Tail of the Lake 2014
The 2014 Tail of the Lake regatta features 44 events over about a 5 hour period starting early Sunday morning in near-mirror conditions and finishing on a rowing venue made choppy by a frenzy of tour boats, float plane takeoffs and landings, squads of kayakers and even an oar powered Viking ship. The 4-kilometer head race follows a counterclockwise path around the lake with Vashon’s crew entering 16 events, medaling in 13 and placing first in six.
The Women’s eight (Riley Lynch, Virginia Miller, Maddie McEachern, Rhea Enzian, Emily Milbrath, Caprial Turner, Shannon Lipe, Katrina Heffernan and Ally Clevenger –coxswain), Women’s four (Milbrath, Miller, McEachern, Lipe and Callie Andrews – coxswain) and the Men’s Quad (Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell and Forrest Miller) each won their varsity events. The four and the quad dominated their fields winning by about a minute each. The Women’s Novice quad (Emma Greenlee, Rhiannon Simmonds, Kate Lande, Mabel Moses and Haley Smith and the Men’s Novice four (Cole Puckett, Seth Rosen, Connor van Egmond, Cooper Py and Aidan Teachout – coxswain) also notched their first ever wins in rowing competition. Overall Junior rowers took home 5 first place finishes.
In addition to the first place finishes the Junior boats also took home two second place awards (Men’s Novice 8+ and Women’s quad) and two third place ribbons (Men’s double and Women’s pair).
The Masters team also put in a strong performance with a gold, silver and two bronze finishes. The Men’s quad (Bob Stewart, John Singer, Fred Sayer and Gary Schoch) took home the first place medal. The second place finish went to the Men’s double and the Men’s four and the Women’s quad rounded out the medal tally with third place finishes.
Coach Richard Parr said that he was very pleased with the total team effort. “Everyone from varsity to novice to master rowers demonstrated their fitness for this early fall test. For Vashon to especially row well in the eight events at this regatta shows how the program is continuing to mature.”