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Rockford crew men bring home Grand Rapids Invitational trophy

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE  Students from 10 high school rowing programs, representing three states (Michigan, Illinois and Indiana) competed Saturday, April 28, at Riverside Park, the site of the Grand Rapids High School Rowing Invitational. Rockford High School took home the men’s team trophy, scoring 46 points, besting second-place Forest Hills Central by 36 points. The dry, sunny, and slightly breezy weather conditions combined for an excellent day of rowing. Preliminary races in the morning narrowed the field to the top boats for the afternoon’s final races, where the Rockford men especially shone, winning six of the nine men’s races. Among the more interesting details of the final race (senior men’s 8+), was that this open-weight race was won by Rockford’s lightweight rowers (weighing 160 pounds or less). Rockford rowed for the top prizes in the senior men’s 8+ (K. Clinthorne, D. Itter, M. Hendershott, S. Ginebaugh, I. Blenman, J. Nemeth, M. Powers, T. VanFossen, and coxswain L. Conner), the novice men’s 8+ (A. Houn, E. Sawicki, J. Ullrey, A. LaBadie, N. Guerra, R. O’Grady, Z. Lecceadone, A. Karsten, and coxswain J. Villarreal), the junior men’s 8+ (M. Crimp, C. Fase, A. LaBadie, R. Dickenson, A. Houn, J. Ullrey, T. Maple, E. Sawicki, and coxswain J. Villarreal), the senior men’s lightweight 8+ (M. Power, J. Nemeth, M. Hendershott, M. Soloman, J. Dennis, T. Ingersoll, K. Loux, S. Ginebaugh, and coxswain R. Featherston), the senior men’s 4+ (M. Hendershott, B. VanderBerg, A. Carley, C. Fase, and coxswain L. Conner), and the senior men’s lightweight 4+ (K. Clinthorne, T. VanFossen, I. Blenman, D. Itter, and coxswain R. Featherston). The Rockford men took first place in six races. In addition, a second-place medal in the senior men’s 2x was earned by B. VanderBerg and A. Carley. Rockford women medaled with third place in several races:  novice women’s 8+ (M. Fix, A. Kely, H. Twardy, M. Plekes, T. Porter, T. Huerta, T. Todd, M. Marvin, and coxswain S. Doletzky), junior women’s 8+ (E. Emerick, L. Pratt, A. Dew, A. Andrews, F. Fix, T. Powers, C. Wadlow, V. Kacsits, and coxswain R. DeKorne), senior women’s lightweight 4+ (M. Fix, S. VanFossen, E. Prus, S. Sawicki, and coxswain B. VanderBerg), and senior women’s 4+ (K. Bilardello, K. Korson, K. Fraser, A. Fedeson, […]

Rockford crew dominates Spring Sprints

April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE The bleachers in the gym at Forest Hills Central High School rumbled on Saturday, March 24, as the Rockford crew team celebrated another victory. For the fifth consecutive year, Rockford won the Grand Rapids Spring Sprints. The Rams claimed all three top positions in the open boys race, with Bryce VanderBerg setting a Spring Sprints record, finishing the 2,000-meter race in first place with a time of 6:27.6. Second and third places in that race went to Rams Andrew Carley (6:37.5) and Corey Fase (6:46.4), respectively. Rockford medal earners in other races included Tristan VanFossen (6:56.4) and Isaac Blenman (7:04.9) finishing first and second in the lightweight boys 2,000-meter race; Sabrina VanFossen claiming first place in the lightweight girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 8:09.0; Kate Fraser earning third place in the open girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 7:48.1; and Sam Doletsky finishing third (2:02.3) in the 500-meter girls coxswain race. Rockford will be competing on the water for the remainder of the season, with regattas in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Orchard Lake, and Cincinnati, Ohio.