Prior to all of this pageantry of the annual Opening Day boat parade through the Mountlake Cut were the invitation-only rowing races for masters, juniors and collegiate categories in the 29th Annual Windermere Cup regatta. For the second year in a row a strong international […]
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The spring crew season has proven a challenging one so far with regatta weather conditions so the junior crew picked up the pieces with a visit to American Lake on Sunday to scrimmage against Olympia Area Rowing and Commencement Bay Rowing Club.
The conditions were breezy but rowable and the course returned to the standard 2000 meter length for juniors. Vashon won both singles events with Katrina Heffernan taking the women’s race and Liam McConnell the men’s. Kirsten Girard and Kalie Heffernan won the women’s double then jumped in a quad with Rhea Enzian and Katrina to take that event as well. The lightweight women’s four won their race with KaiLi Scheer, Maddie McEachern, Virginia Miller and Shannon Lipe coxed by Ally Clevenger. Shannon and KaiLi also won their double race.
Coach Richard Parr summed up the day as “a really worthwhile day of rowing and a big confidence booster especially for the novice women and the lightweight men (with two second place finishes). The weather hasn’t been very cooperative these last three weeks so it is great to get some quality racing in.”
The varsity rowers will race at the Husky Open at University of Washington’s Montlake Cut course next Saturday, April 4th.
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 […]
For the second year in a row Vashon crews were invited to participate in the University of Washington Husky Open Regatta on Saturday, April 5th . The course began in Lake Washington, ran through the Montlake cut and finished at the mouth of Lake Union. This relatively low-key regatta featured the University of Washington rowing teams against perennial east coast powerhouses Brown and Drexell Universities.
Vashon was entered in one Master and three Junior events. The Master’s Men race provided all of the excitement for the day holding off Bainbridge Island and three other crews to take first place without the normally applied age time adjustment. Coach Richard Parr was particularly pleased that the men’s early morning workouts on Quartermaster Harbor were paying off. Spring Master races are usually a 1000 meter sprint course but the Husky Open and Opening Day races (on May 3) are a full high school/collegiate 2000 meter distance.
The Junior crews expected their first real test of the season on Saturday, going up against area rivals for the first time this Spring. There is a saying rowers hear frequently from coaches: “keep your head in the boat”. Translation: the race is about your stroke not your competitors’ – so sideways glances are frowned upon. Violating the “eyes in the boat” rule just a little while rowing to the start, the juniors discovered that some of the competing crews were not the varsity competitors they expected. All three Vashon varsity boats cruised to easy victories.
The Junior Women’s four with Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch, Shannon Lipe, Te’a Schafer and coxswain Ally Clevenger took first by a 27.5 second lead.
In the quad with Mia Croonquist, Riley Lynch, Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard won with a 21 second lead.
The Junior Men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Jacob Plihal, Fletcher and Baxter Call won their race by 26 seconds. Coach Parr was pleased with the efforts of all three crews.
The next day the Juniors moved their shells to Lake Stevens for a friendly scrimmage against a relatively young program. Vashon’s novice and junior varsity crews had a confidence-building day on the picturesque lake with its’ glassy water.
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 […]
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 […]
While most people associate fireworks and hot dogs with the 4th of July two VIJC seniors swapped the dogs for the Independence Day Regatta (IDR) in Philadelphia, a storied venue and the birthplace of US competitive rowing.
Taegan Lynch is spending a big chunk of her summer rowing in a Penn Athletic Club program on the Schuylkill River, the site of the regatta. She competed in the IDR in a four and an eight, reaching the final race in both boats out of a field of over 40 entrants, placing 4th and 6th respectively.
Baxter Call also competed at IDR rowing for the East Coast Scullers where he had spent the previous three weeks rowing in Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River at the Steel City Rowing Club facility. This US Rowing development camp is designed to train rowers for the US national program and Call reports that it was not a disappointment. Staffed by former Romanian World Champion rowers the program was short on syllables and long on effort. The first week of three-a-day training sessions included over 150 kilometers of rowing. The Steel City program reinforced the three most important aspects of competitive rowing that Vashon Coach Richard Parr has emphasized: “length, length and length”. The further the oar blade goes through the water on each stroke the further the boat moves forward.
At IDR Call raced in a single and double reaching the semi-final in the double. He stroked an eight to a first place finish in the semi-final and a third overall place in the Junior Eight final.
Senior Maya Krah was selected for a US Rowing High Performance camp on the basis of her very impressive 2K erg score pieces this past year. The camp is being held at the
US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and Maya reports: “I never thought that I would be a person who feels comfortable being away from home and making a second family out of complete strangers. Immediately upon arriving at camp, I felt a connection to each of the other rowers who traveled to be a part of this team.”
Krah, Lynch and Bryn Gilbert, who has been rowing this summer at a program at the University of Washington, met up this past weekend (July 12th through 14th) in Camden, New Jersey for Junior Club Nationals Regatta. In addition to invaluable racing experience and building bonds with rowers from around the country, Gilbert and Lynch will
return home with Bronze medals in the eight and the four, respectively. Well done ladies!
By: Pat Call
With the north wind Boreas casting a jaundiced eye on Jensen Point, VIRC hosted its inaugural Drag Race in Quartermaster Harbor on Sunday morning June 2nd. Eleven masters rowers (7 men and 4 women) braved the choppy waters, rowing single sculls in side by side 500 meter […]