Greenwich Crew heading to USRowing Nationals
After excelling at the Northeast Youth Rowing Championships, Greenwich Crew hopes to flourish at the USRowing Youth National Championships.
Greenwich Crew will certainly be well represented at the competitive event, which takes place Friday-Sunday in Sarasota, Fla. Strong performances at the Northeast Championships led to Greenwich bringing four boats to this week’s national championships.
At the Northeast Championships, Greenwich placed second overall with a team score of 1,068 points. Boston Community Rowing was the overall winner (1,164), while Greenwich’s female rowers won the women’s point trophy award.
“To win the points trophy it took a full team effort,” said Michael Wieneke, the director of rowing for Greenwich Crew, who helped coach the women’s squad. “From first varsity eight, to second, third, fourth and the novices — they all had a huge impact on winning the points trophy.”
Greenwich Crew qualified two women’s boats and two men’s boats to compete in the national championships, which includes 154 teams and more than 1,500 athletes. The team’s women’s lightweight 8 boat qualified for nationals by winning their event at the regional championships by open water.
Greenwich’s lightweight 8 boat was comprised of Camille Boylan, Katie Turk, Isabel Wilkowski, Rachel Korzendorfer, Charlotte Hacker, Abby Lucier, Alexa Zavattaro, Maxine McMillan and Lindsey DeVore.
“They had an awesome finish, we were really excited by how well they came together,” Wieneke said. “This season, each regatta they have worked hard, pushed themselves and gotten faster and faster.”
Greenwich Crew’s women’s open 8 boat placed second at regionals to earn a spot in the national regatta. Madison Van Meel, Natasha Neitzell, Sofia de la Sierra, Lucy Koven, Laura Navarrete, Daisy DeVore, Amanda Pyne, Clara Chambers and Leeloo Gilet raced the boat.
“They have had a great season, starting with the fall,” Wieneke said. “They trained hard through the winter and spring and posted fast times. They had some confidence, but they didn’t quite know how fast they were. After getting the silver medal at the Northeast Championships, they came off the water with a lot of confidence, but they were also hungry to go even faster.”
Greenwich placed second in the men’s division at the regional regatta. The team’s varsity eight boat finished second at the northeast regionals to qualify for nationals. Steven Max, Caleb Edmundson, Stanley Mason, Nico Matejak, Peter Scott, Michael Steinthal, Warren Arndt, Ethan Boone and Jimmy Catalano rowed Greenwich’s boat to the strong finish on the course, which saw more than 200 boats race.
“Our men’s eight boat includes a bunch of guys who have been around for a while,” Wieneke said. “They came up together through our middle school program and this year they have really jelled. They pushed themselves hard and put in more mileage this spring than they ever have. They raced in an event that they were in fourth or fifth all season against top crews, then they went out and got a silver medal, beating a team from Rye (N.Y.) that had been beating them all spring. They are super pumped to be heading to Florida for nationals.”
The squad’s lightweight four boat of Chris Stich, Aaron Jaffe, Andrew Gugger, Trent Polkinghorne and Caitlin Krantz will also compete at nationals, after placing second at regionals.
“It would be awesome if we could home with two medals from nationals,” Wieneke said. “Both our men’s and women’s eights believe they have so much speed left in them. This regatta will draw a lot of talent and a lot of fast crews from around the country and our team is excited to go up against them. That’s been the name of our game — to get faster and quicker than our opponent.”