2017: Another Boom Year for High Point Rowing

2017 will be remembered fondly as another boom year for High Point Rowing Club. We hosted the inaugural North Carolina State Championships, won our first regional youth title and witnessed our rowers in finals at national championships for the first time.

Club Founder Gene Kininmonth says from start to finish there were many wonderful moments this past year. “Since the formation of the club in 2012, each year at this time I actually worry about how we can improve things even more in the new year. Thanks to our amazing rowers and their families we continue to see new high water marks.”

We kicked off the year in Virginia with the MidAtlantic Erg Sprints where Junior Ognovich, Molly Hilemn and Matthew Hronich each won medals in their age class.

Junior Ognovich, Morgan Epling, and Molly HIlemn are all smiles at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA on Saturday.

Our youth and masters were then out in force in late February for the High Point hosted annual 124C Erg Sprints in Jamestown. This annual indoor rowing event continues to attract rowers from across the region.

Following 124C’s our rowers were ready to once again put their erging abilities to good use, this time for the annual Ergathon. This important fundraising campaign saw our rowers and Greensboro Crew divided into three groups to race 100 kilometers. The club’s rowers and families raised well over $20,000 to fund upgrades to the fleet of boats and equipment.

In early March the crews were eager to return to the water and it wasn’t long before we hosted the US Naval Academy women’s rowing program at Oak Hollow Lake for that team’s spring break training. Navy feel right at home in High Point – so much so that this year they invited Army to race them right here on our home waters of Oak Hollow Lake in a historic first ever duel. The inaugural Army – Navy Boat Race was held at Festival Park with Navy sweeping the regatta.

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.

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

While returning to the water was a refreshing change for the rowers it wasn’t without challenges for the ranks of our coaches, who were now challenged with also staffing the new team of Greensboro Crew rowers at Lake Brandt. With head coach Gene Kininmonth dividing his time between the two cities each week, a huge responsibility was placed on the High Point youth varsity rowers to step up and maintain standards whilst not under his watchful eye.

“The irony is that most of our rowers performed better when left alone,” says Gene looking back. “They took ownership of the process and this led to even greater success for them.”

High Point Hosts Inaugural North Carolina State Youth Championships

Our volunteers, led by Mandy Greene and Girl Jeanne MacPherson, hosted the inaugural North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships in April, which drew hundreds of rowers and thousands of spectators to High Point.

Coaches from across the state unanimously voted High Point’s Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake as the championship venue for its central location and the local organizing committee’s proven success at hosting regional rowing events.

Racing as HPG Rowing to reflect the addition of the Greensboro chapter of the organization, High Point/Greensboro rowers cleaned up in the Olympic class of sculling events and ultimately won 7 out of the 14 state titles it entered.

Cheers to us!

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

Success at the state championships led to the club earning its first ever medals at the USRowing Southeast Regional Championships. Racing on the Olympic rowing course at Lake Lanier just outside of Atlanta, Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich struck gold in the women’s pair. Hours later Ainsley Fox, Lindsay York, Molly Hilemn, and Charlotte Curri won bronze in the women’s Under 17 quad sculls final.

Winning the regional championship qualified Maddie and Junior for the USRowing Youth National Championships – another first for our club. “This was in itself an incredible achievement for Maddie and Junior,” says Coach Gene. “But they then proved that they and their club belonged at the national championships.”

This year’s youth national championships were held in Sarasota, Florida and began with a time trial to seed the top 12 crews and dismiss the remaining. Maddie and Junior finished with the 6th fastest time and from there qualified for the final with a top 3 finish in the semi final round. By the time racing was complete High Point’s finest were ranked sixth in the nation!

High Point’s ‘Fab Five’ crew of Kristen Bremer, Jackie King, Erica Reisberger, Shelli York, and Morgan Epling won silver at the Dogwood Masters Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN.

High Points Masters enjoyed racing and socializing over the summer at the Ist annual Staygatta.

High Point’s masters rowed to a new standard as well in 2017, winning silver in the women’s coxed four at the Dogwood masters Championships and then racing at the Masters National Championships.

With the change of season from Summer to Autumn, the 5th Anniversary Row & Potluck showed off the growth of the club with the addition of Greensboro Crew. Rowers from both chapters united for an exhibition Row and races by class year for youth and age by decade for the Masters. We like to think of Oak Hollow Lake as beautiful one day, perfect the next. And the 5th Anniversary Row was no exception.

