05 October 2009

Textile River Regatta



Kings Point Rowing
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Team Results
Textile River Regatta – Lowell, MA
October 4, 2009

The Kings Point Varsity Rowing team took home medals in three events at the Textile River Regatta. A total of seventy-nine teams competed in the regatta with over five hundred and twenty entries amongst all of the events.

The weather could not have been more perfect for the two and three-quarter mile race conducted in ‘head style’ format on the Merrimac River in Lowell. MA. The morning conditions were typically cool as one might expect of New England fall weather but the day warmed up toward early afternoon and so did the competition as colleges and clubs fought each other for top honors.

The strongest performance was posted by the Men’s Plebe crew which dominated a field of eighteen crews to win gold medals ad the title of top Freshman team. The crew of Coxswain –David Wong ‘13, Stroke-Chris Murphy ‘13, 7-Garrett Poncin, 6- Brad Woods ‘13, 5-Brendan Rohr ‘13, 4-Garrett Fulton ‘13, 3-Dustin Downing ‘13, 2-Kevin Woloscyk ’13, Bow-Grant Johnson ’13 placed first in a field of eighteen. It is the crew’s second victory of the season.

Assistant coach Daniel Udeanu commented after the race that “the Varsity Men’s Four and Eight rowed very well despite some difficulty with the steering mechanism on the four-man shell and some last-minute line-up changes with the ‘Eight-man’ crew. We will be ready for a great race next week”
The Men’s Varsity four of Coxswain Robert Kaldenbach 2011, Steven Jones 2012, Charles Waters 2010, Connan Ingham and Kyle O’Connor 2010 experienced some problems with the steering and raced well but finished 13th of 26 crews. The crew was expected to place better and is now anxious to race next week at the Navy Day Regatta in order to show what speed that they really have. This crew will be representing the academy in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in two weeks.

The Women’s Novice Four posted the best ever performance for Kings Point in this regatta with a second place amongst the eight college crews entered in this event. It was a fantastic race for the crew of Coxswain- Daniel Dunn ‘13, Stroke-Emily Meehan ‘13, 3-Kate O’Connor ‘13, 2-Casey Moore ‘13, Bow-Christi Gallo. The crew finished the course in 19:28. Crew member Christi Gallo commented after the race that the whole experience of racing and doing so well was ‘just incredible”.


The Men’s Lightweight Four of Coxswain Daniel Dunn,
Stroke 3-Garrett Poncin, Brian Nichols, Grant Johnson, and Sung Hyong rowed very well in capturing fifth in their first time racing in this category. Both Poncin and Johnson had raced earlier in the day with the Novice “eight” and were definitely tired after the second race. The ‘lightweights completed the course in 17:36.
The other medal-wining crew was the dynamic duo of the two women’s captains, Kacey Rohloff ’12, and Anna Simons ’12.
In finishing third overall but the first college crew, the women rowed their best race of the season. The posted time of 19:11 was their fastest of the season.

The Varsity Men’s eight completed the day with a fine row in the open eight category. With only one practice last week due to the poor weather conditions and having to substitute two new rowers into the crew due to the injury of two of it’s team members, the crew rowed a fine race and is prepared to do what it takes to be prepared for the last two races of the season.
The crew of Coxswain Daniel Dunn ’13, Str- Grey Gambill, Mike Stocko, Sam Diedrick, Jeremy Tunstall, Chris Murphy,
Frank Osborne, Drew Baldwin, and Brad Woods. The crew finished 13th and in a time of 15:27.

1 comment:

Scott said...

That's our rowers!! Great job men and women.
Good luck in the Navy Regatta. I'll be safety boating for the FCHR in Jax that day with the 'old gang'.

See you in Boston!