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Fall Parent Meeting Minutes

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – Following a parent mingle with coffee and donuts, Connie Curri (Charlotte’s mom) opened the Fall Parent Meeting for High Point Rowing Club on August 20.

McDonalds - High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

McDonalds – High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

Connie outlined several changes to the team’s travel arrangements this year. To reduce the burden placed on any one parent, the team would ask for two parent volunteers to ride the bus with the team, with different parents volunteering for each team trip. Parents are required on the bus to provide supervision and to also offer independence from club coaches in the case that issues arise.  Additional parent volunteers would also be needed to prepare lunches at regattas.

When it comes to team travel, parents can choose to have their child ride the team bus and stay in hotel rooms with the team or drive their child themselves and have them stay with them.

October 8: Head of the James (Richmond, VA) – Middle School included.

November 5-6: Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga, TN) – High School rowers.

November 12: Head of the South (Augusta, SC) – High School rowers.

TEAM UNIFORMS: New rowers will race in High Point t-shirts and should purchase navy spandex shorts in the Fall (about $20 from Target). A newly designed unisuit will be introduced in the spring season for all rowers.

MEDICAL FORMS – These will now be done ONLINE. An email will go out to parents with a link to the form.

Connie then asked parents to introduce themselves and say who their child is and where they go to school. Following this Connie introduced head coach Gene Kininmonth.

Gene stressed that safety of the rowers at all times is the first priority of High Point Rowing Club. “If we are not sure, we stay on shore.” Gene pointed out that the strict safety protocols that the club uses at Oak Hollow Lake will be maintained when the team attends regattas, pointing out that at Dogwood Regatta last spring the club had held its varsity crews onshore for finals when thunder was heard across the course, even though regatta officials continued racing.

With safety first and foremost in mind, our MISSION STATEMENT is that High Point Rowing Club is a recreational rowing club where we strive to meet every athlete’s most competitive personal goals.

“Each year my goal for the club is not just to be better than the last but the best ever. This year that is a bigger challenge than ever with so many recent rowers graduating, and that makes it exciting and a challenge i am looking forward to,” said Gene.

“This year we have some terrific, hard working young rowers on our squad. And the best way we can support them is by helping to recruit a strong team. The club relies almost entirely on Facebook for marketing. Remarkably, we have no connections to any of the public schools in High Point. Any direction you could offer to make introductions to High school guidance counselors or PE instructors, or athletic directors would be invaluable.”

Gene then discussed the new developments for the club.

Coaching staff updates:
With the departure of Allie Davis, Gene began an immediate search for a new coach for the varsity girls squad. However, at almost the same time the NCAA changed its rules to permit university women’s rowing programs to hire a 4th assistant coach to its staff. Previously they were restricted to only three. This has lead to a hiring binge for rowing coaches making the market for available coaches extremely small and the cost to hire an appropriate coach significantly more. Meanwhile, the club’s revenues fell significantly over the summer. Masters membership dropped 50% from the previous year and youth summer membership was down as well. Gene attributed this to a hotter summer than usual and an improved economy where families were travelling for vacation more. Gene will continue to search for a new coach and expects to announce the hire  in time for the spring season.

Greensboro Crew: 
Last month we started Greensboro Crew. Gene went into the thinking behind this decision:

  • A large percentage of High Point rowers were travelling 35 minutes or more each way on the roads each day. Many of these students are from Greensboro. This is not a way to build a successful program.
  • Local competition. We need more local races and the media profile that accompanies local competition.

How will Greensboro work with High Point?  We are all one club but with separate local identities. We are each other’s competition when we race each other several times a year. We will come together as crew mates for outside competition. Team GHP or GHP Rowing or whatever catches on. In 12 months we see the best rowers from both locations merging at a special camp after the regular spring season to form super crews for SE Regionals to qualify for Nationals.

From an operational standpoint each base will operate separate books. So, when you make a donation to High Point Rowing Club your money will be invested right here and gifts to Greensboro Crew your money will stay invested there.

CREW ADVISORY BOARD
This Fall the club will be supported by an advisory board. This will be a working board comprised of coaches, masters, and parents who are engaged in the volunteer efforts of the club. For example, it will include our Celebration of Rowing co-chairs, Jackie King and Caren York, our High Point Autumn Rowing Festival regatta co-chairs Mandy Greene and Jeanne MacPherson, our parent volunteers such as Connie and others who will be riding the bus to regattas and feeding the rowers and coaches.

The advisory board is expected to meet at least 4-5 times each year to provide counsel and feedback on the club’s projects, events and other endeavors.

Following brief questions the Fall parent meeting concluded. The Club would like to express its thanks to Jackie King for providing coffee from her High Point McDonalds restaurant for the meeting.

