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 Honors Rowers at Spring Crew Banquet

The awards table at the 2014 Spring Crew Banquet for High Point Rowing Club.

The awards table at the 2014 Spring Crew Banquet for High Point Rowing Club.

Oak Hollow Lake – High Point Rowing Club celebrated the youth rowing program at the annual Spring Crew Banquet last night by honoring the rowers and in particular the high school seniors who will graduate in just weeks from now.

Following a delicious pot luck feast, the evening’s celebrations were kicked off by Grimsley HS students, Quinn Eury and Aliute Udoka, who sang an inspiring duet version of the National Anthem, which brought many students and parents to near tears by their beautiful performance.

Mary Horan, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then proceeded with introductory remarks by thanking parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular Susie Alt and Cathy Howard for hosting the food tables at all crew regattas.

The evening then took on a humorous twist with Bishop McGuinness sophomore Emma Lloyd entertaining the audience with rower awards based on fitting superlatives. These awards have now become a popular annual tradition with the crew.

Next up chief coach Gene Kininmonth 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. Following this Coach Kininmonth thanked the team’s captains, Sarah Catto, Katie Ognovich, and Andrew Wright for their service to the team and then announced the new Captains for 2014, Addie Millsap, Kim Pollard, Adam Alt, and Colin Howard. Coach then presented awards to rowers for ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Catherine Thompson, Sarah Catto, and Katie Ognovich were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. Emotions ran high as the three seniors each made stirring speeches, each reflecting on their own personal experiences of High Point Rowing Club.

Winning the privilege to drink a Toast from The York Cup in 2014 were Margaux Blanchard, Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Adam Alt, Ryan Kurtiak, Jackie Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Victoria Goldin, and  Maddie Mullins.

Winning the privilege to drink a Toast from The York Cup in 2014 were Margaux Blanchard, Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Adam Alt, Ryan Kurtiak, Jackie Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Victoria Goldin, and Maddie Mullins.

High Point Rowing Club's "Most Improved" Rowers for 2014: Andrew Wright & Jackie Ognovich.

High Point Rowing Club’s “Most Improved” Rowers for 2014: Andrew Wright & Jackie Ognovich.

2014 Rookies of the Year: Colin Howard and Aliute Udoka.

2014 Rookies of the Year: Colin Howard and Aliute Udoka.

High Point Rowing Club's 2014 Male Rower of the Year is Adam Alt.

High Point Rowing Club’s 2014 Male Rower of the Year is Adam Alt.

2014 Female Rower of the Year (pictured with chief coach Gene Kininmonth): Katie Ognovich.

2014 Female Rower of the Year (pictured with chief coach Gene Kininmonth): Katie Ognovich.

Seniors say farewell: Katie Ognovich (University of Oklahoma), Catherine Thompson (University of Wisconsin), and Sarah Catto (Liberty University).

Seniors say farewell: Katie Ognovich (University of Oklahoma), Catherine Thompson (University of Wisconsin), and Sarah Catto (Liberty University).

Team photo on the dock - an annual High Point Rowing Club tradition.

Team photo on the dock – an annual High Point Rowing Club tradition.

High Point’s Ognovich Turns Heads at Tennessee Regatta

Katie Ognovich emerges from dense fog on Melton Lake to lead the field in the Youth Singles Final.

Katie Ognovich emerges from dense fog on Melton Lake to lead the field in the Youth Singles Final.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee – High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich emerged out of dense fog on Melton Lake to win the Women’s Youth Singles Final in stunning fashion at the Dogwood Regatta over the weekend. Ognovich completed the 2,000 meter course in a time of 8 minutes 35 seconds, almost 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Julia Meredith of Charleston was second in the event and Sophia Bhalla of Charlotte finished with the third fastest time. Bhalla is the reigning USRowing Southeast Regional Singles Champion.

“Katie Ognovich proved herself against some of the most established scullers in the Southeast today and we are so excited for her,” said High Point head coach Gene Kininmonth. Ognovich’s next challenge will be the 2014 Southeast Regional Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida in two weeks where she will be looking to qualify for the USRowing National Championships.

