Golden boats: Cornacchia wins with CBC at Youth Nationals

Darien athletes from Connecticut Boat Club find season success at summer invites

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Julia Cornacchia (right), coach Liz Trond and Kaitlyn Kynast all take gold for their efforts in the two-boat.

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Julia Cornacchia made up half of the the Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) crew that took first place in the pair at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships, winning the race by over 20 seconds.

Kaitlyn Kynast of Ridgefield and Cornacchia won the two-boat event.

CBC also took 12th place out of 40 boats for the Varsity 8+ and was ninth fastest in the time trials.

In order to qualify for this event, athletes competed in a regional qualifier and had to place in the top three.

The Northeast Region is one of the most difficult to qualify in because of the large number of high caliber teams.

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First Varsity 8+: (Cox) Colleen Visnic of Branford, CT, Julia Abbruzzese of Darien, CT, Catherine Garrett of Darien, CT, Lauren Squitieri of Wilton, CT, Heidi Jacobson of Greenwich, CT, Grace Collins of Ridgefield, CT, Katarina Kern of Greenwich, CT, Jenna Macrae of New Canaan, CT, Ella Petreski of Pound Ridge, NY.

Attending the national championship is an honor because it is the highest level of rowing for high school athletes.

Over one thousand of the nation’s most talented athletes from across the country competed in eighteen events for national titles and honors.

The boat consisted of two freshmen, three sophomores, one junior, and two seniors. This was the youngest boat CBC has brought to Youth Nationals. 

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Ten Connecticut Boat Club athletes were invited to USRowing’s highly competitive Development, High Performance and U19 Selection camps based in New London this summer. From left, are Carli McDermott of Sleepy Hollow NY, Olivia Moore of New Canaan, Katherine Lynch of Ridgefield, Julia Abbruzzese of Darien, Heidi Jacobson of Greenwich, Catherine Garrett of Darien, Jenna Macrae of New Canaan, Kaitlyn Kynast of Ridgefield, Bridget Galloway of Ridgefield, and Casey Batson of Darien.

About CBC (Connecticut Boat Club)

Connecticut Boat Club is a high performance girl’s youth (middle school and high school) rowing club and Women’s Masters program based on the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Founded in the spring of 2010 by U.S. National Team Junior/CBC head coach Liz Trond, the team includes girls from throughout southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County New York.  CBC has proven to be a dominant force in scholastic rowing, most notably bringing home medals at the 2016 Junior Worlds where Kaitlyn Kynast took the Bronze in the pair. CBC +dominates their competition at races including the Head of the Charles, the San Diego Crew Classic, the Saratoga Invitational, the Head of the Schuylkill, and the Head of the Housatonic to name a few.  For more information please visit the website and Facebook page.

Appears in the July 20 print issue of The Darien Times