Greenwich Crew ready for tomorrow’s New England Regional regatta at Lowell

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The Greenwich Crew boys lightweight 4+ boat celebrates medaling during the Long Island Championships. From left are coach James Donovan, coxswain Janine Jay, Tobit Powell, Oliver Probst, Spencer Sands and Matt Lattarulo.

It’s time to shine for the boys and girls of Greenwich Crew.

Tomorrow, both teams will travel up to Lowell, Mass. for competition in the two-day 2013 USRowing Northeast District Junior Championships.

“The competition is really hard,” Greenwich Crew girls head coach Marko Serafimovski said. “Northeast Regionals are one of the most competitive regional regattas in the country. We are facing some competition that will be winning some medals at Nationals. It will be hard, but we know what we are facing and I am expecting some good racing. It’s going to be an exciting weekend for us. I’m a little nervous, but I think we’ve prepared really well for it.”

The event will be run out of the Bellegarde Boathouse in Lowell and the course distance on the Merrimack River will be 2,000 meters.

“The goal for the whole season for the boys was to put two crews in A level finals,” Greenwich Crew boys head coach Robert Montague said. “Based on the results from the Long Island regatta and the Saratoga regatta a few weeks back, I think we have as good of a shot as anybody else to make finals. I don’t know if we are going to win anything this year. That wasn’t our goal. We are a very young team with only one senior, so I would like to get them the experience of competing at Nationals.”

The Greenwich Crew girls team will have eight teams entered in the Northeast Regional championship. Out of the eight boats, five of them are qualified entries where they could advance to Nationals.

“We have been pretty successful in the past three years qualifying boats for Nationals,” Serafimovski said. “Out of the six boats that we have qualified, I would say four or five have a good shot at advancing to Nationals. These girls have been working really hard for the past four months and even during the winter. When we started, our goal was to be strongest in the spring, so we’ve been building for this since the fall.”
In qualifying events, the Greenwich Crew girls team will be looking to advance a few boats to Nationals, as well as keep a tradition going strong. For the past two years, the girls team has sent a lightweight 8+ boat to Nationals and this year Serafimovski is hoping for the same thing.

The group of Giulia Volterra, Gillian Burke, Brakeley Bryant, Anna Svedin, Estie Forstbauer, Jessica Bernstein, Sylvie Brounstein, Zoe Ng and Isabelle Meyers will be looking to advance in what should be a tough battle.

“We’ve had a good season so far,” Burke said. “The girls have really put in a lot of work and we are really excited on seeing how it’s going to turn out this weekend. We’re hoping to get top three and qualify for Nationals. I think we can do it. Most people think we can go to Nationals. We went my sophomore year but I didn’t make it last year. We are close to Saugatuck right now so if we get them, we will make it. ”

In addition to the lightweight 8+ boat, Greenwich Crew will be trying to advance the lightweight 4+, the women’s 4x, women’s 2- and the women’s single-x. In the single boat will be Melissa Curtis. In addition to her single-x boat, Curtis, along with Megan Slabbert, Sarah Reswow and Alex Slabbert will be in the women’s 4x boat.

Not to be outdone will be Bonnie Marcus and Troone Marcheck in the women’s 2- boat and the team of Clara Perez, Burke, Bryant, Bernstein and Estie Forstbauer in the lightweight 4+ boat.

“I’ve been with Greenwich Crew for four years now and this team seems like it’s grown every year,” Perez said. “We have a very young team and have more sophomore and freshmen and very few juniors and seniors, so they have a lot to look forward to the next couple of years. For the upperclassmen, I am really hoping we all do really well this time around at Regionals. We’ve been working really hard and at least I am hoping we get up there on the rankings and get our good boats to qualify for Nationals.”

In addition to the five qualifying boats, Greenwich Crew will have three girls boats that will be competing.

