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Row With Champions

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Maritime Rowing’s coaches and athletes have been busier than usual this month, thanks to several honors bestowed by US Rowing.

Yan and Olga Vengerovskiy, co-founders and head coaches, were awarded the John J. Carlin Service Award by US Rowing at the annual US Rowing convention in Hartford in early December.

Andrew Campbell, who began rowing with Maritime Rowing Club’s New Canaan Crew, was named US Rowing’s Man of the Year and also received his award at the US Rowing convention.

Earlier in the fall, Charlie Cole, who also learned to row at Maritime Rowing Club, was designated as US Rowing’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Campbell and Cole have won at the national and international levels, and have their sights set on the 2012 Olympics in London. If they do row, it won’t be the first Olympic rower to have started with Coach Vengerovskiy — Norwalk native Dan Walsh, who won the Bronze medal in US Men’s Eight in 2008, learned to row with Vengerovskiy.

But there is one difference this time. Both Campbell and Cole hail from New Canaan, CT, an inland town. Coach Vengerovskiy noted the irony: “We just may see two Olympic rowers from a town with no body of water.”

To view pictures from the awards ceremony, visit our photo gallery. To read more about how Yan and Olga built up a nationally acclaimed rowing club, read this article in The Daily Norwalk.