124C Erg Sprints is Set for February 24, 2018


Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club will host the 124C Erg Sprints on February 24, 2018 at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio, at 124-C Wade Street in Jamestown, the team’s board of directors is pleased to announce.

Competition will take place on Concept2 Model D rowing machines in categories for Youth, Collegiate, Cross-Fit, and adult Masters over varying distances. Entry fee is $30 per athlete and this fee includes a regatta ‘Henley style’ shirt.

Coach Allie Davis with her winning rowers Emma Lloyd (lightweight), Jaclyn Hronich (J18), and Maddie Mullins (J16) at the 2016 124C Erg Sprints.

First up, middle school rowers will race over a 1,000 meter distance. Later in the morning, high school and collegiate competitors will race over 2,000 meters and then Cross-Fit and Masters will race over 1,000 meters. After lunch, all competitors will have the chance to race a 500 meter sprint.

While rowing is traditionally a team sport, erging competitions place the individual athlete in the spotlight.

Registration for this event is available on RegattaCentral.

We can’t wait to see you in Jamestown, North Carolina!

Triad Rowers and Families Gather for 2017 Celebration of Rowing Banquet

Greensboro, North Carolina – American hero and Olympic gold medal winning rower Jason Read gave the keynote address at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet held at Sedgefield Country Club on Saturday night and he did not disappoint.

Almost 200 rowers, parents and friends from across the Triad gathered into the Sedgefield Country Club ballroom for what has quickly become the most prestigious social event on the rowing calendar.

High Point Masters rower ‘Kiwi Mike’ Hitchcock, serving as Master of Ceremonies, opened the evening by introducing Greensboro youth rower Benjamin Huitt to give the invocation.

After enjoying a delicious feast, Kiwi Mike then returned to the podium to begin the formal ceremonies, which began with High Point rower Charlotte Curri, who recited “The Oarsman’s Poem” by legendary rowing coach Steve Fairbairn.

Mary Hollingsworth then presented the High Point Parent of the Year award to Conni Curri for her service to the crew. Greensboro parent Julie Higgins then presented the Greensboro Parent of the Year award to Sara Nichols.

Jackie King, last year’s Masters MVP winner and this year’s chair of the Celebration of Rowing banquet, was then invited to the podium to introduce the 2017 recipient – ‘Girl Jeanne’ MacPherson. Congratulations Girl Jeanne – Masters Rower of the Year! Unfortunately, Jeanne could not be at the banquet due to work commitments.

Greensboro coach and 2004 Olympian Lisa Schlenker then talked about the progress of Greensboro Crew and concluded by presenting the Katherine Dickson Award for youth service to Greensboro Crew to MaryBlake Murphy.

Maddie Mullins then presented the Caroline Howard Cup for youth service to High Point Rowing Club to Junior Ognovich. Words can not do justice to the inspiration that Maddie filled the ball room with her theme of excellence and giving to your team mates.

Jason Read was then introduced to guests by club founder and High Point Coach Gene Kininmonth, who shared his own personal experience of 911: “As we wondered how we would flee this madness, elsewhere a small number of others were heading straight for it….driving directly into this abyss with full expectations in that moment that the horror would only get worse. Jason Read was one of those few. I am looking forward to hearing Jason’s story from tragedy to triumph this evening.” 

And our keynote speaker did not disappoint.

A volunteer rescue squad fire chief from the age of 21, Read received the call to Ground Zero on the morning of September 11, 2001 shortly after the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York.

Just three years later Jason Read represented his country again, bringing home the Olympic gold as part of the men’s eight rowing crew at the 2004 Athens games.

After his speech, which received a standing ovation from the 200 guests, rowers and parents alike approached the rowing legend to thank him for sharing his story of inspiration.

911 Hero and Athens Olympic gold medalist Jason Read gave the keynote address at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

JR continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Rowing Blazers author and archaeologist, Jack Carlson spoke in 2016, while cutting edge rowing boat maker Misha Joukowsky spoke in 2015. Double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind was the 2014 guest speaker.

Mary Hollingsworth presented the High Point parent of the year award to Connie Curri at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Julie Higgins presented the Greensboro Crew Parent of the Year award to Sara Nichols (Ella’s mum) at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Former High Point Masters MVP’s Erin Sanders, Mandy Greene, Jackie King, and her daughter Alexis holding the MVP trophy and a camera picture of 2017 MVP Girl Jeanne MacPherson.

