Juniors Deliver at Brentwood
Vashon Island Junior Crew traveled to Victoria, British Columbia last weekend and took part in one of North America’s largest high school crew races, the Brentwood Regatta. Competing with 36 teams from Canada, Washington and Oregon, VIJC entered 34 preliminary heats on Friday and Saturday and secured their place in 13 final races, medaling in 9.
Winning the four gold medals were the JV Men’s quad, with Liam McConnell, Ben Zaglin, Charles Elliott, Julian Baca and coxswain Rayna Shinn; the Men’s double with Gus Magnuson and Ryan Bingham; the Novice Women’s four, with Bryn Gilbert, Kirsten Girard, Maya Krah, Teagan Lynch, coxed by Ally Clevenger; and the Novice Women’s quad with KaiLi Scheer, Anne Gaspers, Kalie Heffernan, Girard and Clevenger.
Two silver medals were won by the Women’s eight, with crew Hannah Russell, Shannon Lipe, Anna Ripley, Girard, Gilbert, Lynch, Krah, Halimah Griffin and Shinn; and the Men’s quad with Baxter Call, Tate Gill, Magnuson, Bingham and Cox Sarah Warner.
Bringing home the bronze were the Novice Men’s quad with crew Ethan Rumberg, Nathaniel Petram, Patrick Hanson, Elliott, coxed by Zaglin; the Men’s quad with Jack Mask, Call, Gill, Hanson plus Zaglin; and the Single Men’s with Magnuson.
“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the performance this crew’s done and the ability they’ve had to handle business on the water”, said regatta coach Tom Kicinski. “When I rowed for Vashon nobody medaled at Brentwood. This has been a huge shift in this team. Kicinski said the crew’s performance was especially impressive considering the high level of competition at the regatta. “This regatta appeals to the best crews in the (Northwest) area, all the big schools, and they have some good programs, especially the host school.”
VIJC placed second overall in efficiency, which is the number of entries in relation to the results.