Varsity Crew performs well at SRAA Nationals

The Girls Lightweight Double Scull, with Audrey Endres and Colette Puleo, raced to their fastest time of the year, but missed qualifying for the final. They ended the season ranked 12th in the Nation for High School Crews in their event.

Our Girls’ Junior Coxed Four (no seniors in the lineup) consisting of stroke seat Victoria Dorn ’18, Natalie Wolder ’18, Hannah Cousore ’19, Lauren Alberton ’19, and coxswain Olivia Siyahian ’19, improved dramatically over last year’s result in this event. Their 19th place ranking in the Nation is a huge improvement over last year’s 24th place ranking. Additionally, this years’ time was 16 seconds faster than the 2016 Nationals result. All the athletes in this boat will be returning to form a stronger and faster team that will have the potential to compete successfully with the best in the nation.

Our Girls’ Varsity Four consisting of Stroke seat Silvia Roy ’18, Jenna Van de Grift ’17, Sophia Izzo ’18, Katherine Mollenkopf ’17 , and coxswain Montanna Kirven ’17 fought back from a difficult race in the heats to move on through four levels to place 2nd in the Petite Final, earning a final ranking of 8th in the Nation. While three of these girls are moving on to college, Roy and Izzo will return to anchor a very fast Varsity Girls’ Squad in 2018.

Our Freshmen Boys Quad made up of Wyatt Green, Mick Harle, Jake Burton, and Brian Balo came out strong in the first 1000m of their race showing great poise but falling short to their nearest competitor by a mere 1 second at the finish line. We’re looking forward to seeing what this young team can do next year.

Our JV Boys Double made up of Alex Correa and Blake Laureti came out strong in their race and posted their fastest race this year but fell short in progressing to the semi-finals. All in all these two Sophomore showed they will be a force to reckon with in the future.

Our JV Boys Four made up of Ray Gazzo, Sean van de Grift, Angel Rivera, coxed by Freshmen Brooke Mackenshausen, and stroked by Daniel Llagas raced against a deep field of equally strong teams but couldn’t progress to the next round of competition. Next year’s team will be lead by many of these rowers and we expect great success from them.

Our Varsity Boys Four made up of Seniors Tommy Merritt, Joe Balo, Sam “The Crusher” Barba, coxed by Spencer Rosenberger, and stroked by Noah Crousore posted the fastest time ever recorded for a Cathedral Catholic Boys boat at Nationals with a staggering 5:14 over 1500m. This was the Varsity boats fastest race this year, culminating a great season. Going into Nationals, the Dons were ranked 20th out of 30 teams but finished 17th overall and just 2 seconds short from progressing to the next round. This group of seniors showed class, maturity, and esprit the corps throughout the weekend leading the Dons Boys crew team on and off the water.