Darien rowers win gold with Saugatuck Rowing Club
The Saugatuck Rowing Club junior women won gold and silver in highly contested events at the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., scoring a rare repeat victory and setting a new course record.
With a time of 16:46:9 the winning women’s youth 8+ bested by nearly three seconds a 2010 record for the storied five-kilometer course, which winds along Boston’s Charles River. Earlier, the SRC’s women’s youth 4+ turned in a commanding performance that earned them second place out of the 85 boats competing in their event. On the SRC junior men’s side, Silviu Tudor raced to a fourth-place finish in the men’s youth singles category, earning a medal.
"It’s rare for a club to repeat as champions at the Head of the Charles Regatta," said Sharon Kriz, SRC junior director and boys head coach. "Our repeat victory and other strong performances are testament to the hard work our junior rowers put in year-round."
The SRC men’s youth 8+ finished 13th out of 85 boats, moving up nine places from their original seeding. Among the rowers in the SRC crew were Oliver Bub and Lucas Manning, who represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Rowing Championships last August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With a large number of SRC junior rowers graduating last spring and now competing in collegiate rowing programs, the club’s top boats at this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta featured some new faces.
"Only three rowers in our women’s youth 8+ gold medal boat competed with the winning crew last year," said Gordon Getsinger, SRC girls head coach. "It was promising to see the younger athletes step up and for the group as a whole to turn in such an impressive performance."
The winning SRC boats included:
- Women’s Youth 8+ (gold) -- Lelia Boley, Westport; Gabrielle Campano, Redding; Tatiana Chermayeff, Rowayton; Grace McGinley, Westport; Kelsey McGinley, Westport; Caroline O’Brien, Darien; Claire Plunkett, Darien; Charlotte Powers, coxswain, Fairfield; Willemijn ten Cate, Westport
- Men’s Youth Singles (fourth) - Silviu Tudor, Fairfield
- Mens Youth 8+ (thirteenth) - Nicolas Amato, Westport; Oliver Bub, Westport; Harry Burke, Westport; Jake Hulina, coxswain, Westport; Dean Hochman, Westport; Lucas Manning, Westport; Patrick Overton, Westport; Kyle Ratner, Westport; Ben Wisdom, Ridgefield