#LocalPride - Join us in congratulating Greenwich Crew on winning 4 Gold Medals at the 2021 US Rowing Youth National Championships!
The weather was beautiful in Sarasota, Florida, setting the stage for a phenomenal weekend of rowing. From Thursday to Sunday, the premier high school rowing programs around the country competed for a national championship in a variety of events.
Over four days at the Championship regatta, approximately 2500 athletes representing some 181 teams from across the nation competed for the national title in 26 different events. Once again, the Greenwich Crew Team came through in a big way!
For the first time in program history, the Greenwich Men’s team took home a gold medal with the Men’s 4- emerging victorious, proving to be the fastest in a field of 28 boats. The boat, consisting of George Gilfond, Matt Phillips, Sam Terry, and Trent Boone, defeated OARS by 4 seconds in the final race, completing the 2,000 meter racecourse in 6 minutes and 26 seconds (6:26).
The Greenwich Women also found success at the event with the Women’s 8+ breaking through to capture the gold medal after 2 previous runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019. The boat, consisting of Frances McKenzie (coxswain), Caroline Schmitz, Phoebe Wise, Olivia Schnur, Kathryn Alexander, Whitney Wise, Schuyler Hyde, Lilly Sutter, and Brooke Legenzowski, rowed a time of 6:33, enough to defeat Row America Rye by 3 seconds and obtain the elusive gold medal result.
Not to be outdone, the Women’s 4+ replicated the success of their counterparts in the 8+, securing a gold medal themselves. The boat, consisting of Hannah Scott (coxswain), Meredith Blanchard, Isabelle Ritchie, Eva Andersen, and Lucy Barratt defeated their competition by 3 seconds, finishing in a time of 7:21.
Rounding out the Greenwich crews were the Men’s 8+, which finished 5th falling to champion St. Joseph’s Prep by a mere 6 seconds, the Men’s 2-, which placed 15th out of a field of 32, and the Men’s 4+, finishing 14th out of a strong field of 48 participants.
On the women’s side, the Women’s 4- just missed the medal podium finishing 4th , 7 seconds behind champion Row America Rye, the Women’s 2- put on a strong showing finishing 5th in a field of 21, and the Women’s 8+ B finished 17th competing against a field of other teams’ top athletes.
Men’s U17 8+
In the U17 portion of the event, Greenwich Crew’s younger rowers put on an excellent performance, as the Men’s U17 8+, consisting of Nicholas Walding (coxswain), Harry Waters, Felix Dosmond, Sam Wilson, Max Willott, Marcus Chung, Max Raabe, William Drinkall, and Boris Gans, soundly defeated the competition with a gold medal winning time of 6:09; 5 seconds faster than rivals St. Joseph’s Prep and Row America Rye.
For the Women, the Women’s U17 8+ claimed the silver medal in their event finishing 6.5 seconds behind a strong Saugatuck team and the Women’s U17 4+ finished in 8th , coming 2nd in the B final just 0.4 seconds off of Texas Center.
Congratulations to all of the Greenwich Crew boats that performed spectacularly at this weekend’s event!
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