High Point and Greensboro again united in September, this time for the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. A record 500 rowers and an estimated 1,500 spectators again gathered at Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake.

But this year’s regatta will be most remembered for the brisk 15 mile per hour winds at the start of racing, which lifted the regatta’s iconic giant inflated rubber duck from its anchors and sent it flying down the lake.

Mayhem ensued, as the first round of crews, fearing possible disqualification for not ’rounding the duck’, began chasing the duck down the lake at full speed.

The giant duck soon ended up on land by Centennial Avenue and rowers were directed back on the race course. HPG led the day with the most gold medals won.

High Point closed out the racing season with historic performances at the Head of the South, winning gold and bronze in the women’s quad sculls, gold in the youth lightweight single sculls event, bronze in the men’s quad sculls, women’s novice eight and U16 mixed youth eight and women’s masters eights. The squad also won two silvers in the middle school eight and fours event.

High Point quad scullers Charlotte Curri, Ainsley Fox, Ashley Walker, and Junior OGnovich with Kira Grinko (center) widow of the late great sculling coach Igor Grinko, who coached the United States to silver at the 1996 Olympic Games. The High Point scullers were presented with the Igor Grinko plate for posting the fastest women’s sculling time at the 2017 Head of the South.

Molly Hilemn, Lindsay York, Anna Lewis, and Emily Winberg showed off the depth of the High Point women’s sculling squad with a bronze medal finish at the 2017 Head of the South.

 

High Point varsity rowers Will Hundley, Harry Capizzi, William Scarpa III, and Govind Harish won bronze in the youth varsity quad sculls event at the 2017 Head of the South.

Nothing caps off the racing season better than the Celebration of Rowing banquet and this year’s gala, chaired by Jackie King at Sedgefield Country Club, lived up to reputation. High Point prides itself on inviting legendary guest speakers for the dinner and this year Jason Read wowed guests with his story of tragedy to triumph.

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.

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

But the year 2017 wasn’t over yet. In December the good times continued with two more social events, the Masters Mingle and Holiday Youth Dance.

We have much to be grateful for at High Point Rowing Club – not least is our wonderful rowing members. 2017 was certainly a year to remember for High Point rowers for the wonderful bonds of friendship and fast rowing by our crews – may there be many more!

The Erg Room at 124C has become more than just a place for working out. In December it was the venue for the Masters’ Mingle and Youth Holiday Dance.

Save the Date! Celebration of Rowing banquet set for November 18, 2017

Refreshments with Hors d’oeuvres, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, & Award Presentations 

Cocktail attire with ‘team colors’.

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The rowing clubs of the Triad are pleased to announce the fourth annual Celebration of Rowing banquet, scheduled for Saturday, November 18, at Sedgefield Country Club.

The Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its fourth year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local 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.

An incredible keynote speaker for 2017 will be announced shortly. He or she will follow a talented line of speakers in recent years who have each had a national impact on the rowing community:

2014 Caroline Lind, 2X Olympic gold medalist
2015 Misha Joukowsky, Resolute shells
2016 Jack Carlson, Rowing Blazers
“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is a special night for rowers,” says the event chair Jackie King. “It is about coming together to celebrate the sport we all love and for many of us a sport that has held a profound transformational effect on our lives.”

Double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19, 2016.

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

Almost 200 rowers and their families gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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.

High Point to Host Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The largest rowing event ever to take place in North Carolina will be held in High Point this weekend. On Saturday, High Point Rowing Club will welcome 160 boats from across North Carolina and surrounding states to Oak Hollow Lake as host of the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

“We have a wonderful turnout expected for this rowing event in High Point,” says regatta chair Mary Hollingsworth. “Registered boat entries are up over 70% from last year, which is an indication of how participation in rowing has exploded in North Carolina. High Point is now at the epicenter of this remarkable sport.”

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names this weekend including local favorite High Point University, as well as UNC, NC State and Davidson College.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville.

The High Point boys' varsity crew will be looking to win its first title on Saturday at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. The crew finished 3rd in 2014 after receiving a 1 minute penalty for missing a buoy race course marker.

The High Point boys’ varsity crew will be looking to win its first title on Saturday at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. The crew finished 3rd in 2014 after receiving a 1 minute penalty for missing a buoy race course marker.

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 5,000 meter time-trial. Crews will line up their sleek rowing shells at the Skeet Club Bridge end of Oak Hollow Lake and then race out to the Dam by Eastchester Blvd where they will row a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” back to the main channel before turning toward the finish line at Johnson Street Bridge.

