Mary Clinthorne

Rockford crew’s excellent season ends at nationals

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE Six Rockford boats competed in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship last Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, in Camden, N.J. The championship drew rowers from 177 schools, 16 states, and two countries. Friday’s preliminary races advanced the Women’s Freshman 8+, Men’s Freshman 8+, Women’s Junior 4+, Women’s Varsity 4+, and Men’s Varsity 4+. The heartbreaker of the day was when the Men’s Lightweight 8+ missed qualifying for the semifinals by less than one-half of a second after a seat malfunction. The semifinal races on Saturday morning saw the Men’s Freshman 8+ and the Men’s Varsity 4+ advancing to the finals Saturday afternoon. A fourth-in-the-nation finish was earned by the Men’s Freshman 8+ (A. Karsten, A. Houn, R. O’Grady, Z. Lecceadone, A. LaBadie, J. Ullrey, E. Sawicki, M. Crimp, and coxswain J. Villarreal). The medals in that race went to first-place Winter Park (Fla.), second-place St. Joseph Preparatory (Philadelphia), and third-place Central Catholic (Pittsburgh). The Men’s Varsity 4+ (M. Hendershott, C. Fase, A. Carley, B. VanderBerg, and coxswain R. Featherston) also came in fourth, finishing behind first-place Saratoga (N.Y.), second-place Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.), and third-place Monsignor Bonner Rowing (Drexel Hill, Pa.). “What an amazing season!” exclaimed Head Coach Timothy Jacobs, “Topping off the year with Rockford crew taking six boats to the nationals, then qualifying five boats to the semifinals, and ending with two boats in the grand finals. And then, having both boats take an amazing fourth-place finish in the nation. It is very rewarding as a coaching staff to continue to watch your team get better as the season progresses. Some of this can be attributed to good coaching, but ultimately it is the hard work and dedication of the rowers.”

Rockford rowing conquers state again

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE  For the second consecutive year, Rockford rowers earned three coveted championship trophies in the Michigan Scholastic Rowing Championship at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 19. The final points told the story as the Rockford men commanded first place with 33 points over second-place Grosse Ile’s nine points; the Rockford women earned first place with 30 points, besting second-place Forest Hills Eastern’s six points; and, in the overall category, Rockford’s combined team point total of 63 points beat out Grosse Ile’s second-place (12-point) finish. The morning’s preliminary races resulted in every Rockford boat qualifying for the afternoon finals, where they really poured on the heat to capture nine first-place victories, one second-place win, and one third-place win. Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler enjoyed viewing every one of those victories at the finish line, commenting, “Crew, as a sport, is outstanding; all the student athletes have an opportunity to participate and to learn the importance of team building.” And what a team it is! First-place finishes were earned by the men’s varsity 8+ (K. Clinthorne, T. VanFossen, M. Hendershott, Bryce VanderBerg, A. Carley, C. Fase, I. Blenman, D. Itter, and coxswain L. Conner); men’s lightweight 8+ (Clinthorne, VanFossen, M. Powers, J. Nemeth, Blenman, Itter, T. Maple, S. Ginebaugh, and coxswain R. Featherston); men’s varsity 4+ (VanderBerg, Carley, Fase, Hendershott, and coxswain Conner); and men’s junior 8+ (Maple, A. Houn, J. Ullrey, E. Sawicki, J. Tarrants, R. Dickinson, K. Loux, M. Soloman, and coxswain J. Villarreal). Varsity men’s Coach Tim Vallier reflected, “These guys have worked extremely hard to attain the outcomes we have achieved this year, and they have continued to amaze me. As a coach, their will and heart to push further with every practice and regatta is always something to be proud of.” The women rowers showed their strength by earning first place in women’s varsity 8+ (K. Fraser, K. Bilardello, A. Andrews, A. Fedeson, K. Korson, A. Galloway, S. VanFossen, J. Levin, and coxswain R. DeKorne); women’s lightweight 8+ (E. Prus, T. Powers, S. Sawicki, M. Fix, M. Marvin, T. Todd, H. Twardy, S. Wasson, and coxswain Bri VanderBerg); women’s varsity 4+ (Bilardello, Korson, Fraser, Galloway, and coxswain DeKorne); women’s junior 8+ (Levin, A. Dew, E. Emerick, L. […]

