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SHS 3rd Boys Grab Gold at the CPSRA Regatta on May 19; Team Wins Seven Medals

SHS 3rd Boys Varsity crew captured gold at the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association Regatta on May 19. -- Photo by Bob Bursiewicz.
SHS 3rd Boys Varsity crew captured gold at the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association Regatta on May 19. -- Photo by Bob Bursiewicz.
The SHS 3rd Boys rowed for gold at the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Association Regatta at Lake Waramaug in New Preston, CT. Overall, the team brought home one gold, four silver, and two bronze medals. The day was misty with periodic showers. The morning heats began with a favorable tailwind, which shifted to a quartering tailwind during the afternoon finals.

The 3rd Boys won with a time of 4:52.3, 11.6 seconds ahead of second-place Farmington and 12.5 seconds ahead of third-place Stonington. The 3rd Boys boat crew includes: Eric Bursiewicz (coxswain), Connor Lyman (stroke), Max Gaudio, Matt McGoldrick, Sean Harris, Chris Palms, Charlie Croke, Justin Anderson, and Jack Reid (bow).

The equivalent of state championships for public school rowing, the CPSRAs were first organized in 1999, and include 12 rowing teams from Connecticut public schools; the competition provides races for both eight-seat and four-seat boats. Simsbury brought eight crews (Boys 1-3, Girls 1-3, and Novice Boys and Girls). Other schools that competed in the championships included Avon, E. O. Smith, East Lyme, Farmington, Glastonbury, Guilford, Lewis Mills, Litchfield, Lyme-Old Lyme, Middletown, and Stonington.

The SHS 1st Boys claimed silver in a tight race, with a time of 4:35.3, 1.5 seconds behind Lyme-Old Lyme and 5.8 seconds ahead of third-place Glastonbury. The 1st Boys boat crew includes: Amy Carabillo (coxswain), Calvin Krikorian (stroke), Zach Korten, Christopher Gschwind, Billy Fahan, Owen Massing, Brendan Murphy, Dan Sparks, and Trey Proctor (bow).

The SHS 2nd Boys boat received a bronze medal in their race with a time of 4:49.9, 3.2 seconds behind 1st-place Glastonbury and 2.4 seconds behind second-place Stonington. The SHS 2nd Boys boat crew includes: Stirling Brandt (coxswain), Nicholas Carabillo (stroke), Charlie Olson, Jacob Lauben, Kevin Oleskewicz, Alexander Ging, Jack Polizzi, Tucker Salls, and Mark Gschwind (bow).

The SHS 4th Boys boat obtained silver with a time of 5:05.2, 1.2 seconds behind first-place Farmington and 3.9 seconds ahead of third-place Stonington. The SHS 4th Boys boat crew includes: Alex Picken (coxswain), Adam Polkinghorn, David Sparks, Cameron Cantelmo, Alexander Marcktell, Tommy Kim, Chris Jackson, Brendan Richardson, and Christopher Rechen.

Strong rowing propelled the SHS 2nd Girls boat into second place in a tight race with a time of 5:25.5, 0.8 seconds behind first-place Farmington and 0.8 seconds ahead of third-place Stonington. SHS 2nd Girls boat crew members include: Kristin Regenaur (coxswain), Rachel Harris (stroke), Dezsaray Aponte, Amy Sickinger, Kaitlyn May, Natalie Hallen, Michela Zunino, Allison May, and Carolyn Croke (bow).

The SHS 3rd Girls boat took bronze in their race with a time of 5:02.0, 5.8 seconds behind first-place Farmington and 5.7 seconds behind second-place Glastonbury. The SHS 3rd Girls boat crew includes: Danielle Osborne (coxswain), Keira Manser (stroke), Shannon DelGuidace, Maxime Braun, Sydney Bledsoe, Emily Caliman, Anna Paquette, Heather Schiller, and Emily O’Donnell (bow).

The SHS Novice Girls boat earned third place with a time of 5:44.2, 17.8 seconds behind first- place E.O. Smith and 4.5 seconds behind second-place Glastonbury. SHS Novice Girls boat crew members include: Brenna Kelly (coxswain), Emily Fritz (stroke), Lilliana Starsiak, Hannah McKelvey, Jordan Emrick, Sasha Faizal, Morgan Locandro, Samantha Langdeau, and Kate Hoinoski (bow).

For a full listing of the race results, check out www.simsburycrew.org. Simsbury Crew’s upcoming racing schedule includes:
• NEIRA (for Boys/Girls 1-3), May 24/25
• Novice Regatta, Farmington, CT, May 29

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