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USRowing Youth National Championships - June 12-14, 2009

A Silver Lining on the National Stage for New Canaan Crew - (NC Advertiser and NC News, June 18)

Imagine the effort required to play two back-to-back, full-court basketball games with no time-outs, substitutions or break in play of any kind. Now imagine that effort compressed in time to less than 8 minutes. You now have some idea of the physical demands of only one 2000 meter rowing race. Physiologists have used this comparison and added other factors, such as continuous bursts of explosive strength (30-40 per minute), immense core stability, flexibility, and synchronized clockwork precision to describe what is required to race at a competitive level. Last weekend, while most New CanaanHigh School students were studying for exams and looking forward to end-of-year activities, eighteen athletes from New Canaan High School Crew travelled to Cincinnati, OH for the national championship of their sport. Over three grueling days, the USRowing Junior National Championships brought together over 1600 athletes from 144 different rowing programs from 25 states across the nations to compete for the honors of best in the nation. Each of these athletes had already performed well enough at regional regattas to earn an invitation to the national championship; they came to Cincinnati to test their skills against the best of the best.

Entering more events than almost any organization at the regatta, New Canaan Crew entered seven boats in 6 of the eighteen events featured at the regatta. Each event had preliminary heats on Friday, with results allowing them to progress to either a semi-final or a repechage. The word “repechage” comes from the French verb “pecher,” which means “to fish.” A repechage allows a second chance (a chance to “re-fish”) to progress into one of three finals for each event that determine the top eighteen boats in the country in that category. In a stunning show of the depth and strength of head coach Yan Vengerovskiy’s team, all of New Canaan’s entries made it into one of the final rounds. Maritime Rowing Club, which shares New Canaan’s boathouse, was also in Cincinnati in force, with four entries: the women’s pair, women’s lightweight eight, women’s four with coxswain and the women’s eight, all of which also made it into the final rounds.

Friday morning’s heats were impacted by heavy mist and fog, turning into rain and strong cross-head winds by mid-morning.  The weather cleared somewhat by afternoon, giving the day’s repechages faster times and much better conditions. Junior Roger Stone rowed the men’s single (1X), the most physically and psychologically demanding event of all. Stone battled both the morning’s foul weather and the wake of an official’s launch that sent waves crashing into his twelve inch wide rowing shell, flipping him into the water during his early morning race. He came back ferociously in the afternoon’s repechage, placing second, and proceeded to a semi-final on Saturday, where he earned a spot in Sunday’s petite final, where he rowed a solid, determined race. He finished third, making him ninth fastest in the country in this tough event.

The women’s lightweight double (2X) of sophomores Lilly Gorman and Sarah Liffmann placed fifth in their heat, roaring back to place third in the repechage and sixth in their semifinal. The duo went on the “C” final on Saturday afternoon, where they placed fourth in a tight race, with a mere 1.5 seconds separating second through fourth place. The final was their fourth 2000 meter race in two days, testing their mental and physical stamina. They came away with sixteenth place in the nation. In a sport where winners are determined by fractions of a second, Gorman and Liffmann were especially pleased that they placed ahead of a veteran team that had beaten them at the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regional qualifier in May by over six seconds. Intense speed work directed by Coach Vengerovskiy since that race helped hone their skills and build their endurance for the national level. While they did not receive a medal for their work, with a grin, Coach Vengerovskiy presented a consolation watermelon to the girls following their race.

Co-captain Ben Hoeft and Aki Tas (Darien HS) partnered in the men’s double (2X) where they also took the long route to the finals. They finished fourth in their heat, going third in the repechage to earn a place in the semi-final. In Saturday’s semi, they placed sixth, going on the the petite final on Sunday where they finished fourth, tenth fastest in the country.

New Canaan had two entries in the men’s lightweight double (2X): long-time partners Alec Buckenheimer and Andrew Campbell, and the duo of Charlie Campbell and Jonathan Rosow (Avon HS). While Buckenheimer/Campbell placed well enough in their heat to progress straight to the semi-final, Campbell/Rosow had to earn their spot in the semi-final the hard way by placing second in their repechage. Both New Canaan boats were pitted against each other in the same semi-final, with Buckenheimer/Campbell coming in first and Campbell/Rosow in second, right behind their teammates (and, in Charlie’s case, his older brother), allowing both boats to progress to Sunday’s grand final. It was one of only two events at the national championship in which two boats from the same program made it to the Grand Final. Juniors Buckenheimer/Campbell won silver in the grand final, almost six seconds behind a dominant Lake Union crew from Seattle, making them second fastest in the land, and Campbell/Rosow placed sixth, an impressive showing for this freshman/sophomore duo.

The women’s quad (4X) made up of Juniors Kenzie Bess (Norwalk HS), Marianne Hoeft, Patricia Kelley and Rachel Upton (Staples HS) placed third in their heat, necessitating a return Friday afternoon to dominate the repechage to earn a place in Friday’s semi-final. The foursome took second in the semi-final, securing them a lane in Sunday’s grand final. The quad battled it out for the entire race, holding second until the last 200 meters when two boats sprinted to the finish, leaving New Canaan in fourth, one second off the medal stand. Jen DeCata also travelled to Cincinnati with the team as an alternate for the women’s 4X, in case of injury or illness of any of the rowers. Though she was not needed to row, as an unsung hero DeCata helped with carrying equipment, myriad errands, and keeping things organized and running smoothly for her teammates in the athletes’ tent.

The only crew from New Canaan to pass straight from the heats to the final was the men’s quad (4X) of Carter Aronson (Rye Country Day), Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly and Jordan Mastera. After handily winning their heat in Friday’s foul weather, they progressed straight to the grand final, leaving most of the rest of the pack to sort themselves out in Saturday’s semi-finals. The grand final shaped up to be one of the closest of the day with New Canaan in the middle of three strong teams from the Pacific Northwest, setting up another East Coast/West Coast showdown. With New Canaan leading from the start by as much as three quarters of a boat length until the 1000 meter mark, Pocock Rowing Club from Seattle called for a power ten that edged them ahead, and there they stayed, just out of New Canaan’s reach. The men’s quad had to be content with bringing home silver, making them second fastest in the land.

Maritime’s boats also climbed the medal stand to bring home two bronze medals in the women’s eight and the women’s lightweight eight, with their pair taking sixth in the grand final and the four with cox placing seventh in the petite final.

Overall, New Canaan Crew was a strong presence at the national championship. Climbing the medal stand twice was an outstanding accomplishment among the best of the best in the country at a competition where by far most teams leave empty-handed. With many juniors, sophomores and freshman gaining valuable first-hand experience of what it takes to persevere and succeed on a national level, the future looks bright for New Canaan Crew.

As these true competitors know, there’s no looking back on what happened, only looking forward to take on the next challenge. Several New Canaan rowers will start training immediately under Coach Vengerovskiy in boats going to trials in the next few weeks for spots on the Jr. National Team that will represent the United States in the Junior World Championships in France in August. The experience they gained in Cincinnati is a good starting place.


Northeast-MidAtlantic Regional Championships - May 15-16, 2009

Cincinnati, here we come! -  (New Canaan News  May 28, 2009)

Fifty-four coveted invitations were up for grabs Sunday for the 53 top rowing programs from the Eastern seaboard. New Canaan Crew came away with six of them and boathouse partner Maritime Rowing Club came home with another three. The U.S. Rowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships is the qualifying regatta for the U.S. Rowing National Championships in Cincinnati in June. Seventeen rowers from New Canaan Crew will head to Ohio to compete with the best in the country for national honors in six of the eighteen varsity events of the national championship. As he supervised the rowers loading the boat trailer for the trip back from Worcester, MA, head coach Yan Vengerovskiy nodded and quietly reflected, “I can be happy today, but already I’m thinking about what we need to do tomorrow to get ready for Cincinnati.” He has been there before.
The top three medal-winners at regional regattas also win an official invitation to the national championship. New Canaan rowers came away with two firsts, two seconds and two thirds. The men’s lightweight double of Alec Buckenheimer and Andrew Campbell dominated their preliminary race and final, taking first, as did the men’s quad of Carter Aronson, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly and Jordan Mastera with one of the fastest times of the day. The men’s double of co-captain Ben Hoeft and Aki Tas fought a blistering race for the entire 2000 meters, taking second place, less than ½ second between them and the third place boat. The women’s lightweight double of sophomores Lilly Gorman and Sarah Liffmann fought off more experienced crews also to take silver. A second entry in the men’s lightweight double of Charlie Campbell and Jonathan Rosow finished third, to keep teammates (and brother Andrew) in their sights. In the grueling men’s singles race, Roger Stone brought home bronze, setting his sights on Cincinnati. The women’s quad of Kenzie Bess, Marianne Hoeft, Patricia Kelley and Rachel Upton placed fourth in their final, but because the winning boat of their event had already earned a berth at Nationals at another qualifying regatta, the New Canaan girls were also offered an invitation to Cincinnati.

