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New Canaan Crew and Maritime Rowing will send 19 rowers to U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals

By Elizabeth Tobey

New Canaan Crew and Maritime Rowing earned six invitations to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships by earning top medals at the North East Regional Regatta on May 21.

Ned Berman, Nick Flynn, Sam Wiley, Evan Toriano and Samantha Estrich (cox) took first place in the Men’s Youth Lightweight Four.

Later they added to their medal count by rowing with Alex Vernon, Merrit Cullman, Oliver Viera and Eddie Nilan to earn a silver in the Men’s Youth Lightweight 8 coming in just behind powerhouse Community Rowing from Boston, MA.

In the Open Weight Quad event, Charlie Campbell, Henry Franco, Jonathan Rosow and Scott Yanoff crushed their competition by more than 8 seconds to win gold, while Graham Mink, David Kircher, Ross Burnaman and Tucker Klutey battled to the wire to earn the bronze medal and a coveted invitation to Nationals.

Peter Tortora and Alex Buck also earned their ticket to Oak Ridge with a bronze meal showing in the Men’s Youth Pair.

This regatta was unlike any other this season. To compete in the finals at North East Regionals, a team has to first win one of the three top spots in preliminary heats and semi-finals.

While the aforementioned elite athletes earned the much desired invitations to Nationals, New Canaan Crew and Maritime Rowing cleared all of their varsity entries to the semi-final round and most to the final round. This is no small accomplishment on a weekend when the conditions were less than optimal. The heavy spring rains both elevated the river and accentuated its current. As a consequence, stake boats, commonly used to hold boats at a starting line, could not be used as rowers could not maintain a line in the strong current.

Additionally, the small buoys used to mark lane lines had to be removed as they floated against each other creating more confusion than order. While these steps were necessary, it meant that the markers usually used by rowers to steer a straight course were not available to them.

Coach Vengerovskiy said “These were very difficult racing conditions and the kids continued to show excellent strength and good speed. While I’m very proud of those who earned the right to compete at Nationals we had a very strong showing from all our rowers.” Coach Nate Kelly added “given the conditions of the day, our athletes were able to rise above the obstacles and row mature races.”

New Canaan Crew and Maritime Rowing will compete at US Rowing Youth National Championships on June 10-12 in Oak Ridge, TN. For more information about rowing contact New Canaan Crew at The Maritime Rowing Club 203-854-5492 or on the web at newcanaancrew.com or maritimerowing.net.