Ramsey, New Jersey - Rockland Rowing had an opportunity to test their fitness mid-way through the winter season on Saturday at the Ironmen Erg Classic hosted by Don Bosco Prep. This year's race had 370 entrants from 19 clubs, and included adaptive events for the first time which gave the Rockland Rowing adaptive team an opportunity to make their racing debut. All Rockland programs produced solid results and nearly everyone on the team set personal bests over the 2,000 meter distance on the indoor rowing machines.
On the youth team, Juliette Frank defeated 30 competitors to help Rockland bring home gold in the varsity women's high school open event for the third year in a row (7:25.1); Gabriele Welp won silver in the varsity women's high school lightweight event (8:00.6); and Adrian Bugnacki took bronze in the men's high school novice event (7:13.7). Sophomore Vanessa Even-Chen, one month new to rowing was just shy of earning hardware. She placed fourth (7:59.9) in a competitive women's novice field as a lightweight and had this to say about her first ever 2k experience, "When the scores were posted from my event and I saw how well I had done, I was overcome with excitement. Being able to see the results from all of the hard days of practice was incredibly rewarding. Ironmen helped me to get excited to continue improving my 2k score."
Up next, Rockland's competitive youth will travel to Boston for CRASH-B's on February 12.