Men's and Women's Light Weight Double Gold Medalists
Merritt Cullman, Blake Lange, Bea Tobey and Veronica Hoeft (contributed photo)
New Canaan won 14 gold medals at the Long Island Sprint Championships in Oyster Bay last weekend. Over the 1500 meter course New Canaan’s novice, jv and varsity boats continued their winning tradition winning 24 medals total, dominating many of the events they entered. “It was a great day of racing” beamed Coach Yan Vengerovskyi. “With Northeast Regionals just two weeks away, this was a great showing by our kids.” .
Last week the girls and boys novice quads each earned silver medals for their efforts but this week it was all gold as Gaby Kulesz, Caroline Murphy, Margaret Seeman and Emma Clay cruised to a victory over boats from trademark powerhouses Sagamore, GMS and Pelham. David Orner, Paul Gelhaus, Dan Cone and Philipp Bogdanov made it look easy with a 17.24 second lead over their competition.
Bea Tobey and Veronica Hoeft crushed the competition in the lightweight double beating the nearest competition by over 16 seconds in a brisk headwind. Blake Lange and Merritt Culman followed with a gold medal effort for the men.
New Canaan showed it’s depth with wins in the JV quads for both men and women. Medals were given for both heats so Alex Yanoff, Lauren Lowe, Halley King and Quinn Gruver as well as Ekaterina Dyakova, Paulomi Rao, Veronica Hoeft and Jenna Froland earned their trip to the medal stand with wins in both heats. Justin Vasquez, Ross Hurlock, Zev Koffsky and Griffen Daniel showed their is depth on the boys side as well.
Later that day, Ross Hurlock and his partner Zev Koffsky earned a gold a second time in the men’s jv double as did Lauren Bell and Quinn Gruver who won gold in the girls jv double.
In the Men’s Varsity Double, Graham Mink and his partner Mike Senf easily marched through the competition for the gold while boat mates in the quad Stephan Gerasimoff and Glen Wolyner earned their silver by showing an impressive sprint in the last 500 meters. This group would later go on to win the Men’s quad handily as did Cara Holzel, Mary Campbell, Claire Campbell and Bea Tobey in the Women’s Varsity quad.
It was not all about the sculling as Andrew Langalis, Nick Walsh, Riley O’Neill, Aiden Bridwell and their cox Sheetal Atole brought home gold medals in the Men’s JV 4. With just two practices under their belt, Carson West, Jackson Voight, Jack Hall-Tipping, Max Kantor and their cox Ashwini Rao stroked the newly put together Men’s Varsity 4 and rowed to within seconds of gold, earning silver. Hunter Danforth, Logan Forsyth, Peter Lavieri, Finn Conley and their cox Caroline Nelson as well as David Dayya, Riley Marsh, Perry Berringer and Peter Zamsky along with their cox Claire Hall-Tipping also earned silver medals for their efforts in the boys jv 4. Luke Brand, Connor DeMayo, Owen Kennelly, Jeremy Schwartz, Robert Sillo, Griffen Hall and Luca Furst and their cox Charlotte Rosenberg earned a bronze in the boys jv 8.
Cara Hoelzl earned silver in the jv single while team mate Mary Campbell rowed through choppy water and heavy winds to earn bronze in the varsity event. Team mate Travis Anderson won the bronze in the boys jv single and Blake Lange, in the last race of a very long day won the bronze in the men’s light weight single passing several boats in the last 500 meters.