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Greenwich Academy crew team finishes season strong at final regatta

November 2, 2017

As the results have shown, Greenwich Academy was quite a crew this fall.

Competing in their fifth and final regatta of the season this past weekend, the Greenwich Academy crew team rowed its way to three medals at the ultra-competitive Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia.

The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta included more than 2,000 competitors from all over the nation and races took place from the high school to collegiate and master levels.

Besides rowing against experienced high school and club team opponents at the Head of the Schuylkill, GA also had to try to conquer the elements that Mother Nature brought with Sunday’s inclement weather.

“Everyone on our team helped each other and kept their focus regardless of the weather conditions and challenges of the day,” Greenwich Academy coach Stani Slavova said. “I am sure we all wished the rain stopped for a second.”

The Gators registered a third-place finish out of 59 boats in the women’s high school fours varsity race at the Head of the Schuylkill. The impressive crew included coxswain Emma Osman, Brooke Lange (bow), Isabelle Stemerman (No. 2 seat), Mairead Kilgallon (No. 3 seat) and Holland Ferguson (stroke). They finished the 4K race in a time of 15 minutes, 58.3 seconds.

“I was worried they were going to get too cold, because it was cold, rainy and miserable on Sunday,” Slavova said. “But they just went out and raced and rowed like a crew determined to do their best. Every single crew we put on the water did the same thing.”

GA’s women’s high school fours junior varsity boat was second out of 50 boats in their competition, taking home the silver medal. The boat included coxswain Lilly Brooks, Charlotte Sorbaro (bow), Jane Watson (No. 2 seat), Olivia Falkenrath (No. 3) and Lucy Hudson (stroke). They finished their race in 16:24.6.

In the women’s high school eight race, Brooks (coxswain), Sorbaro, Tyler Gray, Eliza Bowman, Charlotte Gehring, Watson, Madison Farello, Falkenrath and Hudson were third, clocking in at 15:41.6. Their were 47 teams in their event.

The women’s high school fours freshman/novice race saw GA place fourth out of 31 boats in 18:10.6. Isabel Allard (coxswain), Caroline Schmitz, Amanda Mozingo, Marie Brewer and Maia Van Biesen turned in the strong performance. The Gators’ varsity eight boat had an eight-place finish in their event (48 competitors), posting a time of 15:01.1. Osman, Elizabeth Winkler, Farello, Georgia Stemerman, Ferguson, Schuyler Hyde, Lange, Kilgallon and Isabelle Stemerman rowed the boat for GA.

GA also finished ninth in the women’s high school eights (freshman/ novice) event, 30th in the women’s high school fours (junior varsity) and 27th in the women’s high school eights (junior varsity and lower boats).

“We knew back in September that we were facing tough competition this fall,” Slavova said. “We knew that we would e facing rowers who train twice a day and have already done it for 46 weeks with their club team. All of our team’s hard work and dedication the past six weeks paid off with their performance at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.”

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