The two days of rowing saw over 315 boats from 10 states competing. In addition to the medal winners, New Canaan sent 35 rowers to compete with the best in New England and beyond, in varsity, JV and novice events. After initial qualifying races to gain a berth in semi-finals or finals, New Canaan had an additional four boats in the finals. The women’s double of co-captain Taylor Anne Potter and Stephanie Winsch placed 5th and the women’s lightweight double of Olympia Bordelon and Katherine Stevenson placed 4th, just out of medal contention. Placing sixth in the finals also were the men’s quad of Henry Franco, Ryan Hanavan, Matt Jackson and Nic Jackson and the men’s lightweight 8+ of Ned Berman, Conor Eagan, Jackson Krupp, Taylor Parsons, Evan Turiano, Alex Vernon, Oliver Viera, Sam Wiley and coxswain Samantha Escherich, after both boats placed 3rd in their qualifying heats.

With the regatta attracting the best rowers from the east, there were also some disappointments. Cloudbursts and wind gusts punctuated the day, with some of the crews struggling in the qualifying heats from which only the top two or three would move on to the finals. The women’s double of Jen DeCata and co-captain Ellen Penchuk finished 5th in their heat as did the men’s double of Eric Evensen and Nick Howard and the men’s lightweight 4+ of Peter Castrovinci, Matt Colodny, Eric Maier, James Wenning and cox Mac Reddin. In a time trial of 18 boats, the women’s novice 8+ of Mackenzie Baker, Aubrey Kenefick, Lily Lewis, Georgie Morgan, Serra Oral, Rachel Paterson, Morgan Schiebley and Lizzie Steinborn, with cox Cassie Koch, placed 14th overall.

Maritime Rowing Club, which shares the boathouse with New Canaan Crew, will be taking three boats to Cincinnati after placing first in the women’s pair and the women’s 8+, and second in the women’s lightweight 8+. New Canaanite Paige Gonye will be going to Cincinnati in the women’s 8+. NCHS student Abby Stevenson also brought home the gold in the women’s second 4+, but since the second 4+ is not a national championship event, she will miss the trip to Ohio this year.

The next few weeks will find many members of  New Canaan Crew intensely focused on tuning up for Cincinnati, taking their already successful season to the national stage to meet the best the country has to offer. 



Saratoga Invitational & Cooper Cup

New Canaan Crew Divides and Conquers - (New Canaan Advertiser 5/7/09)

 

On the weekend of April 25-26, New Canaan Crew split up the team, sending rowers to Saratoga Springs, NY and scullers to Cherry Hill, NJ, with both groups bringing home medals and more trophies. From novices, in their first year of racing, to experienced first varsity boats, almost everyone came home with medals around their necks.

 

At the Saratoga Invitational, New Canaan men saw stiff competition from 32 New York and New England public and private schools. With over 380 entries, the Invitational held races at the scholastic distance of 1500 meters on Saturday, with the more challenging 2000 meter races on Sunday. The lightweight (under 150 lbs.) 8+ withSam Wiley, Conor Eagan, Ned Berman, Taylor Parsons, Jackson Krupp, Oliver Viera, Alwx Vernon, Matt Colodny and Coxswain Samantha Escherich placed second on Saturday with a time of 5:33:63. Earlier in the day a lightweight 4+ of Wiley, Eagan, Parsons and Berman, with cox Mac Reddin brought home a second silver with a time of 5:59:90. The novice 8+ of Peter Castrovinci, Evan Turiano, Eric Maier, David Kircher, James Wenning, Taylor Wilson, Arthur Roski, Christian Langalis and cox Escherich placed third over 1500 meters. Sunday’s longer course, along with strong winds that halted racing for over an hour, proved challenging for the crew, yet two boats still came home with bronze medals. The lightweight 4+ of Krupp, Viera, Colodny, Vernon and cox Escherich placed third, only .5 seconds from silver and under two seconds from gold. The frosh 8+ of Turiano, Wilson, Wenning, Castrovinci, Maier, Kircher, Roski, Micha Grand, and cox Reddin also placed third under difficult conditions. A lightweight 8+ had equipment problems exacerbated by the wind and was unable to finish the race.

 

For those who traveled south, the day was marked by great success. The William and Sarah Cooper Cup regatta, a 2000 meter race, attracted 366 entries from 51 rowing organizations from 8 states. New Canaan Crew carried home five first place and five second place medals, along with two premier trophies. The women’s novice 4X (Riley Boeth, Isabelle Glatthorn, Alexa Persico and Maddy Prior) brought home gold, as did both the men’s and women’s second varsity 4X (men: Eric Evensen, Henry Franco, Ryan Hanavan, and Nick Howard; women: Jen DeCata, co-captains Ellen Penchuk and Taylor Anne Potter, and Stephanie Winsch). Alec Buckenheimer and Andrew Campbell repeated their performance from 2008 and brought home the Virginia Tech Students Memorial Cup for the men’s lightweight double. The men’s varsity 4X of Carter Aronson, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly and Jordan Mastera brought home the William Cooper Cup, for which the regatta is named, for soundly winning the premier men’s sculling event of the day.

 

There was also much silver shining in cars heading home from New Jersey. The women’s novice 8+ (MacKenzie Baker, Lilly Gorman, Aubrey Kenefick, Georgie Morgan, Serra Oral, Rachel Patterson, Katie Scott, Lizzie Steinborn and cox Cassie Koch); men’s second varsity 2x (Matt Jackson and Nic Jackson); men’s varsity 2x (co-captain Ben Hoeft and Aki Tas); women’s varsity 4x (MacKenzie Bess, Marianne Hoeft, Patricia Kelley and Rachel Upton) ; and the men’s lightweight varsity 2X (Charlie Campbell and Jonathan Rosow, finishing close behind teammates Buckenheimer and A. Campbell) all won silver medals for their performances on Sunday. The varsity races all had qualifying heats in the morning, with most of the racing taking place in unusual, stifling heat and, as the afternoon progressed, building winds. Unfortunately another women’s second varsity 4X broke an oar during their race and finished sixth, after leading down much of the course.

 

This past weekend, New Canaan Crew stayed home, but the Maritime girls, who share their boathouse, travelled to the Founder’s Day Regatta on Lake Waramaug, a regatta that brings the top public, prep and boarding school programs from New England to compete in coxed fours. Maritime entered a boat in every girls’ category, and won gold in every one of them. Hailing from New Canaan, Paige Gonye won in the second 4+ and Abby Stevenson won in the fourth  4+. Overall, Maritime won the women’s trophy, and the girls gathered forces to toss coaches Liz Trond and Ineke Wilkin into the lake to celebrate their victory.

 

This weekend, on Mother’s Day morning until around 1:00 P.M., St. Luke’s will host its Invitational regatta on the Norwalk River, drawing rowers from major high school and junior rowing programs in Fairfield County for a race against the clock. Viewing from the promontory near the Maritime Aquarium main entrance in South Norwalk puts spectators close to the action and able to watch athletes charge down the winding river course.  


Greenwich Invitational and Mercer Lake/ISA Sculling Championships

New Canaan Rowers Dominate Mercer Lake Interscholastic Championship - (4/4/09 & 4/17-18/09) - New Canaan Advertiser, April 23, 2009

“An outstanding performance!” Those are the words of the Director of the Interscholastic Sculling Association when he presented not one, but eight awards to New Canaan Crew head coach Yan Vengerovskiy. Sixty-six athletes traveled to Princeton, NJ on April 17-18 to compete in the Mercer Sprints, a major regatta that drew over 400 entries from 58 rowing programs across 11 states. For the first time, the Rams came home with 5 overall points trophies and 3 silver cups for winning specific Varsity events.

