Triad Rowers and Families Gather for 2017 Celebration of Rowing Banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And our keynote speaker did not disappoint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open House for General Public on August 6

High Point's youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

High Point’s youth eight at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina.

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to offer an Open House to the general public on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 8am to 12pm at Oak Hollow Lake. Guest participants will have an opportunity to receive a free rowing lesson by the club’s coaches and row in the club’s boats.

Participants must be able to swim for safety reasons.

should wear athletic attire suitable for the weather on the day and flip flops (not running shoes) as we walk the boats into the water.

The Open House is suitable for adults of all ages and youth ages 12 and up. The Open House will take place at 3700 Waterview Road, High Point. 

High Point Rowing Anniversary Set for September 10

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point Rowing Club will celebrate its 4th birthday on Saturday, September 10 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year. A potluck brunch for rowers, families and friends will follow the boat races.

The club will have much to celebrate after four years, with record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad.

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 4th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 8am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

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.

High Point Bounces Back Against Charlotte

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – High Point’s youth squad bounced back from a tough outing against Triangle Rowing Club the previous week to winning form against Charlotte on Saturday.

High Point won eleven of the thirteen youth events against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake. Also racing on Saturday were High Point’s masters and middle school crews in a series of 1,000 meter  intrasquad races.

“This was a positive day for our youth program,” said boys coach Gene Kininmonth. “We are grateful to Charlotte for coming to High Point to race us here this weekend. Like last week, the results do not reflect just how the close the two clubs actually are in boat speed. We enjoyed a little more depth at the top ends of both the boys and girls rosters on Saturday and that transferred to wins all the way down the boat classes.”

FULL RESULTS

Crews line up at the start of the Charlotte Duel. Both the first and second High Point girls' varsity eights beat Charlotte on April 23.

Crews line up at the start of the Charlotte Duel. Both the first and second High Point girls’ varsity eights beat Charlotte on April 23.

Audrey Corriere lines up her crew of Jake Bryant, Will Hundley, Tanner Planes, and Will Scarpa at the start for the boys novice fours duel with Charlotte on April 23.

Audrey Corriere lines up her crew of Jake Bryant, Will Hundley, Tanner Planes, and Will Scarpa at the start for the boys novice fours duel with Charlotte on April 23.

High Point rowers stretch prior to racing Charlotte at Oak Hollow Lake on April 23, 2016.

High Point rowers stretch prior to racing Charlotte at Oak Hollow Lake on April 23, 2016.

Raleigh Emerges as New Force at 2016 High Point Regatta

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was the venue for the 2016 High Point Regatta.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was the venue for the 2016 High Point Regatta.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – Triangle Rowing Club, the premier youth rowing program from Raleigh, turned the tables on High Point in dramatic fashion at the 2016 High Point Regatta on Saturday.

The Raleigh squad notched up 14 wins in the youth events compared to High Point’s three. High Point won the Girls First Eights, the Boys Double Sculls, and the Girls Quad sculls events.

“This was a reversal from last year when High Point dominated the regatta,” says Coach Gene Kininmonth. “I give full credit to Triangle for bouncing back the way they have. Now it is our turn to find ways to bounce forward from this weekend.”

Kininmonth says anyone watching Saturday’s races would assume that Triangle is significantly better than High Point. “The difference between the two squads isn’t that deep and is likely only 3-4 rowers on each of the boys and girls sides of the roster. Small roster differences can have big impacts on rowing squads and that is why we can see such huge swings in the results from one year to the next. Full credit to Triangle for raising the bar this year.”

In other racing action, High Point’s Masters squad raced rowers from Raleigh Rowing Center and Belmont Rowing Club on Saturday. Opening the day was the Masters Maiden Eights in which two High Point crews battled each other to the line.

High Point’s ‘most adorable couple’ of Scott and Katie Jones then led High Point to victory in the Masters Mixed Double Sculls. Scott and Katie won the Head of the South in Augusta, South Carolina last Autumn and have their sights set on the Virginia Boat Club Masters Sprints in Richmond later this summer.

