Twelve Top 3 Finishes at TOL
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 to the south end of the lake and looping north to finish at Gas Works Park. Assistant Coach Tom Kicinski describes this race as very unique. “I was very impressed with the kids. They handled themselves well out there and used what we practiced, especially in the turns”, Kicinski said
Two crews brought home first place hardware this year. Shannon Lipe and Hannah Russell in the Junior Women’s double crossed the finish in 17:12 and the Masters Women quad, rowed by Marilyn Kleyn, Su DeWalt, Debby Jackson, and Kim Goforth in 15:32.
Out of the six second place finishes the team achieved, the most notable was the Junior Women’s eight, which crossed the finish in 14:25, just 3 seconds behind their first place competitors who were ranked fifth in the nation at the Junior National Championships this past June. Rowing for Vashon were Halimah Griffin, Maya Krah, Taegan Lynch, Emmie Kehoe, Kirsten Girard, Kalie Heffernan, Anna Ripley, Bryn Gilbert, with coxswain Ally Clevenger.
Other junior second place winners were Isaiah Mosser-Rohe and Eli Sedgemore in the Men’s Junior double, Heffernan and Ripley in the Women’s Open double, a “grade ten” race, as Coach Richard Parr describes it. “The other clubs have their assumed best double combination of rowers. For these girls to come in second is pretty impressive”, said Parr. Emma Dubois, Emily Milbrath, Caprial Turner, Mei Lee Vandervelde with cox Olivia Mackie also took second in the Women’s novice quad. Kicinski said he was very happy with the entire novice team performance at their first regatta. “The girl’s novice quad did really, really great putting it together’, he said. Parr agrees, “They did a great job, especially the coxswains with the turns. They did brilliantly.”
The competitive Men’s Masters eight crew finished with an impressive second place time of 13:20 while the Women’s Masters quad came in five seconds behind the VIRC first place quad at 15:37. Parr’s is pleased with the Masters Women coming in first and second. “They’ve put in a lot of work, done extra training sessions and it shows”, he said. Steve Haworth placed third out of field of twelve in the Men’s Masters single race earlier in the morning then jumped into the masters eight, filling in for an injured rower, racing a total of about five miles for the day.
Third place junior wins were in the Men’s quad, with Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson, Sedgemore and Mosser-Rohe, in the Men’s four, with Charles Elliott, Baxter Call, Nathan Petram, Jack Mask and novice coxswain Ellie Hughes, and in the Women’s quad with Gilbert, Anne Gaspers, Mary Lawrence and Kai Li Scheer.
Coach Parr said it was a good start to the season.