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

REGISTER NOW

 

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