Crew brings home trophies from Greenwich Invitational
Published 1:04 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
Continuing to live up to an impressive reputation is often times hard to do in sports, but New Canaan crew is getting the job done. The team took home three first-place finishes at the seventh annual Greenwich Invitational Sprints on Saturday.
The 1,000-meter sprint competition drew hundreds of spectators and rowers from regional rowing clubs to the beautiful Greenwich Harbor venue. Crosswinds were so strong the course had to be shortened twice during the morning races, but New Canaan crew prevailed, winning three events nonetheless.
The girls' No. 1 varsity quad, coached by Yan Vengerovskiy, won the the quad championship. Rowers Jenifer DeCata, Stephanie Winsch, Kenzie Bess and Olympia Bordelon finished first in the morning girls varsity quad sprints, advancing to the final and winning the quad championship trophy. Their final time was 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Pelham Community Rowing Association.
The boys' primary quad, also coached by Vengerovskiy, won its championship race thanks to rowers Ryan Hanavan, Henry Franco, Mike Squitieri and Thacher Dodge, who finished first in their morning sprints, ultimately winning the boys 4x final against Saugatuck.
The B quads on varsity both placed third at the events.
New Canaan crew's No. 1 varsity 8 team, coached by Yuri Kolomiets, won first place in the lightweight 8 sprint. With coxswain Sammy Escherich at the stern, rowers Nick Flynn, Matt Podlesak, Sam Wiley, Evan Turiano, Oliver Viera, Conor Eagan, Alex Vernon and Ned Berman took an early lead against Saugatuck and won the first-place medal for their event. The team also had impressive showings from its novice and junior varsity boats.
"The Greenwich Invitational is a wonderful local event for our rowers. We participate in so many regattas that are out of state, it is great to have an event of this caliber in our own backyard where friends and family can come out and cheer for our rowers," senior Andrew Campbell, the president of New Canaan crew club, said.