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As we wrap up the Fall rowing season and head indoors, here is a look at how Maritime Rowers fared at several regattas during the past month. These are just highlights — it would take too long to list all of our successes. Congratulations to everyone who competed!

Complete regatta results are available at Regatta Central or Powerhouse Timing – check the regatta website.

Head of the Housatonic, October 9 – Although quite windy throughout much of the day, it was sunny and warm, a beautiful day at a beautiful venue.

Juniors: In the Men’s Junior singles race, Graham Mink took second and Michael Squitieri was third, with New Canaan Crew taking nine of the top 11 places in this race. Junior women dominated their singles race as well, with Aubrey Kenefick taking second and Olympia Bordelon taking second and third, and New Canaan Crew capturing three of the top six places. New Canaan HS Crew took second in the Men’s HS 4X, while the Women’s HS 4x came in fourth, just 3 seconds behind third place St. Mary Academy. New Canaan also took third in the Men’s HS Novice Eight, and fourth in Men’s HS 4+.

Masters: Meredith Collins and Mary Borque took second in the Women’s 2X, while Bob Potts and Linda Gould came in fourth for the Mixed 2X. MRC also medaled in Women’s Masters 4x, placing second behind our river-mates, Norwalk River Rowing.

Head of the Charles, October 23 – Forty-one members of the New Canaan Crew and Maritime Rowing teams competed with over 8,500 other athletes from around the globe in the 46th Head of the Charles River. The 3.2 mile race is the largest and one of the most prestigious regattas in the world.
Some highlights:

Juniors: Charlie Campbell and Peter Tortora took seventh out of forty boats in the Youth Men’s Double race coming just 3.3 percent off the winning time and guaranteeing themselves a spot for next year. Henry Franco and his partner Scott Yanoff finished 13th, beating out their teammates Graham Mink and Geoffrey Cloud by less than a second. Jonathon Rosow and Parker Lang came in sixteenth with a time of 17:54.17. Lilly Gorman and her partner Aubrey Kinefick came in 13th, less than two seconds ahead of their team mates Olympia Bordelon and Stephanie Winsch in the Youth women’s double race.

Brendan McEwen and Nate Kelly took fifth in the Championship Doubles.

Master rowers Laurie Devitt and Beth Picard rowed in Women’s Singles events earning 13th place finishes in their respective age categories. Ken Iscol, Andrew Campbell and Bob Potts competed in the Men’s Singles. Doubles teams, Jeanne Fredericks and Linda Merk-Gould and Mary Ellen Flaherty-Ludwig and Pam Ellett represented Maritime Rowing in the Senior Master’s Doubles category.

In the Director’s Challenge events, Eric Danneman, Fred Krupp, Leslie Freed, and Beth Picard competed in the Mixed Quad. Donna, Gorman, Roger Johansson, Bob Potts, and Jeanne Fredericks also competed in the Mixed Quad with Bob’s daughter coxing them down the river.

Head of the Schuylkill, October 30-31 In the Women’s HS Singles, Olympia Bordelon was the winner by four seconds; her teammates also fared well, with New Canaan Crew placing in four of the top seven spots. Charlie Campbell placed third in the Men’s HS Singles, less than a second behind the second place competitor.
MRC Masters also brought home a gold medal for the mixed veterans 2x, the Women’s 4X, as well as a silver in the Women’s 4X.

Head of the Fish, October 30-31 – While others were racing at Head of the Schuylkill, Meredith Collins and Beth Picard headed north to Saratoga, where they won a coveted fish head in the women’s masters 2x at the Head of the Fish regatta.

New Canaan Invitational Fall Sprints – Now an established fall regatta that takes place on the Norwalk River, the New Canaan Invitational is a great way for our junior rowers to wrap up the season. This year was a resounding success, with too many wins to document. Our rowers dominated the field, and out middle school rowers in particular found it an exciting, and challenging way to end the season.

Congratulations to all rowers — now let’s move indoors!

Note that a new Middle School winter session has just started — and Masters, don’t forget to send in those EZ Pass payments!