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 giving Rockland Rowing's adaptive team an opportunity to make their racing debut. All RRA 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 Ramapo NJ '17 defeated 30 competitors to help Rockland bring home gold in the girl's varsity high school open event for the third consecutive year (7:25.1); Gabriele Welp IHA '19 won silver in the girl's varsity high school lightweight event (8:00.6); and Adrian Bugnacki Briarcliff '17 took bronze in the men's high school novice event (7:13.7). Sophomore Vanessa Even-Chen Ramapo NJ '19, 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.