Row for the Cure Regatta
A record number of 760 participants donning pink attire showed up on Lake Union on Sunday morning, September 15th to participate in the annual Seattle Row for the Cure regatta. Competitors represent clubs from as far away as Wenatchee and Everett, WA with many dressed for the costume competition. VIRC rowed in eight events and had 3 first and second place finishes, and one third.
Junior Captain Baxter Call took first with the fastest time of any single in the race.
Another first place win came for the junior men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Charles Elliot, Forrest Miller, and Jack Mask.
Vashon’s junior men swept the field in the double event placing first, second and third in this order: Jacob Plihal with Tate Gill, Alexander Wright with Liam McConnell, and Lorenzo Higuera with Eli Sedgemore.
Second place finishes go to the junior women’s double, rowed by Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard, and the junior women’s four, who tied for second with the exact time as the Lake Union crew. Rowing that shell were Emily Milbrath, Tea Shafer, Shannon Lipe and Hannah Russell.
This was the first regatta for the novice team. The NW8+ were powerful. They placed 7th out of 11 in an “open” race, competing with experienced rowers. The boys quad felt good about their race but the official results are not known due to a timing issue.
Coach Parr said, “The three coxswains, Ally Clevenger, Olivia Mackie and Callie Andrews, did an outstanding job getting through the 5.5k course. I’m really pleased with all the efforts and it was great to see so many new parents there helping out.”