Crew: A historic first for Pioneer Rowing Club at Frogtown

 

By Cathy Mizgerd

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Pioneer Rowing Club traveled to the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio, to compete in the 33rd annual Frogtown Regatta. All 92 members of the team were in attendance, and all 92 medaled.

“For a team of 92 to earn everyone on its roster a medal is rather astonishing,” said Pioneer Rowing Club Head Coach Rich Griffith, “and this is a first in team history.”

The Pioneer team was one of 27 rowing clubs from four Midwestern states to compete in the regatta, hosted by the Toledo Rowing Club and Toledo Rowing Foundation.

The day featured 311 entries—including 27 Pioneer boats—in 57 events, at the level of both masters and high school. While the course was a 5-kilometer head race in past seasons, it was shortened to a 2,500-meter head race last year and extended back out to a 3,000-meter head race for Saturday’s regatta. For many of the afternoon events on Saturday, though, the course was shortened to a 750-meter sprint to make up for lost time after delays caused by river traffic.

Men’s Lightweight 8+ rows to bronze with the fastest Pioneer time on the course. Photo Tina Brinkel

The regatta took place on the autumnal equinox and first official day of fall in the Great Lakes region. Weather conditions were true to the change in season, taking a marked turn from the day before. Temperatures during most of Saturday’s events hovered in the high 50s and low 60s. The day was overcast and cloudy, with the sun emerging only for brief moments from time to time.

In addition to the more customary four-and eight-seat boats, Pioneer’s 27 entries included a men’s single and a mixed double. Pioneer earned 23 medals overall, nearly doubling its count of 13 medals achieved last year—which, at the time, nearly doubled the number of medals from the year before. This year’s medals include eight gold, eight silver, and seven bronze medals. “I’m somewhat gob-smacked by your performance,” Coach Griffith told the team afterward.

The fastest Pioneer boat on the 3,000-meter course was the Men’s Lightweight 8+ with a time of 11:14.9. The fastest Pioneer boat on the 750-meter course was the Men’s First Varsity 8+ with a time of 2:34.8.

Men’s Open Novice 8+ rows to gold. Photo by Melissa Snyder

The Pioneer crew team will scrimmage against Northville, Saline, and Wyandotte on Saturday, September 29, on Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan.

Pioneer crew will also host its annual Row-Along fundraiser, featuring rowing lessons and river rides, on October 7, 2018. To learn more and reserve your seat, click here https://www.pioneercrew.org/fundraising/row-along/

GOLD
3,000-meter:

Women’s Open Novice 8+ with a time of 14:41.6: Dawsen Mercer, Lillian Davidson-Walshe, Aichata Sanogo, Lucie Conogan, Ella Folkdahl, Radina Dinov, Abby Stephen, Shuyi Xu with Grace Thomas as coxswain.

Men’s First Varsity 4+ with a time of 11:22.3: Max Bayer, James Wishart, Josh Weiner, Josh Grant with Elizabeth Williams as coxswain.

Women’s First Novice 8+ with a time of 13:38.5: Talya Castell, MK Coolican, Grace Kennel, Lillian Davidson-Walshe, Aichata Sanogo, Lila Harris, Emma Bassett, Sophia Sprick with Anna Kaganov as coxswain.

750-meter:
Men’s Open Novice 8+ with a time of 3:22.0: Habib Shakour, Jack Ryan, Gabe Raux, Kenyon Neal, Aiden Somo, Charlie Duke, Joshua Kang, Kousei Itoh with Charlie Herz as coxswain.

Mixed Double with a time of 3:39.3: Molly Maloy and James McKeown.

Women’s First Novice 4+ with a time of 3:28.5: Talya Castell, Sophia Sprick, Lila Harris, MK Coolican with Lisa Brinkel as coxswain.

Men’s First Varsity 8+ with a time of 2:34.8: Max Bayer, Erik Anderson, Josh Weiner, James Wishart, Gabe Gurule, Ashish Venumuddula, Josh Grant, Rob Snyder with Natalie Uytingco as coxswain.