Greensboro coach Lisa Schlenker (center) presented the Katherine Crowley Dickson award for youth service to MaryBlake Murphy (right)

Maddie Mullins presented the Caroline Howard Cup for 2017 to Junior Ognovich at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Greensboro Sports Commission CEO Kim Strable, with his wife Cindy and Olympic champion Jason Read.

Jamie Atkinson is all smiles at the Celebration of Rowing banquet with fellow rowers Katie Todd and Sidney Briggs.

Greensboro Crew oarsmen were out in force at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet to meet 911 hero and Olympic gold medalist, Jason Read.


High Point rowers Lindsay York and Giacomo Arnaboldi at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

 

High Point – Greensboro Rowers Enjoy Historic Day of Racing at Head of the South Regatta

Augusta, Georgia – High Point Rowing Club teamed up with Greensboro Crew to race as HPG Rowing at the Head of the South regatta over the weekend.

The combination proved to be a powerful one-two punch for HPG with the combined squads coming away with two victories and multiple other medals on the Savannah River.

HPG won the men’s youth lightweight single sculls and then the women’s youth quadruple sculls title at the prestigious season capping regatta.

All up thousands of rowers of all ages in 725 boats raced down the 5,000 meter Savannah River course in Augusta.

Anna Lewis, Lindsay York, Molly HIlemn, and Emily Winberg won bronze in the women’s quad sculls on the Savannah River in Augusta at the 2017 Head of the South.

William Hundley made history for his HPG club in the opening race of the day when he won the youth lightweight singles title. Hundley sculled his shell with ease down the 5,000m winding river course, finishing in the time of 19 minutes 2 seconds, well ahead of Stanton River Boat Club’s Sanjay Mohka.  Atomic Rowing Club’s Benjamin Marshall rounded out the medals. finishing almost 90 seconds later.

HPG then won a pair of silver medals in the middle school boat races. Silver medals could easily have been gold but for the eight being trapped by the earlier masters singles event and forced to stop on the race course. “The crew raced so fast we caught up to the previous event,” recounted High Point’s skillful navigator Collin Greene after the race. “We were forced to stop. It was either that or mow them down like road kill on the Savannah River.”

Greene commended his crew of stroke Matthew Hronich, Ben Huitt, Stratton Murphy, Keagan O’Connell, Ethan Mangum, Abigail Higgins, Samantha Hogsett, and bowseat Hannah Tooley for remaining cool under the pressures of boat racing on a fast flowing river due to the current. 

HPG Rowing’s middle school four enjoyed their best race of the Autumn season to also win silver on Saturday morning. Ellie Schroeder set up the perfect rhythm from stroke seat for her crew of William Thompson, Charles Richards, Savannah Royals. “We had a great race,” said Charles after the race. “We passed some of the middle school eights so we knew we were in serious contention for medals.”

Katherine Messick, Grace Denenny, Eduarda Blaschke, Corinne Alt, Eva Keel, Claire Howard, Holly Spong and Anna Hicks teamed up to win silver at the 2017 Head of the South in Augusta, GA.

HPG’s next medal was won in the women’s junior novice eights event. The all-Greensboro crew of Margaret McIntyre, stroke Katherine Messick, 7 Grace Denenny, 6 Eduarda Blaschke, 5 Corinne Alt, 4 Eva Keel, 3 Claire Howard 2 Holly Spong, and bow Anna Hicks showed poise and grace as they swept their 60 foot long shell with the river current passing half a dozen other crews during the race. 

“It was an incredible feeling rowing so fast down the Savannah with such strong, powerful young women,” said Eva Keel. “It feels like yesterday that we introduced rowing to Greensboro. Now we are introducing Greensboro rowing to the world.”

HPG’s next medal came from an all High Point cast of masters rowers in the Masters women’s eight-oared event. HPG finished third in the age handicapped fleet of crews.

Medals for Masters: Mandy Greene steered straight and true to help her crew win bronze at the 2017 Head of the South. The crew was comprised of Jackie King, Erin Sanders, Shelli York, Alexis King, Laura Tanley, Traci Loria, Jeanne MacPherson, and Beverly Snively.

High Point-Greensboro’s next medals were won in the women’s youth quad sculls event. HPG had two boats entered in the event, which finished first and third fastest times on the day.

