28 March 2010
Kings Point Rowing
VICTORY ON THE HARLEM RIVER
Manhattan Invitational – April 27, 2010
Kings Point Rowers began the season with two victories and a second place in the Manhattan Invitational on Saturday. The gold was in the Freshman Men’s Four and Men’s Varsity Four while the Women’s Four finished a very close second.
The Women’s Pair of Anna Simons ‘12 and Kacey Rohloff ’12 as well as the Men’s Pair of Connan Ingham ’12 and Chas Waters ’10 were set to kick off the spring season but the Harlem River had different plans. Some early morning winds and strong currents created conditions that made the Harlem River dangerous for the Pairs and prevented the crews from getting to the starting line. “We were really looking forward to the first race in the Pair; we at least got a chance to try the team’s new boat. Even in the big waves we can tell that it is a fast boat” said Rohloff.
The Men’s freshman crew of Coxswain David Wong ’13, Stroke- Brendan Rohr’13, 3-Brad Wood ’13, 2-Dustin Downing ’13, and Bow-Garrett Poncin ’13 rowed easily to victory over Manhattan with nearly a minute to spare and in the time of 7:16. Even the Manhattan Coach said that “I knew the race over when Kings Point took the lead with a strong first twenty strokes and never let up for the remainder of the race.” The crew is comprised entirely of first year rowers and will continue to compete in the freshman category throughout the spring season. Coach Hartwick was optimistic about the crews’ chances for the spring; “I think this early show of strength demonstrates that this year’s freshman class has the potential to match last year’s freshman crew that finished fifth in the nation amongst 42 competitors.”
With only two practices at the helm as a coxswain, Freshman Gregory Acker led the Men’s Varsity Four to a convincing victory over Manhattan. The Kings Point crew of Coxswain Gregory Acker ’13, Stoke Grey Gambill ’12, 3-Frank Osborne ’12, 2-Sam Diedrick ’10, and Bow- Kyle O’Connor ’10 easily took an early lead. Convinced of their ability to win, the crew lowered the stoke rate through the middle of the race and powered to the finish line in style and a very fast time of 6:54 especially considering the conditions. “They had a good first race of the season and Greg did a great job in his first race. We have really good depth on the Varsity team this spring with this four in addition to the Pair of Ingham and Waters and Steven Jones who was away for the weekend.” commented Coach Hartwick.
With one more victory in the Women’s Varsity Four, Kings Point would have swept the regatta. The crew of Coxswain David Wong ’13, Stroke Anna Simons, 3-Kacey Rohloff, 2-Christie Gallo, and Bow-Jessica Willey were just fifteen feet back at the finish line and was narrowly denied victory. The crew started conservatively and was down three-quarters of a boat length after the start but steadily came back to even by the 1000 meter mark. At the 1500 mark, Kings Point had taken the lead when a Coast Guard vessel passed; the waves caused the Kings Pointers to lose a few strokes and their momentum. Manhattan was able to take and hold a small lead to the finish line, posting a time of 7:04 to the Mariner’s time of 7:05.5.
The team travels to Philadelphia on April 3 to compete in the Murphy Cup Regatta. The team will meet stiff competition as more than thirty of the strongest teams from the northeast will be vying for top honors.
27 March 2010
24 March 2010
20 March 2010
Kings Point hosted the Team Race Challenge, and It could not have been a more perfect afternoon for sailing on the sound. I stress afternoon as it was mirror flat until a 14 knot seabreeze filled in around 1400. Also out for her first sail of the season was Hypnos, and some great brassoing was done on Summerwind.
19 March 2010
18 March 2010
16 March 2010
The Varsity Rowing team braved the Saturday storm to return to Kings Point following what was a successful spring training trip to Jacksonville, Florida. “The weather was really nice in Florida for rowing and we got much accomplished. Even though we have much more work to do, we feel that we are on track for a great spring season.” commented Head Coach Derek Hartwick.
The travel roster included twelve midshipmen and assistant Coach Daniel Udeanu.
The Kings Point rowers were kept busy with two rows a day and an additional gym workout of lifting weights combined with aerobic conditioning. While in Jacksonville, the team did some safety training at the damage control trainer on the Mayport Naval Base. The training included classroom work to learn how to deal with broken pipes and holes in the hulls of ships. They all got wet but everyone survived the training unscathed and better prepared to handle adverse conditions while at sea.
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, the local parents of Midshipman and the Florida Parents Association all made the team feel ‘at home’ by hosting a welcome B.B.Q., a night of bowling, and a special Alumni dinner. On Monday, Jonathan Christian ’86 arranged a tour of the U.S.S. Gettysburg which is a navy cruiser and happened to be at Mayport for some updating. On Wednesday, the midshipmen were treated to an afternoon of paintball by alumnus Andy Lingaitis his wife Caroline and their family. Nicholas Cunningham ’02 helped cap off a terrific week by showing the team around the Blackhawk hangar and allowing some of the Midshipmen to try the helicopter training simulator.
The Midshipmen, Coach Udeanu and Coach Hartwick want to send their deepest thanks all those that helped make the trip to Jacksonville such a wonderful experience.
The spring season looks very promising with many returning athletes from the fall season, and a number of strong seniors. The team kicks off the season at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on April 3 and competes each weekend until mid-May when the team will compete in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta and hopefully then on to the National Collegiate Rowing Championships.
15 March 2010
14 March 2010
11 March 2010
Sometime the best way to learn is to teach. The Kings Pointer hosted students from the Philadelphia Maritime Academy Charter High School at Penn's Landing today. The students toured the ship and were taught fire fighting and seamanship skills by the Midshipman crew. Hopefully we will see some of these students as Kings Pointers!
The Chairman of the Board of the Maritime Academy Charter School is Mr. Eugene Mattioni KP '62 who hosted our Midshipman trainers for a great lunch after the visit.
M/N Delvers teaching heaving line throwing.
10 March 2010
The T/V Kings Pointer was host to the the nations transportation leadership on a beautiful Tuesday evening on Baltimore Harbor. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Maritime Administrator David Matsuda, Baltimore USCG Captain of the Port Mark O'Malley, USMMA Alumni Foundation President Charlie Hill, and many leaders of the Baltimore maritime community joined the Midshipman crew of the Kings Pointer, and many prospective members of the classes of the 2014 and 2015 for an evening tour of the Kings Pointer. Secretary LaHood presented the findings of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Kings Point's infrastructure, and promised great support from the administration for Kings Point.
09 March 2010
After arriving on Saturday evening, Coach Derek Hartwick and assistant Coach Daniel Udeanu got the crew up early on Sunday for a four hour workout on the St. John's River. Following the workout the twelve team members headed off to an reception hosted by Mason Flint '64 and his wife Karin. Fifty local alumni their families and other sponsors came out to show support for the team.
Since Sunday the team has been rowing twice a day in addition to a daily weight room session. The weather has been superb for the team and everyone is enjoying the sun and warmth after a cold and snow-filled winter at Kings Point.
On Monday, Jonathon Christian '86 arranged for the team to tour the USS Gettysburg. On Tuesday the team completed Wet Trainer Safety training at the Mayport Naval Station. The team had to use different techniques to plug holes and escape through a water-filled hatch. Everyone felt that it was a great learning experience and team-building activity.
The team will continue to to train till Saturday and then return to Kings Point.
05 March 2010
Midshipman Gary Taylor, Logan Kolterman, Sara Mock, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, and CDR Gasiorek