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Essex Rowing Poised to Claim National Titles

Indianapolis, IN – July 15, 2011 – Youth athletes from Essex Rowing Club, Inc. in Methuen travelled to Indianapolis this week to compete in the USRowing Club National Championship Regatta. After three days of preliminary racing, four Essex crews are set to contest for Championship titles in their respective events, with finals running Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

First to race will be the Women’s Junior B (or under-17) Four with coxswain Madelaine Rueda (Methuen, MA), Caroline Guinee (North Andover, MA), Kate Cebry (Bedford, MA), Audrey Mandragouras (Boxford, MA) and Charolotte Bleiler (Boxford, MA).

The four took second in their heat on Thursday with the second fastest time overall and will have to overtake favorite Sagamore Rowing Association to capture the title on Saturday. The crew is stroked by Caroline Guinee, a fourteen year old rising Freshman who claimed silver at last year’s championship in the Women’s Junior B Quad and whose experience on the national stage will be a great asset to her teammates, all of whom are within their first year of rowing.

Later Saturday afternoon is the Women’s Junior A (or under-19) Pair of Elinor Hannum (Andover, MA) and Elyse Pengeroth (Andover, MA). The pair moved through their preliminary events with ease, but will face significant challenges from crews from Northern Virginia and Boston’s Community Rowing, Inc. Both athletes are veterans of national competition with six top 20, and two top three national rankings between them, but will be seeking their first championship title.

Also racing in the Pair event are Rachel Corbett (Andover, MA) and Jill Bolduc (Methuen, MA). The duo is seeded sixth coming out of the semifinals. They are the smallest crew in the event, averaging a mere 120 pounds against competition that is generally 40-50 pounds heavier. Each is well versed in the pressure of this race however, as both captured silver in the Junior B Quad at last year’s event.

On Sunday Michael Kapp of Andover, MA will compete in the Men’s Junior B Single final. Kapp is a heavy favorite to win having moved through the preliminary heat easily outpacing the competition. He will race the semifinal on Saturday morning and will need to secure a top 3 finish to move onto the final. Earlier this year Kapp took 13th with his Essex teammates in the Men’s Youth Eight event at the Youth National Championship in June and holds the club record for 2000 meters (6:26) on the indoor rowing machine, a time that would draw the attention of any top Division 1 program and that likely puts him well beyond his competition in an event that is limited to athletes 16 and under. Kapp is also racing with teammate Gregory Rickenbacker (Andover, MA) in the Men's Junior A Double, which will contest it's semifinal Saturday morning shortly after the Singles event.

Finishing the week’s racing will be the Women’s Junior B Double of Caroline Guinee and Shannon Block (Boxford, MA). Each athlete is remarkable in different ways, Guinee in her youth (she just turned 14) and Block in experience (she started rowing this January). The two were the top US crew at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia two weeks ago behind Peruvian’s Club Lima, but face several new teams in Indianapolis that did not attend Philly’s race. Last year Essex was the only team to place two crews in the final of this event, placing 3rd and 6th. Guinee and Pengeroth were the 6th place entry and are eager to build on that result in their respective events this year.

The USRowing Club National Championship is a five-day event held in the middle of July each summer. This year’s Championship features over 1,500 athletes representing 69 rowing clubs in 23 states. Participants competed for 71 national titles in junior, intermediate and senior-level events.


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Essex Rowing is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on advancing the sport of rowing. Founded in 2006, Essex Rowing trains youth and adult athletes from throughout the region from its Methuen facility along a nearly 8-mile stretch of the Merrimack River, between the Lawrence and Lowell dams. Since its inception, the club has introduced over 600 athletes to the sport of rowing and currently maintains a roster of over 130 middle school, high school, and adult athletes.

Press Contact
Travis Gardner
Executive Officer
travisgardner@essexrowing.org
(978) 208.4617


Pictures

Women's Junior A Pair, Elinor Hannum (stroke) and Elyse Pengeroth (bow)
Women's Junior B Double, Shannon Block (stroke) and Caroline Guinee (bow)
Women's Junior A Pair, Rachel Corbett (stroke) and Jill Bolduc (bow)
Men's Junior B Single, Michael Kapp
Men's Junior A Double, Gregory Rickenbacker (stroke) and Michael Kapp (bow)
Men's Junior B Single, Jack Wallace
Women's Junior B Single, Kate Cebry
Men's Junior A Single, Gregory Rickenbacker
Women's Junior B Four, Caroling Guinee (stroke), Kate Cebry (3), Audrey Mandragouras (2), Charlotte Bleiler (bow), Madelaine Rueda (coxswain)

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