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, […]
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The traveling continued the last weekend of October for VIRC, ferrying to Victoria, BC for two regattas, held annually and hosted by the University of Victoria. The club placed in twelve races with three first place wins. The events draw a few Northwest teams and […]
VIRC sent five boats to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA on October 20 and 21. The invitational is the largest regatta expo in the world, drawing thousands of rowers from around the globe and nearly 300,000 spectators. Vashon was placed in a lottery and ultimately selected, thus becoming one of the smallest rowing clubs to attend. This long standing regatta is known for the challenging five kilometer course that has three major turns and seven bridges to navigate under along the Charles River. “One of the big problems with the Head of the Charles is it’s hard to say how fast a boat really is”, said Coach Richard Parr. “With the turns, bridges and people in your way, it’s not unusual to have to stop to safely get through certain areas of the course. Strategy is every bit as important as speed in this one”, he said.
Gus Magnuson was the first Vashon rower to compete in the Men’s Club Single. Magnuson said he was nervous to be the first to race but excited at the same time. Rowing in a field of 64 scullers of various ages, Magnuson overtook two boats during his race to finish in 5th place among the youth competitors and 18th overall. “He did a phenomenal job”, said Parr. “He navigated traffic really well. Gus kept his head, was aggressive but knew where he was and what was around him.”
Masters Su DeWalt, Kim Goforth, Debby Jackson and Marilyn Klyen raced in the Director’s Challenge Women’s Quad, an event with highly skilled rowers, including Olympians. Although the Vashon women came in 17th, they were the fastest compared to other women in their age category.
Junior rowers Tate Gill and Baxter Call ran into trouble during the Men’s Youth Double race. They were penalized twice for failure to yield, something Coach Parr described as a harsh but fair call because the officials are very strict about that out on the course. “They had pretty heavy traffic. While trying to avoid a slower boat across a turn, a faster boat came up from behind. They didn’t leave enough room for the faster boat to go through”, said Parr. Their finish time would have put them in the middle of the field had they not had the three minute penalty.
Kalie Heffernan and Anna Ripley had a fine race in the Women’s Youth Double event, finishing 11th. Heffernan attributes their success to the stroke rate they maintained and having a clear path throughout the course. “We passed three boats overall. One at the start and two in the middle of the race”, said Heffernan. “I’m really glad at how well we did because finishing 11th out of 39 is pretty sweet.”
Wrapping up the weekend was the Women’s Youth Eight, a race that had 85 entries. Rowing for Vashon were Halimah Griffin, Maya Krah, Teagan Lynch, Emmie Kehoe, TerraJane Ripley, Kirsten Girard, Katelyn Carte, Bryn Gilbert and coxed by Ally Clevenger. Parr said they were fast but had major steering difficulties. In a borrowed shell from a Canada team, coxswain Clevenger was working with a boat that was very different than what she was used to. She had to stop three times to avoid collisions. Parr instructed the crew safety first above all else and Clevenger followed that to the rule. Parr said the boat clearly had good speed, as it still finished in the top half of its field.
The trip was a great experience for the team. They met Olympic and world champion rowers and coxswains and watched them race, along with former VIJC members who now row and coach at the collegiate level. The thrill of their own turn on the Charles River will not be soon forgotten. “I’m really proud of them. Effort-wise and sportsmanship-wise, they held their heads high”, Parr said.
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 […]
VIRC competed in their first fall season regatta at the Tail of the Lake at Lake Union Sunday, September 30th. Twelve of the 17 boats entered placed in the top three. This time trialed head race is 4 kilometers beginning at the Aurora Avenue Bridge running […]
Tail of the Lake is the one of the first Seattle area head race of the fall rowing season. Held on beautiful Lake Union in downtown Seattle, the city skyline provides the backdrop for the 4K course. From the vantage point of Gas Works Park at the north end of Lake Union, racers remain in view of spectators from start to finish – an uncommon occurrence in head racing – making this regatta fun for fans and rowers alike.
