Under sunny and breezy conditions, the Conestoga Crew team came off with 14 top three finishes out of the 15 Conestoga Crew boats entered in this past weekend’s 4th Manny Flick / Horvat Series Regatta. Sunday’s regatta also marked the debut for this year’s freshmen and novice crews.
This week’s action saw the boys kick off the rowing in the morning. The Boys Freshman/Novice crews captured three 2nd place wins, with Sam Caplan rowing in the Boys Novice Single; Jack Corr and Julius Neubig in the Boys Freshman/Novice Double and Max Amsterdam, Griffin Hamilton, Michael Gregory and Matt Balch rowing in the Boys Freshman Quad. Rowing for the JV crews, Andy Backstrom came in 4th in the Boys JV Single; Chris Ferris and Steven Devlin fell just short after a strong closing sprint to take 2nd in the Boys JV Double, and the Boys JV Quad of Maarten Monster, Austin Coney, Tim Kao and Carleton Monster finished 3rd. In the Varsity races, the Boys Lightweight Quad of Micky Kling, Max Malarkey, Ryan Hollinger and Hanan Zisling grabbed a 2nd place spot, with the Boys Double of Tyler Simpson and Andrey Lanahan and the Boys Varsity Quad of Sean Pepin, Niall Carlson, Jake Novak and Nathan Leibowitz, each finishing 3rd.
The girls had the afternoon schedule, which began with Gillian Dowson and Laura Phelan finishing 3rd in the Girls Freshman/Novice Double. The Girls Freshman Quad of Laura Alcorn, Lilianne Brown, Kate Hudson and Sydney Stephens captured a 1st place win in their first regatta appearance, kicking off a five race string of wins for Conestoga Pioneers Girls crew. Madeline Beirne, Carly Robins, Emily Hompe and Angela Sarkisian took 1st in the Girls JV Quad, followed by a sweep of the girls Varsity sculling events. The Girls Lightweight Quad of Amy Connell, Katie Groves, Sophie Bodek and Anna Zibinski posted an open water victory, as did the Girls Double of Rachael Devlin and Annina Ruggirello. The Varsity Girls Quad Anne Graf, Caroline Gosnear, Emer Ryle and Megan Hudson remained undefeated in the season as they wrapped up the day with another 1st place victory.
The Conestoga Crew team will be back on the Schuylkill for the 5th and final Manny Flick / Horvat Series Regatta on Sunday, April 13th. But with exciting races such PSRA City Championships, Stotebury Cup, Cooper Cup and USRowing's Mid-Atlantic Championship just around the corner, there is still so much more to look forward to this racing season! For more information about the Conestoga Crew Club go to www.conestogacrew.org. For complete regatta results, go to www.phillyflicks.com.
Special thanks to Bill Malarkey for Flick 4 race reports; photo credits to Teddy McGovern!