By Allen Nitschelm
The Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough Rowing Team excelled at the Lowell Invitational Regatta held on the Merrimac River in Lowell last weekend. The event drew over 500 crews from most New England states and included both public school teams and private clubs. The Bare Hill Rowing Association sponsors the Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough high school rowers. About 90 student athletes in grades 8 through 12 from the towns of Harvard, Acton, and Boxborough are training and competing during the spring 2014 season.
As many as 20
teams were entered in each event at the popular regatta, which held time trial
qualifying heats over the 2,000-meter course on Saturday. The top six times
qualified to compete head to head across six lanes in the Finals and crews
placing 7th through 12th advanced to the Petite Finals,
both held on Sunday.
Sunday had 32
Final races and 10 Petite Finals with Bromfield fielding boats in 15 races. The
team won three gold medals, including the Girl's Varsity Lightweight Four and
the Boy’s First Varsity Four as well as the Girl's Freshmen Four.
Bromfield crews placed second overall in three races, third overall in four,
and fourth through seventh in four races.
Four girls from the varsity team racing in the lightweight
division (weighing under 130 pounds) powered their way to first place, covering
the 2,000 meters in7:04.19. The team is comprised of Meghan Glade and Sylvia
Sarnik of Harvard, along with Courtney Oka of Boxborough, Anna Dawley of Acton,
with Amanda Sundheimer of Harvard as coxswain. The crew hopes to travel to the
nationals this year, the qualifier for which is next weekend in Lowell at the
New England Regional Regatta.
In a show of
strength and synchronicity, the Varsity Boy’s Four earned the gold medal
covering the distance in 5:37.57, seven seconds faster than their nearest
competitor, Riverfront Rowing of Hartford, CT. The all Acton-Boxborough crew of
Liam Mackin, Charles Watt, A.J. Higgins, Kyle Hayes and Coxswain Anya Plucinsky
also has its sights set on a trip to
the nationals this season.
Varsity Boy’s Four placed second, only three seconds out of first place in
their final race. Rowers were Justin Hayes, Andrew Borghesani, Benjamin Jackson, and Luca
Basile, with Kyle Veo as coxswain.
Boy’s Eight in both varsity and novice categories won their Petite Final heats,
earning them overall 7th place finishes in the entire field.
The third gold
medal winning boat was the Freshmen Novice Girls Four. All five of the novice
girls’ boats moved into the finals from their Saturday races. On Sunday, the 1st
Novice Girl’s Eight placed second out of 17 boats, with a time of 6:59:97, just
two seconds off the winning pace. The 2nd Novice Girl’s Four also
placed second and the 2nd Novice Girl’s Eight placed third in their
event. The 1st Novice Girl’s Four placed 6th overall.
Molly Hart was
the only female entry from the team in the single sculls event competing in the
finals, in which each rower pulls two oars. She placed third in her race out of
14 overall. Hart will be also racing to qualify for nationals next weekend.
The 1st Girl’s
Varsity Eight placed 5th overall in a very competitive field of 19 boats. The
crew showed significant improvement from the last large regatta in Saratoga,
New York, placing ahead of three crews that bested them at that
regatta. Rowers were Courtney Oka, Kirsten Thiim, Molly Hart, Panna
Rasania, Ally Goldsher, Annie Cooper, Anna Dawley, and Sylvia Sarnik, with
Coxswain Emily Erdos.
Varsity Women Eight had Meghan Glade, Emily Mitchell, Olivia Stoffel, Maddie
Van Dorpe, Maeve French, Grace Ott, Michelle Ginouves, and Emma Stoffel as
rowers, with Amanda Sundheimer as cox and Hannah Forgo placed third in the
Final heat in a time of 7:06.17.
Varsity Girl’s Four placed third in a time of 7:18.41, with Emma Stoffel,
Michelle Ginouves, Ally Goldsher, and Annie Cooper as rowers and Katie Erdos at
Both Boy’s and
Girl’s Varsity teams will be competing this weekend in Lowell and at the State
Championships the following weekend, also in Lowell. The group's final event of
the season is the First Annual Ergathon, to be held on Harvard's Town
Common on May 31st. This is a fundraiser to raise money towards the
purchase of boats and other equipment. For further information or to make a
donation, visit www.barehillrowing.com/ergathon.