ROWING Greenwich Crew wins two events at club nationals
A group of Greenwich Crew’s rowers made program history at the USRowing Club National Championships recently.
Greenwich Crew produced first-place finishes in the men’s under-19 4+ race at the USRowing Club National Championshps and garnered the gold medal in the men’s under-19 straight 4 race at the regatta.
“This was the first time a men’s team from Greenwich Crew won a gold medal at nationals and they won two,” Greenwich Crew varsity men’s rowing coach Cary Wasserman said. “It was a historic week for our club.”
The regatta, which took place on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., saw Greenwich Crew win the under-19 4+ race in a time of 6 minutes, 44.922 seconds.
The winning boat included coxswain Summit Gillespie, a rising Greenwich High School senior, Ted Frascella (bow, The Stanwich School rising senior), Christopher Stich (incoming freshman, University of Wisconcin), Michael Steinthal (GHS senior) and stroke Peter Scott.
“They beat out some pretty big and experienced clubs,” Wasserman said. “USRowing pulls kids from all over the country and for our guys to comfortably beat the was very impressive.”
The second-place boat in the race clocked in at 6:45.456, so Greenwich won the six-boat championship event by more than a second. The champions qualified for the finals by placing first in the time trials in 6:29.412 — a race that included 50 boats. They proceeded to place first in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
Greenwich Crew’s same rowers won the straight 4 race at the club nationals in 6:44.969 — an event that included six boats. They posed the fastest finish in the time trials (6:23.428) and were first in the semifinals.
Indeed, Gillespie, Frascella, Stich, Steinthal and Scott were quite a crew at club nationals.
“They performances were spectacular, they were the talk of the regatta,” Wasserman said. “They worked incredibly hard for three weeks leading up to the regatta after competing in the youth national championships. They set the goal of winning the four events at club nationals against great programs. Throughout the whole process, they were incredibly driven, professional and poised.”
Competing in other events as well at the club nationals regatta, the group showed their stamina, racing 14 times over several days. Up next for Greenwich Crew is the rapidly approaching fall season.