Rockford crew ends season strong

Rockford’s men’s novice eight boat of (front) coxswain Margaret Saelens; (middle, l–r) Andrew Troyanowski, Sean Ebel, Cody Brown; (back) Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, Nate Roobol, Bryce Vandenberg, Andrew Christensen, and Coach Eric Bennett take home first place in the Michigan State Regatta.

Rockford’s men’s novice eight boat of (front) coxswain Margaret Saelens; (middle, l–r) Andrew Troyanowski, Sean Ebel, Cody Brown; (back) Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, Nate Roobol, Bryce Vandenberg, Andrew Christensen, and Coach Eric Bennett take home first place in the Michigan State Regatta.

by CANDY BURRIS

The Rams traveled to Stony Creek Metro Park in Utica, Mich. over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the Michigan State Regatta. Schools and clubs from around the state gathered to race at the all-day event. Rockford came out strong and placed six boats in first, four boats in second, and two boats in third.

Starting the gold medal streak was the men’s novice four team of Bryce Vandenberg, Nate Roobol, Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, and coxswain Margaret Saelens. This team was quickly followed by the men’s junior four team of Austin Burris, Zach Haugen, TJ Jacobs, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens. Then the men’s senior four team of Ian Sims, Landon Burris, Levi Pulver, Nate Harrison, and coxswain Andrew Saelens took first. They were followed by the men’s novice eight team of Cody Brown, Roobol, Alex Christensen, Madsen, Trevor Harrison, Andrew Troyanowski, Vermeer, Vandenberg, and coxswain M. Saelens. The men’s junior eight team of Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Troyer, Sims, Harrison, Troyanowski, Jeff Gleghorn, coxswain A. Saelens also claimed gold. Taking first in one of the last races of the day was the men’s pair, Pulver and L. Burris.

Silver medal winners were the men’s double boat of Sebastian Sieracki and Tim Carlson, along with the women’s novice eight boat of Jenna Brower, Lynsey Felty, Carly Johnson, Lindsey Muir, Courtney Brummeler, Alana Christy, Rachel Alberta, Kacie Kinstle, and coxswain Shelby Hodges. Also bringing home silver was the women’s lightweight eight boat of Laura Rohde, Sam Tefft, Alberta, Rita Snyder, Stephani Sawicki, Johnson, Laura Gleghorn, Lauren Madsen, and coxswain Lauren Fay, along with the women’s novice four boat of Brower, Muir, Brummeler, Kinstle, and coxswain Hodges.

Bronze medal winners were the women’s senior eight team of Shannon Schmutz, Sarah Lemanski, Marie Albano, Olivia Nielsen, Madsen, Erin Fedeson, Amy Fedeson, Emma Korson, and coxswain Fay, along with the men’s lightweight eight boat of Troy Paskiewicz, Josh Houn, Trevor Holloway, Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Issac Blenman, Tyler McDaniel, Kyle Brown, and coxswain Kylie Torres.

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