LOWELL, Mass. — On a perfect day for racing, with temperatures in the 60s, overcast skies and light winds, Megunticook Rowing participated in the 42nd annual Textile River Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 3.

There were 355 entries from around New England, including masters, collegiate and junior rowers, who raced on the 4,500-meter (2.79-mile) course.

Megunticook Rowing girls four include, from left, Greer LaFiura, Ava Tobias, Adella Brainerd, Flora Gurdon and Sofia Howell. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

Megunticook faced stiff competition but had a strong showing.

The first race of the day for Megunticook Rowing was the Men’s Junior 4+B boat, comprised of coxswain Connor Howland, Aaron Dowd, Oliver Haynes, Tanner Carson and Carlton Richmond. With limited time rowing together, the boat finished seventh among 14 boats.

Next was the Women’s Junior 4X (quad). Iselin Bratz, Maggie Gill, Lydia Myers and Charlotte Taylor finished fifth in a competitive field of 10 boats, fewer than 55 seconds off the winning boat’s pace over nearly three miles. This was their first race together as a boat.

In the third Megunticook race of the day, the Women’s Junior 4+ A boat, with coxswain Anna Piconi, Leah Bloomquist, Veronica Waters, Laura Riordan and Kate Walker-Spencer, took on a fleet of 18 boats and finished 12th. That also was their first race as a team.

Megunticook Rowing boys, from left, coach Tris Coburn, Noah Thackeray, Dom Piconi, Cabot Adams, Aaron Dowd, Carlton Richmond, Connor Howland, Oliver Haynes, Tanner Carson, Devin Guptill and Oliver Castle. Not pictured is Oliver Worner. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

The Men’s Junior 4A was next on the course. The boat, with coxswain Connor Howland, Dom Piconi, Devin Guptill, Cabot Adams and Noah Thackeray, finished fifth in a competitive fleet of 17 boats.

Megunticook Rowing girls team, from left, coach Abby Chamberlin, Kate Walker-Spencer, Flora Gurdon, Laura Riordan, Veronica Waters, Adella Brainerd, coach Jeff Foltz, Ava Tobias, Greer LaFiura, Sofia Howell, Leah Bloomquist and Lydia Myers. Not pictured are Rachel Aldridge-Peacock, Iselin Bratz, Maggie Gill and Anna Piconi. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

One of the highlights of the day occurred in event 42, the Women’s Lightweight 4+, in which coxswain Sofia Howell, Adella Brainard, Ava Tobias, Greer LaFiura and Flora Gurdon, in their first race as a boat, took on a field of five and finished third for the bronze.

Megunticook Rowing boys four “B” include, from left, Connor Howland, Aaron Dowd, Oliver Haynes, Tanner Carson and Carlton Richmond. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

The last team event was the Men’s Junior 8+ event. The boat was comprised of coxswain Connor Howland, Dom Piconi, Cabot Adams, Devin Guptill, Tanner Carson, Oliver Worner, Carlton Richmond, Oliver Castle and Noah Thackeray.

Seven of the nine boys in the boat (including the coxswain) had raced earlier in the day, five of whom had less than an hour to recover from their previous event. Nonetheless, they wanted to compete in their new used shell. They rowed a strong race and finished 13th among 18, even holding off friendly rivals from Waynflete.

Iselin Bratz and Maggie Gill, in true sportsmanlike fashion, raced with Waynflete’s Women’s Junior 8+ to help a boat that needed two seats filled. Having never rowed together, they still managed to finish 12th among 15.

The group’s master compatriot, Andrew Carpenter, in his first Master’s Singles event, took on a seasoned fleet of 12 rowers and finished 10th.

Megunticook masters and juniors look to cap a fine season on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the New Hampshire state championships.

Megunticook Rowing girls four include, from left, Ava Tobias, Greer LaFiura, Sofia Howell, Adella Brainerd and Flora Gurdon. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

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