SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — For the first time Megunticook Rowing sent two crews to the prestigious “Head of the Fish” Regatta, one of the largest rowing events in the country, with more than 160 teams and 1,600 crews from the Northeast.

Facing rainy conditions and using borrowed shells from the Niskayuna Rowing Club (N.Y.), the local athletes faced formidable competition on Sunday, Oct. 31.

First up was the Boys Varsity 4+. They took on 27 crews over the two-mile course (3,200 meters) and placed a solid 16th. A mere 75 seconds separated the first 16 boats that crossed the line.

As they say in Saratoga, “That’s a horse race!”

Megunticook Rowing Boys Varsity 4+, which includes, from left, Noah Thackeray, Cabot Adams, Devin Guptill, Dom Piconi and Conner Howland, returns from the race. Courtesy of Megunticook Rowing

For perspective, that is a boat crossing the finish line every 4.69 seconds after racing two miles.

The local four were comprised of Conner Howland (coxswain), Dom Piconi (stroke), Devin Guptill (3 seat), Cabot Adams (2 seat) and Noah Thackeray (bow).

Next up was the Girls Varsity Double (2x). Again, using a borrowed racing shell from Niskayuna Rowing Club, and having no time to practice in the craft, Iselin Bratz (stroke) and Maggie Gill (bow) took on a field of 36 crews and finished a strong 21st.

The two local crews faced numerous teams they had never competed against at a regatta Megunticook Rowing had never attended and had an outstanding showing.

Tris Coburn is a coach for Megunticook Rowing.

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