The Dogwood Regatta was only Ognovich’s second opportunity to compete against other high school scullers in sprint racing and given the high level of competition, the Greensboro Day School senior said she really did not know what to expect. “My plan was to row as hard as I can and not flip the boat,” laughed Ognovich after her win. “I have a lot of respect for the other girls sculling out there today and I know the competition will only be more intense in Florida next month.”

Women’s Youth Singles (Result by times)
1 Katie Ognovich, High Point, NC
2 Julia Meredith, Charleston, SC
3 Sophia Bhalla, NC
4 Laurie Ellen Moore, Charlotte, NC
5 Susan Zeglin, Chattanooga, TN
6 Mara Bhalla, Charlotte, NC
7 Amber Rewis, Revolution, TN
8 Hanna Gottschalk, Cincinnati Country Day School, OH
9 Riley Kerber, St. Andrews High School, GA
10 Isabella Hudson, Cincinnati Country Day School, OH
11 A L Foerster, Atomic Rowing, TN
12 Lindsay Krawczyk, East Tennessee, TN
13 Jordan Cooper, East Tennessee, TN
14 Brooklyn Boso, Claremont Crew

Ognovich has already signed a National Letter of Intent to row for the University of Oklahoma on a full scholarship in the fall. Last summer Ognovich won gold on board Team USA’s Junior Crew against Canada and Mexico at the CanAmMex Regatta. Ognovich hopes to perform well enough in upcoming competition to return to national team duties this August when the United States competes at the Junior World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Katie Ognovich sculls her shell toward the start of the women's single sculls final at the 2014 Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

Katie Ognovich sculls her shell toward the start of the women’s single sculls final at the 2014 Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

High Point's Katie Ognovich is all smiles after recording the fastest time in the Women's Youth Single Sculling final at the Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

High Point’s Katie Ognovich is all smiles after recording the fastest time in the Women’s Youth Single Sculling final at the Dogwood Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

7th Heaven for Katie Ognovich at Worlds

With a personal best time of 7 minutes 6 seconds, Katie Ognovich earned a 7th place finish in the 2000 meter junior women’s event at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston on Sunday.

Over 2,100 athletes representing 29 countries packed Boston University’s Agganis Arena, with competitors ranging in age from 12 to 96. The World Indoor Rowing Championships, known historically as Crash-Bs, features competition by both age and weight class.

2014 CRASH-B Sprints Results.

Fayetteville-Manlius High School rower Dana Moffat won the women’s junior event in an electrifying finish against two rowers from Germany, with a Canadian rower in fourth in a class that featured 239 competitors.

 

Katie Ognovich Wins MidAtlantic Erg Sprints

Alexandria, VA – High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich won the junior women’s indoor rowing championship at the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday.

Indoor rowing competitions take place on rowing machines, called ergometers, and the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints is the largest regional qualifying event for the World Indoor Rowing Championships to be held in Boston later this month.

Ognovich left no doubt about her victory, finishing well ahead of her nearest rival in a field of 52 competitors, with a record time of 7 minutes 7 seconds. See Full Results.

Having recently returned from the US Junior Team winter camp in Newport Beach, California, Ognovich said she felt prepared for the weekend competition.

“This was not an event I was tapering my performance for so I am really pleased with this result,” said Ognovich, who is now focusing on the upcoming world championships.

A senior at Greensboro Day School, Ognovich entered her senior year as one of the most prized college prospects in the nation. In November, Ognovich signed a national letter of intent with the University of Oklahoma where she will row on a full athletic scholarship.

Last summer, Ognovich won gold against Canada and Mexico on board the United States’ junior women’s eight crew at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta. The victory was the first international class win for Ognovich, who is only the second rower in history from the Triad to make a United States rowing team. She follows Caroline Lind, the two-time gold medalist in the USA women’s eight at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

High Point Rowing Club's Katie Ognovich holds her award for winning the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints.

High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich holds her award for winning the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints.

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High Point Rower Commits to Oklahoma

High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich has made a verbal commitment to row for the University of Oklahoma, head coach Gene Kininmonth has announced. Ognovich has been offered a full-ride scholarship to row for the Oklahoma Sooners.

“I am so excited to study and row at the University of Oklahoma,” says Ognovich. “I looked at some great colleges but the opportunities Oklahoma offers to their athletes and especially their rowers is what makes this decision right for me. I can’t wait to spend my next four years at such an amazing University and with such a competitive Division I rowing program.”