Men’s Third Varsity 8+ with a time of 2:52.3: Luke Fisher, John Schenk, Het Patel, Noah Jackson, Gary Pinsky, Miles Klapthor, James McKeown, Zach Rochman with Adi Bapat as coxswain.

SILVER
3,000-meter:

Women’s First Varsity 4+ with a time of 13:02.2: Molly Maloy, Laura Akey, Hope Hesseltine, Helena Yambrick with Marley Wolff as coxswain.

Women’s Second Varsity 4+ with a time of 13:27.9: Lydia Schaafsma, Erica Burns, Ella Cunningham, Ariel Mobius with Lisa Brinkel as coxswain.

Men’s First Novice 8+ with a time of 11:47.9: Will McKarns, Charlie Clynes, Gabe Raux, Ethan Mascotto, Evan Guzek, Grayson Hobrecht, Kyle Bretzius, Connor Geer with Lucas Guevara as coxswain.

Men’s Second Novice 8+ with a time of 12:57.6: Erik Hanson, Owen Rozek, Habib Shakour, Daniel Ko, Rob Duke, Daniel Martinez, Luke Werner, Jack Ryan with Charlie Herz as coxswain.

Men’s Second Varsity 4+ with a time of 12:05.0: Erik Anderson, Hank Murdock, Gabe Gurule, Rob Snyder, with Natalie Uytingco as coxswain.

Women’s Second Novice 8+ with a time of 16:08.1: Katy Bajcz, Lucie Conogan, Ella Folkdahl, Dawsen Mercer, Abby Stephen, Margaret Crawford, Grace Thomas, Shuyi Xu with Zinah Al-Maawi as coxswain.

750-meter:
Women’s Open 8+ with a time of 3:07.5: Sunita Bose Partridge, Erica Burns, Hope Hesseltine, Helena Yambrick, Lydia Schaafsma, Ruby Taylor, Presley Koepp, Madeline Hollander with Lisa Brinkel as coxswain.

Men’s Second Varsity 8+ with a time of 2:44.7: Luke Hudgins, Finley Gordon, Cooper Hite, Hank Murdock, Sam Kwok, Drew McCreadie, Jacob Sendra, Jack Bajcz with Elizabeth Williams as coxswain.

BRONZE
3,000-meter:

Men’s Lightweight 8+ with a time of 11:14.9: Luke Hudgins, Finley Gordon, Jacob Sendra, Josh Moss, Luke Fisher, Miles Klapthor, Stephen Flynn, Joey Simon with Adi Bapat as coxswain.

Men’s Open 8+ with a time of 12:21.9: Zach Rochman, Jack Bajcz, Het Patel, Gary Pinsky, Noah Jackson, John Schenk, Stanley Ye, Joel Martinez with James McKeown as coxswain.

Men’s Third Varsity 4+ with a time of 12:54.6: Sam Kwok, Drew McCreadie, Cooper Hite, Josh Moss with Adi Bapat as coxswain.

750-meter:
Men’s Second Novice 4+ with a time of 3:25.1: Will McKarns, Ethan Mascotto, Evan Guzek, Owen Rozek with Lucas Guevara as coxswain.

Women’s Second Novice 4+ with a time of 3:53.7: Katy Bajcz, Grace Kennel, Emma Bassett, Radina Dinov with Jada Hikary as coxswain.

Women’s First Varsity 8+ with a time of 2:54.2: Ella Cunningham, Tina Ai, Molly Maloy, Laura Akey, Hope Hesseltine, Helena Yambrick, Alyssa Sun, Ariel Mobius with Marley Wolff as coxswain.

Women’s Lightweight 4+ with a time of 3:36.7: Ella Cunningham, Tina Ai, Alyssa Sun, Ariel Mobius with Talia Zakalik as coxswain.

MAIN PHOTO: Women’s Open 8+ pulls hard for silver. Photo by Melissa Snyder 

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