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 […]
Rowing on a lake that until recently was choked with silt and lily pads, the Vashon Island Rowing Club Masters dredged up a large shovel-full of hardware at last weekend’s Cascadia Masters Championship in Vancouver, B.C. VIRC rowed to four gold medal finishes on Burnaby […]
Vashon Island Junior Crew came home victorious from the US Rowing 2012 Youth Nationals Championships, garnering two silver medals. The event, a culmination of the spring season, was held at Melton Hill Lake in Oakridge, TN and featured more than 1,500 athletes from high school and junior rowing programs across the country competing for national titles in 18 boat classes.
After two weeks of intensive practices in Quartermaster Harbor, the elite team of six rowers departed early on June 5th for their long flight across the country, during which Coach Parr required them to walk the plane isle three times per hours to keep their muscles loose and warm. Two of the rowers, Ryan Bingham and Avalon Koenig, missed attending their high school graduation ceremony. It was a tough choice for Koenig because she wanted to walk with her twin brother. “Ultimately I didn’t have to really choose, I just knew. And I knew that as I sat at graduation listening to lists of names I would be actively regretting my decision”, said Koenig.
The better part of second day in Oakridge was spent finding boats to race with, one of the logistical challenges for teams traveling from long distances. With two new racing shells rented, the crews took to the lake on Thursday to get familiar with the equipment and the 2000 meter race course.
Vashon began preliminary heats Friday morning with the women’s double, rowed by Keonig and Emmie Kehoe. They placed third in the heat and moved to a repechage, a second chance race where runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in semi-finals. The pair took first with open water behind them, securing their spot for Saturday’s semi-finals. Their semi-final race was quite competitive. At the halfway point four boats were lined up, bow ball to bow ball. By the 500 meter mark Keonig and Kehoe claimed 3rd and then poured on the power, sprinting at 250 meters to finish in 2nd place. The finals were in their future.
The men’s double preliminary was rowed by Gus Magnuson and Ryan Bingham, who admitted he was nervous but excited. “We’re gonna make sure we get first. That way we don’t have to go to ‘reps’. That’s how it’s gonna go down”, Bingham said. And that’s exactly how it happened. They crossed the finish line nearly six seconds ahead of their competition, claiming their spot in the semi-finals. Forty nine minutes later they were back into another shell, joined by Tate Gill and Baxter Call to race the men’s quad, where they took first in their heat by a very close .30 seconds, qualifying for the semi-finals.
In the men’s double semi-final, Vashon was in one of the top three positions from the start. Then Bingham and Magnuson picked up the rate, crossing the finish in second place and advancing them to the finals. The field for the men’s quad semi-final was brutal from the start, where five of the six boats in the heat were lined up along one another going down the course. At 1000 meters, VIJC slid into 2ndplace briefly then fell back to third. It was neck and neck with the other boat. The crew turned on the after burners and crossed the finish in second place, qualifying a third boat for finals. Coach Parr said, “It was really exciting to have all three of our boats in the A Finals.”
On Sunday morning of the finals, Kehoe and Koenig faced a fiercely competitive field. At the 10th stroke into the race the girls “caught a crab” (a term used to describe an untimely release of the oar blade from the water that acts like a brake) and got tangled in the lane bouys. They made up ground but trailed the field throughout the course and finished in 6thplace, a huge blow to both girls. Coach Parr said he was still proud of the rowers. “I’m not disappointed in the girls at all. They just couldn’t get back in it after the issues at the start”, said Parr.
From the starting line to the halfway mark in the final men’s double, Bingham and Magnuson held third. They then moved into second and won the silver medal in their class. Ninety minutes later these two were out on the course again, joined by Call and Gill for the final men’s quad race. The crew had a strong start, moving into second position only to fall back to third, then fourth, and fifth by1000 meters, fatigue setting in. With just 250 meters to go they rowed a beast of a sprint that moved them to challenge the second place boat, crossing the finish .02 of a second and four inches ahead, winning the team’s second silver medal. “At 500 meters these guys weren’t even in contention. That sprint was the best I’ve seen at any level of rowing”, said Parr. “Overall, we had very good results for a small club.”
VIJC Final Results Place Event Lane Time 6 Womens Youth 2x FINAL-A 5 07:49.279 2 Mens Youth 2x FINAL-A 2 06:53.887 2 Mens Youth 4x FINAL-A 5 06:28.288 Broadcast Schedule Saturday, June 9 Semifinals 2:30 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. EDTSunday, June 10 A, B […]