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Polar Bear Regatta, 23 March 2016

posted Apr 1, 2016, 8:03 AM by W. T. Woodson Crew
Polar Bear Regatta Recap by Head Coach Bryan Tylander

The annual (well, when it is held) Polar Bear Regatta was held at the Occoquan on Saturday, March 23rd. It was our first regatta of the season for the experienced rowers and a nice culmination to the hard work done over spring break.

The Women’s First 4 finished 1st out of the 5 teams that entered . (Rita Bodrog , Claire Hutcheson, Hannah Fisher, Courtney Becker and Erika Schneider). A great start to the season for the top girl's boat, winning by 9 seconds over 2nd place.

The Men’s First 8 finished 2nd in their morning heat and 4th overall in finals. (Joseph Korn, Joe Killion, Jack Ning, Valentine Jack, James Magee, Fin Merrill, Trevor von Christierson, Adrian Michel, Niccolo Marucchi). 8 teams entered the event.

The Men’s Second 8 finished 2nd in their morning heat, and 5th overall in finals. (Ryan Torgersen, Larry Cai, James Livingston, Sam Shear, Michael Boyle, Allen Moran, Wyn Adams, Ryan Sarratt, Gwen Cameron). 8 teams entered the event.

The Women’s 2nd 4 dominated their event finishing 1st of 3 boats and finishing a whopping 26 seconds in front of 2nd place. (Coryn Mayer, Rowan Sprouse, Rose van der Horst, Alex Schmidt, Carolyn Wong)

The Women’s Lightweight 8 finished 2nd in a two boat race. (Sierra Boucher, Trini Hong, Reagan Smith, Sophie Mills, Sara Chan, Paige Evans, Kesem Solell, Joelle Perry, Caroline Hoskins)

The Women’s Junior 8 finished a close second in a 3 boat race. (Meryn Holtslander, Brooke Leech, Gabriella Hayes, Elizabeth Giglia, Jenna Hissong, Rachel Hundley, Kathryn Taheri, Kristen Wahlbeck, Haley Cole)

The Men's 3rd 8 finished 3rd out of 5 (Brandon Snyder, Sam Muras, Ben Epley, Jun Won Lee, Joshua Ackerman, Miles Knight, Aaron Shurberg, Kevin Cronin, Sebastian Bushey).

While some boats were very excited with their results and others where disappointed, it is a long way till the end of the season and all crews will have to work hard to increase speed over then next 5 weeks before championships starts.

Official Results are posted.

Please join us this Saturday, April 2nd, at the Regional Park Regatta on the Occoquan. Racing starts at 0900. It will be the first race for all the novice rowers, and hopefully a great start to their rowing careers. Also the regatta will follow a block schedule with fours in the morning and 8s after the lunch break. Pull for Woodson! And, a Huge “HEY WOODSON!” Shout Out to all our AMAZING Grandstand Fans! Parents, Teammates, siblings, friends, relatives: Thank you for cheering boats on through heats and finals!!
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