15 October 2008

Navy Day Regatta

Kings Point Varsity Rowing
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Navy Day Regatta – October 11, 2008
Team results

Kings Point Rowing had a strong day of performances on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the 23rd annual Navy Day Regatta on October 11. The team brought home a second place, one 6th place and two seventh places finishes in very tight competition amongst Division I, II and III teams including Navy and Army.

The regatta was created as a way to commemorate the founding of the U.S. Navy. This competition was the team’s last preparatory race prior to competing next weekend at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, MA .

While the team did not bring home medals, each crew put forward their best performances of this fall season and prepared them for the final fall regatta. The competition included many of the best Mid-Atlantic colleges. With daylong sunshine and only a slight breeze, the crews had nearly perfect conditions for fast times over the two and a half mile race course.

The Men’s Varsity Four started the day off for Kings Point with a fine performance in the Collegiate Four event. With only thirty seconds separating the top 6 crews, the crew of Coxswain Romulus Cirone ‘10, Brad Webster ’09, Erik Henden’09, Steven Jones’10, and Mike Stocko ‘10 finished a close 6th to Div. I teams Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania and Temple. Kings Point was the top Div. II/III crew in the race. The event winner, Rutgers University clocked a 14:45 to Kings Point’s 15:17. This crew is hoping to again finish in the top three when it represents Kings Point at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta next weekend. Since it finished 3rd of the best 31 crews in the country at last years regatta, it will be starting in one of the prime spots for this years race.

The Kings Point Varsity Women’s Four of Coxswain William Walls ‘12, Anna Simons ’12, Kacey Rohloff ’12, Ali Anderson ’12, and Jessica Willey ’12 had to race in a higher level competition than their level of rowing experience but race they did and had their best performance of the season in finishing second to a much more experienced Loyola College. Competing in the more challenging race of the Women’s Club event, this crew of Novices held their own as they clocked a 20:46 compared to the event winner Loyola’s time of 18:30.

The crew of Robert Kaldenbach ‘11, Norman Hilliard ‘12, Adam Kroupa ‘09, Steven Jones ’10 and Luis Achurra ’12 finished seventh in the Men’s Club event. The crew rowed hard but was not able to catch the event winner, Penn Athletic Club; known as a stong team that develops rowers for the U.S. nation team. Kings Point completed the 2.5 mile course in 18:17. This crew will take on the best Division II and III crews in the country next week in Cambridge, MA.

The crew of Coxswain Jonathan Gardner ‘12, James Sanwald’12, Sam Diedrick’10, Drew Ruff ‘12, Frank Osborne ’12, Patrick Waller ’12, Connan Ingham ’12, Thomas Gambill ’12, Jeremy Tunstall’10 finished 7th in the Men’s Collegiate Eight event. In just their first race as a crew the quick time of 15:02 bodes well for next weekend when this Kings Point crew will represent the academy at the Head of the Charles Regatta. The event winner Loyola finished in 14:06. The competition was tight as 7 crews finished all within 30 seconds. “We were hoping to finish in the top five but I think that with a good week of training, the crew will be ready to do well at the Charles” said Head Coach Derek Hartwick.

The team heads to Cambridge, MA for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on October 18-19. Four Kings Point crews will be vying for top honors on the twists and turns of the Charles River.