That’s right. There’s a duck. A giant bright yellow inflatable duck. Race officials decline to disclose the actual size of the duck but it clearly dwarfs the rowers on the water.

Over 80 boats will race "Round the Duck" at the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday.

Over 80 boats will race “Round the Duck” at the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday.

Racing begins at 10am and runs through 3:30pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs. Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point for GPS directions. The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Limited free parking is also available. Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

After a stunning vitory in Clemson, SC over the weekend, High Point's varsity girls crew will battle regional powerhouse Atlanta at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday.

After a stunning vitory in Clemson, SC over the weekend, High Point’s varsity girls crew will battle regional powerhouse Atlanta at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Saturday.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2015 Rowing Festival will be the Media Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews at the conclusion of each event. Race winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (advance notice requested). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Gene Kininmonth (office: 336-257-9009) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers
Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.

High Point Autumn Rowing Festival Set for October 3

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High Point, NC – Growth in race entries is expected to explode in October for the 2nd annual High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. Oak Hollow Lake will again be the venue for the rowing regatta, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, the regatta’s Board of Directors has announced.

The 2015 Regatta is hosted by High Point Rowing Club and will feature open, youth, collegiate, and masters time trial races.

“We look forward to welcoming the best crews from across the Carolinas to compete at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival,” says Regatta Chair Mary Hollingsworth. “”The regatta is growing and we expect out of state boat entries to propel the number of total entries from 88 last year to over 140 at this year’s rowing festival.”

The 5,000 meter race course is a particularly exciting one for both rowers and coxswains. The head race begins with a 2,000m straight followed by an almost 180 degree turn to starboard ‘Round the Duck’ and then 500m later there is a 90 degree turn port going into the final straight past the spectator viewing area.

“The City of High Point is very supportive of emerging sports and recreational activities and are a big reason we are seeing this event grow so successfully,” says Hollingsworth.

Racing will commence at 10:00am.

Over 80 boats raced "Round the Duck" at the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Over 80 boats raced “Round the Duck” at the 2014 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION
Clubs from within North Carolina and surrounding states wishing to participate can register crews online at RegattaCentral.

Directions
The 2015 High Point Rowing Festival will take place at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, NC. For GPS please use the address 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC 27265. This will bring you to the gate entrance of the parking lot at the lake where boats will launch. Note this is not a mailing address for the Club.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Requesting Credentials
Credentials for the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival are available to all local and national print, radio, television and online media. To obtain credentials, contact Gene Kininmonth at (336) 257-9009. Credentials and parking passes will be mailed out in advance or may be picked up at the gate entrance on arrival.

Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2015 Rowing Festival will be the Media Center at
Oak Hollow Lake. The Media Center is equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Media Center will also accommodate interviews. At the conclusion of each event, as available, race
winners will be brought to the interview area for media access. Limited parking is available for daily print, online and television media (pass required). All television stations that will be bringing in satellite trucks should call Gene Kininmonth (office: 336-257-9009) to arrange for vehicle access.

Photographers
Photographers wishing to obtain action shots on the racecourse may be accommodated in a media boat on a first-come, first-served basis. The media boat will be restricted to designated sections of the course and cannot “race” to keep pace with competing boats. Please arrive at the Media Center 60 minutes before you need to be on the water.

Strong Winds Don’t Stop 2015 High Point Regatta

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the High Point Enterprise report online.

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

Key Race Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL RESULTS

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

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

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!

2015 High Point Regatta Set for March 28

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High Point – Oak Hollow Lake will be the venue for High Point Rowing Club’s 2nd Annual High Point Regatta on Saturday, March 28th, the program’s Board of Directors has announced.

The 2015 High Point Regatta marks the opening day of the boat racing season in North Carolina. Competition will take place between youth, collegiate, and Masters (adult) rowing crews.

The Youth races will feature a duel between High Point and Triangle Rowing Club, the premier rowing program of Raleigh.

Adult races will be between High Point and Cape Fear River Rowing Club, Asheville Rowing Club and possibly Virginia Boat Club of Richmond.

“The City of High Point is very supportive of emerging sports and recreational activities,” says Kininmonth. “Oak Hollow Lake is a tremendous venue for crew and especially for hosting aquatic events and I expect the 2015 High Point Regatta to draw hundreds of competitors and spectators from across the region.”