High Point has announced plans to send a women’s quad sculls crew to England’s Henley Royal Regatta and competition for seats in the boat has been intense ever since.

Charlotte Curri, Ainsley Fox, Ashley Walker and Junior Ognovich were in the winning crew, setting the fastest time of any female quad scull on the day. The feat earned them the Igor Grinko Plate, which they beat out all club and collegiate crews for.

High Point quad scullers Charlotte Curri, Ainsley Fox, Ashley Walker, and Junior OGnovich with Kira Grinko (center) widow of the late great sculling coach Igor Grinko, who coached the United States to silver at the 1996 Olympic Games. The High Point scullers were presented with the Igor Grinko plate for posting the fastest women’s sculling time at the 2017 Head of the South.

Emily Winberg, Anna Lewis, Lindsay York, and Molly Hilemn won bronze in the same event, an indication of the strength of the High Point sculling program.

HPG rowers then won bronze in the mixed U16 eight-oared event and William Hundley then lead his fellow scullers Harry Capizzi, William Scarpa III, and Govind Harish to bronze in the men’s youth quad sculls event.

FULL RESULTS HERE

The club would like to express its gratitude to Holly Messick and Shelli York for their service as parent chaperones to the team during its weekend travels.

HPG’s novice boy’s eight at the 2017 Head of the South regatta in Augusta, GA.

Registration is Open for Youth Winter Indoor Rowing

Watching movies makes for a fun way to train in a group on the rowing machines, known as ‘ergs.’

Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of Youth Indoor Rowing for high school and middle school students at its Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio. The purpose of the Youth Indoor Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for students through the wonderful sport of rowing. Students will be be prepared for the challenges of the spring boat racing season after completing the indoor rowing program.

No prior rowing experience is necessary. 

“Indoor rowing has taken off as the new spinning and we have received lots of interest from students wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “Rowing is low-impact making it safe from the types of head and knee injuries we see in other sports.”

In addition to indoor rowing, students will also participate in strength and conditioning as well as a boxing fitness regimen (which does not involve students hitting each other).

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format on the Concept2 rowing machines.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

Dates and Times: Each day, Monday – Friday from 4:30pm – 6:00pm (students travelling from further away can arrive later) and at 9am on Saturday mornings. Students are not expected to be at every session. The season begins on Monday November 13 and will go through to February 24, 2018

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and running shoes are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth on the rower). Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 124-C Wade Street, Jamestown, North Carolina.

Cost: $275 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations.

More Info: Email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

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911 Hero and Olympic Champion Jason Read will Give Keynote Address at Rowing Banquet

Jason Read serves as flag-bearer for Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Games.

American hero and Olympic gold medal winning rower Jason Read will give the keynote address at the 2017 Celebration of Rowing banquet, event chair Jackie King is pleased to announce.

The banquet is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, at Sedgefield Country Club with admission open to the general public.

“Jason Read’s life story is one of unwavering dedication, representing his country proudly and with courage at moments of unimaginable tragedy and great triumph,” says Jackie King.

A volunteer rescue squad fire chief from the age of 21, Read received the call to Ground Zero on the morning of September 11, 2001 shortly after the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York.

Just three years later Jason Read represented his country again, bringing home the Olympic gold as part of the men’s eight rowing crew at the 2004 Athens games.

King says it is an incredible honor to have Jason Read join the Triad rowing clubs for this occasion. “Earlier this year High Point Rowing Club purchased an eight-man shell bearing his name from his alma mater Temple University. None of us knew who he was then. We do now and we are so looking forward to welcoming Jason to North Carolina.”

Jason Read (standing) served as a rescue squad chief at Ground Zero on 911. Less than three years later he won gold with the USA men’s eight at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

 

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its fourth year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

Read will follow a illustrious line of guest speakers in recent years who have each had a national impact on the rowing community:

2014 Caroline Lind, 2X Olympic gold medalist
2015 Misha Joukowsky, Resolute shells
2016 Jack Carlson, Rowing Blazers
“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is a special night for rowers,” says the event chair Jackie King. “It is about coming together to celebrate the sport we all love and for many of us a sport that has held a profound transformational effect on our lives.”

Double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19, 2016.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Almost 200 rowers and their families gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson regaled the almost 200 rowers at the Celebration of Rowing banquet with his historical account of rowing’s social attire.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for ‘service above and beyond’ to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

Save the Date! Celebration of Rowing banquet set for November 18, 2017

Refreshments with Hors d’oeuvres, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, & Award Presentations 

Cocktail attire with ‘team colors’.

