Established in 1981, the Head of the Lake regatta, hosted by Lake Washington Rowing Club and University of Washington, was held Sunday November 3rd and is the largest fall regatta on the West Coast. With 493 boats organized into 45 race categories the HOTL lived […]
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Melton Hill Lake near Oak Ridge, Tennessee was the site of the 2013 National Junior Rowing Championships this past weekend, June 7th through 9th. Vashon’s young rowers qualified eight boats – fifth most in this year’s championship. By Sunday, all boats qualified for a […]
Coach Richard Parr has kept the focus this spring on the District Championships that took place this past weekend. “I was so impressed by the commitment shown by the rowers throughout the season, and it paid off on race day. Really brave efforts all around, and it was great to see so many of our athletes performing so well under pressure.”
One part high-octane athletic contest and another part beach party, the competition is held each year on Lake Vancouver — a shallow avian sanctuary a short distance from the Columbia River. The ospreys, eagles, herons and egrets didn’t know what to make of the dueling musical tributes between the 20 clubs and 1400 rowers represented. But after a spring of regattas the juniors from different clubs have gained mutual respect and friendship contributing to an extraordinary aura of teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship.
The Vashon Junior Crew statistics were simply extraordinary: 44 races entered with 37 “top three” finishes – 18 first, 11 second and 8 third places. 15 rowers and one coxswain are heading to Nationals on Lake Melton outside Oak Ridge, Tennessee the weekend of June 7 – 9 to compete in 8 separate events – both the number of rowers and events are club records. In the overall team rankings, Vashon Junior Women placed 4th and the Men 5th.
Vashon’s Nationals bound crew members are Kallie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard who took gold in the women’s double and were also joined by Anna Ripley and Hannah Russell in the women’s quad placing third.
Kaitlin Carter and Shannon Lipe took silver in the women’s lightweight double and then were joined by two novices – eighth grade stroke Emily Milbrath and Leanne Anderson – and coxswain Ally Clevenger to take another silver in the women’s lightweight four.
Gus Magnuson and Tate Gill also medaled in two national qualifying races taking a bronze in the men’s double and a silver in the men’s quad joined by Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Mosser-Rohe.
Nathaniel Petram and Baxter Call took silver in the lightweight men’s double and the national-bound team was completed with Anne Gaspers taking a bronze in the women’s single.
First place finishers in finals that are not going to nationals were Ella McConnell and Kai Li Scheer in the women’s third varsity double, Tea Schafer and Leanne Anderson in the women’s novice double, Lorenzo Higuera and Forrest Miller in the men’s novice double, Alexander Wright and Liam McConnell in the men’s third varsity double, Julian Baca and Ethan Rumberg in the men’s third varsity double and Nathaniel Petram and Baxter Call in the men’s second varsity double.
In an unusual finish the women’s high school eight tied for first with Holy Names Academy.
A 2000 meter sprint race through the fabled Montlake Cut between Lakes Washington and Union was the venue for VIRC’s first ever appearance in the Husky Open regatta on April 6th. The event continued the pattern of blustery weather from earlier regattas this spring and the […]
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”.
Vashon Island Rowing has five boats competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA on October 20th and 21st. The invitational event, in it’s 48th year, is the largest regatta in the world, drawing thousands of rowers and 200,000 to 300,000 spectators. Since Vashon had […]
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 […]