Racing will commence at 9:00am with a coaches and coxswains meeting at 8am.

Crews will launch from Oak Hollow North Ramp and this location will also provide for the best spectator viewing. Free parking is available. Directions.

Gorgeous silver punch cups are presented to the rowers of each winning crew.

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Crew Puts in Strong Performance at Clemson

Clemson, South Carolina – High Point Rowing Club produced a strong showing at the Clemson Sprints Regatta on Saturday by earning numerous finals appearances in the premier eights events.

The Clemson Sprints is one of the strongest regional spring competitions, drawing college and youth rowing teams from Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and the Carolinas.

High Point qualified for the finals in all three of the premier high school eights events, earning bronze in the men’s junior novice eights, and fourth place finishes in both the women’s junior novice and high school varsity eights championships. Novice events are for rowers in their first year of racing. After one year of racing high school rowers must race in varsity events.

High Point also earned a bronze medal finish in the women’s lightweight fours championship.

Addy Millsap and Victoria Goldin carry their oars to shore after racing in the women's novice eights event at Clemson Sprints.

Addy Millsap and Victoria Goldin carry their oars to shore after racing in the women’s novice eights event at Clemson Sprints.

Head coach Gene Kininmonth said he was impressed with the results of the team in Clemson and pointed out that High Point has clearly grown from strength to strength in the past 12 months.

“We saw much stronger competition this week and two take-aways stood out from this event,” said Kininmonth. “Firstly, we have phenomenal athletes on our program – no question. To be finishing top three or four in our events with all the high school programs from so many states here is such a credit to our rowers. The second take away is that if we are going to catch the two or three programs ahead of us we must have an indoor training facility in place for next winter. The elite programs ahead of us this week such as Asheville and Atlanta can either row all though the winter on lakes heated by nuclear power plant cooling systems or they have indoor rowing facilities. We can beat these teams but we clearly need more than three weeks of rowing to do so.”

High Point opened racing at the Clemson Sprints Regatta by winning a bronze medal in the women's junior lightweight fours event. The crew was comprised of stroke Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Emma Lloyd, Kim Pollard, and coxswain Katharine Komsa.

High Point opened racing at the Clemson Sprints Regatta by winning a bronze medal in the women’s junior lightweight fours event. The crew was comprised of stroke Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Emma Lloyd, Kim Pollard, and coxswain Katharine Komsa.


High Point's crew of cox Morgan Sheehan, stroke Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Charles York, Adam Alt, Josh Dasnoit, Austin Young, James Bennett, and bow Ryan Kurtiak winning bronze in the junior novice eights at the Clemson Sprints.

High Point’s crew of cox Morgan Sheehan, stroke Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Charles York, Adam Alt, Josh Dasnoit, Austin Young, James Bennett, and bow Ryan Kurtiak winning bronze in the junior novice eights at the Clemson Sprints.


Abbey Lowdermilk, Maddie Mullins, Bethany Brake, and coxswain Kiki Davis lead High Point's novice women's eight to a program best fourth place result at the Clemson Sprints. High Point finished 5th in this event in 2013.

Abbey Lowdermilk, Maddie Mullins, Bethany Brake, and coxswain Kiki Davis lead High Point’s novice women’s eight to a program best fourth place result at the Clemson Sprints. High Point finished 5th in this event in 2013.


In just its first season of varsity competition High Point's women's varsity crew earned a 4th place finish at the Clemson Sprints Regatta. The crew was comprised of coxswain  Katharine Komsa, stroke Catherine Thompson, Katie Ognovich, Olivia Mangus, Aliute Udoka, Sarah Catto, Morgan Sheehan, Emma Lloyd, and bow Bethany Brake.

In just its first season of varsity competition High Point’s women’s varsity crew earned a 4th place finish at the Clemson Sprints Regatta. The crew was comprised of coxswain Katharine Komsa, stroke Catherine Thompson, Katie Ognovich, Olivia Mangus, Aliute Udoka, Sarah Catto, Morgan Sheehan, Emma Lloyd, and bow Bethany Brake.

High Point Triumphs at 1st Home Regatta

High Point, making its debut in the high school women’s Division 1 varsity ranks, shocked Triangle Rowing Club of Raleigh to win the prestigious women’s varsity eights title at the 2014 High Point Regatta on Saturday.

