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Norwalk River Rowing Boys Power To First Place At Head Of Schuylkill

Norwalk’s own Martensson (right) and Ayala (third from right) row
with teammates from Wilton and Pound Ridge, NY to capture bronze in the boys quad at the Head of the Schuylkill.
Norwalk’s own Martensson (right) and Ayala (third from right) row with teammates from Wilton and Pound Ridge, NY to capture bronze in the boys quad at the Head of the Schuylkill. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk River Rowing captured the first place point total for boys high school teams at the Head of Schuylkill regatta.

Norwalk River Rowing also came in second in the overall high school team total (boys and girls) behind Saugatuck, another local club based in Westport.

The Head of the Schuylkill was a two-day regatta in Philadelphia with 1,543 boats entered from 230 clubs and schools from 24 states and six countries, and was Norwalk River’s last regatta of the fall season.

Norwalk resident Brian Helms helped power the boys quad (under 17) to its gold in a race with 20 boats. Norwalk residents Kevin Conover, Willem Pacella and Vishesh Ramesh raced in boys four with coxswain (under 17) that took bronze in a field of 36 boats, while Norwalk resident Chris Martensson and Joel Ayala took bronze in the same boys quad (under 17) race with 20 boats in which Norwalk took a gold.

Norwalk girls Amelia Ornato and Nicole Vacas brought home a silver for the girls team in a double (under 17) race with 22 competitors. Norwalk River also captured golds in the boys single (under 17) and the boys double (under 17) and a bronze in the boys four with coxswain (under 19).

The teams now move indoors for winter training, and will be back on the water in early spring.

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