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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: SRAAs: Championship Saturday results

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.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

SRAAs: Championship Saturday results

Shenendehowa takes two medals in singles

Ian Fisher wins gold, Abby Knight earns silver

The Shenendehowa senior singles have memories to last a lifetime after United States Naval Academy-bound senior Ian Fisher earned a gold medal and teammate Wisconsin-bound lightweight Abby Knight rowed to a silver medal, her third in three years at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta.
For the second straight day Fisher routed his competitors, rowing the 1,500-meter course in six minutes, 10.676 seconds on his way to his first-ever SRAA medal.
His counterpart, Knight, battled through two days of allergy attacks on Mercer Lake, battling her newfound nemesis, Nicole Bielewski of Friends Academy for the past three weeks. Bielewski has bettered the lightweight, who has competed in the lone category left for her to compete in, the open category.
Bielewski won with ease at 6:53.493 followed by Knight at 7:04.715, holding off Jeb Stuart’s Abby Voss who finished in third-place at 7:05.574.


National Champion Emma Willard

Girls lightweight double
The girls lightweight double of Celeste Pomputius and Elizabeth Hughes earned a national championship for Emma Willard, rowing out of the Saratoga Rowing Association boathouse and coach Bob Tarrant.

The duo covered the 1,500-meter course in 6:33.396 over second-place Baldwin at 6:39.726, cruising to the gold medal.


The Shenendehowa girls lightweight double of Samantha Charbonneau and Laura Neely rowed to a fifth-place finish in the event at 7:16.86.


Girls junior double final

In the girls junior double, the Shenendehowa entry of Alexandra Rinehimer and Victoria Allers finished in sixth-place in the national final with a time of 7:01.558.











12:20 p.m. Girls senior eight semifinal
The Saratoga girls senior eight advanced to the petite final with a third place finish in a repeat of last year’s SRAA national final.

Mount St. Joe captured the semi in 5:31.327 followed by Holy Spirit at 5:34.093 and the SRA entry of Rae Backens, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Leanne Bryan, Emily Krison, Aleks Torres, Lizzy Fitzhenry, Kate Russell, Madi Beumer, Caitlin Shufelt, Columbia Herzlinger, Holly Dodge and Madison Townley finished in third-place at 5:37.095.



The Burnt Hills girls senior eight of Alanna Guay, Kate Halbig, Jesse Burdett, Amanda Primett, Jenn Royal, Katie Fogg, Bridget Rudgers, Victoria Catharine, Kelsey Piel continued to make history for BHRA racing to a third-place finish in their semifinal to advance to their first-ever SRAA petite final.

New Trier High School captured the race in 5:29.805 followed by finalists Ocean City at 5:35.303. Burnt Hills was third at 5:38.079 and T.C. Williams was fourth at 5:40.535.







Noon Boys senior four semifinal
The Saratoga boys senior four of Jared Backens, Liam Casey, Wesley Wander, Luke O’Brien and coxswain Tom Carona became the first SRA boat to advance to a grand final Saturday afternoon and had only two spots to do it in.


The two senior, two freshman boat edged out Vineland by a second to advance to the national medal race. Manhasset High School won the semifinal in 5:30.348 followed by Saratoga at 5:33.278.



11:25 a.m. Girls second eight
The Burnt Hills Rowing Association girls second eight were thrilled with their race, but just fell short of the national final.




The Spartan girls second eight of Kaitlyn Madden, Mary Hall, Emily White, Shelby Delgado, Erin Hunt, Emily Hoskinson, Stacy LaRose, Morgan Esperti, Charlotte Munday, Katie Manilenko and Julianne Fogg sprinted across the finish line with a pack of boats.

The crew celebrated, shouted, hugged and raised their fists in celebration despite a fourth-place finish.

New Trier won the heat in 5:37.021 followed by Loyola Academy (5:45.779), Ocean City (5:4.437 and Burnt Hills (5:51.363).



10:25 a.m. Girls junior eight
A Saratoga County crew hasn't advanced to the national final yet as the Saratoga Rowing Association girls junior eight finished fourth in their semifinal.

St. Ursula won the semifinal in 5:45.019 followed by Mainland at 5:49.469, Ann Arbor Harbor at 5:52.513.

The Saratoga eight of Svenja Thomas, Erica McBain, Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Kiki Hines, Caroline Blackington, Leanne Bryan, Alie Mihuta, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Chelsea Brown, Christina Dagle, Taylor Murray finished in fourth at 5:56.981.



9:45 a.m. Girls freshman eight
It was a photo finish for the upstart Shenendehowa girls freshman eight crossing among four other boats at the finish, but only the top three advance to the national final.

The Shenendehowa eight of Cathy Altenberger, Kelby Herrera, Ellen Nevers, Tori Torrisi, Danielle LeBlanc, Lauren Miranda, Carly Tashjian, Megan Lounsbury, Kelsey Thornton and Nicole Sullivan covered the 1,500-meter course in 6 minutes, 14.368 seconds.

Randnor High School won the event with space in 6:07.800 but the battle followed with New Trier High second at 6;12.334 and Episcopal A earning the precious third spot into the finals at 6:12.742.


9 a.m. Girls senior single
Wisconsin-bound lightweight Shenendehowa senior Abby Knight advances to the 3 p.m. national championship final with a third place finish in the opening event Saturday morning.

Friends Academy's Nicole Bielawski rowed to a convincing semifinal win in 6:47.914. Upper Dublin's Molly Cusack was second at 7:07.948 and Knight was third at 7:10.676, beating out North Catholic High's Stephanie Kuntz by four seconds to secure the final spot.

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