New Season of Rowing for Adults starts next week

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Registration is now Open for the Masters Rowing AutumnMania, which starts on October 10, 2017. 

High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce the upcoming season of “Masters AutumnMania” – Rowing for adults on Oak Hollow Lake and indoors in Jamestown.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“The purpose of Masters AutumnMania is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “This is a wonderful community of adults all encouraging each other to be the best they can be. The highlight of AutumnMania will be the opportunity for all rowers to participate in the 2016 Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga) and South (Augusta, GA) Regattas in November.”

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted. Experienced rowers will row together in boat orders as assigned by the coaches. For safety reasons, participants must be confident swimmers. In addition to rowing, participants will be expected to serve on occasions as coxswains, the member of the crew that steers the boat and makes the calls.

Dates and Times: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions or AutumnMania Unlimited. Note, there will be no guaranteed weekend rowing during either the Head of the Hooch or South weekend (Nov 4-5 and 11-12) unless a volunteer safety launch driver is available within the team. No rowing during Thanksgiving Week. 

Weekday Rowing Oak Hollow Lake (AM): Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45am to 10:15am starting October 10 and ending December 7.

Weekday Erging Jamestown (PM): Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm starting October 10 and ending December 7.

Weekend Rowing Oak Hollow Lake: Saturday mornings at 7:15am and Sunday afternoon at 3pm starting October 15 and ending December 11. (Note, see above note about weekend rowing during regattas. Sunday times will move to 2:30pm in November due to shorter daylight hours).

AutumnMania Unlimited Sessions: participants can attend all of the above sessions.

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and flip-flops are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth in the boat). Bring a water bottle too! Sunglasses are good.

Cost: $200 per rower for AutumnMania. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement. Participants can attend all sessions by upgrading to the Fall Unlimited membership for $275.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

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Mayhem Ensues at High Point Rowing Festival as Rowers Chase Giant Duck Down Oak Hollow Lake

The Duck looked resplendent in the morning sun at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival until winds lifted it from its anchors and sent it hurtling down Oak Hollow Lake with rowers in pursuit.

High Point, North Carolina – A record 500 rowers and an estimated 1,500 spectators were at Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

The annual regatta, hosted by High Point & Greensboro Rowing Clubs, attracted a record number of participant entries from youth, collegiate and adult rowing clubs across the southeast region.

Boat racing at the rowing festival was a 4,500 meter time-trial in 42 boat classes defined by size of boat, age, and experience level. Boats race across Oak Hollow Lake and around a giant inflatable rubber duck some three stories high.  The penalty for crews not racing around the duck was instant disqualification.

Brisk 15 mile per hour winds at the start of racing, however, lifted the duck from its anchors and sent it flying down the lake.

Mayhem ensued, as the first round of crews, fearing possible disqualification, 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.

“The winds blowing the duck away certainly messed up timing and results for the first two rounds of racing,” said regatta co-chair Mandy Greene. “But in hindsight it may add to the lore of this regatta, which continues to grow in leaps and bounds.”

Race organizers quickly restored the race course. The duck was quickly deflated but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm among the rowers which remained high. 

High Point – Greensboro, racing as HPG Rowing, led the medal table at the conclusion of racing with 8 gold medals. Raleigh based Triangle Rowing Club finished in second place with gold medals.

The College of William & Mary from Virginia led the medal table for universities with six first place finishes. NC State won 3 golds. Wake Forest University were third on the medal count. The local student club program from High Point University declined to participate on Saturday.

Raleigh Rowing Center picked up 6 first places in the adult or Masters division races. Carolina Masters won three gold medals.

Highlights for HPG Rowing came in the women’s Open pair, which saw Molly Hilemn and Ainsley Fox beat out two crews from NC State.

HPG also won prominent victories in the boys and girls quad sculls, the middle schools boys eight and the mixed masters eight-oared event.

Ainsley Fox and Molly HIlemn return to dock after winning the Women’s Open pairs event at the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Triangle youth rowers carry their 60′ long shell to the dock at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

The all High Point HPG Masters women’s crew prepares for their race at the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

Rowers Prepare to Race ‘Round the Duck’ on Saturday

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – The largest rowing event ever to take place in North Carolina will be held in High Point on Saturday.