Ram rowers bring home medals for moms

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE  “Go Rams!” echoed through the Harsha Lake valley east of Cincinnati on Saturday and Sunday, Mother’s Day weekend, as Rockford rowed to first place in the men’s division of the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship (MSRC). The Rams were followed in second and third place by Toledo Central Catholic and Cleveland St. Ignatius, respectively. While there were no fancy Mother’s Day brunches, the Rockford moms and dads who served the rowers in the food tent throughout the regatta were thrilled with the victory. The general feeling was, “They rocked!” referring to the amazing performances by all of the rowers. The Rockford women rowers earned third-place honors at this regional championship. First place in the women’s division was won by New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), and second place was taken by Upper Arlington (Columbus). In the men’s and women’s combined points, Rockford came in second place behind New Trier. The warm sunny day of time-trials and semifinal races on Saturday qualified 11 Rockford boats for Sunday’s final races. Of those, 10 earned medals (seven gold, two silver, and one bronze). Head Coach Timothy Jacobs commented, “As a coach, watching our boats from shore racing in the grand finals is awesome, but to have ten of the eleven boats medal with the majority being first-place finishes is priceless.” Forty-five schools from six states competed in the MSRC this year. Rockford’s first-place winning boats were the Men’s Lightweight 4+ winning by 2.27 seconds over Ann Arbor Pioneer (K. Clinthorne, Tristan VanFossen, I. Blenman, D. Itter, coxswain L. Conner); Men’s Lightweight 8+ beating second-place Upper Arlington by six seconds (Clinthorne, VanFossen, T. Maple, J. Nemeth, M. Hendershott, S. Ginebaugh, Blenman, Itter, coxswain Conner); Men’s Varsity 4+ overcoming a tight race to win against Ignatius Chicago by 0.58 seconds (Bryce VanderBerg, A. Carley, C. Fase, M. Hendershott, coxswain R. Featherston); Men’s Varsity 2 besting second-place Upper Arlington by more than 11 seconds (VanderBerg, Carley); Men’s Novice 8+ winning by more than seven seconds over second-place New Trier (M. Crimp, E. Sawicki, J. Ullrey, A. LaBadie, N. Guerra, R. O’Grady, A. Houn, A. Karsten, coxswain J. Villearreal); Women’s Novice 4+ triumphing over second-place Upper Arlington by nine seconds (M. Fix, M. Plekes, H. Twardy, M. Marvin, coxswain I. Waite); and […]

St. Mary’s Crew Classic dominated by Rockford

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE Rockford medaled in 12 out of 19 events on Saturday, May 5, at the St. Mary’s Crew Classic in Orchard Lake, with the women bringing home the first-place trophy and the men earning second-place behind Cleveland St. Ignatius. Other top teams in the women’s competition were Detroit Boat Club (second place) and Toledo St. Ursula (third place). Third place in the men’s competition was claimed by St. Mary’s. The day was partly cloudy with calm winds when the Novice Women’s 8+ led the charge as the first Rockford boat to earn first place. M. Marvin, C. Wadlow, A. Kely, H. Twardy, M. Plekes, T. Kacsits, S. VanFossen, M. Fix, and coxswain S. Doletzky filled that winning boat. They were quickly followed by the Novice Men’s 8+, who continued their season’s unbeaten streak, out-rowing 13 other boats to win gold. Rowers in the Novice Men’s 8+ were A. Karsten, A. Houn, R. O’Grady, Z. Lecceadone, A. LaBadie, J. Ullrey, E. Sawicki, and M. Crimp, with J. Villarreal as coxswain. The Varsity Women’s 4+ (K. Bilardello, K. Korson, K. Fraser, A. Galloway, and coxswain R. DeKorne) ruled their race beating out eight other boats to claim first place. Later, the Varsity Women’s 8+ (Fraser, Korson, Bilardello, A. Dew, A. Andrews, VanFossen, A. Fedeson, Galloway, and coxswain DeKorne) raced past nine other boats to cross the finish line first. Earning second-place medals in their races were the Women’s Lightweight 8+ (E. Prus, S. Sawicki, T. Todd, Fix, Marvin, A. Coberly, Twardy, T. Powers, and coxswain Bri VanderBerg); Women’s Lightweight 4+ (E. Prus, S. VanFossen, T. Powers, Sawicki, with coxswain Bri VanderBerg); Men’s Open 2x (Bryce VanderBerg, and A. Carley); Men’s Lightweight 4+ (K. Clinthorne, T. VanFossen, I. Blenman, D. Itter, and coxswain R. Featherston); and Men’s Varsity 4+ (M. Hendershott, VanderBerg, Carley, C. Fase, and coxswain L. Conner). The Women’s Junior 4+ earned third in a 15-boat race (Andrews, Dew, J. Levin, and E. Emerick, and coxswain DeKorne). Later in the day, the Men’s Lightweight 8+ also rowed to third place (T. Ingersoll, J. Nemeth, C. Jewell, T. Maple, J. Dennis, M. Soloman, K. Loux, S. Ginebaugh, and coxswain Featherston). The day of racing ended as the Varsity Men’s 8+ claimed an additional third-place victory […]

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, […]

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