PEMBROKE, N.H. — On a sunny, cool, windy Sunday, Megunticook Rowing took to the “Mighty Merrimack” for its final regatta. Nearly 300 boats and more than 1,000 athletes, who ranged from juniors to masters, took to the river to test their mettle against New England’s best on Oct. 17 in the New Hampshire State Championships/George Dirth Memorial Regatta.

Megunticook Rowing’s boy’s V4+, from left, Dom Piconi, Devin Guptill, Cabot Adams, Noah Thackeray and Connor Howland (coxswain), warm up on way to the start. Photo courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

Megunticook’s first event was the Junior Men’s 4+A event. Taking on a fleet of 17 boats, Connor Howland (coxswain), Dom Piconi, Devin Guptill, Cabot Adams and Noah Thackeray rowed through the field and posted a time fast enough to place fifth — 14 seconds out of third over nearly three miles.

From the masters’ program, coach Abby Chamberlin and rower Polly Saltonstall raced in the Women’s Open Double (2x). Taking on a field of seven boats, the duo finished with the fastest time over the course in their race, but due to age handicapping, finished third with corrected time.

Iselin Bratz and Maggie Gill took the course in their double (2x). It was their second race together and they faced an intense field of 11 boats. Starting near the back of the pack, they finished a strong third behind rowing powerhouse St. Paul’s School and fast boat from Maine Coast Rowing Association, which won the event.

Megunticook Rowing’s Maggie Gill, left, and Iselin Bratz after their third-place finish. Photo courtesy Megunticook Rowing

The Men’s Jr Novice 4+ event followed. Connor Howland (coxswain), Oliver Haynes, Tanner Carson, Carlton Richmond (sitting in for injured Oliver Castle), and Aaron Dowd took on a fleet of 12 boats and worked to fifth — four seconds, or less than two boat lengths — behind the fourth-place boat.

Sofia Howell (coxswain), Flora Gurdon, Ava Tobias, Adella Brainerd and Greer LaFiura took the river for the Women’s Jr Novice 4+ event. Among a field of 14 crews and increasing winds, they powered to seventh.

The final two events of the day were the Women’s Jr 8+A and Men’s Jr 8+A races. The women’s boat, comprised of coxswain Sofia Howell, Iselin Bratz, Maggie Gill, Lydia Meyers, Veronica Waters, Charlotte Taylor, Flora Gurdon, Laura Riordan and Leah Bloomquist, took on a fast field of 10 boats and finished eighth in a tight race.

The Men’s Jr boat, comprised of coxswain Conner Howland, Cabot Adams, Devin Guptill, Oliver Worner, Tanner Carson, Oliver Haynes, Carlton Richmond, Dom Piconi and Noah Thackeray, most of whom had raced earlier in the day, took on 13 fast crews and finished 10th.

“All in all it was a great day of racing and a great season for Megunticook Rowing,” said coach Tris Coburn.

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