High Point will welcome over 500 rowers from across the southern states for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. Thousands of spectators are expected to view the once a year boating event.

“We have a wonderful turnout expected for this rowing regatta in High Point,” says event co-chair Mandy Greene. “Registered boat entries are almost double from when we first began the festival just three years ago.”

“Participation in rowing has exploded in North Carolina,” says Gene Kininmonth, who is the founder of youth and adult rowing clubs in High Point and Greensboro. “It is gratifying to see the City of High Point and the CVB seeing the opportunity of embracing this wonderful sport.”

Kininmonth says that thanks to local civic interest, High Point is now the epicenter for the sport of rowing in North Carolina.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names this weekend including NC State, Wake Forest University and William and Mary. High Point University declined the opportunity to participate on Saturday.

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

Round the Duck

Boat racing at the rowing festival is a 4,500 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 toward Johnson Street Bridge before making a 180 degree turn “Round the Duck” in the center of the lake, around the golf course toward the finish line at Festival Park.

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.

Racing begins at 9:10am and runs through 4pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Directions: Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions to Festival Park.. 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. There will be a $5 fee for cars parking at Festival Park.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2017 Rowing Festival will be the Command 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 Mandy Greene (office: 336-314-1116) 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.

Anniversary Row & Potluck Scheduled for Saturday

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point-Greensboro Rowing will celebrate its 5th birthday on Saturday, September 16 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members followed by a potluck breakfast at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year and masters by age.

Families and friends are invited to join the rowers for the potluck brunch after the boat races.

The club has much to celebrate after 5 years, with a record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad. The club earned its first medals at youth regionals, and made first ever appearances at both youth and masters nationals.

Last year 9 eight-man crews as well as some smaller boats lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge and club founder Gene Kininmonth predicts there could be more crews this year.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 5th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 7:30am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. Rowers and families should park on the grass behind the sailboats. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

All participating rowers will receive the HPG Spirit shirt to race in on Saturday upon arrival.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 6 -12) are eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in August. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

New Adults Season of Rowing Starts Next Week

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

Masters celebrate after their first regatta on Oak Hollow Lake.

“Row Well and Live!”

High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Fall Rowing” for adults at Oak Hollow Lake. The purpose of Masters Fall Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“Masters” is High Point Rowing Club’s answer to the high interest in rowing among adults in the Triad.

“Since High Point Rowing Club was founded less than three years ago we have received lots of interest from adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth.

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format.  As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted. Experienced rowers will row together in boat orders as assigned by the coaches. For safety reasons, participants must be confident swimmers. In addition to rowing, participants will be expected to serve on occasions as coxswains, the member of the crew that steers the boat and makes the calls.

Dates and Times: Participants may sign up for either weekday or weekend sessions, or both. 

Weekend Sat AM and Sun PM: Saturday 7:15am to 8:45am and Sunday 4pm – 5:30pm. Starts August 19 and concludes October 8.

Weekday PM TUES and THURS: 6pm – 7:30pm starting August 15, ending October 5.

Weekday AM TUES and THURS: 8:45am – 10:15am starting August 15, ending October 5.

Masters Fall Unlimited! $275 Get it all the above sessions for one low price!

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and flip-flops are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth in the boat). Bring a water bottle too! Sunglasses are good.

Cost: $200 per rower for 14 sessions. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

REGISTER NOW

 

Mullins & Ognovich Qualify for Final at Nationals

Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich continued their run at the 2017 USRowing Youth National championships on Saturday morning by finishing in the top 3 places of a punishing semi-final round.

Close racing was the highlight of the semi final round of the women’s pairs event at nationals and High Point just edged out Indianapolis to qualify for the grand final to be raced on Sunday. The result places them among the top 6 rowing crews in the United States, all of which will vie for the national title in Sunday’s final.

Connecticut Boat Club will start hot favorite in the final with the field wide open among the remaining 5 crews.

“When Junior and I first paired up together in the spring we set some attainable goals and some crazy goals,” said Maddie Mullins after the semi-final race.  “We have now entered the crazy zone.”

The race will begin at 7:54am with results posted here: https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20374/results

The race will be livestreamed over the internet here: 

 

Qualifying for the final at the national rowing championships tops off a season of successes for Mullins and Ognovich.

