Greenwich Crew competes in Indoor Rowing finals

Last weekend, the 32nd annual World Indoor Rowing Championships (more commonly known as the CRASH-B’s) was held in Boston, Mass., and 16 Greenwich Crew members made the trip north in order to compete in this prestigious and grueling event.

Held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, the event drew athletes from around the globe to compete in 2,000-meter races on indoor rowing machines.

Melissa Curtis, finishing her 2,000-meter race in 7:16.5, placed third out of 230 athletes, taking home the bronze medal in the Junior Women’s Openweight event. This marks the first time in Greenwich Crew’s history that a member of the junior team has placed in the top three in a CRASH-B event.

Greenwich Crew’s top placement in a junior men’s event came from Oliver Probst, who finished with a time of 6:49.6, earning 30th place in the Junior Men’s Lightweight event.

Several other members of the Greenwich Crew team had impressive days in the Veterans and Masters events.

Chris Ives lead the way taking the silver medal in the Veteran Men’s (50- to 54-year-old) race, with the team-best time of 6:18.3. In the Senior Master Men (40-49) event, Johan Slabbert completed 2,000 meters in 6:34.5, earning a 14th overall. Martelle Slabbert continues to break Greenwich Crew records for Masters women, finishing the Senior Master Women (40-49) event in seventh place with the time of 7:29.9. Finishing in eighth place in the Lightweight Veteran Women’s (50-54) event was Sun Jen Yung, with the time of 8:18.0. Rob Montague represented Greenwich Crew in the Master Men’s (30-39) event, placing 13th overall with a time of 6:30.1.

Joining Curtis in the Junior Heavyweight Women’s event were a slew of other Greenwich Crew athletes. Alex Slabbert finished 55rd overall with a time of 7:44.1, while Sarah Reswow cracked the top 100, netting 68th overall with a time of 7:48.1

Chloe Matonis netted 103rd overall with a time of 7:56.0, while Antonia Lycouris took 158th overall with a time of 8:10.6.

In the men’s category of the Junior Heavyweight division, Blake Monca netted 104th overall with a time of 6:50.4, while Ian Dunne took home 161st overall with a time of 7:08.2.

Greenwich Crew had four rowers finish in the top 100 of the Junior Lightweight Men’s division. Leading the way was Oliver Probst, who took home a time of 6:49.6 and finished 30th overall. Spencer Sands netted a time of 6:57.5, good enough for 56th place. Not far behind was Austin Formato, who finished 65th overall with a time of 7:07.6. Rounding out the competitors in the event was James Doherty, who took home 94th overall with a time of 7:07.6.

Each athlete spent countless hours training on the rowing machine in preparation for the event. Their hard work and dedication is evident in the team’s stellar results. To request information on joining the Greenwich Crew team for the spring season, which starts March 4, go to or call 203-661-4033.

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