16 September 2008

Kings Point Rowing Victorious Over Coast Guard

Men's Varsity Four

The Rowing Team and Power Squadron traveled to Mystic, CT aboard the training vessels Liberator and Maximon. Watches were stood and the Plebes aboard for their first night at sea practiced terrestrial and electronic navigation as well as steering and engine room rounds aboard the vessels. A morning arrival and conning practice up the Mystic River brought the team to our dock at the Mystic Seaport Museum. The rowers practiced and had some time to explore the museum and watch an exhibition competition of Olympic rowing medalists. On Sunday the team competed- highlights below from Coach Hartwick-


The Kings Point Varsity Men's team captured first place in the 2008 Coastweeks Regatta and defeated Coast Guard Academy in the process.
The Coastweeks regatta is held annually at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut. Additionally, the team successfully completed some training on the training vessel Liberator as it was used for transportation to the regatta and for berthing the team while in Mystic. CDR Chris Gasiorek and the Power Squadron were instrumental in providing the support in transporting the team to Mystic.

The crew of coxswain- Romulus Cirone ‘ 10, Stroke- Bradford Webster ‘’09, 3 Seat -Erik Henden ‘09, 2-Steven Jones ‘10, and Bow- James Sanwald ’11, captured the second straight victory and the third in four years in the Men’s Open Four event. While the margin was nearly ten seconds last year, this year's top Kings Point crew struck gold by only the smallest margin. The rowing mariners clocked 7:30 for the 2000 meter course to Coast Guard's 7:31, the equivalent of only 15 feet over the distance of a one and a quarter mile race.

The other Kings Point entry rowed a good race but fell short of the medals as they finishing fourth. The crew of coxswain-Jonathan Gardner ‘11, Stroke - Jeremy Tunstall ‘10, 3 Seat – Sam Diedrick ‘10, 2 - Seat Russell Marihugh ’10, and Adam Kroupa ’09 finished in 8:23.

The crew of coxswain- William Walls ‘ 12, Stroke- Drew Ruff ‘12, 3 Seat – Frank Osborne ‘12, 2 – Seat Thomas Gambill ‘12, and Bow- Norman Hilliard ’12 rowed to a third place finish and a bronze medal in the Youth Four event. This was the first time that this Plebe crew has worn the grey and blue in competition. This was a nice start of what should be a great rowing career at Kings Point for these Plebes.

Also competing for the first time for Kings Point was the Women’s Varsity four of Coxswain William Walls ‘ 12, Stroke- Anna Simons ‘12, 3 Seat – Kacey Rohloff ‘12, 2 – Seat Ali Anderson ‘12, and Bow- Jessica Willey ’12. This crew failed to capture victory but had a great race considering that one of the crew members just started rowing less than two weeks ago.

This event included many local and regional rowers, in both racing and recreational shells. The previous day of racing included many 2008 Olympic athletes competing for the honor of the ‘fastest sprinter when they sprinted 400 meters for medals. Nicknamed “The People’s Regatta”, it is attended by hundreds of athletes, and all generations of rowers, from high school teams to master and veteran rowers.

The Varsity Rowing team takes next week off and then heads to the Harlem River in two weeks for the Head of the Harlem Regatta.

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