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.

Crew Celebrates with Last Row & Spring Banquet

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club’s youth program capped off its spring season with one last row before celebrating at the Crew Banquet with coaches and parents on Wednesday evening.

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

Mary Hollingsworth, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then  thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas.

Coach Gene thanked Mary Hollingsworth and Scott Jones, Mandy Greene, and Allie Davis for their coaches service to the Crew.

The coaches then presented The York Cup to the crew that recorded the fastest time from Skeet Club bridge to Johnson Street bridge during the previous twelve months. The York Cup crew of 2016 is coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg. The crew set a new record time of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

Coach Gene and Coach Allie then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Victoria Goldin, Adam Alt, Mac Warwick, Emma Lloyd, Kevin Capps, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, Austin Young, Kyle Koval, and Aliute Udoka were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. The evening then took an emotional turn with each senior passing on their jersey to a younger rower before reflecting on their rowing experience with High Point Rowing Club.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

 

 

Crew Sets York Cup Record


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

To be eligible a crew must meet the following requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

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Oak Hollow Lake, High Point –  Two High Point Youth Crews raced by time trial from Skeet Club Bridge to Johnson Street Bridge this evening to challenge for the York Cup. The Bridge to bridge races marked the first challenges for the York Cup this season.

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.

But there are strict rules as to the composition of each crew. All crews wishing to challenge for the fastest time 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.

Tonight’s winning crew recorded a time of 16minutes 21 seconds and was comprised of coxswain Elizabeth Knoor, stroke william Scarpa, Lauren Brodeur, Will Hundley, tanner Planes, Jordan Hronich, George Corriere, Anna Lewis, and bow Margaux Blanchard.

“The York Cup is named in honor of Caren and Greg York, parents of High Point rower Charles York, for their generous support of the youth rowing program,” said Crew Board Director Mary Hollingsworth at last year’s trophy presentation. “Caren and Greg’s philanthropic leadership has rallied so many people together to support the kids on this team that it is fitting to recognize them by naming this cup in their honor.”

Crew founder and coach Gene Kininmonth said he expects more crews to challenge for the York Cup before the spring season banquet later this month. “This is a terrific opportunity for the club’s most experienced rowers to reach out to the newest members and undertake a challenge as a crew. Every High Point rower should want to win the York Cup at least once during their rowing careers.”

High Point rowers challenge for the York Cup on Oak Hollow Lake on May 9, 2016.

High Point rowers challenge for the York Cup on Oak Hollow Lake on May 9, 2016.

Crew Sends off High School Seniors and Celebrates Spring Racing Season

It is now tradition for High Point's youth rowers to close out the ceremonies of the spring banquet with a team photo on the dock.

It is now tradition for High Point’s youth rowers to close out the ceremonies of the spring banquet with a team photo on the dock.

High Point, NC – High Point Rowing Club celebrated the 2015 spring racing season for its youth program tonight at Oak Hollow Lake with the ‘Last Row & Crew Banquet’ at which the team honored its high school senior rowers and recognized individual and team achievements.

Following a delicious pot luck feast, the evening’s celebrations were kicked off by Grimsley HS students, Quinn Eury and Aliute Udoka, and Kiana Davis, who sang an inspiring version of the National Anthem.

Mary Hollingsworth, 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 those who hosted the food tables at all crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas.

 Fine silver cups are a hallmark of the sport of rowing and the awards table at the High Point Rowing Club Spring Crew Banquet did not disappoint.


Fine silver cups are a hallmark of the sport of rowing and the awards table at the High Point Rowing Club Spring Crew Banquet did not disappoint.

The evening then took on a humorous twist with the traditional rower awards based on fitting superlatives, following which coach Gene Kininmonth thanked Mary Hollingsworth and the coaches Maria Santoyo, Scott Jones, and Allie Davis for their service to the Crew. 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. Coach Gene and Coach Allie Davis 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 Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Kim Pollard, and Addy Millsap were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. Emotions ran high as the four seniors made stirring individual speeches, each reflecting on their own personal experiences of High Point Rowing Club.

 High Point Rowing Club sent off its 2015 seniors Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Addy Millsap, and Kim Pollard with commemorative silver champagne buckets at the Spring Crew Banquet.


High Point Rowing Club sent off its 2015 seniors Andrew Wright, Bethany Brake, Addy Millsap, and Kim Pollard with commemorative silver champagne buckets at the Spring Crew Banquet.

 High Point Senior rowers Kim Pollard and Addy Millsap present the senior gift to the team, a plaque commemorating each senior of the team since the club was formed.


High Point Senior rowers Kim Pollard and Addy Millsap present the senior gift to the team, a plaque commemorating each senior of the team since the club was formed.

 The High Point Alumni Banner was also a gift from the Senior Class of 2015.


The High Point Alumni Banner was also a gift from the Senior Class of 2015.

 The Middle School squad enjoyed its most successful spring season ever in 2015.


The Middle School squad enjoyed its most successful spring season ever in 2015.

York Family Kicks Off Spring Giving Campaign with Leadership Gift

High Point, NC – Greg and Caren York have made a generous gift to High Point Rowing Club, the team’s founder Gene Kininmonth has announced. Greg and Caren are parents of Charles York, a sophomore student on the men’s varsity crew.

“I am extremely grateful to the York Family for the trust they have placed in this very new rowing program by making this leadership gift,” said Kininmonth. “The city of High Point is extremely fortunate to have Greg and Caren York and their family as residents.”

Thanks to the York family’s philanthropic leadership, High Point Rowing Club received over $20,000 in gifts from parents of the youth team in April. The funds will be used to add a much needed shell to the fleet.

Leadership Gift
Greg and Caren York – Charles’ parents

$5,000 & greater
Mike and Siobhan Mills – Cara’s parents

$1,000 & greater
Silvanus and Lisa Udoka – Aliute’s parents
Barbara and Russell Pollard – Kim’s parents
Mary Horan – Katie and Jackie’s mum.
Charles and Susie Alt – Adam’s folks

$500 & greater
Robert and Tammy Simmons – Abbey’s parents
Sara Copeland – Hadley’s Mum
Pete and Dana Koval – Kyle’s parents
Derek and Patricia Goldin – Victoria’s parents

$250 & greater
Christine and Mark Wright – Andrew’s parents
Allison Blanchard – Margaux’s Mum
James and Marianne Bennett – James’ parents
Joyce and Steve Eury – Quinn’s parents

$100 & greater
Brett and Sonya Millsap – Addy’s parents
Marlienne Goldin
Jonathon and Alisa Brake – Bethany’s parents
Robert and Cindy Komsa – Katharine’s parents
David Thompson and Janis Antonek – Catherine’s parents
Gary and Galye Coxford

THANK YOU HPRC PARENTS!

To honor Greg and Caren York’s generosity to the Crew, Coach Kininmonth commissioned “The York Cup” to be presented annually to the crew achieving the fastest Bridge to Bridge time over the course of a season on Oak Hollow Lake.

Westchester Country Day School sophomore Charles York raises his shell in triumph after earning victory for High Point at the 2014 Carolina Chase.

Westchester Country Day School sophomore Charles York raises his shell in triumph after earning victory for High Point at the 2014 Carolina Chase.