Crew Celebrates with Last Row & Spring Banquet

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club’s youth program capped off its spring season with one last row before celebrating at the Crew Banquet with coaches and parents on Wednesday evening.

“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 our high school seniors.”

Mary Hollingsworth, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then  thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all 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.

Coach Gene thanked Mary Hollingsworth and Scott Jones, Mandy Greene, and Allie Davis for their coaches service to the Crew.

The coaches 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 2016 is coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg. The crew set a new record time of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

Coach Gene and Coach Allie then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Victoria Goldin, Adam Alt, Mac Warwick, Emma Lloyd, Kevin Capps, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, Austin Young, Kyle Koval, and Aliute Udoka 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 rowing experience with High Point Rowing Club.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

 

 

Youth Squad Rocks the Boat in Sarasota

Sarasota,  Florida – Two of three High Point crews qualified for the finals at the USRowing Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday.

Adam Alt and Kyle Koval earned a grand final spot in the Men’s Youth Double sculls event on Saturday morning with a third place finish in the heats. The duo are the first High Point male crew to qualify for a final at the regional regatta.

On Sunday, Adam and Kyle finished in 5th place ahead of Atlanta in the six boat final. 

Men’s Youth Doublesculls
1. Miami 6 minutes 53.37 seconds
2. Jacksonville 7:01.809
3. Sarasota 7:06.363
4. Miami Beach 7:12.898
5. High Point 7:30.918
6. Atlanta 7:33.981

“It’s good to see everyone come together and put in that work,” said Adam after racing. “I’m proud with the double, breezing to the finals and then pulling off a good sprint at the end to walk on Atlanta. Taking 5th did feel good. Sad that’s there’s no second chance at it next year but I guess four years ultimately led up to this.”

“You can’t fake your way into a final like this,” says boys varsity Coach Gene Kininmonth. “To make a final at this level of competition you have to commit in the fall season and carry that commitment through the winter. Kyle and Adam have earned this result and they can be proud of their efforts.”

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

High Point’s second finals appearance on Sunday was in the Women’s Youth Eights event.

High Point was seeded 7th out of eight teams in the event but on Saturday the crew of cox Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins,  Junior Ognovich,  Aliute Udoka,  Emma Lloyd,  Jaclyn Hronich,  Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece upset the pundits by beating St Andrews in the first round, which earned them a place in the final.

On Sunday, the High Point crew continued to show its surprising pedigree in the final with a 4th place finish ahead of in state rival Asheville and Sarasota.

Women’s Youth Eights
1. Atlanta 6 minutes 58.65 seconds
2. Oarlando (OARS) 7:02.85
3. Nashville 7:04.608
4. High Point 7:14.056
5. Asheville 7:14.982
6. Sarasota 7:22.85

The result matched the crew’s 2015 performance.  “We tell our crews to go out and have fun before each race,” says the varsity girls coach Allie Davis.  “There is nothing more fun for a crew than performing at your peak on race day.”

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women's youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women’s youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point Heads to Sarasota, FL for SE Youth Regionals

Sarasota, Florida – High Point Rowing Club will be represented by three crews at the USRowing Southeast Regional Youth Championships in Sarasota, Florida this weekend.

Boat racing takes place at Nathan Benderson Park, the venue for the upcoming 2017 World Rowing Championships.

First up for High Point will be Adam Alt and Kyle Koval racing in the heats of the Youth Double Sculls event. The crew enjoyed comfortable wins at the High Point Regatta and Charlotte Duel before finishing 4th at the Dogwood Regatta last month. Twelve crews are entered in the event. The duo must finish in the top three crews in its 6 boat heat to progress to the final.

Following this race Kyle and Adam will team up with Austin Young and Kevin Capps in the Youth Quad Sculls event.

Later in the day High Point will race in the Women’s Youth Eights event. The crew, comprised of coxswain Morgan Epling, Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece has enjoyed historic results for the club throughout the regular season. The crew earned victories at the James River Sprints, the High Point Regatta, and Charlotte Dual and earned a finals appearance two weeks ago at the Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN but was unable to race due to thunderstorms over the race course.

The top three crews in each event qualify for USRowing’s Youth National Championships next month.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

High Point Announces Squad for USRowing’s SE Youth Championships

High Point, NC – Final selections have been made for USRowing’s Southeast Youth Championships to take place in Sarasota, Florida on May 14-15, the coaches have announced.

The two day championship event will consist of heats, semi finals and finals and the top three crews in each event at the regional championships will qualify for the national championships, which take place in Princeton, NJ in June. The southeast region is comprised of the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

Girls’ varsity coach Allie Davis has selected coxswain Morgan Epling, and rowers Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mulins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece to represent High Point in the Youth Eights event in Sarasota. High Point finished fourth at the event in 2015.

