Written by Marda Olson
Rowing Club of the Woodlands collected 14 medals at the St. Denis Head race in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. Six clubs raced the 4,865 meter course on Cane River Lake October 6. RCTW came home with six gold medals, five silver and three bronze.
Gold medalists were: Sofia Glaser and Kate Bridwell in the Women’s Jr. 2X, Spenser Sakal and Michael Pineda in the Men’s Jr. 2X, Morgan Raggio, Sofia Afzal, Camellia Adams and Kate Bridwell in the Women’s Jr. 4X, Chandler Kennedy, Juan Van der Merwe, Spenser Sakal, and Roan Dhanjal in the Men’s 4X. Lawrence Godin and Caden Mercado in the Men’s Jr. Novice 2X and Caden Mercado in the Men’s Jr. Novice 1X.
Silver medalists were: Morgan Raggio and Camellia Adams in the Women’s Jr. 2X, Chandler Kennedy and Rees Straka in the Men’s Jr. 2X, Sofia Glaser, Madelyn Phillips, Aubrey McGilvray and Molly Miller in the Women’s Jr. 4X, Patrick Roddy, Eesa Ansari, Michael Pineda and Rees Straka in the Men’s Jr. 4X, and Lawrence Godin in the Men’s Jr. Novice 1X.
Bronze medalists were: Molly Miller and Sofia Afzal in the Women’s Jr. 2X, Matthew Wainwright and Simon Bebak in the Men’s Jr. 2X, and Matthew Wainwright, Simon Bebak, Joshua Staub and Morgan McCoy in the Men’s Jr. 4X.
The day was rounded out with a gold medal in a Men’s Jr 4x – 1200 meter quads race by Morgan McCoy, Simon Bebak, Chandler Kennedy and Eesa Ansari. While the race wasn’t on the schedule, it was official, and the two teams fought well for their medals after one had experienced equipment damage in the head race and was unable to finish earlier in the morning. Great races are made by teamwork and sportsmanship!
At the same time at the Occoquan Challenge Head Race on the Occoquan Reservoir in VA; Mac Nash raced in the Men’s Masters 2x. He and Bob Reichart from Capital Boat Club of Washington DC earned the gold medal! In masters racing it is acceptable for rowers to meet at regattas and row in what is called composite crews, or crews of mixed teams.
Well done gentlemen!