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Norwalk River Rowing Wins Gold

Liam McDonough (left) and Kris Petreski with their 1st Place Trophy. Photo Credit: Andrea Cragin
Norwalk's Nicole Vacas and Amelia Ornato rowed a womens’ under 19 double to the semi-finals. Photo Credit: Andrea Cragin

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk River Rowing’s Kris Petreski and Liam McDonough won a gold medal at the 132nd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario earlier this month.

McDonough and Petreski won their gold medal in the Mens Under-17 Double.

McDonough and Petreski dominated their qualifying races, taking first in all of them. The duo faced some controversy in the final after one of the rowers lost control of one of his oars, but they were able to recover and secure the victory.

Fellow Norwalk residents Nicole Vacas and Amelia Ornato rowed a womens’ Under-19 double to their respective semi-finals as well.

The Canadian Henley is widely regarded as the premier amateur rowing event in North America. It featured  2,173 crews from 136 teams in ten countries, including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Great Britain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Mexico.

“Our rowers were up against some of the finest rowers in the world. A Henley Gold is an impressive achievement," Head Coach Yuri Kolomiets said in a statement. "All of our athletes worked hard mentally and physically to get to this point and brought their ‘A game’. They should be very proud of their results."

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