Coach Richard Parr has been fine tuning the junior crew for a peak performance at the Northwest Regional Championships the entire spring season. And the team did not disappoint, qualifying a record ten boats and 18 rowers for the National Championships to be held at […]
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The Jensen Point boathouse buzzed with activity early Saturday morning March 1st as a new format was introduced for the annual contest for the coveted Guinea Pig cup. Coach Richard Parr mixed Masters and Junior rowers into the same shells to make this year’s event […]
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.”
Vashon Island Junior Crew garnered 15 medals and qualified four boats for Nationals at the 2012 Northwest Regional Regatta at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, WA. With 23 teams and thousands of athletes from the region, the club’s success stands out among the field of competitors. Of the 16 preliminary races they entered, 14 qualified for the finals, so many so that VIJC needed to borrow a boat from another club in order to be in all events.
Four boats triumphed, winning gold medals and US Rowing trophies. The JV women’s quad had their work cut out for them when the competing crew gained on them in the last 500 meters. The rowers, Hannah Russell, Kelsey Abella, Anna Ripley, Shannon Lipe, and coxswain Kai Li Scheer, poured on the power and crossed the finish 1.5 seconds ahead. In an even closer race, the JV men’s quad, with Liam McConnell, Alexander Wright, Jack Mask, Julian Baca and cox Rayna Shinn, lead the field and took first by .94 seconds. Novice girls Scheer, Bryn Gilbert, Kirsten Girard, Kalie Heffernan, and coxswain Ally Clevenger, showed their strength and placed first in the quad race, finishing two boat lengths of open water ahead of the field. For the first time, VIJC brought home the trophy for the girl’s high school eight, a serious but fun race where the crews dress to represent their schools. Sporting green and yellow attire, complete with pirate tattoos to showcase VHS’s mascot were rowers Ella McConnell, Katelyn Carter, TerraJane Ripley, Halimah Griffin, Charlotte Kehoe, Avalon Koenig, Maya Krah, Taegan Lynch and cox Shinn.
Eight silver medals were won, three of which qualified to compete in the Junior Nationals. The boy’s varsity quad, with Baxter Call, Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson, Ryan Bingham, and coxswain Sarah Warner, the girl’s varsity double with Avalon Keonig and Emmie Kehoe, and the boy’s varsity double with Magnuson and Bingham. The other silver medalists were Scheer and Anna Ripley in the JV women’s double, Girard and Heffernan in the novice women’s double, Ben Zaglin and Ethan Rumberg in novice men’s double, McConnell and Baca in the JV double, and the novice women’s four with Gilbert, Girard, Krah, Lynch with cox Clevenger.
Crews brought home three bronze medals, one of which also qualified for Nationals, the girl’s single rowed by Emmie Kehoe, who has chosen not to race this event and instead concentrate on her double race with Koenig. The boy’s JV double with Wright and Mask, and the boy’s novice quad, coxed by Clevenger, with Charles Elliott, Rumberg, Patrick Hanson, and Ben Zaglin, who substituted for Nathaniel Petram due to a broken nose after being hit by a Frisbee, were happy with the bronze.
Coach Richard Parr said he was very pleased and proud of all the rowers’ efforts, not only at Regionals but throughout the season. He recognized the seniors, specifically Captains Ky Burton and Koenig, saying “With me coming from the other side of the world, and even though we both speak English …. there’s lots of differences. They did an outstanding job of welcoming me and showing me how we do things on Vashon.” The coxswains were complemented, as well. “They do such an amazing job of helping and being my right hand people. They never complain, they just do.”, said Parr.
The Junior Nationals Regatta will be held June 8th -10th in Oakridge, TN.
Nearly one hundred fifty rowers descended upon Jensen Park in Burton on Sunday morning March 25th for Vashon Island Junior Crew’s first hosting of the Tri-Island Regatta, an unofficial competition with Bainbridge and Orcas Island junior crews. The four lane 1500 meter course started at […]