 

 
What a difference two weeks makes! On April 4, New Canaan Crew battled gusting winds and wintry, biting conditions at the Greenwich Invitational regatta. As a final season tune-up, the Girls’ Varsity Quad (4X) of Patricia Kelley, Kenzie Bess, Rachel Upton and Marianne Hoeft placed first over the 1200m course. A novice 4X of Sarah Liffmann, Katherine Stevenson, Olympia Bordelon and Lily Gorman placed 5th in the same event. Three boats won silver in their events: the Boys’ Varsity 4-with-coxswain (4+) (Conor Eagan, Taylor Parsons, Sam Wiley and Ned Berman); the Boys 2nd V4+ (Brock Harris, Micah Grand, Jackson Krupp and Matt Colodny); and the Boys’ Varsity 8+ (Co-Captain Dan Berman, Jackson Krupp, Micah Grand, Oliver Viera, Ned Berman, Wiley, Eagan, Parsons and coxswain Samantha Escherich). In their first sprint race ever, the Boys’ Novice 8+ of Taylor Wilson, Alex Vernon, James Wenning, David Kircher, Eric Maier, Peter Casovinci, Ross Burnaman and Arthur Roski, placed 4th, only 3 seconds behind Fairfield Prep, a local powerhouse, in extremely challenging conditions.
 
With Greenwich as a warm-up, the Rams traveled to Princeton to meet the strongest crews in the East, competing in 13 events on the same lake where National Team and Olympic rowers train. Preliminary and final races ran every 8 minutes from 8 A.M. until after 6 P.M. on the 1500m course, under sunny, warm skies. New Canaan athletes competed at all levels, from Novice to First Varsity, in both sweep (one oar/person) and sculling (two oars/person) events against top New England and Mid-Atlantic programs. They returned much heavier than they left, bringing home the Interscholastic Sculling Association Total Point Trophy, the Women’s Large Team Point Trophy, the Girls’ Varsity Point Trophy, the Men’s Large Team Point Trophy, and the Heavyweight Men’s Point Trophy, as well as three large silver loving cups for winning the Men’s Varsity 4X, the Women’s Varsity 4X and the Men’s Varsity 8X. This achievement is even more remarkable: New Canaan has never before brought home even one of these awards from this prestigious regatta. This year they soundly defeated the teams that have dominated this competition since its inception.
 
New Canaan’s rowers claimed the day, bringing home medals in 11 of their 13 events (6-1st place, 4-2nd place, 1-3rd place). Repeating their Greenwich performance, the women’s Varsity 4X of Kelley, Bess, Upton and Hoeft placed first of a field of 14, winning their final handily by 3 seconds, after placing 2nd in their qualifying heat. The Men’s Varsity 4X (Will Dannemann, Jordan Mastera, Carter Aronson, Charlie Kelly) took a lesson from the girls and also brought home the gold, defeating perennial rival Malvern Prep in the final by 5 seconds, after placing 2nd in their qualifier. Head Coach Yan Vengerovskyi beamed as he pointed to where “New Canaan High School” will be engraved on the large trophy that had, until Saturday, been won only by Malvern for the last seven years. Other racers, too, came back from Princeton carrying gold. The Men’s 2nd 2X of Ben Hoeft and Aki Tas placed first in their race, as did both the Women’s Novice 4X (Bordelon, Gorman, Stevenson and Liffmann) and the Men’s Novice 4X (Ryan Hanavan, Eric Evensen, Nick Howard and Henry Franco).
 
Bringing home silver were Roger Stone in the Men’s Varsity Single and the Men’s 2nd Varsity 4X of Alec Buckenheimer, Andrew Campbell, Charlie Campbell and Jonathan Rostow. The Men’s Lightweight 8+ placed a close second to neighboring club Norwalk, in a tight battle in which less than 5 seconds separated 1st and 5th places (Micah Grand, Dan Berman, Alex Vernon, Jackson Krupp, Michael Kucharczyk, Eagan, Wiley, Parsons and Escherich, cox).
 
In an event rarely seen in the U.S., New Canaan put forth Men’s and Women’s Octuples (8X), a 60 foot long shell roaring down the course with 16 oars chopping the water in unison. Again, New Canaan would not be denied. The Men’s 8X took 1st, bringing home a giant silver cup, and the Women’s 8X, of mostly Freshmen racing against varsity boats, won 2nd in this unique event (Men: Stone, C. Campbell, A. Campbell, B. Hoeft, Tas, Buckenheimer, Hanavan, Franco, with Ali Hornung, cox; Women: Rachel Paterson (stroke), Aubrey Kenefick, Danielle Sorcher, Mackenzie Baker, Serra Oral, Lizzie Steinborn, Georgie Morgan, Katie Scott, Cassie Koch (cox)).
 
Bronze, too, decorated the necks of our rowers, with the Men’s Lightweight 4+ of Eagan, Parsons, Wiley and N. Berman, with cox Sammy Escherich bringing home another medal to hang with the one from Greenwich. The Men’s 2nd Varsity 4+ of Oliver Viera, Matt Colodny, Grand, Krupp and Reddin (cox) missed third place by a mere .04 of a second, and a second Women’s Novice 4X of Gabrielle Ames, Maddie Prior, Isabel Glatthorn and Alexa Persico placed 5th in a hotly contested race, one of the first for this group. In the Men’s Novice 8+ event, New Canaan came in 6th, in a first race for the boys in sharp afternoon winds (Evan Turiano, Taylor Wilson, David Kircher, Eric Maier, Peter Castrovinci, James Wenning, Ross Burnaman, Arthur Roski and Brock Harris, cox).
 
Also competing at the championships were the women of Maritime Rowing Club, a sister club that rows from the same boathouse as New Canaan Crew. Coach Liz Trond entered boats in 7 events and brought home medals from all of them. Maritime women were first in the premier event, the Varsity 8+ (which included New Canaan residents Paige Gonye and Abby Stevenson), and in the 2nd Varsity 4+; they placed second in the Varsity 4+, the Lightweight Varsity 4+, the 2nd Varsity 8+ and the Lightweight Varsity 8+; and placed 3rd in another final of the 2nd Varsity 4+.
 
This regatta tested the breadth and depth of the Rams’ team. Coaches Yan Vengerovskiy, Olga Vengerovskaya, Vladimir Opalnyk, Yuri Kolomiets, Hank Ellett and Liz Trond were pleased with the outcomes. “The athletes have worked so hard through the fall and winter, to see the result of their training,” said Vengerovskiy. “Our rowers showed on the water the results of their hard work, and they dominated this big championship regatta.” New Canaan was successful in both sweep (one oar/athlete) and sculling (two oars/athlete) events. Most schools do one or the other; it is a rare program that can be successful in both types of events.
 
Asked if he was happy, Vengerovskiy nodded slowly, but acknowledged that there is more ground, or, rather, water, to cover in the coming weeks. Next week the crews travel to Philadelphia and Saratoga to compete. The coach has his eyes on getting as many of the rowers as possible to the New England/Mid-Atlantic Championships and ultimately to the Youth National Championships in Cincinnati in June. “Then,” he grins, “I will be happy.” If their performance this weekend is any indication, New Canaan Crew will be a strong contender in rowing this spring and for years to come, as the novices move into Junior Varsity and Varsity boats in coming seasons. New Canaan Crew was tested in Princeton by the best rowing programs in the East, and they came through with flying colors, especially bronze, silver and gold.

 

Bill Braxton Regatta and USRowing Fall Speed Orders -
November 20, 2008 New Canaan Advertiser

New Canaan rowers traveled to New Jersey twice in the last two weeks to compete in the final races of their already successful fall season.

Sixty-five rowers from New Canaan High School, Maritime Rowing Club and St. Luke’s School traveled to Philadelphia on November 9th to compete in the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta on the Schuylkill River. They returned much heavier, toting 24 gold medals from winning first place in 8 races, winning 2nd place in two races and 3rd place in seven races of the all-day regatta. Over 427 organizations, including college crews, high schools and masters’ rowing clubs, came to brave the chilly waters and brisk winds in downtown Philadelphia.

