July Sneak Peek Week Coming Up: Youth ages 12 – 19 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 mornings 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.

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? 7:15am to 9am from Monday, July 10 though Saturday July 16.

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

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

 

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


High Point Autumn Rowing Festival from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

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.

High Point Masters Win Silver in Oak Ridge

High Point’s ‘Fab Five’ crew of Kristen Bremer, Jackie King, Erica Reisberger, Shelli York, and Morgan Epling won silver at the Dogwood Masters Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee – While High Point Rowing Club’s youth program was dueling with Greensboro Crew on Lake Brandt this morning, a crew of Masters was busy winning medals on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains at the Dogwood Masters Regatta.

The Dogwood Masters regatta is the second stop on the racing calendar for High Point’s ‘Fab Five’ crew of Kristen Bremer, Jackie King, Erica Reisberger, Shelli York, and coxswain Morgan Epling on their way to Masters Nationals in August.

The crew raced earlier last month at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina finishing in second place. In Oak Ridge, the crew dropped 15 seconds off their time from Clemson to win the silver medal behind Asheville Rowing Club.

Women’s 4+ AA-C Raw Time – Age Adjusted Time
1. Asheville ~ 3:45.7 – 3:39.5
2. High Point ~ 3:53.0 – 3:46.8
3. Atlanta ~ 3: 52.8 – 3:51.4
4. Nashville ~ 3:57.9 – 3:57.1

Well done, ladies!

In Masters boat races, the race times are adjusted for the average age of a crew. So, the older a crew is, the lower their race time is adjusted.

Almost 300 rowers of all ages from 15 rowing clubs across the southeast region converged on the Melton Lake rowing course. For High Point, racing at Dogwood Masters regatta was vital as Oak Ridge will also be the venue for USRowing Masters Nationals later in the summer.

Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. Scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city as it is still the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Self Service: As the club grows and evolves there isnt always a coach available to drive boats to races and so High Points masters have become quite self sufficient at managing travel logistics for the boats.

High Point Earns Historic First Win at USRowing’s Southeast Youth Regional Championships

Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich teamed up to win High Point’s first victory at the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championship.

Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Venue, Gainesville, GA – Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich teamed up in the women’s pair event to win an historic first USRowing Southeast Regional Championship for High Point Rowing Club on Sunday.

Just hours later Ainsley Fox, Lindsay York, Molly HIlemn and Charlotte Curri combined to win bronze in the women’s U17 quadscull event in Georgia.

The USRowing Southeast Championships comprises the fastest youth crews from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. The win for Mullins and Ognovich earned the rowing pair an automatic qualifying spot at USRowing’s Youth National Championships in Sarasota next month.

The High Point crew qualified for Sunday’s regional final by posting the fastest time in Saturday’s time trials, which narrowed the field from across the region down to just the top 7 crews. Mullins and Ognovich were 15 seconds faster than their nearest competition posting a time of 7 minutes 45 seconds.

In the final, the duo advanced to an early lead in the near perfect conditions on the Lake Lanier rowing course, site of the 1996 Olympic Games. “It was tempting to just to start our sprint early but we remained focused on maintaining composure throughout the race,” said Ognovich. after the victory. “We have a lot more speed to show at nationals.”

 

Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins prepare to launch their shell for the final of the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

In the U17 quad scull final, Ainsley Fox knew she would need to help her crew find some more speed to make it to the medal podium. The crew qualified Saturday with the fourth fastest time overall and 5 seconds to make up on Sarasota Crew. The crew responded by blasting off the starting pontoons to jump ahead of Sarasota for the bronze medal position. Sarasota made a move on High Point two thirds of the way through the race but Curri successfully called her crew to respond from the bow seat.

“We finished the race and didn’t know the result it was so close,” said Curri. “We had to wait until we returned to the docks to know we had won a bronze medal.”

Lindsay York, Molly HIlemn, Charlotte Curri and Ainsley Fox joyfully display the medals the crew won at the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

Also racing for High Point in Georgia were Govind Harish and Charles York in the double sculls event and Kiki Davis, who led her crew of William Hundley, Jake Bryant, Matthew Hronich, and Jacob Messick in the lightweight fours events. Both crews produced outstanding performances in Saturday’s time trials and semi final rounds but were nudged out of Sunday’s finals in competitive fields.

 

High Point Rowers Prepare for Southeast Regionals

Charles York and Govind Harish prepare for the 2017 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships.

High Point, NC – High Point rowers will make their final preparations on Oak Hollow Lake this week in advance of the upcoming USRowing Southeast Regional Youth Championships taking place this weekend at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Center in Gainesville, GA.

High Point will be represented by four crews of rowers at the regional event.

Opening racing for High Point will be Charles York and Govind Harish who will compete in the Men’s double sculls event. Charles and Govind were members of High Point’s quad scull crew that won the state championships in April.

