By Aaron Sege
The Brookline High School crew team had a very impressive showing at the USRowing Northeast District Junior Championships this past weekend. Thirty two varsity girls and boys raced in several classes of the events on the Merrimack River in Lowell. Seven boys took home gold on Sunday and qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships in June.
The girls pulled very solid races in their three entries. Sophomore Gabby Guttormsen and senior Katherine Allen rowed in the double sculls event. Facing tough competition in a very fast heat, they placed fifth. In the quadruple sculls, seniors Audrey Dalgarno, Alison Bell and Meredith Outterson and junior Hallee Wong got second in their heat and advanced to the semifinals. Fighting hard, they placed fourth, missing third place –the finals berth—by eight seconds. In the four, seniors Marie Kolarik and Lisa Leung, junior Sofia Ordonez and sophomores Sophia Rintell and Camille Newsom, their coxswain, also made it to the semifinals. They rowed a very strong race in the semi, but missed the final with a sixth-place finish.
Senior Matt Rosenberg, junior Josh Bilchik, and sophomores Jalen Chow and Nikita Budnik rowed in a four coxed by sophomore Liam Higgins. They rowed a smooth race in their heat and progressed to the semifinal, but were overtaken in the end to finish in fourth place. The rest of the boys raced in lightweight events, open only to competitors weighing under 160 pounds. Seniors Noah Krawitz and Phil Ross and sophomores Jonathan Lindstrom-Vautrin, Eli Shieber, Aviv Preminger, Ivan Laryionenka, Temen Kim and Mike Nikulin rowed in a lightweight eight coxed by sophomore Yiorgos Karaminas. Coming off a spectacular first place finish at the Lowell Invitational last week, they summoned a big sprint in their heat and made it all the way to the finals. They rowed a fantastic race and came in fourth.
In the lightweight four, seniors Adam Rintell, Cam Chiasson and Jacob Anmahian and junior Julien Mahler, and their coxswain, senior Max Condon progressed easily to the finals. With long, powerful strokes, they pushed past the competition and came in first. As the top three finishers in each event qualify for Nationals, the Brookline four handily did so. Senior Jack Ruske and sophomore Jordi Cabanas raced in the double sculls event. Breezing through their heats and semifinals, they executed a perfect race and won first place in the finals by 10 seconds. The six rowers and their coxswain who won now look ahead to Nationals, which will be held June 7-9 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. With first place finishes under their belts, they will be very competitive next month.