Of the 16 races they entered at the Braxton, New Canaan and Maritime rowers won gold in eight of them. In the four Men’s HS Varsity 2X races, New Canaan rowers dominated all four races with the pair of Carter Aronson (Rye Country Day) and Co-Captain Ben Hoeft taking gold with a time of 5:44.69, as did the duos of Jordan Mastera and Roger Stone (5:50.20); Alec Buckenheimer and Andrew Campbell (5:38.28); and Will Dannemann and Charlie Kelly (5:38.02). New Canaan’s girls were not to be denied in the Women’s HS Varsity 4X, winning gold twice with Jen DeCata, Patricia Kelley, Sarah Liffmann and Co-Captain Taylor Anne Potter finishing the 1500 meter course in 5:53.24; the team of Kenzie Bess, Co-Captain Ellen Penchuk, Katherine Stevenson and Stephanie Winsch also finished 1st in their race with a time of 5:40.65. The Men’s Varsity 2X teams joined together to race in the Men’s Varsity 4X, winning gold in their two races, with Buckenheimer, Campbell, Dannemann and Kelly winning in 4:55.56 and Aronson, Hoeft, Mastera and Stone finishing in 5:02:38. Placing second in their races were the duos of Patricia Kelley and Sarah Liffmann and of sisters Betsy and Mary Nilan in the Women’s HS Varsity 2X. Lily Gorman and Rebecca Parrino placed 4th in the same event. Megan Cullinane and Jackie Krasnokutskaya of St. Luke’s placed 5th . Cullinane then joined Elina Berglund, Riley Boeth and NC’s Rebecca Parrino to finish 3rd in the Women’s HS Varsity 4X. In the Men’s HS Varsity 2X, Charlie Campbell and Matt Jackson placed 3rd, and in the Men’s HS Varsity 4X, these two joined up with Ryan Hanavan and Nic Jackson to take 3rd in their race. In the same event, Evensen, Nick Howard, James Lanfranchi and Aaron Tas also placed 3rd in their race.

In addition to the strong showing by New Canaan’s scullers, the team entered 5 boats into sweep rowing events to compete with some of the best high school programs in the East. The Men’s HS Varsity 4+ team of Co-Captain Dan Berman, Conor Eagan, Colten Karnedy and Mike Kucharczyk with Cox Mac Reddin placed 3rd in the preliminary heat for the Rafferty Cup, one of the premier and most contested events of the regatta, missing qualifying for the semi-finals by only 3.6 seconds. In the HS Novice events (for athletes who have been competing less than a year), the Women’s HS Novice 4+ of Julia Bemis, Andi Cara, Alexa Persico and Sarah Williamson with cox Samantha Escherich placed 3rd, less than ½ second out of second place. The Men’s Novice 8+ of Peter Castrovinci, Eric Maier, Ian Robert, Evan Turiano, Alex Vernon, James Wenning, Sam Wiley and Taylor Wilson with cox Greg Zales also placed 3rd with a time of 5:54.02. The Women’s HS Novice 8+ of Mackenzie Baker, Olympia Bordelon, Aubrey Kenefick, Eric McLevey, Georgie Morgan, Serra Oral, Alex and Maddy Prior and cox Cassie Koch placed 4th in their event. In the Men’s HS JV 8+, rowers Ned Berman, Matt Colodny, Eric Evensen, Micah Grand, Brock Harris, Jackson Krupp, Oliver Viera and Scott Zales with cox Mac Reddin placed 6th in their race with a time of 5:44.03.

On November 15, 9 varsity single scullers went to Princeton, NJ to compete in the USRowing Fall Speed Orders, a qualifying event for the National Teams that will represent the USA in World Championships next summer and beyond. New Canaan’s rowers raced in the Junior (18 and under) events, on the water with Olympians and National Team members. Of the 39 Junior Men’s entries, New Canaan placed four in the top ten (Andrew Campbell (2nd), Charlie Kelly (4th), Alec Buckenheimer (8th) and Will Dannemann (9th)), with Jordan Mastera (14th), Carter Aronson (22nd), Roger Stone (24th) and Ben Hoeft (26th) racing strongly in difficult conditions. The Princeton course saw a strong tailwind with jolting gusts, and conditions continued to deteriorate through the day. Patricia Kelley, the only Junior Women’s entry from New Canaan, saw her event cancelled due to the hazardous conditions, leaving her to await another day to show her strength against the best in the country.

New Canaan rowers will not rest on the successes of their fall season. The athletes begin winter training on November 17, with visions of gold in the spring to keep them motivated. For athletes interested in winter training, please go to the Maritime Rowing website: www.maritimerowing.net.


Head of the Schuylkill - October 30, 2008 New Canaan Advertiser

Rowers from New Canaan joined Phillies and Ray fans in downtown Philadelphia this weekend to row in the 2.5 mile Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. New Canaan Crew had 21 boats in the races, with excellent results, giving new rowers experience of a large competitive regatta that draws collegiate, high school and club crews from around the country, with total attendance of over 10,000 people. The racecourse, rowed against the clock so that athletes often do not know until well after the race which boat had the shortest elapsed time, winds under 4 bridges, past famous Boathouse Row toward the Art Museum, with a view of downtown Philadelphia nearby.

 Some of New Canaan’s best results came in the Men’s HS Singles, in spite of strong headwinds as heavy weather moving into the area, with Andrew Campbell in 2nd followed closely by Charlie Kelly (4th), Alec Buckenheimer (7th), Will Dannemann (8th), Ben Hoeft (9th), Jordan Mastera (14th), Roger Stone (15th) and Charlie Campbell (24th) of 34 entries. The Maritime Rowing Club Women’s HS 8+ also placed in the medals, fighting for second with New Canaan rowers Abby Stevenson and Paige Gonye on the oars. The foursome of Stephanie Winsch, Kenzie Bess, Patricia Kelley and Jen DeCata placed 6th of 25 entries in the Women’s HS Quad, followed by teammates Aubrey Kenefick, Gabrielle Ames, Olympia Bordelon in 14th  and Katherine Stevenson, Sarah Liffmann, Rebecca Parrino and Lily Gorman who placed 19th. The Women’s HS Double team of Ellen Penchuk and Taylor Anne Potter placed 7th out of 15 boats on the windy course.

 The Men’s HS Doubles, while starting 12 places apart, finished within 3 seconds of each other to take 13th (Nic and Matt Jackson) and 14th (Dan Berman and Colten Karnedy) places. The New Canaan Men’s HS Quads also took 15th and 16th places, with the team of Ryan Hanavan, Eric Evensen, Henry Franco and Jake Pressman edging out Sam Wiley, Eric Maier, Peter Castrovinci and Ian Robert by 11 seconds. The Non-varsity HS 8+ category had two entries from New Canaan; placing 17th of 40 entries was the team of Scott Zales, Michael Sulla, Conor Eagan, Michael Kucharczyk, and Andrew Campbell with cox Mac Reddin. The other 8+ was to have been Evan Turiano, James Wenning, Alex Bordelon, Samuel Vorenkamp Robert Rutkowski, and Alexander Vernon, with cox Greg Zales, but due to illness of 3 regulars in the boat, Roger Stone, Alec Buckenheimer and Will Dannemann stepped in to fill three seats in the mostly Freshman boat, and finished in 31st place for their first time together in the boat. The HS Women’s 4 with coxswain Samantha Escherich and rowers Julia Bemis, Sarah Williamson, Emily Griffith finished 29th , and the HS Women’s Non-varsity 8+ of Katherine Scott, Erin McLevey, Georgina Morgan, Alexandra and Madeleine Prior, Serra Oral, Mackenzie Baker, Alexa Persico and cox Cassandra Koch placed 25th of 26 entries.

The rowers are home next weekend hosting the New Canaan Fall Sprints, Sunday morning on the Norwalk River. This regatta, an annual rowing celebration for HS rowers from Connecticut, allows spectators on the plaza near the Maritime Aquarium to see and cheer the races from close range.


Head of the Charles - October 23, 2008 New Canaan Advertiser
New Canaan High School Crew and Maritime Rowing Club traveled to Boston this weekend to compete in the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta, the most prestigious and difficult 3-mile rowing race in the world. Over 8400 athletes in 1800 boats, representing 600 universities, schools and rowing clubs come from all over the would to compete in this annual fall rowing festival. The six bridges, sharp turns and brisk winds on the Charles make for an exciting day for rowers and spectators alike. Four boats of New Canaan rowers placed in the top ten in their events. The duos of Andrew Campbell and Alec Buckenheimer (2nd place), Charlie Kelly and Roger Stone (5th place), and Will Dannemann and Jordan Mastera (8th place) rowed well over the serpentine course in the Youth Doubles, an event for which New Canaanites Nate Kelly (Charlie Kelly’s older brother) and Brendan McEwan set a course record that still stands. All three boats finished within 5% of the winning time, guaranteeing them an entry in next year’s event. Ben Hoeft also finished 8th, while Carter Aronson finished 14th of 19 Youth Singles, one of the Special Medal categories of the regatta. New Canaan rowers Paige Gonye and Abby Stevenson rowed for Maritime in the Women’s Youth 8+ and the Women’s Youth 4+, respectively. Gonye finished 11th of 68 boats and Stevenson finished 23rd of 65 entries, in one of the most heavily subscribed events of the two-day race. Next weekend the rowers travel to Philadelphia to take on the Schulykill River.

