BHS: Nationals Victory!

While most seniors were throwing their cap into the air celebrating their graduation, five seniors from the Brookline High School Varsity Crew team were preparing, racing and recovering from the Youth National Championships for rowing.
The team closed off the season strong, raking in gold medals from the races in Tennessee. Two boats crossed the country filled with seven students.
Rowers from around the country, from public and private school teams as well as club teams, traveled to Oak Ridge to fight for gold.
Senior Jack Ruske and sophomore Jordi Cabanas destroyed all competition in the Mens Lightweight Youth 2x A Final, finishing two seconds ahead of second place Miami Beach. They finished their two thousand meter piece in 7 minutes, one second, beating Miami Beach, Miami Rowing, Stanford, Tempe Junior Crew and Pine Crest (in that order).
The double won all three races including their heat, their semifinal race and the A finals. In their second race they out sprinted the competitors in the last 500 meters, securing open water. The final was decisively won, titling Ruske and Cabanas the best lightweight youth double in America.
After placing fourth in their heat and third in their rep, the four beat out New Canaan High School Crew and Atlanta Junior to place fourth in the C Final for men’s lightweight youth fours. Senior Max Condon coxed the boat of seniors Adam Rintell, Jacob Anmahian, Cam Chaisson and junior Julien Mahler.
The races took place on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, so the seniors had to miss the high school graduation. School administrators presented the athletes’ diplomas upon their return home on Monday, June 10, in a personal graduation ceremony.
This was the third year in a row that coach Katy Ruderman sent rowers to nationals from the Brookline High School varsity team, adding to her success with the program.

For the five seniors who raced, competing and dominating Junior Nationals was a great way to finish their high school rowing career.

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.

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: