Two Brookline crews qualify for Nationals

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.

May 2013 photos

US Rowing District Championships – 6 BHS boats progress to semi-finals

The results are out and Brookline had an excellent day.  The following boats will race tomorrow:


Womens Youth 4x: Ali, Hallee, Meredith, Audrey

Womens Youth 4+: Camille, Sophia O, Sophia R, Lisa, Marie

Mens Youth Lightweight 2x: Jordi, Jack

Mens Youth Lightweight 4+: Max, Adam, Cam, Julien, Jacob

Mens Youth 4+: Liam, Matt, Jalen, Josh, Nikita

Mens Youth Lightweight 8+: Yiorgos, Jonathan, Eli, Aviv, Ivan, Temen, Mike, Noah, Phil


Please refer to the heat sheet attached for the timing for the races.  The coaches will let the athletes know when they should arrive in Lowell. There will not be any buses for the racing athletes to Lowell.  If you are having any difficulty with getting your athlete, or yourself, to the race, please reply all as there are many parents coming up and happy to help.

 Heat Sheet


Thanks so much for all the amazing donations today.  We need more for tomorrow!!   In addition to our rowers we have a group of approximately 30 (non-rowing) athletes coming up to cheer their teammates on!.

Here is the sign up:


Novice Challenge Results

Novice Boys:

The 1N came in a close 2nd place in their flight. Despite a rough start, they gained a lot of ground on the lead boat and closed the gap significantly to earn silver medals. The 2N had a tough flight, but came away with silver medals by a decisive margin. Uncontested, the 3N won gold medals, but the real victory for them was posting a faster time than the 2N! All the boats are looking forward to working hard this week in practice and making improvements to go faster next weekend at Lowell Invitational.

Novice Girls:

Brookline novice girls competed in their first novice race of the season at the Novice Challenge held in Lowell, MA on Saturday. The weather was beautiful at the coach/coxswain meeting with the wind picking up as the day progressed. Racing first in the W2N8+ were Barbie Dutra, Hannah Lowenstein, Monet Penna, Emily Bivens, Lea Churchill, Elizabeth Hazen, Nora Redgrave, Hannah Baker-Lerner, and Natasha Mundis. The athletes had a good start and a very strong finish where they caught up to the rest of the field after catching some crabs early in the race. Racing second in the W1N8+ were Mridul Madan, Ananya Reddy, Morgan Lemos, Ayden Mallory, Sophie Budden, Michaela Oster, Thea Charles-Moon, Ivy Yu, and Claire Malkin. They too had a good start but a seat came off the tracks early in the race causing them to row by six to the finish line. Despite rowing by six, the crew continued to execute their race plan and concluded it was the best they had rowed together yet. We were grateful to have Mridul from the novice boys team cox for us this weekend, enabling us to race two boats. Morgan also did a fantastic job of filling in for Anna who injured her ankle shortly before the boat launched. The Novice Challenge provided an excellent opportunity to race before competing in the Lowell Invite next weekend.

Novice Challenge – Saturday, May 4th

Five novice boats (three boys boats and two girls boats) will row in the Novice Challenge this coming Saturday, May 4th.   Novice athletes will be bused from Brookline High School to the Lowell race course on the Merrimack River, and back again.  The bus will depart at 5:30AM on Saturday. 

The boats will launch from: UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket Blvd.,Lowell, MA 01854.  Parking is at Regatta Field, across the street from the boathouse and there is a $10.00 charge.  Be careful not to park along Pawtucket Blvd or in the shops across from the boathouse.  Look for Brookline’s blue and red tents once you arrive. 

Go Brookline!!