Brunswick crew competes in Head of the Riverfront regatta in Hartford

The Brunswick School crew team continued its fall rowing racing circuit at the 2014 Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford. In total, five Brunswick eight-oared shells raced the 2.25-mile upstream course on the Connecticut River.

The Varsity-8 boat successfully defended its title, winning the Greater Hartford Jaycees Bowl. The Bruins paced the field of 27 boats by eight seconds, posting a time of 13:41.

In the boat on Sunday was sophomore coxswain Emmett Bell, junior stroke Will Powers, senior Freddie Polak, junior Thomas Kern, senior co-captain Jack Duggan, senior Conor Winston, junior Gamble Freydberg, junior Alexander Kutner and senior co-captain bowman Chase Stitzer.

In the Second Varsity-8 event, Brunswick’s Second Eight placed first overall, besting 38 other boats. Three Brunswick seniors, stroke David Ruf, co-captain Reed McMurchy and Gunnar Vorwerk, led the victorious boat from the fourth starting position, last year’s placing.

The Third Eight finished 13th of the 38 boats in this same event, second among their boat category.

Most significantly though, Brunswick rowers and coxswains overcame adversity this week with a key member out of each boat line-up.

In the afternoon, the Novice-A boat came from deep in the field to place third out of 30 novice boats. The Novice-B team overcame an early equipment issue and rowed to a 15th place finish in the same event.

The Bruins will next be in action on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta in Shelton. The following weekend Brunswick will bring three boats to the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

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