Crew continues winning streak at Cooper Cup
New Canaan crew continued to stand out as a competitive force in scholastic rowing competitions throughout the region after its April 25 performance. New Canaan claimed 13 first-place finishes, six seconds and four thirds at the 2010 Cooper Cup regatta in Camden, N.J.
"For the second week in a row, we competed with teams from up and down the East Coast and our results demonstrate that we are one of the strongest rowing clubs on the East Coast," coach Olga Vengerovskaya said.
The men's and women's varsity singles dominated their events, with Andrew Campbell and Marianne Hoeft taking first place, while Alec Buckenheimer and Charlie Campbell had second-place finishes. All four rowers advanced to the finals, where the boys swept three of the four top spots.
Campbell won the men's varsity single final in a highly competitive lineup that included one of the strongest Junior World Championship scullers from last year's World Championships. Buckenheimer and Campbell took third and fourth. Hoeft took fifth in the women's varsity single final.
The women's and men's varsity doubles won their morning events and advanced on to the varsity double finals. The two women's lightweight varsity doubles competed against each other in an exciting final in which the top three boats finished within one second of one and other. Olympia Bordelon and Katherine Stevenson took second, while Sarah LIffmann and Lilly Gorman came in third. The men's varsity double -- featuring Jon Rosow and Thomas Stolarski -- placed third in the men's varsity double final.
The women's and men's varsity quads went undefeated for the second week in a row. The women's boat of Mackenzie Bess, Hoeft, Stephanie Winsch and Jennifer DeCata won their sprint by 21 seconds, advancing and winning the final by a substantial 17 seconds.
The men's novice quad also won their event for the second week in a row. David Kircher, Graham Mink, Eddy Nilan and Geoffrey Cloud blew away the competition, seizing the first-place finish by nearly 27 seconds.
The boys and girls varsity quads also dominated their events. The girls second varsity A quad took first place. The A quad included Alexa Persico, Mary Campbell, Rachel Paterson and Aubrey Kenefick -- won their event. The B quad, featuring Lily Lewis, Samantha Curt, Elina Berglund and Megan Cullinane, took fourth.
The men's second varsity A and B quads took first and second place, respectively. The A quad -- Thacher Dodge, Michael Squitieri, Henry Franco and Scott Yanoff -- blew past their competition, winning with a 23-second gap. The second-place B quad featured David Kircher, Arthur Roski, Ryan Hanavan and Jeffrey Cloud.
Although the varsity 8 races in this regatta did not have a lightweight distinction, men's first varsity lightweight 8 was able to pull out a third-place finish against top heavyweight boats.
Advancing to the varsity finals, they came in fourth. The first varsity 8 team, coxed by Sammy Escherich, included Nick Flynn, Matt Podlesak, Sam Wiley, Evan Turiano, Oliver Viera, Conor Eagan, Alex Vernon and Ned Berman.
The women's and men's second varsity 8s both took second place in their events. The women's second varsity 8 team, coxed by Alex Prior, featured Elizabeth Steinborn, Veronica Hoeft, Serra Oral, Madeleine Prior, Hallie King, Morgan Sheibley, Georgina Morgan and Petra Krompaska.
The women's and men's novice 8 boats both came in fourth. The women's novice 8 team, coxed by Ashwini Rao, included Katherine Squitieri Kerinne O'Connor, Alexandra Savoca, Quinn Gruver, Emily Caccam, Alex Klapper, Lauren Bell and Mackenzie Hollis.
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