Head of the Riverfront / Head of the Housatonic - October 16, 2008 New Canaan Advertiser

New Canaan High School Crew and Maritime Rowing Club competed over the last two weekends in Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture Regatta on October 5 and in the Head of the Housatonic in Derby, CT on October 11. Each regatta attracts more than 2000 rowers to the state. Sixty-four high school athletes from the two clubs (which both train out of the Water Sports Center boathouse in Norwalk) competed in 10 events at Riverfront and 12 events at the Housatonic.

The two clubs competed in both sweep and sculling events for these 3 mile races. In sweep rowing each athlete has one large oar, with even numbers of oars on alternating sides of the boat. Sweep boats carry a coxswain who steers the shell and calls commands to the crew. These races are designated as 4+ or 8+ (the “+” designates a coxswain on board). In sculling, each rower has two oars, and can be rowed alone (1X), with two (2X), four (4X), and, rarely, eight (8X) athletes. High school students must row in Junior events, due to NCAA regulations that prohibit high school and college students from competing in the same events.

Athletes from New Canaan brought home medals from Hartford in the following events: 1st Place of 8 entries for New Canaan High School in the Jr. Women’s 4X (Kenzie Bess, Taylor Anne Potter, Ellen Penchuk and Stephanie Winsch); Andrew Campbell (1st) and Charlie Kelly (3rd) in the Men’s Junior 1X of 24 entries; 1st  Place for Maritime in the 1st Jr. Women’s 8+ (out of 20 entries) with Paige Gonye and Abby Stevenson from New Canaan in the boat. Also rowing were New Canaan’s Men’s Jr. 4X of Henry Franco, Ryan Hanavan, Eric Evenson and Jake Pressman (5th  of  7); the New Canaan Women’s Jr. 4X of Sarah Liffmann, Katherine Stevenson, Rebecca Parrino and Lily Gorman (6th of 8); the Men’s Jr. 2X were twins Nic and Matt Jackson (6th  of 14), Women’s Jr. 2X of Jen DeCata and Patricia Kelley (4th of 6); Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+ with cox Mac Reddin (11th our of 26); and in the Men’s Junior 1X the following rowers finished in this order: Alec Buckenheimer (5th), Charlie Campbell (12th), Dan Berman (17th) and Colten Karnedy (21st) rowing for New Canaan; and Carter Aronson (6th), Jordan Mastera (7th), Roger Stone (9th), Ben Hoeft (10th), Will Dannemann (11th), rowing for Maritime.

New Canaan athletes also brought home medals from the Housatonic. The New Canaan High School Women’s 4X of Taylor Anne Potter, Jen DeCata, Patricia Kelley and Sarah Liffmann placed 3rd out of 12 entries, and Paige Gonye and Abby Stevenson, rowing for Maritime, repeated their gold medal performance in the Women’s 8+ (out of 30 entries).All three medals in Octuple (8X), an event not often seen in competition, were taken by New Canaan Crew. In 1st were Alex Vernon, James Wenning, Taylor Wilson, Evan Turiano, Ian Robert, Peter Castrovinci, Sam Wiley, Eric Maier and Greg Zales (cox). In 2nd were Nic Jackson, Matt Jackson, Ryan Hanavan, Henry Franco, Eric Evensen, and Mac Reddin (cox). In 3rd were Gabrielle Ames, Mackenzie Baker, Madeleine Prior, Olympia Bordelon, Aubrey Kenefick, Georgina Morgan and Samantha Escherich (cox). Also rowing at the Housatonic were two New Canaan Jr. Women’s 4X:  Katherine Stevenson, Kenzie Bess, Stephanie Winsch and Ellen Penchuk (5th of 12); and Rebecca Parrino, Julia Bemis, Amanda Glatthorn and Lily Gorman (10th of 12). Charlie Campbell placed 5th, Dan Berman 7th and Colten Karnedy 16th out of 21 entries in the Men’s Jr.1x. The Men’s Jr. 4X with Ryan Hanavan, Nic Jackson and Matt Jackson placed 9th of 15 entries; and the Men’s Jr. 8+ with Michael Kucharczyk, Ned Berman, Greg Zales, Conor Eagan, Brock Harris and Mac Reddin (cox) finished 43rd of 56 entries. Some seats in New Canaan boats were filled by rowers from outside New Canaan. FCIAC rules allow a rower to compete for New Canaan High School if his/her high school does not have a rowing program, bringing a few athletes from surrounding towns to New Canaan Crew.


Head of the Riverfront - Oct. 8, 2008 Stamford Advocate

MRC, NC rowers win 5 events at Hartford meet - Staff Reports


GMS Regatta - Oct. 2, 2008 New Canaan Advertiser

 

New Canaan Rowers Capture Gold, Silver, Bronze, and…
The New Canaan High School Crew opened its fall regatta season bringing home 9 medals from GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, CT on Sunday, September 21. More than 20 rowers raced against the clock on the 3-mile course, called a “Head” race, on which a river’s twists and turns test the skills, strength and endurance of these athletes. Head races, the most famous of which is the Head of the Charles in Boston, do not have defined, straight lanes for racing, as seen in the Olympics. Rowers start the race one-at-a-time, on timed intervals. A rower must take advantage of places on the course where there is room to overtake other boats and avoid getting caught in bottlenecks as the rowers vie to reach the finish. Part of the New Milford course runs through a narrow, rocky gorge where passing is almost impossible and the inevitable bottlenecks add seconds and hair-raising excitement to the races.

 
In the Girls’ 16-&-under Double, Patricia Kelley and Rebecca Parrino placed 1st, followed in succession by three boats of teammates: Kenzie Bess and Lilly Gorman (2nd); Sarah Liffman and Katherine Stevenson (3rd); and Jen Decata and Stephanie Winsch (4th). Seniors Ellen Penchuk and Taylor Anne Potter placed 2nd in the Girls’ 17-18-year-old Double. The Jackson twins, Matt and Nicholas, placed 6th in the Boys’ 16-&-under Double. In the Boys’ 16-&-under Singles races, New Canaan rowers took the top 5 places: Andrew Campbell (1st), Charlie Kelly (2nd), Alec Buckenheimer (3rd), Will Dannemann (4th) and Roger Stone (5th). In the older Boys’ Singles category, Jordan Master placed 2nd, followed by Ben Hoeft in 5th, Dan Berman in 7th and Colten Karnedy in 8th. Abby Stevenson, rowing in a boat for Maritime Rowing Club with girls from other schools, came in first in the Girls’ 16-&-under 4-with-coxswain.

In two weeks, New Canaan Crew travels to Hartford, CT for the Head of the Riverfront Regatta where they will test themselves against some of New England’s best rowing programs.

MAY 24, 2007 - NEW CANAAN ADVERTISER

New Canaan crew golden at States
On Sunday the NCHS Crew competed in the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Championships. 
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The boys novice 8 (Alec Buckenheimer, Roger Stone, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly, Andrew Campbell, Jeremy Rotner, Matt Todd, Nick Jackson, Molly Frear as cox) placed 1st in their heat and 1st in the finals. 
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The girls 2nd Varsity 8 (Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney, Olivia McLean, Amanda Glatthorn, Laura McCulloch, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Georgina Hurst, Emma Phillips as cox) finished 4th in their heat. 
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The boys Varsity 8 (Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Carter Aronson, Dan Berman, Ben Strassman, Todd Ferreira, Colten Karnedy, Kristin Rossetti as cox) placed 5th in their heat. 
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The girls Varsity 8 (Leslie Griffin, Taylor Ann Potter, Patricia Moncure, Jessica Rosa, Liz Perreca, Liza Bagley, Stephanie Miller, Maureen Sweeney, Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 4th in the heats. 
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The boys 2nd Four (Garrett Lewis, Mike Sulla, Scott Zales, Jackson Krupp) placed 3rd in the finals. The boys 2nd Varsity (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Conner Egan, Chase Krivo, Phil Bene, Molly Frear as cox) finished 6th
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The girls Four (Ellen Penchuk, Patricia Kelly, Caroline Reiss, Ginny Hornblower, Marie Aspinwall as cox) placed 4th in their race. The boys Four (Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Carter Aronson) placed 2nd in the finals.
 
Several members of NCHS Crew participated in the Northeast Mid/Atlantic Championships. This race was a qualifying race for the USRowing Junior Nationals and 3 of the 4 boats qualified. 
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The girls Varsity 2x (Janette Kuhn, Linsey Odre) placed 4th in their heat. 
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The boys Varsity quads were cancelled due to weather. 
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The following boats have qualified for the USRowing Nationals June 8-10. The girls Varsity lightweight 2x (Rebecca Gould, Kathleen Holec) placed 2nd.. The boys lightweight 2x’s (Jordan Mastera, Patrick Cleveland) finished 2nd and (Jake Ludemann, Ben Hoeft) placed 3rd. 
 