Next up Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins will race in the women’s pair event. Maddie and Junior won the double sculls event at the North Carolina state championships and return to sweeping for the regional championships.

Kiki Davis will steer her crew of Will Hundley, Jake Bryant, Matthew Hronich and Jacob Messick in the men’s lightweight fours event in Georgia. Lightweights must all weigh under 150 pounds making it one of the most competitive events as athletes.

Rounding out the fleet for High Point will be Ainsley Fox, Lindsay York, Molly Hilemn, and Charlotte Curri, who will be racing for a medal in the women’s U17 quadscull event.

Free Sneak Peek Week. Try Youth Rowing for Free!

Come try out youth rowing for free!

If you are in grades 6-12, and maybe looking for a spring sport then come give rowing a try. Five 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.

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 on Monday, June 5 though Friday June 9.

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

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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:
• sneakers and normal athletic attire
• water bottle

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

 

Register for Summer Youth Rowing – No experience necessary!

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – Join the fun on the water at Oak Hollow Lake this Summer! The 2017 Summer Youth Rowing program is for high school & middle school girls and boys of all experience levels (including no experience) to row during the summer.

COST: $285 This fee covers equipment use, lake fees, coaching services, administrative costs (insurance, etc). The summer season is June 5 thru August 19.

WHERE: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC.

WHEN: Initially during the week from June 5-9 rowing sessions will take place in the afternoons from 4:30pm until 6:15pm and at 9am on Saturday mornings. On June 12 rowing sessions then move to mornings Monday – Saturday from 7:15am – 9:00am each day to avoid the heat.

REGISTER HERE 

HPG Rowing enjoyed great success at the inaugural North Carolina Youth Rowing Championships. Rowers from the High Point Greensboro club won state championships in 7 out of 14 events the club entered.

Registration is now open for the summer season of Masters rowing for adults

High Point, NC – High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Rowing” for adults – Summer Session! Rowing will take place on Oak Hollow Lake. The purpose of Masters 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 adult program for folks ages 21 to “still active.”

Participants may join as individuals or groups through a corporation.

Rowing has taken off as the new spinning and we have established an enthusiastic group of adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “Rowing, whether on the Concept2 rower or in the boat at Oak Hollow Lake, is non-impact making it significantly safer from injuries, which is especially appealing to adults.”

The High Point Masters program is modeled on the highly successful adult program in Pittsburgh, which has hundreds of members and an incredible community feel to it. Our High Point rowing community is growing too!

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

UPCOMING SUMMER SEASON SCHEDULE:

Masters Unlimited! $275 Get it all for one low price! Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

And: Sunday afternoons from 4pm – 5:30pm.

And: Monday through Saturday mornings from June 19 through August 10 from 7:15am to 8:45am. Wow!!!

Rowing Tues & Thurs (evenings) $200: Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Rowing Tues & Thurs (mornings) $200: Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 7:15am to 8:45am.

Rowing Sat AM and Sun PM $200: Saturday 7:15am to 8:45am and Sunday 4pm – 5:30pm.

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: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, North Carolina. This is Oak Hollow Lake. Note, 

Cost: $200 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. But….you can make up missed sessions during other time allotments. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

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

Indoor Rowing by Candlelight

On Wednesday May 3 – for one night only – join us for ‘Indoor Rowing by Candlelight’ and connect your heart, mind, and body with one soul searching work out on our ergometers.

WHY: Because the endorphin rush you get from an indoor rowing workout is like no other. And you need that restful good night sleep that follows!

WHERE: 124C Wade Street in Jamestown, NC.

COST: $15

WHAT TO WEAR: a tank top and form fitting shorts or leggings.

Doors open at 6:pm. Workout begins at 6:15pm with stretching. Come with a friend. First time rowers welcome.  Class is capped at 30. (Masters Unlimited welcome at no additional charge)

Rowing Championships a Huge Success in High Point

Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich row to victory in the lightweight double sculls event at the North Carolina Rowing State Championships on April 22, 2017.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, – High Point Rowing Club hosted the inaugural North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships on Saturday, which drew hundreds of rowers and thousands of spectators to High Point.

Racing as HPG Rowing to reflect the addition of the new Greensboro chapter of the organization, High Point rowers cleaned up in the Olympic class of sculling events and ultimately won 7 out of the 14 events it entered.

Coaches from across the state unanimously voted High Point’s Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake as the championship venue for its central location and the local organizing committee’s proven success at hosting regional rowing events. In 2016 High Point hosted two spring regattas and the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake.

Festival Park offers spectators unobstructed views of the entire 1,500 meter race course from an elevated location.