The two rowers won the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championships in Georgia last month. In April they won the North Carolina State Championships. Mullins was also awarded High Point Rowing Club’s 2017 Rower of the Year trophy.

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

Close racing was a highlight of the semi final round of the women’s pair event at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Maddie and Junior embrace after finishing in the top 3 crews of the semifinals to qualify for the grand final at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival Set for September 30


High Point Autumn Rowing Festival from Carolina SkyWorks on Vimeo.

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point, NC – Club officials expect to welcome 600 rowers and thousands of spectators from across the southeast region of the United States in late September for the 2017 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival. The date of the event has been set for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Last year rowers from twenty clubs, universities and high schools converged at Festival Park in High Point to race the 5,000 meter winding course on Oak Hollow Lake.

“We anticipate a new record for the Autumn Rowing Festival,” says High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Participation in rowing continues to explode in North Carolina. High Point is at the epicenter of this remarkable growth.”

The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. The majority of Oak Hollow Lake will be closed to fishing boats during the boat races.

Race entries will be made on REGATTACENTRAL

Rowers are expected to travel from as far away as Annapolis, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia for the regatta.

The festival has attracted a number of marquis college names in the past, including local favorite High Point University, as well as NC State, Wake Forest, and Davidson College. In 2017 race organizers hope to entice powerhouse programs from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke University.

Also competing are Masters (adult) and youth programs.  In 2016 rowing programs from Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville were represented among others.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women's eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

High Point powers to victory in the Division I youth women’s eights at the 2015 High Point Autumn Rowing Festival.

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 center of the lake 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.

To row “Round the Duck!” is now considered a ‘must do’ item on the bucket list of every American rower in the southeast region.

Racing begins at 9:20am and runs through 3:30pm. Following the races the duck will return to shore for children’s photographs.

Use 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point for GPS directions to Festival Park.

MEDIA: PRESS INFORMATION
Media Center
Media headquarters for the 2017 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 Masters Win Silver in Oak Ridge

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.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee – While High Point Rowing Club’s youth program was dueling with Greensboro Crew on Lake Brandt this morning, a crew of Masters was busy winning medals on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains at the Dogwood Masters Regatta.

The Dogwood Masters regatta is the second stop on the racing calendar for High Point’s ‘Fab Five’ crew of Kristen Bremer, Jackie King, Erica Reisberger, Shelli York, and coxswain Morgan Epling on their way to Masters Nationals in August.

The crew raced earlier last month at the Clemson Sprints regatta in South Carolina finishing in second place. In Oak Ridge, the crew dropped 15 seconds off their time from Clemson to win the silver medal behind Asheville Rowing Club.

Women’s 4+ AA-C Raw Time – Age Adjusted Time
1. Asheville ~ 3:45.7 – 3:39.5
2. High Point ~ 3:53.0 – 3:46.8
3. Atlanta ~ 3: 52.8 – 3:51.4
4. Nashville ~ 3:57.9 – 3:57.1

Well done, ladies!

In Masters boat races, the race times are adjusted for the average age of a crew. So, the older a crew is, the lower their race time is adjusted.

Almost 300 rowers of all ages from 15 rowing clubs across the southeast region converged on the Melton Lake rowing course. For High Point, racing at Dogwood Masters regatta was vital as Oak Ridge will also be the venue for USRowing Masters Nationals later in the summer.

Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. Scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city as it is still the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Self Service: As the club grows and evolves there isnt always a coach available to drive boats to races and so High Points masters have become quite self sufficient at managing travel logistics for the boats.

High Point Earns Historic First Win at USRowing’s Southeast Youth Regional Championships

Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich teamed up to win High Point’s first victory at the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championship.

Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Venue, Gainesville, GA – Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich teamed up in the women’s pair event to win an historic first USRowing Southeast Regional Championship for High Point Rowing Club on Sunday.

Just hours later Ainsley Fox, Lindsay York, Molly HIlemn and Charlotte Curri combined to win bronze in the women’s U17 quadscull event in Georgia.

The USRowing Southeast Championships comprises the fastest youth crews from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. The win for Mullins and Ognovich earned the rowing pair an automatic qualifying spot at USRowing’s Youth National Championships in Sarasota next month.

The High Point crew qualified for Sunday’s regional final by posting the fastest time in Saturday’s time trials, which narrowed the field from across the region down to just the top 7 crews. Mullins and Ognovich were 15 seconds faster than their nearest competition posting a time of 7 minutes 45 seconds.

In the final, the duo advanced to an early lead in the near perfect conditions on the Lake Lanier rowing course, site of the 1996 Olympic Games. “It was tempting to just to start our sprint early but we remained focused on maintaining composure throughout the race,” said Ognovich. after the victory. “We have a lot more speed to show at nationals.”

 

Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins prepare to launch their shell for the final of the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

In the U17 quad scull final, Ainsley Fox knew she would need to help her crew find some more speed to make it to the medal podium. The crew qualified Saturday with the fourth fastest time overall and 5 seconds to make up on Sarasota Crew. The crew responded by blasting off the starting pontoons to jump ahead of Sarasota for the bronze medal position. Sarasota made a move on High Point two thirds of the way through the race but Curri successfully called her crew to respond from the bow seat.

“We finished the race and didn’t know the result it was so close,” said Curri. “We had to wait until we returned to the docks to know we had won a bronze medal.”

Lindsay York, Molly HIlemn, Charlotte Curri and Ainsley Fox joyfully display the medals the crew won at the 2017 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

Also racing for High Point in Georgia were Govind Harish and Charles York in the double sculls event and Kiki Davis, who led her crew of William Hundley, Jake Bryant, Matthew Hronich, and Jacob Messick in the lightweight fours events. Both crews produced outstanding performances in Saturday’s time trials and semi final rounds but were nudged out of Sunday’s finals in competitive fields.

 

Registration is now open for the summer season of Masters rowing for adults

High Point, NC – High Point Rowing Club is excited to announce a new season of “Masters Rowing” for adults – Summer Session! Rowing will take place on Oak Hollow Lake. The purpose of Masters Rowing is to foster healthy living in a fun team environment for adults through the wonderful sport of rowing.

No prior rowing experience is necessary.

“Masters” is High Point Rowing Club’s adult program for folks ages 21 to “still active.”

Participants may join as individuals or groups through a corporation.

Rowing has taken off as the new spinning and we have established an enthusiastic group of adults wishing to try out this sport,” says club organizer Gene Kininmonth. “Rowing, whether on the Concept2 rower or in the boat at Oak Hollow Lake, is non-impact making it significantly safer from injuries, which is especially appealing to adults.”

The High Point Masters program is modeled on the highly successful adult program in Pittsburgh, which has hundreds of members and an incredible community feel to it. Our High Point rowing community is growing too!

Format: Participants with no prior experience will start with a learn-to-row format on rowing machines and then progress to the real thing in boats. As technique and stamina improve, a more competitive format will be adopted.

UPCOMING SUMMER SEASON SCHEDULE:

Masters Unlimited! $275 Get it all for one low price! Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

And: Sunday afternoons from 4pm – 5:30pm.

And: Monday through Saturday mornings from June 19 through August 10 from 7:15am to 8:45am. Wow!!!

Rowing Tues & Thurs (evenings) $200: Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Rowing Tues & Thurs (mornings) $200: Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting June 20 ending August 11, from 7:15am to 8:45am.

Rowing Sat AM and Sun PM $200: Saturday 7:15am to 8:45am and Sunday 4pm – 5:30pm.

Attire: Tee shirt, form-fitting shorts, and running shoes are usual attire. Loose fitting shorts will likely catch in the “slide” (where the rowing seat moves back and forth on the rower). Bring a water bottle too!

Address: 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, North Carolina. This is Oak Hollow Lake. Note, 

Cost: $200 per participant. No partial refund for missed sessions or weather related cancellations. But….you can make up missed sessions during other time allotments. Check with your company’s wellness program for full or partial reimbursement.

More Info: Call Gene at 257-9009 or email contact@highpointrowing.com

Indoor Rowing by Candlelight

On Wednesday May 3 – for one night only – join us for ‘Indoor Rowing by Candlelight’ and connect your heart, mind, and body with one soul searching work out on our ergometers.

WHY: Because the endorphin rush you get from an indoor rowing workout is like no other. And you need that restful good night sleep that follows!