Boys’ coach Gene Kininmonth has selected Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Caps to represent High Point in the Youth Quad Sculls event. Kyle and Adam may also race in the Double Sculls event subject to the availability of a shell and performance at the upcoming Dogwood Regatta.

“High Point will be well represented by these rowers and coxswain in Sarasota,” says Kininmonth. “The philosophy of the club is to select crews to the Southeast Championships that we believe are capable of qualifying for the final on their best row. This is a strong squad that has proven in training and spring results that they are ready to achieve this standard.”

The event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle Sarasota, FL 34235.

FULL INFORMATION PACKET

High Point will be represented by coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Loyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece in the Women's Youth Eights event at USRowing's Southeast Youth Championships in Sarasota, FL in May. .

High Point will be represented by coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Loyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece in the Women’s Youth Eights event at USRowing’s Southeast Youth Championships in Sarasota, FL in May. .

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

 

New Indoor Rowing Clinic Scheduled to Start on Monday

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to announce a new indoor rowing clinic starting on Monday. The two day a week clinic will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm at the club’s indoor rowing studio at 124C Wade Street in Jamestown.

HPRC founder Gene Kininmonth says the clinic is suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

“This is an opportunity for folks who are looking for a low impact recreational activity that utilizes 85% of the muscles in their body,” says Kininmonth. “Working out in a team environment is a key ingredient for most adults to successfully maintain a healthy fitness regiment.”

The spring indoor rowing clinic will comprise of 14 classes continuing through to Wednesday, April 20. The fee is $160.

REGISTER FOR $160

New participants should register online and bring their payment and waiver with them to the first class. Email Gene with any questions: contact@highpointrowing.com

The new clinic is open as an indoor rowing opportunity for current Spring Unlimited Masters at no additional charge. Indoor Erging

 

High Point Hosts 124C Erg Sprints

Jamestown, NC – The largest number of rowers ever assembled for an indoor rowing event in North Carolina gathered in the warehouse district in Jamestown on Saturday morning for the 124C Erg Sprints.

High Point's Aliute Udoka set a new 124C Sprints record time of 7 minutes 16 seconds on Saturday.

High Point’s Aliute Udoka set a new 124C Sprints record time of 7 minutes 16 seconds on Saturday.

All up 131 rowers from 12 clubs across the state entered to race at the High Point Rowing Club hosted event and the depth of talent saw fierce competition among athletes of all ages.

Youth ergometer races opened the event, which saw Rylie Murphy win the girls J12 for High Point ahead of Audrey Corriere, Charlotte Curri, and Sidney Briggs. High Point Rowing Club’s success continued throughout the day, ultimately sweeping all the youth events from Belmont, Raleigh, LKN Indoor, Crossfit Vitality, Jordan Lake Crew, and some unaffiliated rowers.

Highlights of the youth races included a new 124C Erg Sprints record earned by High Point’s  Aliute Udoka with the time of 7 minutes16 seconds. Aliute finished ahead of M Bhalla (7:35) and High Point’s Victoria Goldin, who also earned a personal best time of 7:46.6. Aliute is headed to Clemson University and Victoria is headed to the University of Louisville in the Fall.

Coach Allie Davis with her winning rowers Emma Lloyd (lightweight), Jaclyn Hronich (J18), and Maddie Mullins (J16).

Coach Allie Davis with her winning rowers Emma Lloyd (lightweight), Jaclyn Hronich (J18), and Maddie Mullins (J16).

Charles York earned victory in the boys J16 event at 124C Erg Sprints.

Charles York earned victory in the boys J16 event at 124C Erg Sprints.

On the boys side of racing, Keagan OConnell earned victory in the J12 750 meter race and then High Point rowers continued to win events with James Li (J13), George Corriere (J14), Govind Harish (J15), Charles York (J16), Mac Warwick (J17), Austin Young (Lightweight) and Adam Alt (J18).

Additional wins for the club came on the girls side from Molly Hilemn (J13), Ainsley Fox (J14), Junior Ognovich (J15), Maddie Mullins (J16), Emma Llyod (Lightweight), and Jaclyn Hronich (J18).

Racing then continued on to collegiate competition, which was a fierce series of duels between High Point University and Wake Forest University.

Emma Hudson earned the first collegiate contest in the women’s novice event with the winning time of 7 minutes 25.1 seconds. Hudson finished ahead of 12 other rowers from the two colleges.

HPU’s Molly Torres then picked up the win in the women’s collegiate lightweight race and HPU rowers won the men’s collegiate novice race (John Funchion), men’s collegiate varsity (Caleb Spegman), and men’s collegiate lightweight (Michael Marsh).

High Point University rowers won 5 of 6 events at the 2016 124C Erg Sprints.

High Point University rowers won 5 of 6 events at the 2016 124C Erg Sprints.

Wake Forest University narrowly avoided being swept on the day when Kendra Callwood stepped up to win the women’s collegiate varsity event.