The crew of coxswain Cara Mills, stroke Catherine Thompson, Katie Ognovich, Olivia Mangus, Sarah Catto, Aisinn Antrim, Morgan Sheehan, Emma Lloyd, and bow Bethany Brake led from the outset on the Oak Hollow Lake rowing course to clock a new record time of 5 minutes 1 second for the 1,500m race.

High Point demonstrated its strength in the sport by picking up five of the seven titles in the sudden death duel boat series with Triangle. High Point also won the women’s first and second division novice eights, and the men’s novice eights and fours events.

Entering the regatta as the underdog, High Point quickly saw the momentum shift to its favor once racing started in the Women’s Varsity Eights event and the hometown crew powered to more than a boat length lead over its Raleigh rival. What started out as a Cinderella story soon became a dominant triumph in the closing stages as High Point pushed out to a comfortable win.

“This was High Point’s first attempt in the Division I ranks and to earn a victory against this Raleigh program was a big time win for our program,” said High Point head coach Gene Kininmonth. “The crew found great rhythm out on the water today and truly stepped up.”

Regatta Secretary Mary Horan said the team is very grateful to Triangle for coming to High Point to race this weekend. “We are also very thankful to all of the volunteer supporters including parents and coaches, who brought such enthusiasm to making this event such a special one for all the rowers from both teams.”

Next week the High Point Crew heads to South Carolina for the Clemson Sprints, a regional regatta featuring top high school and collegiate crews from five different states.

High Point opened the 2014 spring season by winning the women's varsity eight event at the 2014 High Point Regatta. The varsity crew was comprised of coxswain Cara Mills, stroke Catherine Thompson, Katie Ognovich, Olivia Mangus, Sarah Catto, Aislinn Antrim, Morgan Sheehan, Ema Lloyd and bow Bethany Brake.

High Point opened the 2014 spring season by winning the women’s varsity eight event at the 2014 High Point Regatta. The varsity crew was comprised of coxswain Cara Mills, stroke Catherine Thompson, Katie Ognovich, Olivia Mangus, Sarah Catto, Aislinn Antrim, Morgan Sheehan, Ema Lloyd and bow Bethany Brake.

High Point's novice crew of coxswain Kiana Davis, stroke Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Abbey Lowdermilk, Anna Kareis, Cheyenne DeLaney, Kim Pollard, Hayden Davis, and bow Katherine Komsa led from wire to wire at the 2014 High Point Regatta.

High Point’s novice crew of coxswain Kiana Davis, stroke Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Abbey Lowdermilk, Anna Kareis, Cheyenne DeLaney, Kim Pollard, Hayden Davis, and bow Katherine Komsa led from wire to wire at the 2014 High Point Regatta.

Gorgeous silver punch cups were presented to the rowers of each winning crew.

Gorgeous silver punch cups were presented to the rowers of each winning crew.

High Point oarsmen Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Josh Dasnoit, and Adam Alt won the Novice Fours event at the 2014 High Point Regatta and then teamed up with James Bennett, Henderson Beck, Austin Young, and Ryan Kurtiak to win the Novice Eights title.

High Point oarsmen Andrew Wright, Colin Howard, Josh Dasnoit, Adam Alt, and coxswain Will Wright won the Novice Fours event at the 2014 High Point Regatta and then teamed up with James Bennett, Henderson Beck, Austin Young, and Ryan Kurtiak to win the Novice Eights title.

Triangle just nips High Point at the finish post in the Middle School/3rd Novice Crew Exhibition event. High Point was represented by coxswain Kaylie Mills, stroke Lewis Crotts, Gabby Reenstra, Crosby Howard, Kyle Koval, Allie Augustin, Nick Heflin, Paige Shields and bow Lindsay York.

Triangle just nips High Point at the finish post in the Middle School/3rd Novice Crew Exhibition event. High Point was represented by coxswain Kaylie Mills, stroke Lewis Crotts, Gabby Reenstra, Crosby Howard, Kyle Koval, Allie Augustin, Nick Heflin, Paige Shields and bow Lindsay York.

High Point's crew of coxswain Aine Mills, stroke Alice Nafekh, Addy Millsap, Victoria Goldin, Rebecka Lassiter, Junior Ognovich, Hadley Copeland, Kate Wenger, and Margaux Blanchard won the Second Division Novice Eights title in a photo finish with Triangle Rowing Club.

High Point’s crew of coxswain Aine Mills, stroke Alice Nafekh, Addy Millsap, Victoria Goldin, Rebecka Lassiter, Junior Ognovich, Hadley Copeland, Kate Wenger, and Margaux Blanchard won the Second Division Novice Eights title in a photo finish with Triangle Rowing Club.

