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Wayland Weston varsity girls and boys celebrate winning the “New Hampshire Cup” along the Merrimack River.img_2450

Wayland Weston Rowing is celebrating winning the team points trophy, the New Hampshire Cup, at the New Hampshire George Dirth Memorial Championship Regatta in Pembroke, about 60 miles north of Boston. The three mile head race on the Merrimack River began with a 90 minute delay due to fog. After the fog lifted, near ideal racing conditions remained for the duration of event with calm waters and only a slight breeze.

“I’m so proud of how all of our boats raced today and winning the team points trophy. It’s something that we came close to last year, and it’s great how everyone contributed to our victory today,” said Mike Baker, program director and varsity girls head coach.

The morning started with an early victory in the Women’s Junior 1x “A” boat, raced by Emilija Iannace with a finish time of 19:36.64. The “B” boat entered, raced by Kate Maietta, finished fifth (21:29.51) in the nine boat field. The varsity girls won gold and silver in the Women’s Junior 2x event. Competing in the “A” boat, Clara Hurney and Zoe Koechling finished in 19:46.3, and the “B” boat with Katherine Williams and Alexis George finished in 20:50.74 in the 10 boat race.

The Women’s Junior Novice 8+ “A”, coxed by Caitriona Nolan, also won gold with a time of 18:54.23 in their 20 boat field, marking the second victory of the fall season. The “B” entry placed 10th (20:33.84), however they placed first among the “B” boat entries.

In the final events of the day, both the Women’s Junior Varsity 8+ and Men’s Junior Varsity 8+ won gold. Local competitor Arlington Belmont Crew placed second in both events. The Women’s Junior 8+, coxed by Danielle Khan raced the course in 16:41.58 competing in a 33 boat event, and the Men’s Junior 8+, coxed by Janelle Renterghem, finished at 14:40.52 in their 36 boat event.

Racing continues next week at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Wayland Weston Rowing is competing on Sunday, October 23, in the Women’s Junior 8+, Women’s Junior coxed 4x, and the Men’s Junior 8+.

Additional NH Champs entries finished as follows:

Women’s Junior 4+ (43 boats): “A” 8th (19:31.90)

Women’s Junior 8+ (33 boats): “B” 23rd (19:03.73)

Men’s Junior Novice 8+ (19 boats): “B” 4th (19:17.90); “A” 6th (18:27.53); “C” 11th (19:16.53)

Men’s Junior 4+ (46 boats): “B” 13th (17:23.73); “A” 22nd (18:14.25); “C” 24th (18:24.53)

Men’s Junior 8+ (36 boats): “B” 13th (16:17.00); “C” 20th (16:52.50); “D” 30th (18:00.6)

View photos from the NH Championships.