Next up at 124C Erg Sprints was the Open and Masters (adult 21+) events. Shelli York quickly raised the roof for High Point Rowing Club, winning the 1,000 meter women’s (40-49) category with a personal best time of 3:56.8. High Point’s fortunes continued with Nancy Yohn winning the women’s (55-59) race, and Burton Whicker winning the men’s (60-69) category.

FULL RESULTS

High Point's Masters at 124C Erg Sprints in Jamestown on February 27, 2016.

High Point’s Masters at 124C Erg Sprints in Jamestown on February 27, 2016.

Club Welcomes Misha Joukowsky to Celebration of Rowing Banquet

November 23, 2015 – Greensboro, NC: Resolute racing boat maker Misha Joukowsky was welcomed as the guest speaker at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet held at Starmount Country Club in Greensboro last night. The annual event hosted by High Point Rowing Club is a highlight on the rowing social calendar.

“This is a celebration of our Triad community of rowers and our shared love for the sport,” says Club founder, Gene Kininmonth. “To have Misha Joukowsky join us is an honor we do not take lightly.”

Emcee of the evening Allie Davis with guest speaker Misha Joukowsky at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Emcee of the evening Allie Davis with guest speaker Misha Joukowsky at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Over 150 rowers, family members, and friends crammed into the Starmount Country Club ballroom for what has quickly become the most prestigious social event on the rowing calendar.  Coach Rich Richards opened the evening by playing a rousing rendition of the National Anthem on the Club’s grand piano.

Coach Allie Davis, serving once again as Master of Ceremonies, then introduced youth rower Will Scarpa to give the invocation.

Coach Allie then returned to the podium to begin the formal ceremonies, which included inviting the team’s parent liaison, Mary Hollingsworth to the podium to recognize three of the Club’s high school seniors who signed National Letters of Intent with majoy Division I University women’s rowing programs.

Aliute Udoka signed with Clemson University, Olivia Corriere signed with the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Victoria Goldin signed with the University of Louisville.

Recruited rowers Aliute Udoka, Victoria Goldin, and Olivia Corriere sign ceremonial National Letters of Intent to top collegiate women's rowing programs.

Recruited rowers Aliute Udoka, Victoria Goldin, and Olivia Corriere sign ceremonial National Letters of Intent to top collegiate women’s rowing programs.

Mrs Hollingsworth then presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Susie Alt for her service to the crew. Susie manned the BBQ at the youth team’s food tent at each regatta during the year preparing sumptuous feasts of grilled chicken and other restoratives for the rowers.

Coach Allie then presented the ‘Masters’ awards with Scott and Katie Jones winning The Most Adorable Rowing Double award,

Erin Sanders, last year’s MVP winner was then invited to the podium to introduce the 2015 recipient – Mandy Greene. Congratulations Mandy – Rower of the Year!

Misha Joukowsky was then introduced to guests by Coach Gene: “When I think of Misha Joukowsky,” said Gene. “I think of the best of Rowing and its traditions. When I am in his company, I know I am beside one of the great thinking philosophers of our sports community. Misha knows more than how to build boats. He understands how the rowing experience can contribute to a full life.”

And our keynote speaker did not disappoint. Sporting his Brown University rowing blazer and bow tie, Misha regaled the audience with stories of Henley Royal Regatta, the Israeli national team, and co-founding a cutting edge boat building company. He then mesmerized rowers and parents alike with his message of the bonds of friendship that make the sport such a personal experience and “how important it is to always remember that what ever you do, others are watching. Wake up each day and seek to achieve excellence.”

The evening then concluded with dancing.

Crew board directors Gene Kininmonth, Mary Hollingsworth, and Kye Strance with guest speaker Misha Joukowsky at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Crew board directors Gene Kininmonth, Mary Hollingsworth, and Kye Strance with guest speaker Misha Joukowsky at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

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High Point Masters with Resolute boat maker Misha Joukowsky at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

High Point Masters with Resolute boat maker Misha Joukowsky at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

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High Point Rowing Club women's youth eight crew at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

High Point Rowing Club women’s youth eight crew at the 2015 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

 

High Point Rower Selected for Junior National Team Development Camp

Trenton, NJ – High Point rower Jacqueline ‘Junior’ Ognovich has been selected to participate in this summer’s US Junior National Team Sweep Development Camp, the sport’s national governing body USRowing has announced.

Ognovich’s selection to the prestigious national camp squad follows on from her participation in an historic season with High Point’s women’s varsity crew. She rowed in the 6-seat of the crew that won gold at the High Point Regatta, Clemson Sprints and finished a club best 4th place at the USRowing Southeast Junior Regional Championships.