In the second varsity-8+ boat, the team of Paulina Goosens, Kate Cooper, Chloe Matonis, Katherine Ellis, Anthonia Lycouris, Isabek Meskers, Kim Meskers, Elana Weinstein and Jenn Whitehill will hit the water. During the third varsity 8+ boat, Greenwich Crew’s Liz Brown, Libby Aiello, Katie Polan, Tori Fabio, Hanna Bayer, Lizzy Rosa De Sent, Jane Weiss, Kara Cracraft and Charlotte Crouchley will look to race to the top of the podium.

Rounding out the Greenwich Crew girls boats will be the second varsity-4+ team that will have Jessie Grossman, Cooper, Matonis, Lycouris and Kim Dineen compete in Lowell.

“I think we can medal in every event that we are competing in,” Serafimovski said. “We did great at Long Island and we did well at Saratoga competing against all the Northeast teams. Medaling in all events is a goal, and it might not happen, but we have trained hard and the girls are very excited and motivated. They’ve been working hard, staying after practice on their own and working out. I haven’t had a more motivated team in the past four years I’ve coached this team.”

While the girls are hoping to medal in a plethora of events, the Greenwich Crew boys team has high hopes as well.

Despite a devastating development that took place before the spring season even got underway, Montague and the rest of Greenwich Crew have done their best to ride the wave as best they can. See, top 25 of the men’s team left to start another club in Rye, N.Y. When the dust settled, Greenwich Crew was left with one senior.

“They’ve had a tough time,” Montague said. “That was difficult, not only because the top eight or 12 fastest guys on the team left, but the psychological impact of everybody thinking the team was falling apart and now they are guaranteed a terrible season. But that turned out not to be the case. We know we didn’t go as fast as we would have if those guys were still there, but we were able to set other goals and I still feel like we’ve had a solid season.”

For Greenwich Crew, Montague has high hopes that two of his boats will advance to Nationals. In the men’s 2- event, the Greenwich duo of Blake Manca and Andrew Wolf will be looking to reach the podium.

In addition to the doubles boat, the Greenwich Crew men’s lightweight 4+ boat, comprised of Janine Jay, Matthew Lattarulo, Spencer Sands, Oliver Probst and James Doherty will be hoping to crack the top three.

“Because of losing a lot of rowers on our team, we are pretty young,” Lattarulo said. “Only a few older guys have stayed and we’ve helped all the younger guys on the team get better. Our goal for Regionals is to get at least two boats to qualify for Nationals. I am really happy that this team has been able to do well during each regatta this spring, despite the loss of all those guys.”

The Greenwich Crew boys side will also have other boats looking to make some serious noise at Regionals. In the men’s 2x race, the Greenwich team of Albert Rydevik and Quinlan McLoughlin will be taking on the best competition around.

“This team has had a rough year, but we’ve seen a lot of improvement through each season individually and in each boat,” Rydevik said. “I think we have a chance to advance a few boats, but overall a lot of the rowers on the boys team have really improved, making a lot of personal records. I am so proud of this team. I’ve seen a lot of growth and it’s great.”

Rydevik, along with Malcolm Nash, Reid Radulovacki and McLoughlin will be joining forces to compete in the men’s 4x event and Montague has high hopes for that foursome. In the men’s lightweight 2x event, Greenwich Crew will have Tobbit Powell and Thomas Byrne hitting the water.

Not to be outdone will be two second boats for the Greenwich Crew boys team. In the men’s second 4x event, Greenwich will race with Eric Anderson, Andrew Hoffmeister, Nicholas Kiley and Borja Rojo. In the men’s second 4x race, Greenwich Crew will have Sean Keyser, John Zorthian, John Ellis, Douglas Rivelli and Kamron Parsa attempting to grab gold.

“I am proud of all my guys,” Montague said. “The more race experience for my team, the better. For my team, the biggest problem will be nervousness on race day. The more races they go to, the more confident they will be and the more they will be ready to go from the moment they arrive at the regatta.”

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