Passaic River, Lyndhurst, NJ - The Rockland Rowing youth team brought home hardware in five events at the Head of the Passaic on Sunday where they faced local competition. The regatta was hosted by Passaic River Rowing Association and Nereid Boat Club. "The regatta gave our whole team a chance to race and show its depth as both novices and varsity rowers came through with favorable results," said head coach Melissa Boyd. "It's great to see the team find momentum on the water this fall season and see their hard work pay off."
The first medal of the day came in the morning when Rockland took second-place in the varsity boy's quadruple sculls (14:56.34) behind first-place Ridgewood (14:12.25) and ahead of third-place Nereid (14:59.25) in a seven-team field. The medal continues a successful season for the lineup of Anthony Rostek Tappan Zee '20 (stroke), Anthony Feteira Clarkstown South '19 (three), Billy Grippi Tappan Zee '20 (two), and Ryan Almond Clarkstown North '20 (bow).
Competing in the varsity girl's single sculls, lightweight athlete Gabriele Welp IHA '19 took silver finishing just six seconds shy of winner Nereid (18:25.47) with a time of 18:31.50 and ahead of the next best competitor Bergen County (19:00.38). Welp started second to last in a field of eight while Nereid started first and extended its advantage over the other boats by steering through its home course well.
A head wind developed and stuck around for the remainder of the afternoon by the time Welp returned to the water for the varsity double sculls to race with her teammate Chloe Young Ridgewood '18 who had also previously raced that morning. Nonetheless the duo had solid performance and placed third in an 11-team field. They clocked in with a time of 19:57.64 behind second-place Ridgewood (19:50.73) and first-place City Island (19:34.11).
At the end of the day Rockland's novice girls and boys helped the team finish strong. The novice girl's took silver in the quadruple sculls passing three boats over the 2.7 mile race. The crew comprised Olivia De Maria Northern Highlands '20, Leyla Arcasoy IHA '20, Kate Bushell Pascack Hills '18 and Lucinda Carroll Nyack '19. The girls finished with a time of 24:09.14 ahead of Passaic River (24:44.66) and Pelham CRA (25:18.28).
In the novice boy's four, coxed by Emilie Mazzola Briarcliff '18 and featuring Rostek (stroke), Wilhelm McGinnis Nyack '19 (three), Grippi (two), and Cory Gorczycki Hackley '19 (bow), the crew took silver in a field of nine and finished in 22:25.15 behind winner Kearney (21:14.87). This was the second race of the day for all but Gorczycki.
A select crew will return to the water for the Head of the Charles on Sunday, October 22 in Boston, Massachusetts.