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October 30th, 2013

NRC tackles Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Rowers Chelsey Miller, Sydney Ciaccio, and Rachel Beisswenger at the 43rd Annual Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, the largest one day rowing regatta in the world, with over 6,000 competitors from 26 countries. Photo: Mrs. Lo

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Newburgh Rowing Club traveled to Philadelphia, PA to compete in the 43rd Annual Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, the largest one day rowing regatta in the world, with over 6,000 competitors from 26 countries, and left with Gold and Bronze Medals, said Newburgh Rowing Club’s Programs Director, Coach Ed Kennedy.

"I am so proud of each and every athlete who competed in this meet. It is by far the largest and most grueling meet that Newburgh competes in," said Coach Kennedy. "The HOSR is a 2.5 mile course, but the boats have to row 2.5 miles up to the start, so it is 5 miles of rowing. The meet organizers change the course every year so that no one team has an advantage, but it always involves hard turns, strict lanes, and rowing through narrow tunnels. Whether an athlete medaled or just competed in this Regatta is an honor."

"I am delighted that Emma Jendrejeski took Gold in the Women’s High School Trainer Singles U17 US Rowing Class 3 Shells Final," said Coach Kennedy.

"I’m really happy that I could get gold, not just for myself, but for the whole team," said Gold Medalist Emma Jendrejeski.

"In addition, one of our original Student Ambassadors, who row for us on scholarship, Kelvin Vidalis, took Bronze in the Men’s High School Trainer Singles US Rowing Class 3 Shells Final, competing in the U19 category, although he is a freshman at Our Lady of Lourdes, which is particularly impressive," said Coach Kennedy.

"I am very proud of all of our crews, especially, our Men’s 4+, which finished 6th, beating out 30 other boats, with a time of 16 minutes 18 seconds," said Coach Kennedy. "That boat was coxyed by Kayla Arriaga, with Jobany Calderon, Doug Indzonka, Michael DeCapua, and Aydan McCoy rowing. To give you an idea of just how impressive that is, this crew beat some of the top crews in the country, some of whom were State champions. In fact, everyone at the Regatta was so impressed, the entire Newburgh Rowing Club was invited over to the famed ‘Boathouse Row’ by one of the top college crew coaches in the nation, whose crew had taken gold the day before."

"However, we did not go to this Regatta to collect medals, we went to strengthen our athletes mentally and physically," said Coach Kennedy. "This is a grueling course, and requires the mental acuity of a chess match. We have a large group of young rowers. Taking them to HOSR is like throwing your kids in the deep end of the pool. Once they have the confidence that comes from swimming in the deep end, they are going to do laps in the shallow end like guppies."

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