VIJC Makes Big Splash at Brentwood Regatta
Each April, for the past 42 years, the Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island’s east coast jewel of Mill Bay has hosted a regatta that has grown to be the largest junior event in North America, This year the school turned over its beautiful campus to 2,000 rowers, coxswains and coaches from 37 clubs representing Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Over three days, juniors rowed in 178 races in more than 40 categories on a 1500 meter course. When the final horn sounded Sunday April 29th , Vashon’s
crew had entered 25 events, moving successfully through the heat round in 17 races to win 12 medals in the finals – 7 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze. This performance was a major achievement for a program of just 40 rowers, 26 of whom earned medals, up against larger clubs with well over 120 rowers.
Noteworthy performances were led by Gus Magnuson who won the individual men’s open single category on Sunday morning pulling away from the field in the final 500 meters in a powerful sprint. Magnuson came back later in the morning, joined by Tate Gill, to take the boy’s open double race again with a powerful sprint to gain open water at the finish line. This is the second year in a row that Vashon took first in this category. The respective trophies (Gotfredsen and Walters) will be engraved with Vashon Island Rowing Club as the 2013 winners.
In the 16 and under women’s double race, Kirsten Girard and Kallie Heffernan rowed to a first place victory. Their race was one of several where an early lead paid off as several competitors in the race were blown together and into a buoy.
If there was am award for “best performance by four novice rowers at a time” Vashon would have won it without contest. The boy’s novice quartet of Forrest Miller,
Lorenzo Higuera, Jacob Plihal and Fletcher Call won gold medals for both the quad and four competitions with Olivia Mackie and Liv Mangione splitting the coxswain duties. On Saturday the girl’s novice quad of Leanne Anderson, Caprial Turner, Tea Shaffer and Emily Milbrath with cox Liv Mangione took first place. A short time later Vashon won another gold with the 16 and under novice girl’s quad of Mei Lee Vandervelde and Kira Rabourn joining Turner, Milbrath and coxswain Olivia Mackie.
The JV women’s quad, with Shannon Lipe, Katelyn Carter, Tea Schafer, Kai Li Scheer and coxed by Mangione won a silver in a tightly contested race on Saturday morning. In the last race of the regatta the girl’s novice quad of Anderson, Turner, Shaffer and Milbrath closed out Vashon’s memorable novice performance with another silver medal.
Vashon placed third in two other open categories to complete a strong varsity performance. Magnuson and Gill were joined on Saturday by Nathaniel Petram and Isaiah Moser-Rohe to take the bronze in the open boy’s quad coxed by Liv Mangione. Taegan Lynch, Maya Krah, Emmie Kehoe, Bryn Gilbert and coxswain Ally Clevenger came from behind to take third place at the finish line.
In congratulating the team on its performance coach Richard Parr cited the performance of senior Gus Magnuson in the single and double finals and thanked assistant coach Tom Kicinski for his support and early inspiration of Gus and Tate Gill when they first started rowing for the Vashon junior program. “It has been a wonderful weekend of rowing and now we turn our attention to the NW Junior Regionals coming up in three weeks.”