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 makes National Impact in Rowing

Prepare for launch: a High Point crew carries its shell to the dock in Chattanooga, Tenn for the 2013 Head of the Hooch.

Prepare for launch: a High Point crew carries its shell to the dock in Chattanooga, Tenn for the 2013 Head of the Hooch.

Chattanooga, Tenn – High Point Rowing Club’s scholastic youth program is rapidly moving up in the national ranks following a strong performance at the Head of the Hooch, Nov 2-3, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In addition to two top-10 finishes by the boys sweep squad, the girls sculling squad earned silver and bronze medals in the novice single sculls event and the girls lightweight eight crew also finished in the top-10. The Head of the Hooch is the second largest rowing regatta in the the world with over 2,000 crews racing downstream on a 5,000 meter winding river course over two days.

High Point varsity crew swings down the river course in Chattanooga. Pictured (from left) Maddie Mullins, Hayden Davis, Gabby Reenstra, Cheyenne DeLaney and Aliute Udoka. Photo credit Scott Davis

High Point varsity crew swings down the river course in Chattanooga. Pictured (from left) Maddie Mullins, Hayden Davis, Gabby Reenstra, Cheyenne DeLaney and Aliute Udoka. Photo credit Scott Davis

High Point’s girl’s sweep squad continues to improve with the team competing in the high school varsity ranks for the first time. The varsity squad faced unexpected challenges in the women’s varsity fours event, however, when strong winds and chop caused the team’s top crew to almost sink after taking on water thoughout the race due to waves crashing over the side of the boat.

Katie Ognovich and Catherine Thompson quickly rebounded from the disappointment of the fours race the next day though to earn silver and bronze medals respectively in the novice single sculls event.

For full results of all the racing action in Chattanooga visit the official website for the Head of the Hooch.

High Point's varsity four of Sarah Catto, Emma Lloyd, Katie Ognovich, Catherine Thompson and coxswain Cheyenne DeLaney continue to row despite their boat being almost completely swamped by waves in Chattanooga.

High Point’s varsity four of Sarah Catto, Emma Lloyd, Katie Ognovich, Catherine Thompson and coxswain Cheyenne DeLaney continues to row despite their boat being almost completely swamped by waves in Chattanooga.


High Point Rowing Club offers competitive rowing for youth ages 13-19 attending any Triad area high school. The program prepares young rowers for competition across the nation and also for potential collegiate and national team possibilities. The team is the only rowing club for high school students in the Triad cities and rowing takes place on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point from February through November. For more information contact program director Gene Kininmonth via email at contact@highpointrowing.com
High Point rowers load the shell trailer following a successful campaign at the 2013 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn.

High Point rowers load the shell trailer following a successful campaign at the 2013 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn.

High Point Mums ‘Row for the Cure’

Mother’s of High Point Rowing Club’s scholastic youth team emerged as a crowd favorite at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday when they raced in the “Row for the Cure” event.

Known locally as the Mum’s Crew, the team first formed last year when the fledgling High Point program for high school students was just getting started and parents of the students were asked to fill empty seats in the boat to row.

“We need nine rowers to row the boat and some days back then only four students would show up to practice,” recalls rowing coach Gene Kininmonth. “I’d look at the mothers and I think some of them just wanted to leap back in their cars and scream out of the parking lot. But you know a mother will do almost anything for their child and before they knew it they were trying a new sport. And these mothers have proven that rowing is a competitive sport for life.”

On Saturday, High Point’s Mum’s Crew raced through Chattanooga’s winding river course in blazing pink T-shirts, finishing the 5,000 meter race with a time of 25 minutes 41 seconds. Despite finishing in last place, the time was 40 seconds faster than the crew’s time the previous year.

The boat races are a philanthropic event in support the Susan Komen Foundation’s fight against breast cancer. With a breast cancer survivor on board the High Point boat, the Mum’s Crew brought many in the 25,000 strong crowd on the shoreline to their feet with applause. The crew is comprised of coxswain Kim Pollard, stroke Angela Antrim, Mary Horan, Angela Mangus, Barbara Pollard, Debra Catto, Kim Mullins, Chrstine Wright and bowman Marianne Benett.

Pretty in pink: The Mum's Crew improved their time by forty seconds at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday.

Pretty in pink: The Mum’s Crew improved their time by forty seconds at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday.