“”I’m so excited for Junior,” said High Point varsity coach Allie Davis. “This is going to be an incredible experience for her. To be united with the best young high school rowers from across the nation that all want to go faster just like she does is going to elevate her to the next level. This is a testament to her dedication to the sport and I’m proud to have that kind of work ethic represented on our squad.”

In all, 49 rowers from across the nation were selected for the 2015 USJNT Sweep Development Camp and Ognovich is the only rower listed from North Carolina.

Congratulations Junior!

Jacqueline 'Junior' Ognovich helps power her women's varsity crew from the six-seat (third from left).

Jacqueline ‘Junior’ Ognovich helps power her women’s varsity crew from the six-seat (third from

Coach Allie Davis with her crew of Bethany Brake, Victoria Goldin, Aliute UDoka, Junior Ognovich, Maddie Mullins, Addy Millsap, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, and Kim Pollard concluded a historic season for High Point Rowing Club with a fourth place finish in the Girls Youth Eight at USRowing's Southeast Regional Championships.

Coach Allie Davis with her crew of Bethany Brake, Victoria Goldin, Aliute UDoka, Junior Ognovich, Maddie Mullins, Addy Millsap, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, and Kim Pollard concluded a historic season for High Point Rowing Club with a fourth place finish in the Girls Youth Eight at USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championships.

Crew Sends off High School Seniors and Celebrates Spring Racing Season

It is now tradition for High Point's youth rowers to close out the ceremonies of the spring banquet with a team photo on the dock.

It is now tradition for High Point’s youth rowers to close out the ceremonies of the spring banquet with a team photo on the dock.

High Point, NC – High Point Rowing Club celebrated the 2015 spring racing season for its youth program tonight at Oak Hollow Lake with the ‘Last Row & Crew Banquet’ at which the team honored its high school senior rowers and recognized individual and team achievements.

Following a delicious pot luck feast, the evening’s celebrations were kicked off by Grimsley HS students, Quinn Eury and Aliute Udoka, and Kiana Davis, who sang an inspiring version of the National Anthem.

Mary Hollingsworth, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then proceeded with introductory remarks by thanking parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all 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.

 Fine silver cups are a hallmark of the sport of rowing and the awards table at the High Point Rowing Club Spring Crew Banquet did not disappoint.


Fine silver cups are a hallmark of the sport of rowing and the awards table at the High Point Rowing Club Spring Crew Banquet did not disappoint.

The evening then took on a humorous twist with the traditional rower awards based on fitting superlatives, following which coach Gene Kininmonth thanked Mary Hollingsworth and the coaches Maria Santoyo, Scott Jones, and Allie Davis for their service to the Crew. 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. Coach Gene and Coach Allie Davis then presented awards to rowers for ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Kim Pollard, and Addy Millsap were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. Emotions ran high as the four seniors made stirring individual speeches, each reflecting on their own personal experiences of High Point Rowing Club.

 High Point Rowing Club sent off its 2015 seniors Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Addy Millsap, and Kim Pollard with commemorative silver champagne buckets at the Spring Crew Banquet.


High Point Rowing Club sent off its 2015 seniors Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Addy Millsap, and Kim Pollard with commemorative silver champagne buckets at the Spring Crew Banquet.

 High Point Senior rowers Kim Pollard and Addy Millsap present the senior gift to the team, a plaque commemorating each senior of the team since the club was formed.


High Point Senior rowers Kim Pollard and Addy Millsap present the senior gift to the team, a plaque commemorating each senior of the team since the club was formed.

 The High Point Alumni Banner was also a gift from the Senior Class of 2015.


The High Point Alumni Banner was also a gift from the Senior Class of 2015.

 The Middle School squad enjoyed its most successful spring season ever in 2015.


The Middle School squad enjoyed its most successful spring season ever in 2015.

Strong Winds Don’t Stop 2015 High Point Regatta

 Cold winds did not deter High Point's rowers at the 2015 High Point Regatta. The home town favorites won 11 of 21 boat races they entered. Photo credit Steve Eury.


Cold winds did not deter High Point’s rowers at the 2015 High Point Regatta. The home town favorites won 11 of 21 boat races they entered. Photo credit Steve Eury.

High Point, NC – Strong winds, cold weather, and choppy water were among the standout memories of the 2015 High Point Regatta. But the race conditions paled in comparison to the races themselves as High Point Rowing Club’s youth and newly formed masters squad earned a swag of medals.

Winds became so strong late in the morning that race organizers were compelled to move the race course away from the dam to the protection of the treeline on the north east side of the lake to maintain safety for the rowers.

“It was a seamless transition,” said Regatta Chair Mary Hollingsworth. “Full marks to our on the water officials for being able to switch the race course in under 5 minutes.”

Other rowing boat races across the eastern seaboard were not so fortunate on Saturday with regattas cancelled due to high winds from Sarasota, FL to Occoquan, VA.