 
MAY 24, 2007 - NEW CANAAN NEWS REVIEW
Crew Quads Seek Invite to Cincy
Several members of NCHS Crew participated in the Northeast Mid/Atlantic Championships. This race was a qualifying race for the USRowing Junior Nationals and 3 of the 4 boats qualified. The girls Varsity 2x (Janette Kuhn, Linsey Odre) placed 4th in their heat.
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New Canaan did place three boats in the U.S. Rowing Nationals, which will be held June 8-10.  The girls Varsity lightweight 2x (Rebecca Gould, Kathleen Holec) placed 2nd.. The boys lightweight 2x’s (Jordan Mastera, Patrick Cleveland) finished 2nd and (Jake Ludemann, Ben Hoeft) placed 3rd
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The boys Varsity quads, however, were cancelled due to inclement weather, meaning the team will have to petition event organizers at the U.S.Rowing Nationals to see if any New Canaan boats will receive an invitation. Some of the team's top rowers have built their season around qualifying for junior nationals. Dan Kenefick, Sebastian Kirwan (Wilton), Will Kelly (St. Luke's) and Ben Dann (Fox Lane) are all rowers vying for the top quad. Another boat that included Sam Freedgood, Erik Khzouz, Jimmy Kahmann and Max Mensching (St. Luke's) were also attempting to qualify.
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"It's always disappointing when we don't race, but it's especially frustrating when the race that's canceled is our qualifier." Kenefick said in an email. "There is no question in my mind that had it come to a race, both the A boat and B boat would have qualified. We probably would have gone 1-2."
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On Sunday, several other membsers of the team also competed in the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Championships. New Canaan finished sixth out of 12 teams with 32 points. Simsbury finished frist with 82 points, edging East Lyme by three-quarters of a point.
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The highlight for New Canaan was the boys novice 8 (Alec Buckenheimer, Roger Stone, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly, Andrew Campbell, Jeremy Rotner, Matt Todd, Nick Jackson, Molly Frear as cox) placed 1st in their heat and 1st in the finals by nearly 30 seconds on the 1,500 meter course. 
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The girls 2nd Varsity 8 (Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney, Olivia McLean, Amanda Glatthorn, Laura McCulloch, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Georgina Hurst, Emma Phillips as cox) finished 4th in their heat. 
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The boys Varsity 8 (Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Carter Aronson, Dan Berman, Ben Strassman, Todd Ferreira, Colten Karnedy, Kristin Rossetti as cox) placed 5th in their heat. The girls Varsity 8 (Leslie Griffin, Taylor Ann Potter, Patricia Moncure, Jessica Rosa, Liz Perreca, Liza Bagley, Stephanie Miller, Maureen Sweeney, Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 4th in the heats. 
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The boys 2nd Four (Garrett Lewis, Mike Sulla, Scott Zales, Jackson Krupp) placed 3rd in the finals. The boys 2nd Varsity (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Conner Egan, Chase Krivo, Phil Bene, Molly Frear as cox) finished 6th. The girls Four (Ellen Penchuk, Patricia Kelly, Caroline Reiss, Ginny Hornblower, Marie Aspinwall as cox) placed 4th in their race. The boys Four (Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Chris Schram and Carter Aronson) placed second in the finals and the boays' 2nd varsity 8 finished sixth.

MAY 17, 2007 - NEW CANAAN NEWS REVIEW
  A Dash at Nutmeg - NC Crew Competes At State Games
New Canaan High School Crew competed in the Nutmeg States Games Regatta on Saturday May 11th. The race course was 2000 meters along the Saugatuck River in Westport Connecticut. The rowers were really put to the test in rowing multiple 2k races within a few hours or less.
In the Junior Men’s 2x (Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann) placed 2nd just behind Saugatuck who was racing with a home advantage. Also qualifying for the finals, Dan Berman and Colten Karnedy placed 3rd
The Women’s Varsity 8+ (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 2nd. The JV 8+ (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Amanda Glatthorn, Kenzie Bess, Jen DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Kristin Rossetti as cox) placed 3rd in the same race. Rowing in the Women’s Novice 8+, Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean competed along with members of Maritime Rowing Club.
The Men’s Novice 8+ (Andrew Campbell, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Matt Todd, Conor Eagan, P. Bennett and Katherine Isaza as cox) placed 3rd.
In the Women’s Junior 4+ (Leslie Griffin, TaylorAnne Potter, Caroline Reiss, Stephanie Miller, Jenna DeMarco cox) finished 2nd   and (Ellen Penchuk, Patricia Kelly, Liz Perreca, Maureen Sweeney, Marie Aspinwall cox) finished 3rd.
The Men’s Varsity 4x (David Cramer, Chris Schram, Patrick Cleveland, Todd Ferreira) placed 1st. In the same race, just after finishing the 2x, Colten Karnedy, Dan Berman, Jordan Mastera, and Ben Hoeft rowed again finishing 4th..
Next weekend the team will compete in two separate regattas. The Connecticut State Championships at Lake Waramaug and the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Championships in Worcester, MA. 
 
MAY 17, 2007 - NEW CANAAN ADVERTISER
  Rowers star at Nutmeg Regatta 
The New Canaan High School Crew competed in the Nutmeg States Games Regatta on Saturday May 11th. The race course was 2000 meters along the Saugatuck River in Westport Connecticut. The rowers were really put to the test in rowing multiple 2k races within a few hours or less.
In the Junior Men’s 2x (Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann) placed 2nd just behind Saugatuck who was racing with a home advantage. Also qualifying for the finals, Dan Berman and Colten Karnedy placed 3rd
The Women’s Varsity 8+ (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 2nd. The JV 8+ (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Amanda Glatthorn, Kenzie Bess, Jen DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Kristin Rossetti as cox) placed 3rd in the same race. Rowing in the Women’s Novice 8+, Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean competed along with members of Maritime Rowing Club.
The Men’s Novice 8+ (Andrew Campbell, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Matt Todd, Conor Eagan, P. Bennett and Katherine Isaza as cox) placed 3rd.
In the Women’s Junior 4+ (Leslie Griffin, TaylorAnne Potter, Caroline Reiss, Stephanie Miller, Jenna DeMarco cox) finished 2nd   and (Ellen Penchuk, Patricia Kelly, Liz Perreca, Maureen Sweeney, Marie Aspinwall cox) finished 3rd.
The Men’s Varsity 4x (David Cramer, Chris Schram, Patrick Cleveland, Todd Ferreira) placed 1st. In the same race, just after finishing the 2x, Colten Karnedy, Dan Berman, Jordan Mastera, and Ben Hoeft rowed again finishing 4th..
Next weekend the team will compete in two separate regattas. The Connecticut State Championships at Lake Waramaug and the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Championships in Worcester, MA.
 
MAY 10, 2007 - NEW CANAAN ADVERTISER
  Some home cookin' for local rowers - New Canaan strikes gold on the Norwalk River
On Sunday, May 6, 2007 the New Canaan High School Crew competed in the St. Luke’s Invitational. Participating teams in addition to NCHS and host St. Luke’s included Maritime, Greenwich, Norwalk, Fairfield Prep, Rye High School and Saxe Middle School.
Dan Kenefick won the Boys Varsity 1x. In the Girls Varsity 2x (Rebecca Gould and Kathleen Holec) placed 1st and (Janette Kuhn and Linsey Odre) placed 2nd. The Girls Varsity eight (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 3rd. The Boys Varsity 4x (Carter Aronson, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford) placed 1st. In the Boys 2x event, Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann, Patrick Cleveland, Colten Karnedy, Dan Berman, Jordan Mastera and Geoff Stafford rowed in different combinations all with great results! 
The Girls JV eight (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Amanda Glatthorn, Mackenzie Bess, Jennifer DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Emma Phillips as cox) placed 1st. The Girls JV 4x (Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Ellen Penchuk, Virginia Hornblower) placed 1st. The Boys JV 4x ( Colten Karnedy, Ben Strassman, Todd Ferreira, Dan Berman) placed 1st.
In the Boys Novice eight event, (Roger Stone, Charlie Kelly, Will Dannemann, Alec Buckenheimer, Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner and Molly Frear as cox) placed 1st and (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Chase Krivo, Conor Eagan, Philip Bene and Katherine Isaza as cox) placed 5th.   In the Girls Novice eight Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean rowed with members of Maritime to place 2nd just behind Greenwich. In the Boys Novice 4x (Alec Buckenheimer, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly, Roger Stone) placed 1st, (Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner) placed 2nd and (Scott Zales, Mike Sulla, Garrett Lewis, Jackson Krupp) placed 4th.
Lastly, the rowers raced in boys/girls mixed eights. (Leslie Griffin, Jessica Rosa, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Carter Aronson, Stephanie Miller, TaylorAnne Potter and Jenna DeMarco as cox) and (Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Colten Karnedy, Ben Strassman, Justin Ferreira, Dan Berman, Liz Perreca, Maureen Sweeney and Marie Aspinwall as cox) all placing 1st in their events.
Several members of the team deserve much appreciation, Erik Khzouz, Sam Freedgood, and Jimmy Kahmann were not included in the racing but helped in the organization of the regatta. The upcoming regattas for the team include the Nutmeg State Games (May 12th), the Connecticut State Championships (May 20th) and the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Junior District Championships (also May 20th).
 
