NORWALK, Conn. – Six crews from Norwalk River Rowing Association earned trips to the U.S. Youth Nationals championships with solid finishes at last weekend’s Northeast Regionals in Worcester, Mass.
The club won gold and bronze in the Men’s Youth 2-, and both crews advanced to the nationals. David Sullivan and Matt Koenigsberg won in 7:39.022, while John Massari and Alex Nicoll took second in 8:00.7.
The Men’s Lightweight 4+ took second with David Sullivan, Stefan Petreski, Kyle Mikesh, Matt Koenigsberg and Matt Stout.
The Men’s Varsity 2x took fourth with Hugh Woodworth and Willem Taverna. The Men’s Youth Lightweight 2x took second with Petreski and Mikesh. Both crews will compete at the nationals. Joseph Blake will also attend the national meet on the NRRA boys team as a spare.
The Women’s Youth 2- team of Alex Stonehill and Caroline Demko finished fourth at regionals and will also compete at nationals. It is the first time a girls crew from NRRA has qualified for the nationals in eight years.
Stonehill and Demko were members of the Women’s Youth 8+ that narrowly missed earning a bid to nationals. That crew finished fourth with Stonehill, Demko, Julia Barr, Amanda Jenkins, Kylie O’Connor, Allison Hoffman, Emma Vergara, Madeleine Apuzzo and Caroline Arnold.
The Men’s Novice 4+ took fifth with Kris Petreski, Greg Bauerfeld, Ryan Solecki, Liam McDonough and Vishesh Ramesh. The Men’s Novice 8+ crew also took sixth with John Kaelin, Brian Helms, Marten Martensson, Campbell Marsh, Ryan Cuningham, Jack McDermott, Sid Fischman, Patrick Lyon and Ramesh. The Men’s Junior Varsity 4+ took third with Ronan Lane, Jens Salander, Ian Carlucci and Luke Goodwin. Both crews placed third in the semifinals to reach the finals. Novice and Junior Varsity crews do not advance to nationals.
Norwalk River Rowing is coached by Yuri Kolomiets and Bryan Pape. The six-crew delegation at nationals is a club record.
"We were impressed,'' Kolomiets said. "We thought we'd get four, so we did a little better than we expected."
NRRA is a community-based rowing organization that offers programs for a vareity of groups. It's junior competitive rowing program is building momentum, too. "I think it's a good thing for the program,'' Kolomiets said. "We're building a strong reputation."