High Point won each of the first six boat races, including the blue ribbon girls and boys First Eights events, and went on to ultimately earn victories in 11 of 21 of the events raced on the day.

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Opening the day’s racing was the Masters Maiden Eights event. This boat race was exclusively for rowers engaging in their first ever race and was battled between two High Point crews, most in the first few weeks of rowing. “It was nerve-racking,” said Allison Falls of Jamestown. “You didn’t know what to expect. But we did what we do in practice. We stayed focused and didn’t look around and get distracted. We just tried to do as well as we can.”

Key Race Results:

Girls First Eights
1,500m
1. High Point 5 minutes 36 seconds
2. Triangle 5:47.3
3. Charlotte 6:47

Girls Novice First Eights
1,500m (altered race course)
1. High Point 5 minutes 32 seconds
2. Triangle 5:55
3. Charlotte 6:12

Boys First Eights
1,500m
1. High Point 4 minutes 54 seconds
2. Charlotte 5:02
3. Triangle 5:15

Women’s Division I Masters Eights
1,000 m
1. High Point 3 minutes 51 seconds
2. Cape Fear River 3:56

High Point chief coach Gene Kininmonth said he was delighted with the team’s results across the board. “It was a special day for High Point Rowing Club,” said Kininmonth. “When you look at the performances of the masters crews and the girls squad you have to give a lot of credit to Coach Allie Davis for building these programs.”

“Organizing and running a regatta is hard work. The regatta is bigger this year and I give special thanks to Mary Hollingsworth for organizing all of our volunteers to make it look so easy – which it never is!” said Kininmonth.

Next up for High Point’s youth squad is the Clemson Sprints on April 11 in South Carolina.

FULL RESULTS

High Point's girls novice eight crew rows away from the field to victory. Photo credit Steve Eury.

High Point’s girls novice eight crew rows away from the field to victory. Photo credit Steve Eury.

Registration is Open for Spring Adult Rowing

High Point's Masters Women's Crew launches their shell on Oak Hollow Lake.

High Point’s Masters Women’s Crew launches their shell on Oak Hollow Lake.

High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce the Spring season of “Masters Rowing” for adults at 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 answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad. In addition to rowing in High Point, participants will have the opportunity to race at the Rockets Sprints in Richmond, VA on June 20 for a small additional race fee.

“This is a recreational and social adult rowing program that welcomes new members,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Rowing is not like joining a gym or having a personal trainer. When you join the Masters you will join a community of adults of all ages encouraging each other to be their best in a fun team environment.”

The Masters Crew program is led by coach Allie Davis.

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 for an additional fee. 

Weekday Session (Mornings): Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting April 7 ending June 18, from 8:45am to 10:15am.

Weekday Session (Evenings): Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting April 7 ending June 18, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Weekend Session: Saturday mornings at 7:30am and Sunday afternoon at 2pm starting April 11 ending June 21.

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: $210 per rower for the spring 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

Note: space in this program is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Youth Winter Rowing Season Starts December 1

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 non-impact making it safe from injuries, which is especially appealing to student-athletes who have been injured in other sports such as football, soccer and lacrosse.”

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.

The Youth Indoor Rowing program for girls is led by women’s varsity coach Allie Davis and the boys program is led by Gene Kininmonth.

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 4:15pm – 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 December 1 and will go through to the beginning of the spring season, which begins in late Feb-mid March depending on the weather. 

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: $245 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations.

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

REGISTER NOW

Triad Rowers Celebrate with Caroline Lind

Caroline Lind displays her two Olympic gold medals with Mary and Jim Hollingsworth.

Caroline Lind displays her two Olympic gold medals with Mary and Jim Hollingsworth.

GREENSBORO, NC – Over one hundred rowers and their friends and families from across the Triad, including members of the High Point University rowing team, joined two time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind for a ‘Celebration of Rowing’ at the Starmount Country Club on Monday evening.

The banquet, hosted by High Point Rowing Club, was a homecoming for Lind, who is a Greensboro native. Lind won gold on board the United States women’s eight crew at both the Beijing and London Olympics.

Serving as master of ceremonies, High Point rowing coach Allie Davis, introduced varsity rowers Kiana Davis, Aliute Udoka, and Quinn Eury, who sang a moving rendition of the National Anthem to open the evening.

Master of Ceremonies: Allie Davis

Master of Ceremonies: Allie Davis

Westchester Country Day School sophomore Charles York then gave the invocation, after which guests dined on a sumptuous feast while listening to the talented Rich Richards, also a rower and coach, play on the club’s grand piano.

Coach Davis then returned to the podium to begin the formal ceremonies, which included recognizing several of High Point Rowing Club’s new ‘Masters’ with awards, including Erin Sanders who won ‘Rower of the Year.’

'Masters Rower of the Year': Erin Sanders.