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The rowing clubs of the Triad are pleased to announce the fourth annual Celebration of Rowing banquet, scheduled for Saturday, November 18, at Sedgefield Country Club.

The Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its fourth year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

An incredible keynote speaker for 2017 will be announced shortly. He or she will follow a talented line of speakers in recent years who have each had a national impact on the rowing community:

2014 Caroline Lind, 2X Olympic gold medalist
2015 Misha Joukowsky, Resolute shells
2016 Jack Carlson, Rowing Blazers
“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is a special night for rowers,” says the event chair Jackie King. “It is about coming together to celebrate the sport we all love and for many of us a sport that has held a profound transformational effect on our lives.”

Double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19, 2016.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Almost 200 rowers and their families gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson regaled the almost 200 rowers at the Celebration of Rowing banquet with his historical account of rowing’s social attire.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for ‘service above and beyond’ to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

New Season of Rowing for Adults starts next week

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Registration is now Open for the Masters Rowing AutumnMania, which starts on October 10, 2017. 

High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce the upcoming season of “Masters AutumnMania” – Rowing for adults on Oak Hollow Lake and indoors in Jamestown.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“The purpose of Masters AutumnMania is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “This is a wonderful community of adults all encouraging each other to be the best they can be. The highlight of AutumnMania will be the opportunity for all rowers to participate in the 2016 Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga) and South (Augusta, GA) Regattas in November.”

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted. Experienced rowers will row together in boat orders as assigned by the coaches. For safety reasons, participants must be confident swimmers. In addition to rowing, participants will be expected to serve on occasions as coxswains, the member of the crew that steers the boat and makes the calls.

Dates and Times: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions or AutumnMania Unlimited. Note, there will be no guaranteed weekend rowing during either the Head of the Hooch or South weekend (Nov 4-5 and 11-12) unless a volunteer safety launch driver is available within the team. No rowing during Thanksgiving Week. 

Weekday Rowing Oak Hollow Lake (AM): Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45am to 10:15am starting October 10 and ending December 7.

Weekday Erging Jamestown (PM): Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm starting October 10 and ending December 7.

Weekend Rowing Oak Hollow Lake: Saturday mornings at 7:15am and Sunday afternoon at 3pm starting October 15 and ending December 11. (Note, see above note about weekend rowing during regattas. Sunday times will move to 2:30pm in November due to shorter daylight hours).

AutumnMania Unlimited Sessions: participants can attend all of the above sessions.

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and flip-flops are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth in the boat). Bring a water bottle too! Sunglasses are good.

Cost: $200 per rower for AutumnMania. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement. Participants can attend all sessions by upgrading to the Fall Unlimited membership for $275.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

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Mayhem Ensues at High Point Rowing Festival as Rowers Chase Giant Duck Down Oak Hollow Lake

The Duck looked resplendent in the morning sun at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival until winds lifted it from its anchors and sent it hurtling down Oak Hollow Lake with rowers in pursuit.

High Point, North Carolina – A record 500 rowers and an estimated 1,500 spectators were at Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

The annual regatta, hosted by High Point & Greensboro Rowing Clubs, attracted a record number of participant entries from youth, collegiate and adult rowing clubs across the southeast region.

Boat racing at the rowing festival was a 4,500 meter time-trial in 42 boat classes defined by size of boat, age, and experience level. Boats race across Oak Hollow Lake and around a giant inflatable rubber duck some three stories high.  The penalty for crews not racing around the duck was instant disqualification.

Brisk 15 mile per hour winds at the start of racing, however, lifted the duck from its anchors and sent it flying down the lake.

Mayhem ensued, as the first round of crews, fearing possible disqualification, began chasing the duck down the lake at full speed.

The giant duck soon ended up on land by Centennial Avenue and rowers were directed back on the race course.

“The winds blowing the duck away certainly messed up timing and results for the first two rounds of racing,” said regatta co-chair Mandy Greene. “But in hindsight it may add to the lore of this regatta, which continues to grow in leaps and bounds.”

Race organizers quickly restored the race course. The duck was quickly deflated but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm among the rowers which remained high. 