WHERE: 124C Wade Street in Jamestown, NC.

COST: $15

WHAT TO WEAR: a tank top and form fitting shorts or leggings.

Doors open at 6:pm. Workout begins at 6:15pm with stretching. Come with a friend. First time rowers welcome.  Class is capped at 30. (Masters Unlimited welcome at no additional charge)

Rowing Championships a Huge Success in High Point

Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich row to victory in the lightweight double sculls event at the North Carolina Rowing State Championships on April 22, 2017.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, – High Point Rowing Club hosted the inaugural North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships on Saturday, which drew hundreds of rowers and thousands of spectators to High Point.

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

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. In 2016 High Point hosted two spring regattas and 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.

In the opening race Ainsley Fox lead her crew of Lindsey York, Molly HIlemn, and Charlotte Curri to gold in the women’s U17 quadsculls event. HPG finished the 1,500m race course three boat lengths ahead of Triangle Rowing Club of Raleigh with Charlotte trailing in a time of 7 minutes 7 seconds.

In the next race High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins won the women’s open double sculls state championship two boat lengths ahead of Charlotte with Triangle further back.

High Point’s Charles York then upset the pundits by leading his crew of Govind Harish, Jake Bryant, and Parker Young to an upset victory over Charlotte in the men’s open quadruple sculls final. Charlotte had been the dominant regional force in this event over the past decade and the win for High Point represented a changing of the guard in North Carolina rowing.

HPG rower Ben Huitt smiles after winning the Division I middle school eights race at the 2017 North Carolina State Championships.

HPG Rowing won the boys U15 eight-oared event and the HPG girls crew finished second in the U15 event.

In one of the closest races of the day High Point’s Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich raced neck and neck against Charlotte for a majority of the race across Oak Hollow Lake before pulling away in the final stages.

“Races like this come down to a test of wills,” said High Point coach Gene Kininmonth. “Both crews weigh in the same and so they are racing pound for pound against each other. Neither crew has any real physical advantage so the gold medal goes to the crew that wants it most.”

The final two state championships won by HPG came in the Division II women’s U17 fours and the Division I Middle School eights events.

The middle school victory indicates a strong future for the combined High Point-Greensboro club, which boated four eight-oared middle school crews in the two divisional races.

Facing a stiff head wind that threatened to constantly swing her boat sideways, Ella Nichols steered a prefect course for her crew of Matthew Hronich, Henry Parker, Ryan LaPierre, Jeffrey Michael, James Li, Sierra Heer, Ben Huitt, and Grace Denenny to win three boat lengths ahead of Triangle and Asheville.

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

 

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

 

High Point Scullers Prepare for State Champs

High Point’s varsity rowing squad continued their final week of preparations on Oak Hollow Lake on Wednesday evening ahead of the NC Youth Rowing State Championships on Saturday.

“It was 90 minutes of technique,” said head coach and club founder Gene Kininmonth. “The crews enjoyed flat water, which is perfect for rowing and we did a lot of low intensity work: pause rowing, cut-the-cake, feet out, K-drill, and that sort of thing to really bring the focus back to just high quality rowing.”

Every session of drills is vital to the squad of scullers, all of whom switched from sweep rowing in 2017. Kininmonth says almost all of the girls in the varsity eight that won the Head of the James in Richmond last Fall have transitioned to sculling this spring.

“Over the winter we looked at where our rowers might achieve their best both collectively and individually and the outcome of that analysis was a shift to sculling for many of our top rowers,” says Kininmonth.

Three hundred youth rowers have entered to race in 80 boats in the inaugural state championships. Racing kicks off at 10am with the Under 17 Women’s quadruple sculls.

Ainsley Fox hopes to lead her crew of Lindsay York, Molly Hilemn, and Charlotte Fox to gold at the NC state rowing championships on Saturday.

 

Charles York and Govind Harish will open their season in the men’s double sculls event at the 2017 NC Youth Rowing State Championships in High Point.

High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins switched from sweep to sculling in 2017. The duo are set to race in the women’s double sculls final at the NC Youth Rowing State Championships on Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday morning.

Morgan Cantrell and Jordan Hronich are all smiles in practice before Saturday’s NC state rowing championships in High Point. The pair will race for gold in the lightweight double sculls.