In the Women’s Masters Eights final, High Point’s ‘A’ boat lost narrowly to Belmont Rowing Club in the 1,000m sprint, with High Point ‘B’ completing the field.

FULL RESULTS

High Point Rowing – Spring Regatta with Triangle and Belmont from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

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.

HPRC Raises Funds at Ergathon

Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club held its inaugural annual Ergathon today. The goal of the 2016 event was to raise $25,000 for new equipment and permanent boat racks at Oak Hollow Lake – and have a lot of fun doing so!

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

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

Youth captains Victoria Goldin and Olivia Corierre rowed the first leg of the 100k Ergathon.

Youth captains Victoria Goldin and Olivia Corierre rowed the first leg of the 100k Ergathon.

The rowers, comprised of middle school, high school, and Masters members of the Club were divided into two teams, ‘Navy’ and ‘White,’ on arrival at the Jamestown Erg Room. The two teams then raced each other over 100 kilometers in an erg relay in just under 4 hours. Each rower rowed 500 meters at a time in a duel until the 100 km (60+ miles) was completed.

Club members, local corporations, friends, and families responded to the ambitious fundraising goal with almost $15,000 raised before the first strokes were taken. Youth captains Victoria Goldin and Olivia Corierre then ‘threw out the first pitch’ to start the relays.

“This was a truly wonderful club event that brought together rowers from across all our Club programs,” said Masters rower and 2014 MVP Erin Sanders. “And it was close the entire way between the two teams, which just made it so exciting. Everyone stepped up and gave it their best.”

Ultimately, the Navy team just pipped the White team by meters at the finish line with high school senior Aliute Udoka bringing her team home in the final leg.

High Point 'Navy' pictured here squeaked out victory by the narrowest of margins in the 100km Ergathon.

High Point ‘Navy’ pictured here squeaked out victory by the narrowest of margins in the 100km Ergathon.

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to have the support of High Point Bank.

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to have the support of High Point Bank.

Ergathon director Amy Epling (Morgan’s Mum!) said the club is still receiving donations for the event and does not expect to ‘close the books’ for several weeks. “We are so grateful for all the support we have received,” said Amy. “Donations can still be made on the High Point Rowing Club website and all gifts over $125 will be recognized on our Club banner.”

Club founder, Gene Kininmonth thanked Amy Epling for her leadership to bring the first Ergathon to the club and her committee of Jackie King, Mary Hollingsworth, Mandy Greene, Connie Curri, and Erin Sanders for making it all happen. “You never really know when those truly special club moments will occur. Today is one we will cherish and remember,” said Gene.

The Club received $15,000 in donations before the first strokes were taken at the 2016 Ergathon. The goal is to raise $25,000.

The Club received $15,000 in donations before the first strokes were taken at the 2016 Ergathon. The goal is to raise $25,000.

Despite leading for most of the 60+ mile journey of the 2016 Ergathon, The 'White' team (pictured here) finished a close second behind High Point's 'Navy' team.

Despite leading for most of the 60+ mile journey of the 2016 Ergathon, The ‘White’ team (pictured here) finished a close second behind High Point’s ‘Navy’ team.

Fitness Friday: High Point Rowing Club Makes Waves on WFMY2 News

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 Caps Fall Season in Augusta

Broad River, Augusta, Georgia – High Point Rowing Club concluded its Fall season of boat racing at the Head of the South regatta in Augusta, GA on Saturday, winning a bag of medals in a river race that featured over 500 boats.

Highlights of the regatta for High Point Rowing Club included victory in the Masters mixed double sculls for husband and wife duo Scott and Katie Jones, silver medals for the youth squad in the women’s junior four and eights events, and a bronze medal for the Masters in the mixed fours event.

In other racing, the Club finished 5th out of 13 teams in the Women’s Junior Novice Eight and 5th out of 28 crews in the Men’s Junior Four.