 
 
MAY 10, 2007 - NEW CANAAN NEWS REVIEW
NC Rowers Own Home Course 
On Sunday, May 6, 2007 the New Canaan High School Crew competed in the St. Luke’s Invitational. Participating teams in addition to NCHS and host St. Luke’s included Maritime, Greenwich, Norwalk, Fairfield Prep, Rye High School and Saxe Middle School.
Dan Kenefick won the Boys Varsity 1x. In the Girls Varsity 2x (Rebecca Gould and Kathleen Holec) placed 1st and (Janette Kuhn and Linsey Odre) placed 2nd. The Girls Varsity eight (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 3rd. The Boys Varsity 4x (Carter Aronson, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford) placed 1st. In the Boys 2x event, Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann, Patrick Cleveland, Colten Karnedy, Dan Berman, Jordan Mastera and Geoff Stafford rowed in different combinations all with great results! 
The Girls JV eight (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Kaleigh Griffith, Amanda Glatthorn, Mackenzie Bess, Jennifer DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Emma Phillips as cox) placed 1st. The Girls JV 4x (Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Ellen Penchuk, Virginia Hornblower) placed 1st. The Boys JV 4x ( Colten Karnedy, Ben Strassman, Todd Ferreira, Dan Berman) placed 1st.
In the Boys Novice eight event, (Roger Stone, Charlie Kelly, Will Dannemann, Alec Buckenheimer, Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner and Molly Frear as cox) placed 1st and (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Karnes McCarrick, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Chase Krivo, Conor Eagan, Philip Bene and Katherine Isaza as cox) placed 5th.   In the Girls Novice eight Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean rowed with members of Maritime to place 2nd just behind Greenwich. In the Boys Novice 4x (Alec Buckenheimer, Will Dannemann, Charlie Kelly, Roger Stone) placed 1st, (Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner) placed 2nd and (Scott Zales, Mike Sulla, Garrett Lewis, Jackson Krupp) placed 4th.
Lastly, the rowers raced in boys/girls mixed eights. (Leslie Griffin, Jessica Rosa, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford, David Cramer, Carter Aronson, Stephanie Miller, TaylorAnne Potter and Jenna DeMarco as cox) and (Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Colten Karnedy, Ben Strassman, Justin Ferreira, Dan Berman, Liz Perreca, Maureen Sweeney and Marie Aspinwall as cox) all placing 1st in their events.
Several members of the team deserve much appreciation, Erik Khzouz, Sam Freedgood, and Jimmy Kahmann were not included in the racing but helped in the organization of the regatta. The upcoming regattas for the team include the Nutmeg State Games (May 12th), the Connecticut State Championships (May 20th) and the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Junior District Championships (also May 20th). 
 
 
 
MAY 3, 2007 - NEW CANAAN ADVERTISER
    New Canaan Crew super at Cooper
On Sunday, April 29th New Canaan High School Crew along with Maritime Rowing Club competed in the Cooper Cup in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The race course was 2000 meters. The team had a very successful day with the Varsity boats capturing two 2nd place finishes and a 6th  the finals. The JV boats captured 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th.   The novice boys finished with two 1st  places and a 5th and the novice girls a 6th.
                            
The varsity events had heats to qualify for finals. The girls’ varsity lightweight double (Rebecca Gould, Kathleen Holec) won their heat and advanced to the finals placing 2nd. The boys’ varsity quad (Dan Kenefick, Will Kelly, Sebastian Kirwan, Sam Freedgood) placed 2nd in the heat, advanced to the finals and placed 2nd.  The lightweight double (Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann) advanced to the finals and placed 6th. Also rowing in varsity boats, the girls double (Janette Kuhn, Linsey Odre) placed 4th in their heat. The girls varsity eight (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 4th. The girls 2nd varsity eight (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Tori Stell, Amanda Glatthorn, Mackenzie Bess, Jennifer DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Emma Phillips as cox) placed 6th. The boys’ varsity lightweight double (Patrick Cleveland, Jordan Mastera) placed 3rd in their heat.
 
The JV and novice events were raced as finals.  The boys JV quad (Erik Khzouz, Max Menshing, Jimmy Kahmann, Ben Dann) placed first in their race and the JV quad (David Cramer, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford, Carter Aronson) placed second in their race. Also in the JV quad race (Dan Berman, Ben Strassman, Colten Karnedy, Todd Ferreira) placed 5th.  The girls JV quad (Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Ellen Penchuk, Virginia Hornblower) placed 3rd. Both the boys novice quads (Roger Stone, Charlie Kelly, Will Dannemann, Alec Buckenheimer) and (Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner) placed 1st in their races.  he boys novice eight (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Chase Krivo, Jackson Krupp, Scott Zales, Philip Bene and Molly Frear as cox) placed 5th. Also rowing for NCHS in their first novice race Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean rowed with members of Maritime to finish 6th in the girls novice eight.
 
The next race for the team is the St. Luke’s Invitational Sunday, May 6th on the Norwalk River by the Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk. 
 
MAY 3, 2007 - NEW CANAAN NEWS REVIEW
    NC Crew Earns Two Silvers at Cooper Cup
On Sunday, April 29th New Canaan High School Crew along with Maritime Rowing Club competed in the Cooper Cup in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The race course was 2000 meters. The team had a very successful day with the Varsity boats capturing two 2nd place finishes and a 6th  the finals. The JV boats captured 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th.   The novice boys finished with two 1st  places and a 5th and the novice girls a 6th.
                            
The varsity events had heats to qualify for finals. The girls’ varsity lightweight double (Rebecca Gould, Kathleen Holec) won their heat and advanced to the finals placing 2nd. The boys’ varsity quad (Dan Kenefick, Will Kelly, Sebastian Kirwan, Sam Freedgood) placed 2nd in the heat, advanced to the finals and placed 2nd.  The lightweight double (Ben Hoeft, Jake Ludemann) advanced to the finals and placed 6th. Also rowing in varsity boats, the girls double (Janette Kuhn, Linsey Odre) placed 4th in their heat. The girls varsity eight (Maureen Sweeney, Caroline Reiss, Liza Bagley, Liz Perreca, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Rosa, TaylorAnne Potter, Leslie Griffin and Jenna DeMarco as cox) placed 4th. The girls 2nd varsity eight (Georgina Hurst, Heather Potts, Tori Stell, Amanda Glatthorn, Mackenzie Bess, Jennifer DeCata, Sarah Corapi, Laurel Spinney and Emma Phillips as cox) placed 6th. The boys’ varsity lightweight double (Patrick Cleveland, Jordan Mastera) placed 3rd in their heat.
 
The JV and novice events were raced as finals.  The boys JV quad (Erik Khzouz, Max Menshing, Jimmy Kahmann, Ben Dann) placed first in their race and the JV quad (David Cramer, Chris Schram, Geoff Stafford, Carter Aronson) placed second in their race. Also in the JV quad race (Dan Berman, Ben Strassman, Colten Karnedy, Todd Ferreira) placed 5th.  The girls JV quad (Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Ellen Penchuk, Virginia Hornblower) placed 3rd. Both the boys novice quads (Roger Stone, Charlie Kelly, Will Dannemann, Alec Buckenheimer) and (Andrew Campbell, Nicolas Jackson, Matt Todd, Jeremy Rotner) placed 1st in their races.  he boys novice eight (Matt Jackson, Sebastian Case, Sam Carey, Mike Kucharczyk, Chase Krivo, Jackson Krupp, Scott Zales, Philip Bene and Molly Frear as cox) placed 5th. Also rowing for NCHS in their first novice race Laura McCullouch and Olivia McLean rowed with members of Maritime to finish 6th in the girls novice eight.
 
