Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club juniors repeated as victors in the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic regatta, April 2-3 in San Diego, Ca., with the girls bringing home the gold in the women’s high school varsity 8+ event.

In addition to the varsity girls’ win, which followed the crew’s win at the Head of the Charles Regatta in the fall, SRC’s JV girls 8+ took second, the JV boys 8+ placed third and the varsity boys 8+ placed fourth.  With top high school teams from across the country competing in the regatta, qualifying heats can include more than 20 crews.  

 "The San Diego Crew Classic gives us a chance to compete against top teams from the West Coast and beyond early in the season," said Sharon Kriz, director of junior rowing at Saugatuck Rowing Club.  "We are encouraged by how our athletes measured up, especially with all four SRC boats earning berths in their respective finals."

Kriz is head junior boys coach; the junior girls are coached by Gordon Getsinger.

"On the girls’ side, it’s rewarding to see how our relatively young crew has stepped up to the plate," said Gordon Getsinger, SRC head junior girls coach.  "To follow up their course record at the Head of the Charles Regatta this fall with a repeat victory in San Diego is testament to their hard work and training."

 Saugatuck Rowing Club juniors competing in the event included:

 Girls varsity 8+ (first) -- Lelia Boley, Westport; Tatiana Chermayeff, Rowayton; Grace McGinley, Westport; Kelsey McGinley, Westport; Caroline O’Brien, Darien; Elisabeth O’Brien, Darien; Charlotte Powers, coxswain, Fairfield; Imogen Ratcliffe, Westport; and Willemijn ten Cate, Westport.

Girls JV 8+ (second) -- Noelle Amlicke, Westport; Georgia Fox, Westport; Grace Johnson, Westport; Sydney Kend, New Canaan; Camila Meyer-Bosse, Westport; Isabelle Grosgogeat, coxswain, Westport; Sophie Pendrill, Scarsdale, NY; Hope Weisman, Larchmont, NY; Jacqueline Yeranossian, Ridgefield.

Boys varsity 8+ (fourth) --  Nic Amato, Westport; Oliver Bub, Westport; Harry Burke, Westport; Dean Hochman, Fairfield; Jake Hulina, coxswain, Westport; Lucas Manning, Westport; Patrick Overton, Westport; Kyle Ratner, Westport; and Ben Wisdom, Ridgefield.

Boys JV 8+ (third) -- James Banbury, Weston; Sawyer Banbury, Weston; Michael Cantor, Westport; Daniel Korsun, New Canaan; Sam Holzhauer, Ridgefield; Alin Pasa, coxswain, Westport; Damian Socia, Fairfield; Chandler Scheurkogel, Wilton; and Diego Baugh, Rowayton.