Mullins, Ognovich Place 6th at Rowing Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

High Point Progresses to Semi Finals at USRowing Youth National Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High Point Rowers Make Final Preparations for Youth Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Crew Celebrates Season and Seniors at Spring Banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High Point Rowers Prepare for Southeast Regionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Sneak Peek Week. Try Youth Rowing for Free!

Come try out youth rowing for free!

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

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

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

WHEN? 4:30pm to 6pm on Monday, June 5 though Friday June 9.

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

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

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

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

 

Register for Summer Youth Rowing – No experience necessary!

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

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

WHERE: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC.

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

REGISTER HERE 

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

High Point to Host State Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racing is slated to begin at 10am.

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

1841 Eastchester Dr, High Point, NC 27265. 

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

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

 

Order Youth Team Uniform

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

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

Track suit – $35

Racing compression shirt (no sleeves) – $25

Racing compression shirt (with sleeves) – $25

Team Rowing Vest – $25

Team practice tank – $20

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

($40 –  Team discount)

Total cost $115.00

ORDER FULL TEAM UNIFORM

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

Order Women’s Compression Racing Shirt $25

Order Men’s Racing Shirt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High Point Rowers Celebrate Career of Olympic Champion Caroline Lind

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers' Hall of Fame on at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

High Point, NC – Rowers and parents from High Point Rowing Club joined almost 200 rowers from Wake Forest University, Greensboro Crew, and High Point University at High Point Country Club on Saturday night to induct double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

The occasion was the Celebration of Rowing banquet, the annual dinner to show appreciation for the sport of rowing and the local Triad rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower served as guest speaker at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team.

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

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson sports his new HPRC cricket jumper at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet

Jack Carlson is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers and on Saturday evening he gave a riveting presentation on the many traditions and secrets of club rowing social attire. 

Jack continued a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the inaugural guest speaker in 2014.

Co-chaired by Jackie King and Caren York, the evening began with an hour of cocktails, hors d’eouvres, and bidding on wonderful auction items, donated for the occasion and organised by Masters rowers Mandy Greene and Girl Jeanne MacPherson.

Guests were soon seated in the formal ballroom, finding their seats as designated by beautiful place cards, hand written by Jennifer Burton.  The night proceeded with Coach and emcee, Katie Jones, introducing Morgan Epling, Lizzy Knorr, and Anna Lewis to sing the National Anthem. Junior Ognovich then gave the invocation, giving thanks for all the blessings the rowers enjoy in their lives at this time of year.

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

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

A feast of filet mignon was then enjoyed whilst Burt Whicker played the country club’s grand piano. There is not much Burt doesn’t do these days. When he’s not rowing for High Point, he coaches rowing for both Greensboro Crew and High Point University and keeps the rowing equipment race worthy for all three clubs.

Connie Curri, who has spear headed parent involvement with the youth program this year, then presented the Mary Hollingsworth Cup to Greg & Caren York for their years of service ‘above and beyond’ to the crew.

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

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

The next highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Masters MVP Silver Cup. Former MVPs Mandy Greene and Erin Sanders were honored to present this year’s award to Jackie King.

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

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

Each of the Triad’s head coaches and club Presidents were then invited to the podium to speak briefly about their programs. During his moment, Gene Kininmonth took the opportunity to present the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to the club from a youth rower to 2016 senior Maddie Mullins.

But the highlight of the night was the induction of Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame. Lind, a Greensboro native won two Olympic gold medals – first at the Beijing Games in 2008 in the United States women’s eight-oared crew and then again at the London Games in 2012. Lind also won world championship titles for the USA in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

She was declared the World’s Female Rower of the Year in 2014 by FISA, the international governing body of the sport.

On Saturday, Caroline was presented with an oar blade mounted on a cherry wood plaque, denoting her many significant rowing achievements. Coach Gene Kininmonth returned to the podium to read the induction proclamation before presenting the oar blade to Caroline Lind, who concluded the evening with an inspirational speech, reflecting on her rowing career.

The banquet co-chairs and team captains would like to thank Jack Carlson and Caroline Lind for being such gracious guests at this year’s event, as well as all the volunteers and auction item donors for their support of this year’s Celebration of Rowing – you know who you are. Thank you!!!

High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth (left) with Caroline Lind, Jack Carlson, Keziah Beall, and Jackie King at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

 

Rowing Club to Host Youth Open House on Oct 29 & 30

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club will host a free Open House for high school and middle school students (ages 12+) to learn more about the sport and meet members of the team at 2pm on October 29 & 30.

Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC for GPS directions. This will bring you into the lake entrance and our boats are on the right hands side of the parking lot. Participants should arrive on time and expect to stay 90 minutes. Wear flip flops and clothing suitable for the weather on the day.

