In the 1950’s the Portland, OR waterfront was the scene of massive decommissioning of World War II era naval vessels. Had someone launched a rowing shell into the toxic brew that was then the Willamette River it would likely have dissolved. In the intervening decades […]
Tag: Green Lake Regatta
Summer crew camp offers conditioning and hands-on rowing for novice and experienced rowers culminating in an optional summer regatta at Green Lake. Experienced rowers will improve their fitness level and rowing expertise in preparation for upcoming fall crew season. Novices will learn the basics of […]
The 52nd Annual Green Lake Spring regatta featured something not experienced for this event in a few years – actual spring conditions. Warm temperatures and light winds greeted rowers as dawn broke on Saturday morning and lasted until precisely the last air horn on the final race when the rains returned. If the spring crew season is likened to an academic semester then this regatta is more like a quiz than a test or final exam with a relatively short 1000-meter course. Nonetheless, as Coach Richard Parr observed at the day’s end: “I am really proud of both our Junior and Master crews. It was a great start to the season and one of Vashon’s best regatta performances ever. We will need to build off of this success.” The summary stats tell the tale: with 24 race events entered, Vashon’s Junior and Masters crews failed to medal in only one race with 15 first, 3 second and 5 third place finishes. And with those 15 first place finishes the average time over the second place boat was almost 10 seconds.
Here are the first place finishers were:
Open Men’s Quad (Baxter Call, Fletcher Call, Jacob Plihal, Tate Gill, Olivia Mackie- coxswain)
Open Women’s Double (Kirsten Girard, Mia Croonquist)
Open Women’s Quad (Hannah Russell, Kalie Heffernan, Girard, Croonquist, Ally Clevenger – coxswain)
Open Men’s Double (Plihal, Gill)
Open Novice Women’s Eight (Lily Helsby, Tabitha Illerbrunn, Oakley Reid, Madelyn McEachern, Virginia Miller, Katrina Heffernan, Rhea Enzian, Riley Lynch, Clevenger, coxswain)
Master’s Women’s Four (Debby Jackson, Nancy Foster-Moss, Marilyn Kleyn, Mary Rothermel, Callie Andrews – coxswain)
Master’s Women’s Quad (Therese Smith – bow, Kleyn, Kim Goforth, Rotherme)
Master’s Women’s Double (Goforth, Rothermel)
Junior Women’s Quad (KaiLi Scheer, Shannon Lipe, Russell, Emily Milbrath, Andrews – coxswain)
Junior Men’s Four (B. Call, F. Call, Plihal, Gill, Mackie – coxswain)
Junior Men’s Quad (Ethan Rumberg, Alexander Wright, Liam McConnell, F. Call, Mackie – coxswain)
Mixed Double (Rumberg, Kalie Heffernan)
Lightweight Women’s Four (Scheer, Lipe, Russell, Milbrath, Andrews – coxswain)
Junior Novice Women’s Eight (Adriana Yarkin, Illerbrunn, Helsby, McEachern, Miller, Katrina Heffernan, Enzian, Lynch, Andrews – coxswain)
Mixed Master’s Eight (Gary Schoch, Jackson, Kleyn, Foster-Moss, Chad Magnuson, Andy Johnson, Colby Atwood, Goforth Clevenger – coxswain)
In total 37 Vashon rowers returned home with gold medals. Seven rowers had three first place finishes and coxswain Callie Andrews won the “bling” award with a neck-straining 4 winning races.
By Pat Call
The Greenlake Summer Extravaganza regatta marks the end of the 2013 summer rowing season. This year’s event showcased a powerful display by upcoming, current and recently graduated Vashon Junior rowers. Vashon rowers put the “thunder” back in the event with 10 victories and four second place […]
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, […]
With a bright sun shining on a warm summer day, Vashon competed in 13 events at the annual Green Lake Summer Extravaganza regatta on Saturday August 4th.
The Junior Women’s 8 with Ella McConnell, Shannon Lipe, Kalie Heffernan, Katelyn Carter, Kirsten Girard, Maya Krah, Teagan Lynch, Bryn Gilbert and coxswain Alley Clevenger crushed the field, crossing the finish line first, nine seconds ahead of the competition. The Junior Men’s Novice 4 with Ethan Rumberg, Palmer Burk, Fletcher Call, Eli Sedgemore and Clevenger placed first in 3:47. Burk and Call had only been rowing three weeks. The Junior Men’s Open single rowed by Gus Magnuson came in first boat lengths in front of the field. An hour later, Maguson was joined by Tate Gill in the Junior Men’s Open double race and took first in 3:21.50.
Three second place finishes were achieived in the Junior Men’s Open four, Junior Women’s Open quad and Junior Women’s four. The Junior Women’s Open double placed third.
Junior Crew Camp— Start New or Stay Ready! Novice rowers get a taste of this challenging sport with mentoring from Vashon’s champion crew team and coach. Returning rowers maintain conditioning and skills. Three four-day sessions run July 16 – August 2. Returning rowers start at […]
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 […]
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 the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage and finished at Jenson Point. Vashon dominated the day, rowing in sixteen of the seventeen races and placing first in eleven of them. Bainbridge earned the top spot in six of their twelve races, while Orcas, a small club with only fifteen rowers, won two second place finishes in their six races.
Spicing up the event a bit, Coach Richard Parr had VIJC competing against their teammates in three races. In the varsity men’s double, Gus Magnuson and Ryan Bingham crossed the finish first in 4:54.5 with Ky Burton and Alexander Wright following to take second. Avalon Koenig and Emmie Kehoe, rowing against Katelyn Carter and Ella McConnell in the varsity women’s double, bested their crewmates by twelve seconds, completing the race in 5:46.0. The varsity women’s quad race saw two sister teammate crews challenging one another. Charlotte and Emmie Kehoe, along with Koenig and Carter edged out TeraJane and Anna Ripley, with Hannah Russel and Kelsey Abella by nine seconds with a finish time of 5:21.2. The friendly island contest ended with a warm lunch shared by rowers, coaches, spectators and parent volunteers.
Rain, snow and wind dramatically shortened the action at the 50th Annual Green Lake Spring Regatta on March 17th. Green Lake is typically Vashon’s first regatta of the spring sprint season and this year’s event was cut short by swirling winds and a soaking rain/snow […]