28 September 2009


October 26, 2009 Head of the Harlem – New York, NY
Both the Women’s and Men’s plebe crews rowed superbly to capture the top honors in the Novice Freshman race at the Head of the Harlem Regatta on Saturday. The race was attended by over 15 of the best local college and club teams in the area including Columbia, Forham and New York University.

The Kings Point Plebe/Novice Eight-Man Crew was the first to take to the mighty Harlem River. In the their first outing in the ‘eight’, the crew of Coxswain- David Wong, Stroke- Chris Murphy, 7-Garrett Poncin, 6-John Wood, 5-Brendan Rohr, 4-Brian Nichols, 3-Dustin Downing, 2- Kevin Woloszyk, and Bow-Grant Johnson took the challenge of the three-mile course seriously. Rowing with a slight current, the crew clocked a very quick 14:05 as it stroked at over thirty strokes per minute for the entire race course. This was indeed a fast time for a novice crew and almost fast enough to defeat the more experinced varsity crew of Fordham who completed the course in 13:28. However the mariners were the fastest novice crew of the day and captured gold medals in the process.

They battled the pleasure boaters and the changing tides, but the Women’s Plebe/Novice crew of Coxswain-Casey Moore, Stoke-Emily Meehan, 3-Kate O’Connor, 2-Elsie Dominguez, and Bow-Christi Gallo made it a gold medal day. Despite taking on four inches of water and rowing through heavy swells, the crew completed the course in superb form and brought the rowing shell back to the dock while laughing at the very challenging situation. ‘They rowed with great form and a winning spirit’ said Coach Derek Hartwick following the race. The crew completed the course in 21:30, fast enough to be the first Novice crew of the day.

“They will meet a greater number of crews next week at the Textile River Regatta. I know that they will all be up for the challenge” said Hartwick. The team travels to Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts next week as they continue preparations for the prestigious Head of the Charles on October 17-18.

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