R E G I S T E R    H E R E 

“Rowing is one of the most beautiful sports imaginable,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “There is this zen like rhythm to rowing that makes it a deeply personal experience and yet at the same time one of the ultimate team at the same time.”

The High Point youth program has competitive boys and girls rowing crews, making it the ideal cross over sport for serious athletes and students just looking for a new sport.

Click here for a list of the many reasons to row. 

For more information email Coach Gene contact@highpointrowing.com or call (336) 257-9009.

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.

 

Rowing Festival Attracts Thousands to High Point

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High Point, North Carolina – The 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival attracted thousands of rowers and spectators to Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday.

After a brief delay to the start of racing due to early morning fog, spectators thronged the banks of the lake to watch almost 450 rowers in 151 boats from 20 different clubs, universities and high schools from as far away as Annapolis, MD to Atlanta, GA.

The rowing festival, now in its third year, attracted a number of marquis college names, including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College. Event officials Mandy Greene and Jeanne MacPherson say they have plans to lure in ACC powerhouse programs from Virginia, Clemson, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill in 2017.

“High Point is now established as the convention center for rowing in the region,” says Greene. “There is no other event venue in the Carolinas that can match Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake for spectator viewing, parking, lake access for rowing shells, and local hotels. We now have an established regatta management team of volunteers with a track record of running a large rowing event so there is no reason why we cannot double the Festival next year.”

Also competing on Saturday were Masters (adult) and youth programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, and Charlotte.

HPRC – 2016 Fall Regatta from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

The head racing course for the Festival is one of the most unique in rowing in that it requires the crews to steer around multiple turns including a 180 degree turn ‘Around the Duck.’ The ‘duck’ is an inflated rubber duck almost as tall as a three story building. Unfortunately, the duck tipped over for afternoon racing but this didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the rowers.

Opening racing on Saturday was the men’s youth eights, which saw the squad from Atlanta dominate. High Point got tangled up with Raleigh’s Triangle’s ‘B’ boat on the turn around the duck, which delayed both crews from finishing.

High Point coach Gene Kininmonth, who witnessed the boats collide, said it was the result of High Point crews having perfected the turn to such a degree that crews entering the turn behind them could not react quickly enough to turn as quickly and so ended up T-Boning the High Point crew.

High Point's varsity crew needed to be rescued after their shell had a hole punctured through it during a boat collision.

High Point’s varsity crew needed to be rescued after their shell had a hole punctured through it during a boat collision.

High Point was involved in an even more serious boat collision several events later in the women’s youth varsity eights. Having passed the crew from Belmont prior to entering the turn around the duck, High Point then executed a quick 180 degree turn only to have the Belmont crew smash its bow directly through the side of their boat. Fortunately, no rowers were injured in the collision. With the risk of their shell taking on water, the High Point rowers were quickly rescued by a safety launch as the Belmont crew continued on to finish the race. Atlanta won in convincing fashion ahead of Triangle.

Race officials will widen the turn in 2017 to avoid similar collisions in the future.

Six of the High Point Crew quickly recovered from the shock of the collision to later win the J16 girls eights event over Triangle.

High Point youth crews also won the Men’s Youth 4X, and mixed middle school eights event.

Fog delayed the start of racing at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Fog delayed the start of racing at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

In collegiate racing, High Point University held off NC State to win the men’s varsity eights. HPU also won the women’s varsity eights race over Davidson College.

In Masters racing, High Point (average age of 50) showed a dashing display of skill and stamina to win the Burton Whicker Cup over Greensboro (average age 38). High Point ‘s Masters women (average age 47) finished in a close second place Carolina (average age 40) but ahead of Greensboro and B-boats from Carolina and High Point.

Greensboro Masters won the Mixed Masters eights, and the Masters Maiden Eights events.

Andrew Neils won the Open Single Sculls and Clarence Pfaff won the Masters Single Sculls at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Andrew Niels won the Open Single Sculls and Clarence Pfaff won the Masters Single Sculls at the 2016 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

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.

Youth Rowing FAQs

Who is High Point Rowing Club for and how long has the team been around? 

Best in class: The High Point Youth squad adorned in medals won at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival and wearing their new look Cricket Jumpers.

Best in class: The High Point Youth squad adorned in medals won at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival and wearing their new look Cricket Jumpers.

High Point Rowing Club is the Triad’s only community rowing club and provides opportunities to row for youth (Grades 7-12) and adults through the Masters program. The team was formed in 2012 and now has over 140 members.

Does it cost money to try-out rowing to see if I like the sport?
At various times of the year the Club welcomes students to try out rowing with the team for two sessions at no charge. We will also have special Learn to Row sessions in the early Fall. Email the coaches at contact@highpointrowing.com with any questions.