‘Masters Rower of the Year’: Erin Sanders.

 

Mary Hollingsworth then thanked and recognized former volunteer coach Caroline Howard, former HPRC rower Sarah Catto, and current HPRC rower Margaux Blanchard for their service ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ to High Point Rowing Club. Mrs Hollingsworth is herself a Director of HPRC, a volunteer coach, parent of two rowers (Katie and Jackie) and the parent liaison for the team. To recognize her generous contributions to the club, Coach Gene Kininmonth commissioned an award in her name “The Mary Hollingsworth Cup” to be presented to a parent each year for outstanding contribution to the Club.

This year, the Mary Hollingsworth Cup was awarded to Kathy Howard, mother of High Point youth rowers Colin and Drew.

The evening then took a twist with the arrival to the podium of club founder and coach Gene Kininmonth to introduce Olympic great Caroline Lind. Kininmonth, an Australian native, said the theme of his introduction would be ‘Play, Listen, and Watch.’

High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth introduces double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth introduces double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind at the Celebration of Rowing banquet.

“Let’s play!” said Kininmonth. “The name of the game is Two-Up, an Aussie game that began in the days of Australia’s Gold Rush and a fitting one to play in the presence of our double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind.”

Kininmonth then explained the game involved tossing two coins in the air with everyone choosing whether they would fall ‘heads’ or tails’ or one of each. Allie Davis returned to the stage to illustrate how folks would indicate their choice by placing a hand on either their head or the ‘tail.’ Those choosing correctly remained standing and the coins would continue to be tossed until only one remained standing – and the winner was Caroline Lind!

After thanking Mary Hollingsworth and Allie Davis for their service and recognizing the club’s youth captains Adam Alt, Colin Howard, Addy Millsap, and Kim Pollard for their team leadership, Kininmonth then invited guests to ‘Listen’ to Victoria Goldin recite “Time: a Rowing Poem” by Celeste Dulillo.

Then it was time to ‘Watch’ as the lights were dimmed and the projector screened Caroline Lind’s USA women’s eight at the World Cup in France this past summer. With Canada out in front by a boat length half way through the race, a technical glitch halted the video at which point Kininmonth exclaimed “Those Canadians!”

But the United States prevailed (click here to watch the race) and Caroline Lind took center stage to great applause.  A poignant speaker, Lind held the audience captive as she shared the experience of her rowing journey, with a message emphasizing the importance of living a life of character and integrity.

It was an amazing night for rowing in the Triad and High Point Rowing Club would especially like to thank Caroline Lind, her parents Fred and Mary Lind, and High Point University rowers Zach Astran, Kylie Flynn, Angelica Bryan, and their coach Jessica Mahon for their presence on this occasion.

Starount Country Club in Greensboro was the venue for the Celebration of Rowing with Caroline Lind.

Starmount Country Club in Greensboro was the venue for the Celebration of Rowing with Caroline Lind.

 

With Olympic gold in hand, Caroline Lind with High Point rowers (from left) Bethany Brake, Kim Pollard, Sarah Catto, and Emma Lloyd.

With Olympic gold in hand, Caroline Lind with High Point rowers (from left) Bethany Brake, Kim Pollard, Sarah Catto, and Emma Lloyd.

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Double Olympic gold medal rower Caroline Lind with the High Point Masters and their coaches Gene Kininmonth and Allie Davis.

 

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind.

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind.

Adult Indoor Rowing Starts December 2

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Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Indoor Rowing” for adults at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio. The purpose of Masters Indoor 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 and participants may join as individuals or groups through a corporation.

“Indoor rowing has taken off as the new spinning and we have received lots of interest from adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “Rowing is non-impact making it safe from injuries, which is especially appealing to adults.”

The Masters Indoor Rowing program for adults is led by coach Allie Davis.

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

Weekday Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting December 2 ending February 8, 2015. Choose to attend either morning sessions from 8:45am to 10:15am or evening sessions at 6pm.

Weekend Sessions: Saturday mornings at 7:30am and Sunday afternoon at 2pm starting December 6 ending February 8, 2015.

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!

Cost: $215 per participant. 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

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High Point Opens Season at Beaverdam

Beaverdam, NC – High Point Rowing Club established itself as a force to reckoned with in North Carolina rowing at the Carolina Chase Regatta on Saturday.

The Carolina Chase is a 4,000 meter time trial rowing event featuring youth programs, colleges and Masters crews from across the state. High Point raced in middle school, youth novice, youth varsity, and adult masters events. For the Youth rowing squad, the event was primarily a dual meet with Triangle Rowing Club, the premier rowing program in the Raleigh/Durham area.

Entering the varsity ranks for the first time, High Point’s boys squad enjoyed a successful day of boat racing by sweeping to victory in the Men’s Youth Eight, Youth Four, and Novice Eight events against Triangle Rowing Club.

