Vashon Rakes in Gold at American Lake Fall Classic Regatta
On Sunday, October 13th, Vashon showed up in force at American Lake, recording strong times on the 5000 meter course with 16 entries and 14 wins.
Taking home two Varsity gold medals each at the Fall Classic were: Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Baxter and Fletcher Call, Jack Mask and Mia Croonquist. Heffernan, Girard and Croonquist were joined by Terra Jane Ripley to win the Junior Women’s quad race. Then Heffernan and Girard teamed up to win the Junior Women’s double event. Fletcher Call and Mask joined Tate Gill and Jacob Plihal to win the Junior Men’s quad with the fifth fastest time of the day. Baxter Call won the Men’s Open single event and then teamed with younger brother Fletcher to win the most competitive event of the day, the Junior Men’s double with 7 entries. Mask joined Patrick Hanson, Charles Elliot, Forrest Miller and coxswain Olivia Mackie to win the Junior Men’s Lightweight four. Croonquist won the Women’s Open single event.
Other winning Varsity boats were the Junior Women’s Lightweight four with Emily Milbrath, Virginia Miller, Shannon Lipe, KaiLi Scheer and coxswain Callie Andrews and the Junior Women’s four with Halimah Griffin, Maya Krah, Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch and coxswain Mackie.
Other gold medal boats were: the Junior Men’s JV quad (Liam McConnell, Alexander Wright, Eli Sedgemore and Ben Zaglin) , the Junior Women’s novice eight (Riley Lynch, Te’a Schafer, Oakley Reid, Rhea Enzian, Katrina Heffernan, Lili Helsby, Tabitha Illerbrunn, Adriana Yarkin and coxswain Ally Clevenger), the Junior Women’s novice four (Lynch, Miller, Reid, Heffernan and Clevenger) and the Women’s Masters quad (Mary Rothermel, Marilyn Kleyn, Debby Jackson and Su Dewalt).
Coach Richard Parr was grateful for the excellent rowing conditions and a chance for the team to show the results of its solid practices this fall season. “We have a team of strong veteran rowers and many upcoming competitors who have pushed hard in practice. It is great to see some good times leading into our final fall season regattas in Victoria, BC and the Head of the Lake on Lake Washington over the next three weeks.”
By Pat Call, a recreational rower and father of two junior crew members.