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Row With Champions

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PRINCETON, N.J. — For the third year in a row, Norwalk’s Maritime Rowing Club’s masters rowers won at U.S. Rowing’s 31st annual Carnegie Lake Regatta.
On Saturday, the team was awarded The Heebink Bowl, which is presented to the club with the best winning record of the day.
Points are awarded to the winners of each race, according to the size of the boat — one point for singles, two points for doubles, four for quadruple sculls or four-person sweep boats and eight points for eight-person sweep boats.
Twenty-seven clubs from the Northeast fielded 208 boats to compete in the event, which took place under relatively calm and overcast skies, perfect conditions for the 1000-meter sprint races. Masters rowers are, by definition, anyone aged 21 or over. Races are grouped according to age; where there are rowers of different age categories, time handicaps are applied.
Maritime took first place in the following categories: Women’s double sculls, women’s quadruple scull, men’s quadruple scull, mixed quadruple scull, and women’s eight-sweep.
“The team has trained hard and it shows,” masters coach Anna Cherednikova said.
The win continues a highly successful season for Maritime, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Earlier this spring, the junior teams took first and second place at U.S. Rowing’s Youth National Championships. This earned them a spot at the highly competitive international competition at Henley, United Kingdom, where they made it to the quarterfinals.
Also earlier this year, two Maritime alumni, Andrew Campbell and Charlie Cole, qualified for seats on the U.S. Olympic Rowing team. Cole, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics, will compete again in the coxless four, while Campbell will go to his first Olympics in the lightweight double.
Maritime masters had an added treat at the Carnegie Lake regatta, as Campbell and some of the Olympic team were practicing on the course before the races began.