High Point – Greensboro, racing as HPG Rowing, led the medal table at the conclusion of racing with 8 gold medals. Raleigh based Triangle Rowing Club finished in second place with gold medals.

The College of William & Mary from Virginia led the medal table for universities with six first place finishes. NC State won 3 golds. Wake Forest University were third on the medal count. The local student club program from High Point University declined to participate on Saturday.

Raleigh Rowing Center picked up 6 first places in the adult or Masters division races. Carolina Masters won three gold medals.

Highlights for HPG Rowing came in the women’s Open pair, which saw Molly Hilemn and Ainsley Fox beat out two crews from NC State.

HPG also won prominent victories in the boys and girls quad sculls, the middle schools boys eight and the mixed masters eight-oared event.

Ainsley Fox and Molly HIlemn return to dock after winning the Women’s Open pairs event at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Triangle youth rowers carry their 60′ long shell to the dock at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

The all High Point HPG Masters women’s crew prepares for their race at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Rowers Prepare to Race ‘Round the Duck’ on Saturday

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The largest rowing event ever to take place in North Carolina will be held in High Point on Saturday.

High Point will welcome over 500 rowers from across the southern states for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. Thousands of spectators are expected to view the once a year boating event.

“We have a wonderful turnout expected for this rowing regatta in High Point,” says event co-chair Mandy Greene. “Registered boat entries are almost double from when we first began the festival just three years ago.”

“Participation in rowing has exploded in North Carolina,” says Gene Kininmonth, who is the founder of youth and adult rowing clubs in High Point and Greensboro. “It is gratifying to see the City of High Point and the CVB seeing the opportunity of embracing this wonderful sport.”

Kininmonth says that thanks to local civic interest, High Point is now the epicenter for the sport of rowing in North Carolina.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names this weekend including NC State, Wake Forest University and William and Mary. High Point University declined the opportunity to participate on Saturday.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville.

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 4,500 meter time-trial. Crews will line up their sleek rowing shells at the Skeet Club Bridge end of Oak Hollow Lake and then race out toward Johnson Street Bridge before making a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” in the center of the lake, around the golf course toward the finish line at Festival Park.

That’s right. There’s a duck. A giant bright yellow inflatable duck. Race officials decline to disclose the actual size of the duck but it clearly dwarfs the rowers on the water.

Racing begins at 9:10am and runs through 4pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Directions: Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions to Festival Park.. The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Limited free parking is also available. Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races. There will be a $5 fee for cars parking at Festival Park.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2017 Rowing Festival will be the Command Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews at the conclusion of each event. Race winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (advance notice requested). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Mandy Greene (office: 336-314-1116) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers
Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.

High Point’s Junior Ognovich to Race for Southeast Region at Youth Regional Challenge

Junior Ognovich has been selected for the Southeast Region crew to race at the Regional Youth Challenge as part of the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota, Florida – The 2017 World Rowing Championships kicks off today and High Point rower Junior Ognovich has been selected to race in the women’s quad sculls for the Southeast region in the first ever ‘Youth Regional Challenge’.

The Youth Regional Challenge event will feature 312 of the top Under-19 rowers from across the United States, racing in eights and quadruple sculls. The Southeast region team comprises the best athletes from Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Junior Ognovich was picked for the Southeast squad from over 900 rowers who applied for selection. Her race in Sarasota this weekend will no doubt feel like a home course for her. Earlier this spring she teamed up with Maddie Mullins to finish 6th in the nation at the women’s U19 pairs event.

2017 has been an incredible year for Junior Ognovich.  In addition to the finals appearance at youth nationals, she and Maddie won the North Carolina State Championships in the women’s double sculls and then were crowned regional champions in the women’s pair. The win was the first in history for High Point.

Smiling in Sarasota: Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins enjoyed a successful outing on Day One at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Junior is not short of athletic genes in her DNA. Her older sister Katie won gold on board the United States women’s eight at the CanAmMex Games Regatta and is now rowing at the University of Oklahoma. Her grandfather is Nick Ognovich, the renowned Wake Forest University Hall of Fame “blocking quarterback” in the 1940s when the program was regarded as one of the toughest in the South.

When not rowing, Junior lives in Greensboro and attends Bishop McGuinness High School. Junior will return to the Triad next week in time to prepare for the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday, September 30.

Anniversary Row & Potluck Scheduled for Saturday

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point-Greensboro Rowing will celebrate its 5th birthday on Saturday, September 16 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members followed by a potluck breakfast at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year and masters by age.