The Mum's Crew of High Point Rowing Club are (from left to right) Debra Catto, Kim Mullins, Christine Wright, Angela Mangus, Barbara Pollard,   Mary Horan, Marianne Bennett, and Angela Antrim. Being held is the crew's coxswain Kim Pollard, a high school junior.

The Mum’s Crew of High Point Rowing Club are (from left to right) Debra Catto, Kim Mullins, Christine Wright, Angela Mangus, Barbara Pollard, Mary Horan, Marianne Bennett, and Angela Antrim. Being held is the crew’s coxswain Kim Pollard, a high school junior.

Crew Catches Tail of the Tiger

High Point Rowing Club caught the Tail of the Tiger in Clemson, SC on Saturday when the team swept all the novice racing events entered. The Tail of the Tiger is a head race regatta with winners determined by time trial. Novice events are for rowers in their first year of racing.

The regatta also marked the debut of the men’s crew to scholastic rowing competition.

After a brief delay to racing due to fog, High Point opened the morning with a victory in the women’s junior novice four. Comprised of coxswain Kiana Davis, stroke Emma Lloyd, Katharine Komsa, Quinn Eury, and bowman Aliute Udoka, the foursome got out to a strong start in the 3-mile race before settling into their rhythm and winning by over a minute.

Women’s Junior Novice Four
1st High Point Rowing Club 24 minutes 20 seconds
2nd Lake Lanier (GA) 25:21
3rd Triangle ‘B’ (Raleigh) 25:41
4th Charlotte ‘B’ 26:22
5th Charlotte ‘A’ 27:54
6th Triangle ‘A’ 28:46

Coxswain Kiana Davis instructs her crew of Emma Lloyd, Katharine Komsa, Quinn Eury and Aliute Udoka as they push off to race in Clemson.

Coxswain Kiana Davis instructs her crew of Emma Lloyd, Katharine Komsa, Quinn Eury and Aliute Udoka as they push off to race in Clemson.

Next up for High Point was a victory in the women’s junior novice eights event. High Point entered two crews into this event. As the temperature heated up in Clemson so did High Point’s rowers.

Women’s Junior Novice Eight
1st High Point Rowing Club 23 minutes 03 seconds
2nd Asheville ‘A’ 23:51
3rd Asheville ‘B’ 24:58
4th Charlotte 26:32
5th High Point Rowing Club B 26:37
6th Triangle 27:18

From front Emma Lloyd, Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Olivia Mangus, Gabby Reenstra, Aislinn Antrim, Cheyenne DeLaney, Hayden Davis, and Morgan Sheehan combined to win the women's junior novice eight event in Clemson, SC.

From front Emma Lloyd, Bethany Brake, Maddie Mullins, Olivia Mangus, Gabby Reenstra, Aislinn Antrim, Cheyenne DeLaney, Hayden Davis, and Morgan Sheehan combined to win the women’s junior novice eight event in Clemson, SC.

In the next race, history was made by High Point with the club earning its first ever victory for the boy’s side of the program. The history-making crew, comprised of stroke Colin Howard, Andrew Wright, Adam Alt, Charles York, Austin Young, Josh Dasnoit, Henderson Beck, and James Bennett won the Men’s Junior Novice eight event by a healthy 40 seconds over second place Charlotte.

Men’s Junior Novice Eight
1st High Point Rowing Club 21 minutes 44 seconds
2nd Charlotte 22:24
3rd. Asheville ‘A’ 22:46
4th Triangle 22:42
5th Asheville ‘B’ 24:30
6th Riverside Military Academy 26:58

Making history: High Point men's junior crew of Colin Howard, Andrew Wright, Adam Alt, Charles York, Austin Young, Josh Dasnoit, Henderson Beck, and James Bennett. The crew was steered by Katharine Komsa.

High Point men’s junior crew of Colin Howard, Andrew Wright, Adam Alt, Charles York, Austin Young, Josh Dasnoit, Henderson Beck, and James Bennett. The crew was steered by Katharine Komsa.

The final event of the day for High Point in Clemson was the Women’s Open for single scullers. High Point was represented by Katie Ognovich, who only recently switched from sweep rowing (one oar) to sculling events (two oars). Katie competed for the United States in the women’s eight this past summer at the CanAmMex Games where she won gold against Mexico and Canada. On Saturday in Clemson, the Women’s Open event featured several experienced USRowing high performance junior scullers as well as veteran rowers and Katie finished second, an incredible feat for a rower that had only just begun sculling. Well rowed Katie!
In only her first ever sculling competition, Katie Ognovich finished second in the Women's Open in Clemson, SC on Saturday.