In the opening race Ainsley Fox lead her crew of Lindsey York, Molly HIlemn, and Charlotte Curri to gold in the women’s U17 quadsculls event. HPG finished the 1,500m race course three boat lengths ahead of Triangle Rowing Club of Raleigh with Charlotte trailing in a time of 7 minutes 7 seconds.

In the next race High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins won the women’s open double sculls state championship two boat lengths ahead of Charlotte with Triangle further back.

High Point’s Charles York then upset the pundits by leading his crew of Govind Harish, Jake Bryant, and Parker Young to an upset victory over Charlotte in the men’s open quadruple sculls final. Charlotte had been the dominant regional force in this event over the past decade and the win for High Point represented a changing of the guard in North Carolina rowing.

HPG rower Ben Huitt smiles after winning the Division I middle school eights race at the 2017 North Carolina State Championships.

HPG Rowing won the boys U15 eight-oared event and the HPG girls crew finished second in the U15 event.

In one of the closest races of the day High Point’s Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich raced neck and neck against Charlotte for a majority of the race across Oak Hollow Lake before pulling away in the final stages.

“Races like this come down to a test of wills,” said High Point coach Gene Kininmonth. “Both crews weigh in the same and so they are racing pound for pound against each other. Neither crew has any real physical advantage so the gold medal goes to the crew that wants it most.”

The final two state championships won by HPG came in the Division II women’s U17 fours and the Division I Middle School eights events.

The middle school victory indicates a strong future for the combined High Point-Greensboro club, which boated four eight-oared middle school crews in the two divisional races.

Facing a stiff head wind that threatened to constantly swing her boat sideways, Ella Nichols steered a prefect course for her crew of Matthew Hronich, Henry Parker, Ryan LaPierre, Jeffrey Michael, James Li, Sierra Heer, Ben Huitt, and Grace Denenny to win three boat lengths ahead of Triangle and Asheville.

Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake was unanimously selected by coaches as the venue for the 2017 North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships.

 

A rowing crew returns to dock at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake.

 

High Point Scullers Prepare for State Champs

High Point’s varsity rowing squad continued their final week of preparations on Oak Hollow Lake on Wednesday evening ahead of the NC Youth Rowing State Championships on Saturday.

“It was 90 minutes of technique,” said head coach and club founder Gene Kininmonth. “The crews enjoyed flat water, which is perfect for rowing and we did a lot of low intensity work: pause rowing, cut-the-cake, feet out, K-drill, and that sort of thing to really bring the focus back to just high quality rowing.”

Every session of drills is vital to the squad of scullers, all of whom switched from sweep rowing in 2017. Kininmonth says almost all of the girls in the varsity eight that won the Head of the James in Richmond last Fall have transitioned to sculling this spring.

“Over the winter we looked at where our rowers might achieve their best both collectively and individually and the outcome of that analysis was a shift to sculling for many of our top rowers,” says Kininmonth.

Three hundred youth rowers have entered to race in 80 boats in the inaugural state championships. Racing kicks off at 10am with the Under 17 Women’s quadruple sculls.

Ainsley Fox hopes to lead her crew of Lindsay York, Molly Hilemn, and Charlotte Fox to gold at the NC state rowing championships on Saturday.

 

Charles York and Govind Harish will open their season in the men’s double sculls event at the 2017 NC Youth Rowing State Championships in High Point.

High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins switched from sweep to sculling in 2017. The duo are set to race in the women’s double sculls final at the NC Youth Rowing State Championships on Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday morning.

Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich are all smiles in practice before Saturday’s NC state rowing championships in High Point. The pair will race for gold in the lightweight double sculls.

High Point to Host State Championships

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, – High Point Rowing Club will host the North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships on April 22, 2017, the regatta committee co-chairs Jeanne MacPherson and Mandy Greene are pleased to announce.

This will be the first ever state championship for youth rowing in North Carolina, which is the result of discussions among the head coaches of North Carolina’s premier rowing clubs: Ashevile Youth Rowing, Belmont Rowing Club, Charlotte Youth Rowing, High Point Rowing Club, and Triangle Rowing Club.

High Point’s Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was unanimously selected by coaches as the venue for its central location and the local organizing committee’s proven success at hosting regional rowing events. In 2016 High Point hosted two spring regattas and also the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake.

Festival Park offers spectators unobstructed views of the entire 1,500 meter race course from an elevated location.

Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake was unanimously selected by coaches as the venue for the 2017 North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships.

In addition to Asheville, Charlotte, Triangle, Belmont, and High Point, a new crew, Jordan Lake Rowing Club, emerged in 2016 and will also participate in the state championships.

High Point will be racing as HPG Rowing, the umbrella for High Point and Greensboro Crew.