Families and friends are invited to join the rowers for the potluck brunch after the boat races.

The club has much to celebrate after 5 years, with a record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad. The club earned its first medals at youth regionals, and made first ever appearances at both youth and masters nationals.

Last year 9 eight-man crews as well as some smaller boats lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge and club founder Gene Kininmonth predicts there could be more crews this year.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 5th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 7:30am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. Rowers and families should park on the grass behind the sailboats. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

All participating rowers will receive the HPG Spirit shirt to race in on Saturday upon arrival.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 6 -12) are eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in August. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

Back to School Sneak Peek Week Coming Up: Youth ages 12 – 18 can try rowing for one week for free!

Come try out youth rowing for free!

If you are in grades 6-12, and maybe looking for a new sport then come give rowing a try. Six days of rowing for free. Just register and show up. It is that easy!

No experience necessary but you must be able to swim as a safety precaution. Participants must also be at least 12 years of age.

REGISTER HERE FOR BACK TO SCHOOL FREE SNEAK PEEK: August 28 – Sep 2, 2017 from  4:3opm to 6pm.

WHAT? Sneak Peek Week is one week of rowing, where students will learn the technique needed for rowing in racing boats on the water.

WHEN? 4:30pm to 6pm from Monday, August 28 though Saturday September 2. You do not have to participate every day.

WHERE? Oak Hollow Lake: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC.

COST? FREE!

Also, be sure to have a parent sign the waiver and swim form certifying that you can swim. These can be downloaded on this page. Bring these forms with you.

Also bring the following:
• flip flops and normal athletic attire
• water bottle

Questions? Just email our coach, Gene, at contact@highpointrowing.com or call him at (336) 257-9009.

 

Buy Your New HPG Spirit Shirt Today

Show your support for our rowers with the new ‘HPG Spirit Shirt’.

Available now for a limited time only, this incredible High Point Greensboro ‘Spirit Shirt’ is for sale to parents, spouses, siblings, alumni, and friends of our rowers for just $25.

P U R C H A S E  H E R E ! ! !

Designed with a European soccer shirt in mind, the HPG Spirit Shirt features the embroidered club crest, as well as logos from High Point Rowing Club and Greensboro Crew embroidered on the sleeves.

This shirt looks great on men and women in all sizes! Get yours for a limited time only.

New Adults Season of Rowing Starts Next Week

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

“Row Well and Live!”

High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Fall Rowing” for adults at Oak Hollow Lake. The purpose of Masters Fall Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“Masters” is High Point Rowing Club’s answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad.

“Since High Point Rowing Club was founded less than three years ago we have received lots of interest from adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth.

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted. Experienced rowers will row together in boat orders as assigned by the coaches. For safety reasons, participants must be confident swimmers. In addition to rowing, participants will be expected to serve on occasions as coxswains, the member of the crew that steers the boat and makes the calls.

Dates and Times: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions, or both. 

Weekend Sat AM and Sun PM: Saturday 7:15am to 8:45am and Sunday 4pm – 5:30pm. Starts August 19 and concludes October 8.

Weekday PM TUES and THURS: 6pm – 7:30pm starting August 15, ending October 5.

Weekday AM TUES and THURS: 8:45am – 10:15am starting August 15, ending October 5.

Masters Fall Unlimited! $275 Get it all the above sessions for one low price!

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and flip-flops are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth in the boat). Bring a water bottle too! Sunglasses are good.

Cost: $200 per rower for 14 sessions. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

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Mullins, Ognovich Place 6th at Rowing Nationals

High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich (far boat) are quick off the start in the final at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich capped off a historic season by improving on their best time by 7 seconds and finishing sixth in the women’s pair final at the USRowing Youth National Championships on Sunday.

Connecticut Boat Club won the event with a time of 7 minutes 30 seconds, nearly 21 seconds ahead of the field.

Ognovich and Mullins, who qualified for the final with a third place semi-final finish on Saturday, finished Sunday’s race with a time of 8:06.866.

The High Point duo were elated with their performance after the race.

“We really had a great last row,” said Junior as her boat returned to dock. “I felt Maddie behind me rowing hard every stroke of the race. That’s everything you can ask of your pair partner.”