Over 500 crews raced down the Broad River in Auguasta, GA at the Head of the South Regatta.

Over 500 crews raced down the Broad River in Auguasta, GA at the Head of the South Regatta.

Scott and Katie Jones dominate the river in the Masters mixed double sculls at the 2015 Head of the South.

Scott and Katie Jones dominate the river in the Masters mixed double sculls at the 2015 Head of the South.

High Point won silver out of 14 crews at the Head of the South in Augusta, GA on November 14. The crew is from left to right Morgan Epling, Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Shelby Reece, Olivia Corriere, Jaclyn Hronich and coach Allie Davis.

High Point won silver out of 14 crews at the Head of the South in Augusta, GA on November 14. The crew is from left to right Morgan Epling, Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Shelby Reece, Olivia Corriere, Jaclyn Hronich and coach Allie Davis.

Crew Anniversary Boat Races Set for September 12

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point Rowing Club will celebrate its third birthday on Saturday, September 12 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year. A potluck brunch for rowers, families and friends will follow the boat races.

The club will have much to celebrate after three years, with record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad.

Last year six eight-man crews 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 9 crews this year.

In a hard fought battle that played out from start to finish, last year’s race was won by the High School Junior Crew, led by Victoria Goldin, who were finally able to pull away from the Seniors in the closing stages to win by 10 seconds.

Victoria Goldin lead her crew of fellow high school juniors to victory at the 2014 Class Races. The crew was comprised of coxswain Olivia Corriere, stroke Victoria Goldin, Colin Howard, Adam Alt, Aliute Udoka, Olivia Mangus, Mac Warwick, Quinn Eury, and bow Kyle Koval.

Victoria Goldin lead her crew of fellow high school juniors to victory at the 2014 Class Races. The crew was comprised of coxswain Olivia Corriere, stroke Victoria Goldin, Colin Howard, Adam Alt, Aliute Udoka, Olivia Mangus, Mac Warwick, Quinn Eury, and bow Kyle Koval.

High Point Rowing Club directors Gene Kininmonth and Mary Horan Hollingsworth observe the launching of the crews at the team's 2nd Anniversary.

High Point Rowing Club directors Gene Kininmonth and Mary Horan Hollingsworth observe the launching of the crews at the team’s 2nd Anniversary.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 3rd Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 8am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 7 -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.

Summer Masters Rowing is Here!

 High Point Rowing Club has created the most successful Masters program in the state in just 12 months.


High Point Rowing Club has created the most successful Masters program in the state in just 12 months.

The registration period for High Point Rowing Club’s  “2015 Masters Summer Rowing Program” for adults is almost complete. The purpose of Masters Summer 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.

Crew director Gene Kininmonth says he expects the Tuesday-Thursday evening sessions to be maxed out by early next week. “There is still availability in our Tuesday & Thursday morning sessions and lots on the recently opened Monday-Wednesday evening sessions but the Tuesday-Thursday evening rowing is almost at capacity,” said Kininmonth, who expects participant numbers to pass one hundred this summer. “This is a really cost effective way that adults in the Triad can learn to row and get in great shape in a team environment this summer.”

“Masters” is High Point Rowing Club’s answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad. Participants can join as an individual and be grouped into a crew. Or, participants can join as part of a group of eight from your corporation or civic or social group such as a Rotary Club or Junior League.

Format: For the 2015 summer season, participants will initially be in two groups – those with rowing experience and those with no prior experience. The beginners will start with a learn-to-row format. For safety reasons, participants must be confident swimmers.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

Dates and Times: Participants can choose to row in any of the following times: 

Morning Sessions:  Tuesday & Thursday starting June 23, and ending August 13, 2015. Sessions are from 8:45am to 10:15am.