Whilst rowing is one of the oldest sports in America, it is still very new in the Tar Heel state. “With just six youth rowing clubs, North Carolina is still very much in the pioneering phase for this sport,” says High Point club founder Gene Kininmonth. “This presents us with lots of opportunities but also a lot of challenges when folks in our local communities are not familiar with rowing.”

Kininmonth says that in addition to the six teams racing Saturday, there have been perhaps another dozen failed attempts to start rowing clubs in North Carolina in recent years. “So, I am truly in awe of all the coaches running these successful rowing clubs. The state championship will be as much a celebration of rowing as it is a competition.”

The six clubs have entered seventy two boats to race in 35 events for the inaugural NC Youth Rowing State Championships.

Coxswains and coaches will meet with referees at 9am in front of the Command Center.

Racing is slated to begin at 10am.

All rowers, boat trailers, and spectators should enter the lake at Festival Park:

1841 Eastchester Dr, High Point, NC 27265. 

Rowing participants are advised to wear flip flops for ‘wet launching’ their boats.

A rowing crew returns to dock at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake.

 

Order Youth Team Uniform

The youth team uniform is now open for orders. See below for the complete HPRC Crew uniform for 2017. Purchasing the complete order online qualifies a rower for the team discount. Items may be purchased individually and should be paid for by check to “High Point Rowing Club”.

The 2017 uniform includes the following items custom fit for each athlete:

Track suit – $35

Racing compression shirt (no sleeves) – $25

Racing compression shirt (with sleeves) – $25

Team Rowing Vest – $25

Team practice tank – $20

Team bag with personalized name embroidered in large letters – $25

($40 –  Team discount)

Total cost $115.00

ORDER FULL TEAM UNIFORM

Track suits will be disbursed immediately with remainder of team apparel to arrive in time for the Clemson Sprints. These uniform items are available for current youth team members only. Items purchased individually are not eligible for the team discount.

Order Women’s Compression Racing Shirt $25

Order Men’s Racing Shirt

Rowers will have an opportunity to try on each apparel item for size upon receipt.

Navy Crew Concludes Week in High Point with Domination of West Point

Two Navy Women’s Crews raced Army in the historic first ever Army-Navy rowing encounter on Saturday, March 18, 2017 on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, NC.

High Point, NC – The United States Naval Academy’s women’s rowing program concluded its week long training camp in High Point on Saturday with a string of boat race scrimmages that saw the Midshipmen dominate West Point (Army) on Oak Hollow Lake.

Boat racing took place in eight and four-man rowing shells and Navy won each match up in decisive fashion.

While the Army – Navy rivalry is one of the biggest in college sports, in an intriguing twist this was the historic first ever match race encounter between the two rowing programs.

“Any time Army and Navy get together to compete it is a big deal,” says Navy head rowing coach Joe Schlosberg, adding that Oak Hollow Lake is an ideal setting for a training camp despite the past week’s cooler than average temperatures.

“Every one in High Point has been so welcoming to our rowers and that makes a difference,” says Coach Schlosberg.

The Naval Academy selected Oak Hollow Lake as its base camp for the second consecutive year for its protected waterway and the South’s normally temperate climate at this time of year.

“The fact that these two stories rowing programs somehow ended up in High Point to race each other for the first time is an immense personal reward to our High Point Rowing Club and all the volunteer efforts of our rowers and parents to make Oak Hollow Lake such a rower friendly venue,” said club founder Gene Kininmonth.

High Point Rowing Club loaned the Navy Crew motor boats for coaching during their stay and when one broke down High Point University stepped in to assist with an additional coach boat. High Point Rowing Club also hosted the Navy Crew to a potluck dinner in its Jamestown Erg Room during the week.

The Navy squad returned to Annapolis, MD after Saturday’s races where they will make final preparations for the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia next weekend.

The US Naval Academy won both the fours and eights events in its historic first ever scrimmage with Army in High Point NC on March 18, 2017.

High Point Rowing Club hosted Navy Women’s Crew to a potluck feast in its Jamestown Erg Room during the Midshipmen’s spring training camp.

High Point Masters and parents in the Erg Room after hosting the Navy Women’s Crew to dinner – special thanks to Jackie King (second from right) for her leadership in hosting this wonderful event.

Youth Rowers Return to the Water on Saturday

High Point Rowing Club’s youth rowing program returns to Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday morning for the first time this spring.

Practice will be at 8am to accommodate the Naval Academy’s women’s rowing program, which will be training later in the morning.

“The youth squad has worked hard indoors during the winter months and I know they are keen to get back on the water,” says head coach Gene Kininmonth. “I believe we are well positioned for an exciting spring race season.”

New members are welcome to join the club and can try rowing free for two practices without obligation. Interested students and parents should email Coach Gene at contact@highpointrowing.com

High Point’s boys and girls varsity eight crews in an Autumn practice on Oak Hollow Lake.