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20th May 2007

Essex Rowing placed both its girls and boys teams in the top three at this weekend's Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship...
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12th May 2007

Novice crews from Essex Rowing swept Lowell High School this weekend in the opening regatta of the club's inaugural season...
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25th February 2007

Competing for the first time under the Essex Rowing banner, five local athletes tested themselves over a 2000m distance at the 26th Annual C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints in Boston, MA ...
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AHS Girls Win State Rowing Championship, Boys 2nd



Methuen, MA – May 22, 2007 – Crews from the Essex Rowing Club, Inc. of Methuen, MA traveled to Lowell this weekend to compete in the Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association Championship Regatta. The crews, a girls novice (or first year) eight and boys novice four were composed entirely of athletes from Andover High School in Andover, MA. The girls emerged as state champions in their event besting nine other teams from across the state. The boys placed second, a mere .89 seconds behind first place Cape Cod and ahead of the four other teams in their event.

"We had to make some big changes to our lineups this week to accommodate the scholastic nature of the MPSRA,” explains Coach Travis Gardner. “Normally, our boats are made up of the fastest athletes we have, regardless of which school they’re from. But as a scholastic event, [our MPSRA entries] had to be composed of athletes all from a single, public school. Andover was the only school that we had enough athletes from to do this and we were able to enter a girls eight and boys four. I think the athletes adapted incredibly well to the new dynamic, especially the boys. A four is a much more difficult boat to row in than an eight, and the focus they put into establishing synchronicity with each other last week allowed them to put out a great race today.”

”Then you have the girls; they just have such great depth to their team even though its really not that big (17 athletes). When a squad can cycle athletes between their first and second boat as easily as these girls can you're just in a really great place from a coach's perspective. Brining the three [Andover athletes to replace the Masconomet athletes] up was pretty simple. The crews just meld, all we had to do last week was fine tune.”

”Hopefully next year our team will have grown to a point where we’ll be able to place boats in this event from several local schools. We almost had enough for a [Masconomet Regional High School] entry this year, so I’d definitely like to have that next year. Then of course we’d love to represent our home town of Methuen. The sky’s the limit really, it just depends on where people are coming from and how many there are."

Last weekend, the club sent two crews to Worchester to compete in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Junior District [US Regional] Championship against the best crews from south Jersey up to New Hampshire. In that event, Essex Rowing’s girls placed 2nd in a field of 17 crews and the boys finished 3rd of 19. Both teams raced the novice eight event, with the girls entry composed of athletes from Andover High and Masconomet Regional High and the boys boat a mix of Andover High and St. John’s Prep students.

This is the first season of operation for Essex Rowing, a non-profit community rowing organization formed late last year which operates of its facilities on the shore of the Merrimack River in Mehtuen, MA. Essex Rowing draws its athletes indiscriminately from the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire region. The only requirement for participation is the ability to reach its facilities in Methuen. So far the youth programs are composed of 34 athletes from 7 local schools and hopes to expand exponentially as word spreads in the surrounding community of the programs’ availability and quality.

“As the program moves beyond its first seasons and continues to grow, we hope to draw from an even greater range of local schools and ensure athletes from all over the region have access to the sport and the opportunity to succeed as these athletes have so early in the programs history,” says Gardner, also the organizations founder.

This weekend Essex Rowing will host its last race of the season, a small dual against Newman Academy of Boston. The athletes will then have one month off before resuming training in preparation for their next competitive season in the fall.

Each season Essex Rowing offers opportunities for athletes with no experience in the sport to become involved through its introductory rowing programs. These programs are open to middle and high school youth and feed directly into the competitive teams that race in the fall and spring. Adult programs are also available at both the introductory and experienced levels, with sessions in the evenings two-three days each week. Summer programming begins July 5th and run through August 23rd. Fall programs will begin the first week of school in September.

Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association Championship Results
Merrimack River - Lowell, MA
May 30, 2007
All races 1500 meters

Boys Novice Four, 2nd of 6 crews
Coxswain; Brittany Hockman, Junior
Stroke Seat; Sean Dempsey, Senior
Three Seat; Michael Song, Junior
Two Seat; Christoph Kapp, Junior
Bow Seat; Kevin Crompton, Junior

Girls Novice Eight, 1st of 10 crews
Coxswain; Diane Sun, Freshman
Stroke Seat; Allie Di Salvo, Junior
Seven Seat; Becky Wrightson, Junior
Six Seat; Kaitlin Debelen, Junior
Five Seat; Renee Hamilton, Junior
Four Seat; Nicole Vecchi, Junior
Three Seat; Catherine Hannum, Sophomore
Two Seat; Erica Morgan, Junior
Bow Seat; Valerie Peacock, Junior



Essex Rowing (AHS) Girls Novice 8+
Catherine and Erica
Catherine on the row back to dock
the girls with their medals

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