“We had some really competitive races with Triangle today,” said boy’s crew captain Adam Alt, who is a junior at Bishop McGuinness High School. “While we came away with the wins, I don’t think the final results truly reflect how close our two teams really are. No doubt Triangle will be coming after us again next week.”

Olivia Corriere steered High Point's varsity four to a 2 second victory in the closest race of the day over Triangle Rowing Club. Her crew was comprised of bowman Kyle Koval, Adam Alt, Colin Howard, and Andrew Wright.

Olivia Corriere steered High Point’s varsity four to a 2 second victory in the closest race of the day over Triangle Rowing Club. Her crew was comprised of bowman Kyle Koval, Adam Alt, Colin Howard, and Andrew Wright.

Men’s Youth Eights:
High Point 14 minutes 12 secs
Triangle 14 minutes 27 secs

Men’s Youth Fours:
High Point 14 minutes 35 secs
Triangle 14 minutes 37 secs

Men’s Youth Novice Eights:
High Point 14 minutes 40 secs
Triangle 15 minutes 38 secs

Men’s Youth Novice Fours:
High Point 19 minutes 34.5 secs
Triangle scratched

Westchester Country Day School sophomore Charles York raises his shell in triumph after earning victory for High Point at the 2014 Carolina Chase.

Westchester Country Day School sophomore Charles York raises his shell in triumph after earning victory for High Point at the 2014 Carolina Chase.

In girls racing, Triangle won the Youth Eight and both Fours events, while High Point closed out racing by dominating the Novice Eights boat class.

First season varsity girls coach Allie Davis said she was proud of her crews efforts and can see the results fueling the squad to raise their performance at the next regatta. “I’m certain they found many things to learn from this additional racing experience. These results give us a good start to the season. It’s impressive to see girls so close to a win in their very first race.”

High Point varsity coach Allie Davis observes her squad at Beaverdam on Saturday.

High Point varsity coach Allie Davis observes her squad at Beaverdam on Saturday.


Women’s Youth Eights:
Triangle 15 minutes 18 secs
High Point 16 minutes 50 secs

Women’s Youth Fours:
Triangle ‘A’ 17 minutes 03 secs
High Point 18 minutes 10 secs
Triangle ‘B’ 20 minutes 03 secs

Women’s Youth Novice Eights
High Point ‘A’ 15 minutes 30 secs
Triangle ‘A’ 17 minutes 17.4 secs
High Point ‘B’ 18 minutes 22.5 secs
Triangle ‘B’ 19 minutes 03.4 secs

High Point’s middle school crew also participated in an Exhibition with Triangle on Saturday with High Point covering the 4,000 meter course in the time of 18 minutes 25 seconds. Triangle rowed the course in 18 minutes 16.9 seconds. In uncontested racing Ryan Kurtiak and Jackie Ognovich won the mixed double sculls event and mothers of the High Point youth rowers teamed up to win the Women’s Masters Eight.

High Points Mums Crew wins the Womens Masters Eights event at 2014 Carolina Chase.

High Points Mums Crew wins the Womens Masters Eights event at 2014 Carolina Chase.

Next up for the squad is the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival at Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday. 78 crews from across the state have entered the 5,000 meter time trial event making the event the largest ever of its kind in North Carolina.

High Point hires Allie Davis as new rowing coach

High Point Rowing Club has hired Allie Davis as its new varsity girls rowing coach, the team has announced.

In addition to her role with the youth program, Davis’ coaching responsibilities will also include the adult Masters Summer program.

“I am so pleased Allie Davis has joined our program,” chief coach Gene Kininmonth said. “There is real artistry to being a rowing coach and Allie brings to our team a skill set built over a lifetime of experience in the sport.”

Communication skills are natural to Davis, who was the NCAA Division I coxswain for the women’s rowing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last season after having previously coached competitive Masters programs in her home state of Ohio.

Allie Davis, the former chief coxswain at Carolina, is now the varsity girls rowing coach at High Point Rowing Club.

Allie Davis, the former chief coxswain at Carolina, is now the varsity girls rowing coach at High Point Rowing Club.

Davis takes over the reigns of the varsity girls from Kininmonth, who previously directed both the boys and girls teams. Kininmonth will now continue his focus on the boys program.

According to Davis, High Point Rowing Club has the potential to grow exponentially in the coming years. “There is a really positive energy on this team,” says Davis who sees a big future for the club in both adult and youth rowing. “We have an incredibly enthusiastic new group of adults who have just discovered the sport and that is exciting. With Title IX regulations, women’s rowing is growing in the NCAA making it much more common to find college scholarship money and admissions slots for talented female high school athletes. So, I am looking forward to helping all of our rowers reach their potential in a way that can truly make a significant difference in their lives.”