High School Crew Greenwich teams headed to nationals

May 26, 2018 GMT

Greenwich Crew certainly made its presence felt at the 2018 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships last weekend on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., and because of that, they’ll take their skills to the national level.

After two days of intense racing against premier competition, Greenwich Crew saw six of its boats qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championships by excelling at the Northeast Youth Championships.

“We received absolutely phenomenal performances from all of our boats,” Greenwich Crew rowing director Mike Wieneke said. “To have those type of results from each one of our boats was amazing to see.”

The team’s men’s varsity eight boat posted a first-place finish in the finals at the Northeast Youth Championships and qualified for the Youth National Championships. They finished their race in the finals with a time of 6:25.678 and placed ahead of Community Rowing from Boston Massachusetts (6:29.882), which finished second in the seven boat championship race.


“Our guys got out ahead of them early and kept moving,” Wieneke said. “They executed their race plan to a ‘T’ and kept pulling away. We actually were able to build a pretty good lead on them throughout the race.”

Greenwich Crew’s championship men’s varsity eight boat included Ethan Boone, Chris Stich, Stanley Mason, Nico Matejak, Ted Frascella, Peter Scott, Mike Steinthal, Trent Polkinghorne and coxwain Summit Gillespie.

The program’s women’s varsity eight boat of Eleanor Leites, Isabel Wilkowski, Natasha Neitzell, Amanda Pyne, Lucy Koven, Sofi de la Sierra, Daisy Devore, Camille Boylan and Ellarie Talgo qualified for nationals with a first-place finish at the Northeast Regionals in 7:06.926. They finished ahead of runner-up Saugatuck (7:15.602), which had won at the national championship the past several seasons.

“It was a huge win for the girls,” Wieneke said. “It’s something they have been working hard for the past several years. They have put in so much hard work this season and it really paid off. They wound up winning their race by open water.”

In the men’s lightweight eight race, Greenwich crew’s boat placed second, earning a spot at nationals.

“We weren’t quite sure where they would finish, but they had some good training sessions the past few weeks and they went out there and made quite a statement,” Wieneke said.

The lightweight 8 boat featured Alex Khan, John Callahan, Mark Lorenz, Kevin Phillips, Jack Meinen, Quentin Bazar, Zack Hatzis, Sam Terry, Bo Pollio (coxswain).

Greenwich Crew’s women’s lightweight 8 boat of Molly Lundberg, Alexa Zavattaro, Katie Turk, Darby Loveless, Abby Lucier, Maddie Brody, Margaret Terry, Erin Meador and Sophia Gilroy, crossed the finish mark first at the Northeast Regionals in an impressive time of 7:23.701 in the finals.


“They led from start to finish and the won the race by multiple boat lengths,” Wieneke said. “This is a group that really knows how to get the job done. They are really establishing a name for themselves.”

The team’s men’s varsity four boat comprised of Matt Phillips, Noah Brehm, Sam Bickham and Alex Chung are headed to the nationals by placing third in their race at the Northeast Regionals.

In the women’s varsity four race, Cameron Thibualt, Eleanor Dabney, Lexi de la Sierra, Anna Meurer and Carys Hacker took third, good enough to take their skills to the national level.

“They went out there determined to go to nationals and they accomplished that feat,” Wieneke said.

The Youth Rowing Nationals takes place June 9-10 in Sacramento, Calif., and until then, Greenwich Crew will be busy preparing for their biggest challenge.

“All of our boats are training hard to get prepared and to keep getting faster,” Wieneke said. “They are training on a daily basis, doing double sessions.”

Besides qualifying six boat for nationals at the Northeast Regionals, Greenwich Crew won both the men’s and women’s points trophy and overall team points trophy at the competitive regatta.

“It’s been a strong spring for our men’s and women’s team,” Wieneke said. “Across the board in all of our races, we’ve had a lot of top three finishes and our athletes have earned a lot of medals. They went into the Northeast Regional hungry to succeed.”