Brunswick Crew has a strong showing at Founder’s Day Regatta

The Brunswick School crew team takes to the water during Saturday's Founder's Day regatta.

The Brunswick School crew team takes to the water during Saturday’s Founder’s Day regatta.

The Brunswick School crew team took to the water on Saturday and finished second in the Founder’s Day regatta.

On a beautiful day on Lake Waramaug, the Founder’s Day Regatta, hosted by The Gunnery School, started with a meeting at 8 a.m. and finished when the boys varsity finals crossed the finish line at 5:15 p.m.

In that event’s grand final, the Bruins took second place for the second year in a row. Coming out on top was CJRC, as the crew from Cincinnati was able to control the race from the front; they won almost every boys and girls event that they entered in the regatta.

Four senior members of Brunswick’s rowing team were in the boat both this year and one year ago when they also earned silvers at Founder’s. The seniors are coxswain Tobin Saer, stroke and co-captain Matt Podlesak, co-captain Sean Forester and Corey Okinaka were joined this year by junior Max Skolds (last year the four included Cooper Briggs ’12).

In a race with a great deal of movement between the crews throughout entire 1,500-meter course, Brunswick’s four was able to come through in the final 250 meters. There were 18 different boys teams enters in the Varsity Fours event, including Kent, Choate, Taft, St. Mark’s, Blair, Berkshire, and Salisbury along with several club teams.

The Second Boat earned a spot in the Grands and finished in the back in the pack of a tightly contested final. The Third Boat raced well in the morning, but came up just short in the most exciting heat of the day, finishing less than one second behind a strong crew from Choate.

The Fourth Boat, stroked by senior James Lucey, also earned a spot in the Grand Finals and rowed tough to finish fifth overall. The Fifth Four event allows two entries and Brunswick took both second and fifth (CJRC was first). The Novice Fours also had a strong outing, taking silver and then gold in two respective flights.

Brunswick will take a breather from practice today and will get back to work tomorrow in preparation for the Kent Invitational/Connecticut Championships back on Lake Waramaug on Saturday.

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