“We just want to say thank you to everyone for all the support and love. We definitely would not have done this well without all the support from back home,” said Maddie after the race. “It’s a good last race to end my rowing career at High Point Rowing Club.”

The top six national ranking caps off a season that saw Junior and Maddie win the women’s double sculls final at the North Carolina state championships in April, as well as the Southeast Region title in the women’s pair in May. The regional win qualified the two for nationals.

Maddie was also the club’s 2017 Female Rower of the Year.

Maddie and Junior advise today’s High Point/Greensboro rowers to “work hard and love the process and you too can go to Nationals.”

Top 6 in the nation: High Point rowers Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins with coach Gene Kininmonth at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

 

 

 

Mullins & Ognovich Qualify for Final at Nationals

Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich continued their run at the 2017 USRowing Youth National championships on Saturday morning by finishing in the top 3 places of a punishing semi-final round.

Close racing was the highlight of the semi final round of the women’s pairs event at nationals and High Point just edged out Indianapolis to qualify for the grand final to be raced on Sunday. The result places them among the top 6 rowing crews in the United States, all of which will vie for the national title in Sunday’s final.

Connecticut Boat Club will start hot favorite in the final with the field wide open among the remaining 5 crews.

“When Junior and I first paired up together in the spring we set some attainable goals and some crazy goals,” said Maddie Mullins after the semi-final race.  “We have now entered the crazy zone.”

The race will begin at 7:54am with results posted here: https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20374/results

The race will be livestreamed over the internet here: 

 

Qualifying for the final at the national rowing championships tops off a season of successes for Mullins and Ognovich.

The two rowers won the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championships in Georgia last month. In April they won the North Carolina State Championships. Mullins was also awarded High Point Rowing Club’s 2017 Rower of the Year trophy.

The youth national championship is the premier junior rowing event in the USA, and approximately 1,700 athletes will compete in more than 370 crews representing more than 150 teams from across the country.

Close racing was a highlight of the semi final round of the women’s pair event at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Maddie and Junior embrace after finishing in the top 3 crews of the semifinals to qualify for the grand final at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point Progresses to Semi Finals at USRowing Youth National Championships

Smiling in Sarasota: Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins enjoyed a successful outing on Day One at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich finished with the sixth fastest time in the initial time trial of the women’s pair on Day One at the USRowing Youth National Championships.

The result places them among the top 12 crews from the field which will race in the semi final round on Saturday morning. The fastest six boats in the semi final round will then race in the grand final on Sunday.

“This was an emotional part of the process,” said High Point coach Gene Kininmonth after the morning time trial. “For our club, competing at the national championships for the first time, you’re way out of your comfort zone coming in because it is all new territory and there are so many crews from all across the country you have never raced before. So today’s result was both a relief and reaffirming for all of us.”

Saturday’s semi-final race will take place at 9:12 am.

The race will be live streamed by USRowing here: https://www.youtube.com/user/usrowingorg

For live results click here: https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20374/results

High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins launch for the 2017 USRowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point Rowers Make Final Preparations for Youth Nationals

Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich are heading to Sarasota, Florida this weekend for the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

High Point, NC – Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich will row their final practice on Oak Hollow Lake this evening ahead of this weekend’s 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

The two qualified for nationals by winning the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championships in Georgia last month.

The youth national championship is the premier junior rowing event in the USA, and approximately 1,700 athletes will compete in more than 370 crews representing more than 150 teams from across the country vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.

Maddie and Junior are slated to begin racing with a time trial on Friday morning at 8:45am. The trial will reduce the field from 22 crews to 12. Should the pair successfully proceed through this initial trial they will then race in Saturday morning’s semi final round. The top 6 crews from the semi-finals will race in Sunday morning’s final just before 9am.

Qualifying for nationals highlights a year of highs for the High Point duo and for Maddie, who recently graduated high school, the final regatta is a wonderful finishing touch to her high school rowing career.

Maddie was the club’s female Rower of the Year this year. In April she and Junior won the youth doubles event at the North Carolina State Championships.

Events at this weekend’s championships will be live streamed by USRowing here: https://www.youtube.com/user/usrowingorg

Full race schedule is here: http://www.usrowing.org/event/2017-youth-national-championships/

2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival Set for September 30


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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – Club officials expect to welcome 600 rowers and thousands of spectators from across the southeast region of the United States in late September for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. The date of the event has been set for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Last year rowers from twenty clubs, universities and high schools converged at Festival Park in High Point to race the 5,000 meter winding course on Oak Hollow Lake.

