlake cut”, said Parr. “We’ve come a long way in the eight compared to a year ago. We’re right up there with the big guns but we’ve got some more work to do to overtake those big guns.”
Assessing the fall season Parr said he used the season to try different and new things to gauge how the team will move forward and where they will move forward to. He said, “I’m really happy because we got some pretty good depth across the board, especially with such a young team”.