The Brentwood College International Regatta is a superbly organized 1500 meter Junior event with 147 races over a two and half day period and is an annual favorite of Vashon’s junior crew. Against rowers representing 38 US and Canadian clubs, VIJC put in another very […]
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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 […]
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 final race, achieving three top ten finishes and one bronze medal.
Since Vashon travels across the country and rents its rowing shells from the Sykes boat manufacturer, the team members decided to have some fun with boat names. Most boats are named after the donors who provided them or trot out an inspirational cliché , but juniors tipped over the creativity meter with names like “The Mantis Shrimp”, “2K Banana Slug” “The Asylum”, and “The Boat Formerly Named Prince”. However if the District Championships were a beach party then the Nationals had more the overall feel of an accounting convention. So the juniors got down to business.
Friday is for Heat races. In a format unique to rowing only the winning boat of each heat race advances to Saturday’s semifinals. The other boats are then scrambled again and another round of repechage (or second chance) heats are rowed either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The top two boats in each of the second races go on to the semi-final with the third place boat (plus the next two boats by overall time) going to the C final on Sunday. After the first two rounds of racing Vashon had four boats into the semi-finals and four into C finals, however that tally doesn’t quite tell the whole success story. In 2012 Vashon’s juniors won some very tight races (in one case by 18 milliseconds); in 2013 it was the reverse: two boats missed the semi-finals by a total of a half second.
Saturday’s semi-finals further break the field into Sunday’s A and B finals with the three fastest shells in each semifinal going to the A final. When Saturday’s racing was done Vashon had one crew heading to an A final with three boats going to B finals.
On Sunday the team’s morale was high, the early regatta jitters transformed into steely resolve. The results speak for themselves.
Gus Magnuson and Tate Gill rowed a powerful Men’s Open Double race to take the bronze medal (and keep the club’s three year medal streak alive).
Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard placed 7th overall winning the B final in the Women’s Open Double.
The Lightweight Women’s four with Emily Milbrath, Katelyn Carter, Shannon Lipe, Leanne Anderson and coxswain Ally Clevenger took 8th overall (second in the B final). It is unlikely that any other boat in the regatta placed so high with two novice rowers on board.
Anne Gaspers braved early morning fog and a very competitive field to row her single (the Baby Giraffe) to 12th place in the nation.
Nathaniel Petram and Baxter Call roared back from a close loss in the semi-final to take the C final by open water and a 13th place national finish.
Lipe and Carter in their Women’s Lightweight and the Women’s Open Quad with Heffernan, Anna Ripley, Hannah Russell and Girard both placed 14th.
The Men’s Open quad of Magnuson, Gill, Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Mosser-Rohe took fifth in their C final and 17th in the nation.
Coach Richard Parr summed up the National Championships and the season by saying: “I am extremely proud of our rowers who distinguished themselves this year on and off the water. Our kids and not only great athletes but also great citizens and representatives of Vashon on the national stage. We lived up to our performances from the District competition and we showed ourselves to be a “top ten” program. We’ll start working this summer to find that extra 10 to 15 seconds we need to be in the top three across the board.”
A successful end to the 2012 – 2013 junior season.
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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, […]
W Var 4x placed 3 rd = Nationals. Alright Hannah, Anna, Kirsten & Kalie!!
M Var 4x took 2nd = Nationals. Yeah Tate, Gus, Jacob & Isaiah!!
W Ltw 2x takes second = Nationals. Nice Katelyn & Shannon!!
W 1x takes 3rd = Nationals. Way to go Anne!!
M Ltw 2x placed 2nd = Nationals. Whoo hoo Baxter & Nathaniel!!
Men’s 3 Varsity Double. Way to go Julian and Ethan!!
W Nov 2x Second in timed Final by one second. Nice job Tea and LeeAnn!
W 3Var 2x FIRST in Final. Way to go Ella and Kai Li!
Men’s pair 3rd = final.
Heat sheets and results for the 2013 USRowing Northwest Junior District Championships will be posted here as they become available.
Each April, for the past 42 years, the Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island’s east coast jewel of Mill Bay has hosted a regatta that has grown to be the largest junior event in North America, This year the school turned over its beautiful campus […]
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 course was shortened to 1500 meters due to perilous conditions at the starting line in Lake Washington.
“In an invitation race like this one you are always a little worried about embarrassing yourself with a last place finish” said master men’s eight stroke Bruce Morser. But the hard work over the past few weeks of rowing before dawn on Quartermaster Harbor paid off for the men with a second place finish to a highly regarded Cambridge, MA eight (recent winner of the Head of the Charles – the largest regatta in the world). The Vashon lineup of Morser (stroke), Colby Atwood, Anton Adam-Fuchs, Ed Zapel, Scott Engelhard, Chad Magnuson, Mark Ripley and Bob Horsley with cox Heather Dow was elated to beat two area powerhouses.
The Junior rowing team entered three races coming away with two first place finishes and one second. The girl’s varsity quad of Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Anna Ripley and Hannah Russell, and coxed by Olivia Mackie won a tightly contested race against Seattle Rowing Center with a margin of about 4 seconds. The girl’s varsity four of Taegan Lynch, Maya Krah, Emmie Kehoe and Bryn Gilbert and coxed by Ally Clevenger had an easy time overcoming Lake Union crew for another first place finish in the last race of the day. The boys quad of Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson, Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Moser-Rohe with coxswain Liv Mangione finished a close second to a strong Seattle Rowing Center crew. Coach Richard Parr was pleased with the day’s results, saying, “Competing against some of the best crews in the Northwest and, in the case of the master’s men, in the country, showed that Vashon’s master and junior crews are making great progress for this time in the spring season.”
Written by Pat Call, recreational rower and father of two junior rowers.
On March 24th, the Vashon Island Junior crew traveled to Bainbridge Island’s for a Spring scrimmage with Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and Olympic Area Rowing . Vashon rowers took first place nine of the 15 races and added second-place finishes in four more on the 1,400-meter course in Eagle […]