Evening Sessions (M&W): Monday and Wednesday evenings starting June 22 and ending August 12, 2015. Sessions are from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Evening Sessions (T&T): Tuesday & Thursday starting June 23 and ending August 13, 2015. Sessions are from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Unlimited Summer!: row any and all the above listed rowing sessions! (Note this does not include erging 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.

Summer Fun Regatta: On August 13, there will be a final 500m sprint race just for fun – OK, and maybe some bragging rights too!

Cost: $200 per rower for 16 sessions. No partial refund for missed sessions. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

Must be 21+. More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

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HPRC Announces Spring Fleet Fundraising Campaign

By Gene Kininmonth 
“It is the horses, not the chariot that win races,” is a saying probably every High Point rower has heard me say at least once since our Club was formed less than three years ago. This is an old line used often by rowing coaches when preparing their crew to race against a team with vastly superior equipment.

And while generally true, it never hurts to have better equipment. Thanks to a generous gift from Caren and Greg York, this spring we purchased the black Vespoli M2 eight for the boys team. This shell was also raced by the girls youth eight at SE Regionals, where they improved their previous best time by 17 seconds. Both our squads were grateful for the chance to race in this boat.

So, I am pleased to announce that we are now commencing our annual Fleet Fundraiser Campaign. The goal is to raise $25,000 by late June to purchase two fours that can also be rowed as quad sculls. Sculling oars would also be purchased as part of the fundraising campaign and we have identified a university that has these boats for sale.

Four-man shells that interchange as quad sculls have a unique value to the club at this point in our history. As identical fours, the boats are perfect for evaluating the rowers in our eights by breaking the eight into two crews of four to race each other in practice. Rowers could then be switched between the two boats one at a time between races to evaluate each rower on an individual basis against their peers. This is called seat racing.

Seat racing assists coaches to determine who the best boat movers are on the squad and who needs more work technically. It also establishes a fair system of selection that is less reliant on subjective judgment.

A benefit of the fours converting into quad sculls is the doors that open to more racing opportunities for the team. Sculling races are increasing in popularity among both the Junior and Masters ranks across the country. And with the rise of our history making youth squad, why not consider sending our best to the world’s most prestigious rowing event, the Henley Royal Regatta in England next summer. The junior events at Henley are raced in quad sculls.

The men's Junior event at Henley Royal Regatta is the quad scull race for the Fawley Challenge Cup.

The men’s Junior event at Henley Royal Regatta is the quad scull race for the Fawley Challenge Cup.

 

The junior women compete for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup and the junior men race for the Fawley Challenge Cup. Over 200,000 rowing fans from across the globe flock to the Thames over 5 days to watch Henley.  What a venue to showcase our rising talent!

The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup is raced by junior women in quad sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup is raced by junior women in quad sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

Did I mention that Masters race at Henley too? In England, Masters are called Veterans!

We have an exciting vision for the future of High Point Rowing Club and I hope you will consider supporting the team with a gift at this time. We are fortunate to have such a talented squad of rowers of all ages representing High Point with such passion and I am grateful to all who have supported the team to get it to this point. We still haven’t scratched the surface!

High Point Rowing Club is a 501(C)3 non-profit. Gifts are fully tax-deductible and should be made payable by check to “High Point Rowing Club” and mailed to 1107 Johnson Street, High Point, NC 27262.

CHEERS!
Gene

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.

124-C Erg Sprints Set for February 28, 2015

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Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club will host the 124-C Erg Sprints on February 28, 2015 at its indoor rowing studio at 124-C Wade Street in Jamestown, the team’s board of directors is pleased to announce.

Competition will take place on Concept2 rowing machines in categories for Youth, Collegiate, Cross-Fit, and adult Masters over varying distances. Entry fee is $15 per athlete.

In the morning, Youth and collegiate competitors will race over 2,000 meters and Cross-Fit and Masters will race over 1,000 meters. After lunch break all competitors will have the chance to race a 500 meter sprint.

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

Registration for this event will open January 1 on RegattaCentral.

We can’t wait to see you in February in Jamestown!

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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