High Point’s Junior Ognovich to Race for Southeast Region at Youth Regional Challenge

Junior Ognovich has been selected for the Southeast Region crew to race at the Regional Youth Challenge as part of the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota, Florida – The 2017 World Rowing Championships kicks off today and High Point rower Junior Ognovich has been selected to race in the women’s quad sculls for the Southeast region in the first ever ‘Youth Regional Challenge’.

The Youth Regional Challenge event will feature 312 of the top Under-19 rowers from across the United States, racing in eights and quadruple sculls. The Southeast region team comprises the best athletes from Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Junior Ognovich was picked for the Southeast squad from over 900 rowers who applied for selection. Her race in Sarasota this weekend will no doubt feel like a home course for her. Earlier this spring she teamed up with Maddie Mullins to finish 6th in the nation at the women’s U19 pairs event.

2017 has been an incredible year for Junior Ognovich.  In addition to the finals appearance at youth nationals, she and Maddie won the North Carolina State Championships in the women’s double sculls and then were crowned regional champions in the women’s pair. The win was the first in history for High Point.

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

Junior is not short of athletic genes in her DNA. Her older sister Katie won gold on board the United States women’s eight at the CanAmMex Games Regatta and is now rowing at the University of Oklahoma. Her grandfather is Nick Ognovich, the renowned Wake Forest University Hall of Fame “blocking quarterback” in the 1940s when the program was regarded as one of the toughest in the South.

When not rowing, Junior lives in Greensboro and attends Bishop McGuinness High School. Junior will return to the Triad next week in time to prepare for the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday, September 30.

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 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.

 

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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High Point Heads to Sarasota, FL for SE Youth Regionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High Point Rower Selected for Junior National Team Development Camp

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Junior!

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

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

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

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