June 17, 2017
Philadelphia, PA - Rockland youth and U23 rowers competed at the Schuylkill Navy Regatta on Saturday where they won gold in three events: the women's novice single, women's intermediate lightweight double and the men's junior four. The conditions were perfect for the 2,000 meter side-by-side sprint races. "This is the first regatta in our summer circuit and the goal is to get out there and gain more racing experience," said head coach Melissa Boyd.
In the men's open single, Rockland youth coach Ryan Dronzek (Iona College '16) finished a minute behind Penn AC's C. Anderson in 8:24.78, taking last in the four boat heat. Ryan won the men's intermediate quad at USRowing Club Nationals last year for the NYAC and is new to racing in the single.
In the five boat heat for the junior women's single, novice scullers Gabriele Welp (IHA ' 19) and Vanessa Even-Chen (Ramapo '19) each raced for their first time ever over 2,000 meters. Gabriele finished fourth with a time of 8:57.20 and Vanessa came in fifth with a time of 9:05.28. Ariel Deljanin (N. Valley Regional '18) also raced in the single in a separate heat and finished fourth of four with a time of 9:19.33. East End had the fastest qualifying time in the heats with 8:38.13.
In the junior men's single Alex Arcasoy (Northern Valley '17/Northeastern '21) finished last in his heat of four boats with a time of 8:34.47. The race started out well for Alex, but around the 800 meter mark he slowed down considerably because he caught a clump of the evasive milfoil weed on his skeg and was unable to shake it loose for the remainder of the race. He finished 45 seconds behind the winner from Crescent, J. Bucko.
Rockland was represented by two crews in the junior men's double event. Novices Anthony Rostek (Tappan Zee '20) and Billy Grippi (Tappan Zee '20) finished fourth in their heat of five with a time of 8:35.70 and finishing fifth in the second heat of five were Kevin McCabe (N Valley Demarest '20) and Alex Karanikitas (N. Valley Regional '19) with a time of 9:55.48. Nereid had the fastest qualifying time at 7:34.39.
Vanessa Even-Chen (Ramapo '19) raced in the novice women's single 1,000 meter straight final and won gold by a four second margin over Nereid finishing in 4:25.80.
Novice coxswain Emilie Mazzola (Briarcliff '19) lead her crew to a gold medal in the junior men's four straight final finishing nearly a minute ahead of single opponent Bergen County with a time of 8:29.81. This was the crew's first ever sweep race. The lineup was Anthony Rostek (Tappan Zee '20), Billy Grippi (Tappan Zee '20), Kevin McCabe (N Valley Demarest '20) and Alex Karanikitas (N. Valley Regional '19).
Former Rockland rower, Cassidy McGovern (Tappan Zee '16/Cornell '20) stroked the women's intermediate double with bow seat Juliette Frank (Ramapo '17/UCLA '21). They finished a close third, just over a second behind East End with a time of 8:05.86 in a six boat final. Last summer the duo raced together at USRowing's Club Nationals where they placed 8th in the nation in the women's under 19 double.
RRA had two entries in the junior women's double five boat final. Varsity athlete Frankie Fradianni (Nyack '17/UNC '21) and novice Lucinda Carroll (Nyack '18) were runners up to Nereid with a time of 8:59.74 and the novice crew of Kayla Nueva (Clarkstown South '19) and Leyla Arcasoy (IHA '20) finished fifth with a time of 9:44.21.
Former Rockland rower, Lucille Tasker (Tappan Zee '16/Wisconsin '20) partnered with novice Gabriele Welp (IHA '19) in the women's intermediate lightweight double final where they commanded a 40 second led over Nereid in the dual race, finishing with a time of 8:25.52.
In the men's open double, Ryan Dronzek (Iona College '16) and Alex Arcasoy (Northern Valley '17/Northeastern) finished sixth in their six boat final with a time of 7:24.63. The comparatively young and inexperienced crew was over a minute behind the Penn AC winners.
Racing concluded for the team in the men's intermediate quad with novice scullers Justin Brownell (Iona College '20), Tim Strowbridge (Iona College '20), Christian DeLeo (NYU '20) and Peter Collins (URI '15). RRA finished behind Bergen County and the Undine winners with a time of 7:35.69 in the three boat final.
Next up for the team is IDR in Philly on June 30-July 2.