Rowing club team competes in NE championships
The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club participated in the U.S. Rowing New England Regional Championships at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., last weekend. At stake was a bid to race at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Fla., next month. The top three rowers in each event are invited.
Events ranged from 8-person boats to single sculls, with varsity to novice racing on the docket. LHRC is a composite club with high school rowers from Litchfield, Wamogo, Nonnewaug, Watertown, Bethel and Marvelwood high schools.
LHRC had 10 boats and 24 rowers representing the team on Saturday, and six of those boats moved on to finals on Sunday. The boys novice four coxed by Aiden Mannillo included Tristan Coolbeth, AJ Butler, Ethan Hannon, and Anderson Warshaw. Caleb Parilla and Charlie Hannon were in the final of the boys pair. A girls lightweight double was rowed by Landry Langlais and Ruby Hatfield. Hank Zinn and Oscar Sanchez each competed in the boys lightweight single final, and Rose Kelly was in the girls single race.
Of those making it to finals, Hank Zinn came through with a very impressive second place, while Rose Kelly was able to garner third place in her event. Unfortunately for Zinn, the lightweight single event is not a national one for U.S. Rowing, so he will not be heading to Florida for that competition. Kelly will be representing LHRC there, as one of potentially 30 competitors from around the country in her event in Sarasota on June 9-11.
The LHRC junior team is coached by Kynan Reelick and Anna Kobayashi. The team has continued to expand its small boat/sculling program for the last four years under Reelick's leadership. This lets the coaches be more creative in combining the athletes they have, so they can compete in more varied events and venues.
The rowers will be wrapping up the spring season on June 3, with an open house at the boathouse for National Learn to Row Day, and a banquet in the evening at La Cupola Restaurant in Bantam. They will also be on the Litchfield Green for their annual ergathon during Gallery on the Green on June 11. Summer kicks off the last week in June, with Learn to Row programs for novices aged 13 and up, and programs for both juniors and masters rowers of all levels. www.litchfieldhillsrowing.org/summer/.