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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: A special honor for Shen's lightweights

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A special honor for Shen's lightweights

When the Friends of Shenendehowa Crew, Inc. women's junior lightweight eight raced to a first place finish at the Head of the Fish Regatta, they had no idea the accolades that we to be bestowed upon them.

The four rowers and coxswain knew they were in line for gold medals along with the traditional fish head trophy, but they were about to become the first names to be engraved on a very special, memorial trophy.
Coxswain Christopher Ehler and rowers Jackie Postulka, Abby Knight, Taryn Wilson and Lauren Boudreau were presented with the Brian G. Brady Memorial Trophy by local architect and fish head trophy creator Tom Frost.

“Brian died August first of this year and it was always his job to hand out the trophies and to weigh in the lightweights,” Frost said. “He weighed in the rowers throughout the 80s and the 90s.”

Brady and Frost were among the first members of the Saratoga Springs Rowing Club and founders of the Head of the Fish Regatta. As the event grew in popularity and size, the club eventually turned the operational reigns of the event over to the Saratoga Rowing Association.

“Brian had a lot of fond memories of the rowing club and was its first vice-president,” Frost said. “He loved the club and always enjoyed the Head of the Fish.”

Frost, the designer of the infamous fish head trophies also created the sizeable
men's and women's overall points trophies. This year, he put his hands to work
in creating the women's lightweight four trophy in Brady's honor.

“When he died he was making one of his lamp fixtures,” Frost explained. “All of the brass on the trophy came from parts that he was assembling. On top there is a bronze oar lock that was used in the 50s and 60s.”

Frost was also quick to add some humor to his friend's trophy.

“On top is a bronze fish head that was cast by Christopher Frost and on it is a
bow tie,” Frost said. ”That was the way Brian dressed. He was an extreme perfectionist and everything he did, the way he dressed, was always of yacht
quality.”

After coming off a second place finish the previous week at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, the Shen crew was prepared to race away with a gold medal on more familiar waters.

“Last weekend was beautiful,” Abby Knight said. “Today was cold and it hurt, but its like that every year here.”

The group was guided in Boston and on Fish Creek by their part-time rower, part-time coxswain, Ehler.

“I like coxing better than rowing,” Christopher Ehler said. “The experience, to
be down low in the water, going so fast, it gives you a lot different perspective on rowing.”

The group will now enjoy some time off from the sport during the winter break before preparing for another run at sectional, state and national titles.

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