“We anticipate a new record for the Autumn Rowing Festival,” says High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Participation in rowing continues to explode in North Carolina. High Point is at the epicenter of this remarkable growth.”

The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. The majority of Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

Race entries will be made on REGATTACENTRAL

Rowers are expected to travel from as far away as Annapolis, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia for the regatta.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names in the past, including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College. In 2017 race organizers hope to entice powerhouse programs from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke University.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs.  In 2016 rowing programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville were represented among others.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women's eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women’s eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 5,000 meter time-trial. Crews will line up their sleek rowing shells at the Skeet Club Bridge end of Oak Hollow Lake and then race out to the center of the lake where they will row a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” back to the main channel before turning toward the finish line at Johnson Street Bridge.

That’s right. There’s a duck. A giant bright yellow inflatable duck. Race officials decline to disclose the actual size of the duck but it clearly dwarfs the rowers on the water.

To row “Round the Duck!” is now considered a ‘must do’ item on the bucket list of every American rower in the southeast region.

Racing begins at 9:20am and runs through 3:30pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions to Festival Park.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2017 Rowing Festival will be the Media Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews at the conclusion of each event. Race winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (advance notice requested). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Gene Kininmonth (office: 336-257-9009) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers
Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.

Youth Crew Celebrates Season and Seniors at Spring Banquet

Highly polished silver awards are now a Spring Crew Banquet tradition thanks to the generous philanthropic support of the Club’s Patron Jackie King.

High Point Rowing Club’s youth rowers celebrated the end of spring with coaches and parents at the annual Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake on Monday evening.

Connie Curri, who is Charlotte’s mum and parent liaison to the team, thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all the crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas. Connie then passed the baton of parent liaison to Sierra’s mum Beth Heer for the 2017-18 season.

“This is always my favorite annual rowing event of the year,” said coach Gene Kininmonth following a delicious pot luck feast. “We are here this evening to celebrate victories won, battles hard fought, and to send off three incredible high school seniors.”

Coach Gene thanked Jaclyn Hronich, Paul Herger, Mandy Greene, and Connie Curri for their service as coaches to the Crew and then welcomed the team’s alumni, Katie Ognovich ’14, Addy Millsap ’15, Andrew Wright ’15, Adam Alt ’16, and Kyle Koval ’16, who had returned to the crew for the evening.

Then it was time to pay tribute to the rowers themselves.

“We have many victories to celebrate tonight,” said Gene. “We opened our Spring season at the Clemson Sprints, where we won countless medals before returning to High Point for the State Championships where our club won 7 state championships.”

“To add to this success, our rowers won bronze in the women’s U17 quadsculls event and gold in the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast regional Championships in Georgia. This remarkable win by Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich was a first for High Point Rowing Club.”

Gene then presented The York Cup to the crew that recorded the fastest time from Skeet Club bridge to Johnson Street bridge during the previous twelve months. The York Cup crew of 2017 was coxswain Charlotte Curri, stroke Ainsley Fox, Molly Hilemn, William Hundley, Nick Rieker, Matthew Hronich, Jake Bryant, Sierra Heer, Kinkead Crotts. The crew set a time of 16 minutes 38 seconds.

The 2017 York Cup Crew with their silver awards at the Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake.

Coach Gene then presented the club’s Rower of the Year awards to Charles York and Maddie Mullins, who themselves then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, and ‘Rookie of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Charles York, Maddie Mullins, and Lizzy Knorr were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. The evening then took an emotional turn with each senior passing on their jersey to a younger rower before reflecting on their personal rowing experiences with High Point Rowing Club.

Of course, no Crew Banquet would be completed until the traditional crew photo on the dock was taken.

2017 HPRC Seniors Charles York, Maddie Mullins, and Lizzy Knorr with their silver awards at the Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake.

HPRC rowers William Hundley and Molly Hilemn won awards for ‘Most Improved’ at the 2017 Crew Banquet.

Matthew Hronich and Charlotte Curri won awards for Middle school MVPs at the 2017 HPRC Crew Banquet.

Benjamin Huitt was presented with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at High Point Rowing Club’s 2017 Crew Banquet.

Rowers assemble on the dock at Oak Hollow Lake for the traditional team photo at the spring Crew Banquet.