Under NCAA rules, university athletic departments cannot legally sign female high school rowers to a National Letter of Intent until November 13th but athletes can make a verbal commitment to the college of their choice at any time prior to this date.

A senior at Greensboro Day School, Ognovich entered the fall season as one of the most prized rowing prospects in the nation. In the summer, Ognovich won gold against Canada and Mexico on board the United States’ junior women’s eight crew at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta. The victory was the first international class win for Ognovich, who is only the second rower in history from the Triad to make a United States rowing team. She follows Caroline Lind, the two-time gold medalist in the USA women’s eight at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ognovich was selected to Team USA following a standout performance at a three week USA High Performance Camp in Connecticut, where she led the squad in fitness testing with an erg score of 7 minutes 11 seconds. The time is currently the best of any high school senior in the country.

“We are so pleased for Katie and her family. She has an incredible collegiate rowing career in her future,” says High Point coach Gene Kininmonth.

High Point Rowing Club is only a year old and Kininmonth says Katie’s success is proof of just how powerful the scholarship opportunities are for female students with rowing experience. “Women’s rowing is the sport selected by hundreds of university athletic departments as the counter sport to men’s football. Colleges want female rowers and there are more places on college teams for female rowers than there are high school rowers to fill them right now,” Kininmonth says. “This is the greatest educational opportunity outside of the classroom for girls in High Point.”

Katie Ognovich has been offered a full ride scholarship to row at the University of Oklahoma.

Katie Ognovich has been offered a full ride scholarship to row at the University of Oklahoma.

High Point’s Ognovich Wins Gold for USA

995108_646479812048104_804316885_n[1]High Point Rowing Club’s Katie Ognovich won gold onboard the junior women’s eight crew for the United States at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta on Saturday.

A close contest was tipped for the three boat final between America’s flagship junior women’s crew and Canada and Mexico. But what started out as a pulsating race soon turned into a procession for the United States as it took control at the half way mark of the 2000 meter course and then rowed away from Mexico with the Canadians trailing.

The victory was the first international class win for Ognovich, who is only the second rower from the Triad in history to make a United States rowing team. She follows Caroline Lind, the two-time gold medalist in the USA women’s eight at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ognovich was selected to Team USA following a standout performance at a three week USA High Performance Camp in Connecticut, where she led the squad in fitness testing with an erg score of 7 minutes 11 seconds. The time is currently the best of any rising high school senior in the country.

“Ironically, just a few months ago Katie could not even get a collegiate coach to return an email,” says High Point rowing coach Gene Kininmonth. “They said she was too short and too inexperienced, having only started rowing last October. Now, she is the most prized high school recruit in the nation and will be receiving full ride scholarship offers from dozens of colleges.”

Ognovich is not short on athletic genes in her DNA. Her grandfather was Nick Ognovich, the renowned former Wake Forest University Hall of Fame “blocking quarterback” when the football team was regarded as one of the toughest programs in the South in the 1940s.

Katie Ognovich Makes USA Team

Katie Ognovich has been selected to represent the United States at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta, High Point Rowing Club’s head coach Gene Kininmonth is pleased to announce.

“Katie is one of 9 selected to this team to represent USA from 32 athletes who were initially invited from across the nation to the USRowing High Performance Camp” said Kininmonth. “It is an incredible honor to be selected to row for the United States and this is a tribute to the hard work Katie has put in since she joined our team last October. We wish her well!”

Katie Ognovich, a rising senior at Greensboro Day School, is now considered one of the most highly prized recruits by college rowing coaches from across the nation. She recently clocked 7 minutes 11 seconds in a 2000m erg test, which was the top score on the team.

Ognovich is only the second Greensboro resident in history to make a United States rowing team. She follows Caroline Lind, the two time Olympic Gold medalist in the USA Women’s eight at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The US will play host to the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta, which takes place on July 12th & 13th in Oklahoma City, OK.  The event brings together junior competitors from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

High Point Rowing Club, a youth program for high school boys and girls ages 14-18, rows on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina. The team is the only program for high school students in the Triad and is currently accepting new members – No experience is necessary.