12 October 2009

Navy Day Regatta

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Navy Day Regatta – October 10, 2009

Team results 

The Kings Point Rowing team experienced mixed results on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the Navy Day Regatta on October 10. The team’s best placing was a respectable 11th place by the varsity men but had difficulty finishing in the top half with the other crew. The competition was very tight with many 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. For the plebe crews, it was the last competition of the regular season. 

While the team did not bring home medals, each crew put forth their best effort. With a day of mixed weather and a progressively stronger tail wind the race times were fast for most races. 

The Men’s Varsity Four started the day off for Kings Point with what was to be the best performance in the Collegiate Four event. With only forty-five seconds separating the top 13 crews, the crew of Coxswain Daniel Dunn ‘13, Steven Jones ‘10, Chas Waters ‘10, Connan Ingham ‘12, and Kyle O’Connor finished a close 11th.  This crew is hoping to improve their speed in an effort to again finish in the top three when it represents Kings Point at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta next weekend.  


The Kings Point Varsity Women’s Double of Anna Simons ’12, Kacey Rohloff ’12, had some race difficulties and were unable to medal. The crew started the race strong and were leading most of the crew but then dropped back to finish 8th of 9 crews. This crew came off a medal winning performance last week but had difficulty when they experienced difficulties with the rough water. 

The Novice Men’s Eight came off a victory over 12 teams last week but was unable to repeat this week as they finished a disappointing 15th of 20 crews. The crew of Coxswain David Wong ’13, Chris Murphy ’13, Garrett Poncin ’13, John Wood ’13, Dustin Downing ’13, Garrett Fulton ’13, Brendan Rohr ’13, Kevin Woloscyk ’13 and Grant Johnson ’13 finished a distant 15th  amongst 20 crews. They had trouble during the race when they had difficulty handling the rough water and fell off the pace when one rower’s oar caught the water the wrong water and they slowed significantly.

The novice Women’s Crew of Coxswain Kate O’Connor ’13, Str. Emily Meehan ’13, Christi Gallo ’13, Elsie Domingues ’13 and Lauren Callahan ’13 were unable to replicate last weeks silver medal performance of last week and finished 6th of seven crews.

 Despite starting well and having what seemed to be their best race of the season the Novice Men’s four of Coxswain Daniel Dunn ’13, Str. Garrett Poncin, John Wood ’13, Sung Hyong ’13, and Brian Nichols ’13 ran into trouble midway through the race and were unable to keep with the leaders. In just their first race as a crew they rowed well and finished 12th of 14 crews.


The final crew of the day was the Varsity Men’s Eight of Coxswain David Wong ’13, Str. Thomas Gambill ’12, Mike Stocko ’10, Sam Diedrick’10,  Frank Osborne ’12, Andrew Pfarner, Jeremy Tunstall’10, Chris Murphy 13, and Drew Baldwin ’10. Despite great efforts and a solid race, the crew was only able to finish 22nd but did defeat threes crews. 

Overall, the team rowed to the best of their ability especially considering that it only rowed three times in last two weeks due to inclement weather. 

The team heads to Cambridge, MA for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on October 17-18. Four Kings Point crews will be vying for top honors on the twists and turns of the Charles River.

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