The next race for the team is the St. Luke’s Invitational Sunday, May 6th on the Norwalk River by the Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk. 
 
APRIL 26, 2007 - NEW CANAAN ADVERTISER & NEW CANAAN NEWS REVIEW
On Saturday, April 21st, the New Canaan High School Crew along with members of the Maritime Rowing Club competed in the Mercer Sprints in Princeton, New Jersey. The team had a very successful day on the 1500 meter race course with one first place finish, 4 second places, a fourth, and a fifth. 
 
The Boys Novice A Quad (Alec Buckenheimer, Will Dannemann, Roger Stone, Charlie Kelly) placed first in their race and the Novice B Quad (Andrew Campbell, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Jeremy Rotner) placed 2nd in their race. Novice boats have no preliminaries, each heat is raced as a final. 
Both the Boys Junior A Quad (Ben Strassman, Chris Schram, David Cramer, Carter Aronson) and the Junior B Quad (Ben Hoeft, Colten Karnedy, Todd Ferreira, Dan Berman) placed 3rd in their preliminary heats. 
The Boys Varsity A Double (Geoff Stafford, Jake Ludeman) placed 4th and the Varsity B Double (Jordan Mastera, Patrick Cleveland) place 3rd in the heats. The two Varsity Quads are mixed boats of NCHS Crew and Maritime Rowing Club. 
Both boats advanced to the finals with the A Boat (Dan Kenefick, Sebastian Kirwan, Ben Dann, Will Kelly) finishing 2nd and the B Boat (Max Menshing, Erik Khzouz, Jimmy Kahmann, Sam Freedgood) finishing 5th
The boys also rowed in an Octuple race with the A Boat (Rebecca Gould(cox), Max Menshing, Ben Dann, Will Kelly, Sebastian Kirwan, Dan Kenefick, Jimmy Kahmann, Erik Khzouz, Sam Freedgood) taking 2nd and the B Boat (Kristin Rossetti(cox), Jordan Mastera, David Cramer, Chris Schram, Carter Aronson, Patrick Cleveland, Ben Strassman, Jake Ludeman, Geoff Stafford) 4th.
 
The Girls Junior Quad (Ellen Penchuk, Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Ginny Hornblower) placed 6th in their heat. The Girls Varsity Quad (Janette Kuhn, Rebecca Gould, Linsey Odre, Kathleen Holec) advanced to the finals and finished 2nd.
 
The next race for the team is the Cooper Cup on Sunday, April 29th in Camden County, New Jersey.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
NCHS CREW ROW-A-THON
 
With the help of sponsors like Karl Chevrolet/Hummer, the senior members of New Canaan High School Crew raised over $9,000 in their annual Row-A-Thon on Saturday, November 18th.  The seniors, and a few juniors, rowed for three hours to fund the purchase of boats and equipment for the team. The NCHS Crew has several National Champion boats and sent rowers to the Rowing Junior World Championships in Amsterdam last summer.   
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OCTOBER 26TH EDITORIAL......HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA 
 
Rowers from New Canaan High School Crew, St. Luke’s Crew, and Maritime Rowing Club participated in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday October 22nd. The Head of the Charles is the largest two day rowing regatta in the world with over 8,000 rowers participating in 55 events for youth, collegiate, and masters divisions. It is the marquee event of the Fall rowing season. The course is renowned as one of the most challenging for its nearly 6,000 meter distance, multiple sharp turns, and 6 bridges with tight passage. This year, under sunny skies and breezy conditions, the regatta attracted over 350,000 spectators. 
 
Will Kelly and Max Mensching, both of St. Luke’s class of ’07, finished 8th out of 19 boats in the Men’s U-23 double sculls with a time of 19:14.6. The event was won by their former team mates Nate Kelly (St. Luke’s ’06, Trinity ’10) and Brendan McKewan (New Canaan High School ’06, Georgetown ’10) with a time of 17:46.3. Both Kelly and McKewan are rowing for their respective college teams but their coaches supported these young men who wanted to reprise their former partnership to try to win this prestigious event after finishing 3rd in the double last year.
 
Dan Kenefick (New Canaan High School ’07) rowed in the Men’s Single (U-20) in a time of 20:13.8 to place 17th out of 45. His team mate, Sebastian Kirwan (Wilton High School ’07) was 23rd in the same event with a time of 20:27.8. These two rowers, along with Will Kelly and McKewan, were members of the US Junior National Team that competed in the World Junior Championships in Amsterdam this past August. Nate Kelly, Mensching, and McKewan won gold together in the Junior quadruple scull at the USRowing Nationals in Indianapolis this past July. The Maritime men have set their sights on trying to win a Junior National Championship at the USRowing National Youth Championship in a quadruple scull in Cincinnati in June 2007.
 
Janette Kuhn (New Canaan High School ‘08) and Rebecca Gould (Staples High School ’07) represented New Canaan High School in the Women’s U-20 and finished 7th out of 21 boats with a time of 20:45.6. Sarah Weber (New Canaan High School ’07) and Anna Musky-Goldwin (New Canaan High School ’08) finished in 20th place with a time of 23.10.3 in the same event.
 
The New Canaan High School Crew, St. Luke’s Crew and Maritime rowers will next compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 28th. They then host the New Canaan Fall Sprints on their home water of the Norwalk River on Sunday, November 5th and finish their season at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta in Philadelphia on November 12th.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OCTOBER 10TH EDITORIAL....      
 
 
                                                                     
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, October 7th, the New Canaan High School Club Crew participated in the 12th annual Head of the Housatonic Regatta. The race course is approximately 2.7 miles long. In a head race, competitor’s race against the clock and the crew with the fastest time is the winner. Boats are started at 10 to 15 second intervals. 
 
The day proved to be a great season opener for all the rowers with an especially strong performance from the underclassman.  
 
The first event for NCHS was the Girls 4x. Kate Sillo, Linsey Odre, Janette Kuhn, and Kathleen Holec placed 1st in 18:17.  Anna Musky-Goldwyn, Sarah Weber, Brianna Ozimek, and Becca Kroll finished 2nd with a time of 18:24. 
 
Four great races were rowed in the Singles category. In the Boys 1x, Dan Kenefick finished 2nd in 18:33 to the 1st place time of 18:32. In the same event, rowing a single for the first time in a head race, Sam Freedgood finished 9th in 19:56 and Erik Khzouz finished 11th in 20:52. For the girls, Rebecca Gould placed 3rd with a time of 21:20.
 
New Canaan controlled the Boys/Girls 8x with five boats. The all freshman boat (Will Danneman, Roger Stone, Alec Buckenheimer, Andrew Campbell, Phil Laughton, Charlie Kelly, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson and Molly Frear as cox) placed 1st in 16:37. Gordon Bagley, Chris Shram, Geoff Stafford, Patrick Cleveland, Jake Ludemann, Alex Bosshard, Eugene Pylypchenko and Chase Krivo as cox placed 2nd in 16:55. Virginia Hornblower, Liza Bagley, Jessica Rosa, Mackenzie Bess, Amanda Glatthorn, Ellen Penchuk, Sarah Corapi, Georgina Hurst and Kristen Rossetti as cox placed 3rd in 18:36. Carter Aronson, Blake Peterson, Ryan Frattorolli, Phil Socci, Mike Sulla, Jackson Krupp, Garrett Lewis, Scott Zales and Katherine Isaza as cox placed 4th in 18:57. Laurel Spinney, Heather Potts, Priscilla Babchak, Liz Perreca, Laura McCulloch, Elizabeth Kirst, Kaleigh Griffin, Marie Aspinwall and Emma Phillips as cox placed 5th in 21:26.
 
The girls 8+ (Leslie Griffin Stephanie Miller, Patricia Moncure, Patricia Kelley, Grace Atchue, Taylor Anne Potter, Caroline Reiss, Maureen Sweeney, and Jenna DeMarco as cox) finished in 18:57 among a field of 40 boats. 
 
In the last event of the day for NCHS, the two boys quads finished in 3rd and 6th. Jordan Mastera, Ben Hoeft, Chase Barada, and Dan Berman completed the course in 17:05 and the Ben Strassman, Colten Karnedy, Matt Torpy, and Todd Ferreira finished in 18:28.
 
The upcoming races for the team will be the Head of the Charles on October 22 (a small group of rowers), the Head of the Schuylkill on October 28th, the NCHS Fall Sprints on November 5th and the Bill Braxton Regatta on November 12th.