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Megunticook Rowing surges to victory at Moose on the Malden Regatta

By Staff | May 14, 2019
Courtesy of: Nikki Castellano Megunticook Rowing girls second varsity eight. From left, coach Amy Wilton, Lyra Kalajian, Sarah Van Lonkhuyken, Alison McDonald, Leah Bloomquist, Oona Stewart, Iselin Bratz, Alley Johnson and Eleanor Greer.

Malden, Mass. — Megunticook Rowing surged to victory on Sunday, May 5 at the Moose on the Malden Regatta as the Midcoast teams brought home a boatload of medals.

It was a cool, overcast day on the Malden River as 10 clubs, who hailed from western Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Boston area and Maine, competed on the two-lane, 1,500-meter course.

Parents and fans in lawn chairs and hammocks lined the river's edge and cheered the rowers.

The Megunticook Rowing first varsity girls eight (GV8+) claimed victory in a fleet of six boats with a time of 5:14:01 as it handily beat second-place Waynflete of Portland. The Midcoast boat was coxed by Sophie Love-Webb and rowed by Kerry Ettinger, Aniela Creek, Leah Doolen, Katie Southworth, Sage Curtis, Elsa Chandler, Tess Meil and Kate Walker-Spencer. This boat is coached by Amy Wilton.

The Megunticook Rowing second varsity girls eight (G2V8+) triumphed in its race against Waynflete, as it handily won with a time of 5:32:67 compared to its rival's time of 6:02:08. The Midcoast boat was coxed by Kat O'Brien and rowed by Eleanor Greer, Alley Johnson, Leah Bloomquist, Iselin Bratz, Sarah Van Lonkhuyzen, Alison McDonald, Oona Stewart, Lyra Kalajian and is coached by Wilton

The Megunticook Rowing varsity first boys four (BV4+) claimed bronze in a tight race as it beat the fourth-place boat by 0.4 seconds with a time of 5:12:47. The Midcoast boat was coxed by Charlotte Taylor and rowed by Jack Hanson, Luke James, Jason LeBlond and Devin Guptill and coached by Tristram Coburn.

Megunticook Rowing second varsity boys four (B2V4+) placed third in its race with a time of 5:29:53. The Midcoast boat was coxed by Katherine Bowen and rowed by Tristan Black, Tanner Castellano, Addison Castellano and Oliver Worner. It is coached by Coburn.

Megunticook Rowing's varsity rowers will compete at the US Rowing Northeast Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 on the Merrimac River in Lowell, Mass.

The team also hosts the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta — Dirigo Sprints — on Saturday, May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland.

Megunticook Rowing is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for people of all ages in the Midcoast. The junior program has grown rapidly in the last five years as it has increased from 12 to 51 rowers. This spring the team launched a popular, non-competitive middle school program. In June, Megunticook Rowing will introduce a Masters (adult) rowing program with four free night lessons. Visit megunticookrowing.org.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Megunticook Rowing girls first varsity eight. (Courtesy of: Nikki Castellano)
Megunticook Rowing boys second varsity four. (Courtesy of: Tris Coburn)
Megunticook Rowing boys first varsity four. (Courtesy of: Tris Coburn)
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