In only her first ever sculling competition, Katie Ognovich finished second in the Women’s Open in Clemson, SC on Saturday.

Following the races the team continued a time-honored tradition of throwing the winning coxswains into the lake.
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High Point to Open Season in Clemson

High Point Rowing Club will open its season in Clemson, South Carolina this weekend.

The team will compete at the ‘Tail of the Tiger,’ a time trial ‘head race’ on Saturday. The regatta is hosted by Clemson University.

High Point Rowing Club will be represented in the following events:

9:00am Women’s Jr Novice Four
Coxswain Kiana Davis
Stroke Emma Lloyd
3. Katharine Komsa
2. Quinn Eury
Bow Aliute Udoka

10:30am Women’s Jr Novice Eight
White Boat

Coxswain Kiana Davis
Stroke Maria Donadio
7. Kim Pollard
6. Jessica Critchley
5. Megan Critchley
4. Cara Mills
3. Zoe Kelley
2. Alice Nafekh
Bow Lydia Stoops

Red Boat
Coxswain Emma Lloyd
Stroke Bethany Brake
7. Maddie Mullins
6. Olivia Mangus
5. Gabby Reenstra
4. Aislinn Antrim
3. Hayden Davis
2. Cheyenne DeLaney
Bow Morgan Sheehan

10:40am Men’s Jr Novice Eight
Coxswain Katharine Komsa
Stroke Andrew Wright
7. Colin Howard
6. Charles York
5. Adam Alt
4. Josh Dasnoit
3. Austin Young
2. James Bennett
Bow Henderson Beck

11:20am Women’s Open Single Scull
Katie Ognovich
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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.

 

 

High Point makes Finals at SE Regionals

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, – High Point Rowing Club completed its spring racing season with a Finals appearance at the USRowing Southeast Regional Rowing championships on Sunday.

Three crews of high school students represented High Point in Tennessee over the weekend with the crew of cox Bethany Brake, stroke Emma Lloyd, Katie Ognovich and Liz Haenel winning its heat at the championships and then qualifying through the sem-final round to race in the final on Sunday afternoon.

High Point’s crew of cox Katharine Komsa, stroke Aislinn Antrim, Anna Kareis, Olivia Mangus and Sarah Catto also raced in the fours event but were knocked out in the first round in a competitive field of teams from across the southeastern United States.

RESULTS – Women’s Junior Novice Four:
Round One Heats
1 High Point Rowing Club A 8:23.79

2 Charlotte Youth 8:27.77
3 Coconut Grove RC 8:29.59
4 Westminster 9:05.60
5 High Point Rowing Club B 9:26.05
6 Augusta Junior 10:12.63

Semi Final:
Place Name Time

1 Sarasota Crew 8:14.75
2 High Point Rowing Club 8:24.52
3 Miami Rowing 8:27.84
4 Revolution Junior Rowing 8:30.09
5 St. Andrew 8:32.11
6 Westminster 9:10.50

Final
Place Name Time

1 Sarasota Crew 8:21.08
2 SORA 8:24.86
3 Coconut Grove RC 8:26.73
4 Charlotte Youth 8:27.03
5 High Point Rowing Club 8:40.77
6 Miami Rowing 9:01.86

High Point's junior women's eight crew prepares its boat for launch at the USRowing Junior Regional Championships.

High Point’s junior women’s eight crew prepares its boat for launch at the USRowing Junior Regional Championships.

In other racing action, High Point also entered the women’s junior novice eights event in Oak Ridge. Despite covering the 2000m championship course with a time faster than 5 of the crews of the 17 entered, High Point’s crew of cox Emma Lloyd, stroke Maria Donadio, Bethany Brake, Cara Mills, Sara Catto, Quinn Eury, Katharine Komsa, Jessica Critchley and bow Zoe Kelley did not qualify for the semi final round.

Head Coach Gene Kininmonth said he was pleased with the efforts of the team at the Championships. “This is a highly competitive regional championship and for a first-year rowing program to come in and even make a dent in the results is incredible. I hope every rower on this team is really proud of how much progress they have made in such a short time.”

High Point Rowing Club is a youth rowing program open to all male and female students attending high schools in the Triad. For more information email Gene Kininmonth contact@highpointrowing.com or call (336) 257-9009.