Will there be another Crew Interest Meeting to find out more about joining the team? 
There is a Crew Open House planned for this coming Saturday, August 6, 2016. Please email the team at contact@highpointrowing.com for more information.

 Where does the team row? 
The team trains indoors during the winter in Jamestown and during the warmer months at beautiful Oak Hollow Lake. For directions see this link

When are practice times?
Practice days/times during the Spring & Fall seasons are 4:15pm to 6:15pm for during the week and at 9am on Saturdays. The team makes allowances for students who attend school from further away to arrive at 4:30pm. Note, middle school students practice on fewer days, which are generally Monday – Thursday – Saturday.

Are all practices mandatory?
No. If you cannot make it to all practice sessions that is OK. Keep in mind that like anything in life you only get out of something what you put into it. We find that the longer our rowers are on the team the more committed they become.

When is the Crew season?
Crew is a year round sport comprised of four distinct seasons.

Fall Season: This season begins in August and the team will row through to early December, competing in scrimmages and boat races called regattas against other rowing programs in October and November.

Spring Season: Rowing begins in mid-February and races begin in late March and continue through May.

Summer season: A great time to participate in a Summer Rowing Camp to learn to row.

Winter Indoor Season: The team trains inside at the Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio.

Do I have to row all seasons?
No. For example, a student may wish to row in the fall season and then play another sport such as Baseball or soccer in the spring. Rowing is a great conditioning activity for other sports and many athletes use it for cross-training purposes.

Will rowing help me get into college?
For many high school students, experience in rowing may just be the best extra curricular activity they could take on outside of the classroom for getting into college. For girls especially, there are serious advantages to being a rower. Colleges need lots of female rowers to balance out large male football teams. Consider this, UNC has 60 girls on their women’s rowing roster. Princeton University has 140 women on their rowing team. Wisconsin has even more!

Do you want to be applying to great colleges like UNC, Princeton or Wisconsin as a volleyball player or as a rower?

What are the costs to join the team?
Dues are payable per season – see the registration link for specifics for the current or upcoming season. In addition to dues, all members will need to purchase a uniform (~$70) and pay race fees.

Why row?
There are lots of reasons HERE!

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.

Join the Youth Summer Rowing Season!

The Spring season is over and the Youth Summer season starts on Monday. This is the ultimate time of year for new students with no experience to try rowing for the first time! 

R E G I S T E  R   F O R   S U M M E R

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to announce details of the scholastic summer rowing program. The summer season is from now through August 20. Students rising to grades 7-12 are welcome to participate and all students should be at least 12 years old.

Sessions take place mornings Monday – Saturday from 7:00am – 9:00am at Oak Hollow Lake.

Address: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC 27265.

Cost: The cost of summer membership is $295.  Register here!

What to wear: Students should regular athletic attire suitable for the weather. Shorts should not be loose as they could get caught in the sliding seats. Wear flip flops and bring a pair of socks. Also wear sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle.

The summer season is one of the best times of year for new high school and middle school students to join the team. The coaches will teach you all the basics of rowing on your first day and you will soon be swinging along with the crew.

It really is that easy!

Students are not expected to attend every practice and the coaches understand that many rowers will be away for parts of the summer on vacations and summer camps. New members under 18 must have a parent complete the waiver and swim form found on the registration page.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Crew Sets York Cup Record


Oak Hollow Lake, High Point –  A new record time was set in a York Cup challenge on Wednesday night. Two High Point Youth boats raced each other from Skeet Club Bridge to Johnson Street Bridge but only one of the boats was comprised of an eligible York Cup crew.

To be eligible a crew must meet the following requirements:

1.) All members of the crew must be currently enrolled in high school or middle school. (the Summer following your senior year makes you ineligible!)
2.) At least two and no more than four male rowers in the boat. A coxswain may be a fifth male member of the crew.
3.) At least four of the rowers must be in their novice year (or freshman grade or below).

Aided by a brisk Nor’easterly tail wind, the record setting crew was comprised of coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg and set a time of 14 minutes 7 seconds. The previous record was 14 minutes 45 seconds set in 2014.

Racing in the ‘Spooner’, the crew was further helped with a competitive push by fellow crew mates racing in the black M2.

Crews can attempt a York Cup challenge at any time throughout the year. At the end of the spring season, the crew that has recorded the fastest time in the previous 12 months is recognized at the annual Spring Crew Banquet and earns the honor of drinking a toast from The York Cup.

The York Cup is named in honor of Caren and Greg York, (Charles’ Mum & Dad!) for their generous support of the youth rowing program. The purpose of the ongoing annual event is to bring the club’s youngest and newest rowers together with the clubs most experienced varsity rowers of both genders throughout the year.
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