Youth Rowers Return to the Water on Saturday

High Point Rowing Club’s youth rowing program returns to Oak Hollow Lake on Saturday morning for the first time this spring.

Practice will be at 8am to accommodate the Naval Academy’s women’s rowing program, which will be training later in the morning.

“The youth squad has worked hard indoors during the winter months and I know they are keen to get back on the water,” says head coach Gene Kininmonth. “I believe we are well positioned for an exciting spring race season.”

New members are welcome to join the club and can try rowing free for two practices without obligation. Interested students and parents should email Coach Gene at contact@highpointrowing.com

High Point’s boys and girls varsity eight crews in an Autumn practice on Oak Hollow Lake.

 

Navy Selects High Point for NCAA Rowing Camp

High Point, NC – The United States Naval Academy’s women’s rowing program returns to High Point this weekend for a week long training camp in preparation for the opening of their NCAA spring racing schedule.

And next week the Midshipmen will scrimmage with Army on Oak Hollow Lake.

“Any time Army and Navy get together to compete it is a big deal,” says Navy head rowing coach Joe Schlosberg.

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

High Point Rowing Club in partnership with the City of High Point’s Parks & Recreation department are hosting the Navy Midshipmen and loaning the team motor boats during their stay for coaching and safety purposes. The Navy squad numbers over 60 athletes and coaches.

“It is a real honor to have an NCAA varsity rowing program of the caliber of Navy choose High Point for their training camp,” says High Point chief coach Gene Kininmonth. “This is a terrific opportunity for our high school athletes to get an up close view of how a Division I collegiate program operates.”

The U.S. Naval Academy rowing on High Point’ Oak Hollow Lake in 2016.

Rowers to Compete Indoors at 124C Erg Sprints on Saturday

Jamestown, NC – 140 rowers from across North Carolina will be in Jamestown on Saturday as High Point Rowing Club hosts the 124C Erg Sprints.

Competition will take place on Concept2 Model D rowing machines in categories for Youth, Collegiate, Cross-Fit, and adult Masters over varying distances.

“This is now North Carolina’s premier indoor rowing competition and we are certainly proud to be hosting this event,” says ‘Girl Jeanne’ MacPherson, who serves as the regatta co-chair with Kiwi Mike Hitchcock. Girl Jeanne says entries are up over last year, indicating the growing popularity of the sport in the region.

Winner of the girls J15 event last year, Maddie Mullins will be seeking a win in the J16s on Saturday.

Winner of the girls J15 event in 2015 and the J16 last year, Maddie Mullins will be seeking a win in the J17s on Saturday.

While rowing is traditionally a team sport, erging competitions place the individual athlete in the spotlight.

First up in the morning, middle school rowers will race over a 1,000 meter distance. Later in the morning, high school and collegiate competitors will race over 2,000 meters and then Cross-Fit and Masters will race over 1,000 meters.

Registration for this event is still available on RegattaCentral. Entry fee is $15 per athlete and free for spectators.

Click here for the race schedule.

We can’t wait to see you in Jamestown tomorrow!

High Point’s Masters at 124C Erg Sprints in Jamestown on February 27, 2016.

Rising Tide of Gifts Raises All Ships at High Point Rowing Club

2016 saw a record number of donors supporting High Point Rowing Club.

“This increase in philanthropic support truly buoyed High Point Rowing Club in 2016,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth, who says the generous gifts led to the installation of permanent boat racks at Oak Hollow Lake as well as additional shells and safety boats.

Kininmonth says the Club has lofty goals for 2017, which includes plans for a boathouse at Oak Hollow Lake and buoyed race course, and he hopes the philanthropic support will continue to surge though the upcoming Ergathon fundraiser, as well as year-end giving.

“I have always loved the sport of rowing and so I am also very fond of these wonderful people who share this passion,” says Gene.

The High Point Rowing Club Donors of 2016

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.

Club Patrons
5,000 & greater

Anonymous

The Stewards Society
2,500 to 4,999

Erin & Richard Sanders

Power 10 Club
1,000 to 2,500

Jennifer & Ray Burton
Jackie & Herschel King
HERJAC Inc
Gene Kininmonth & Amy MacArthur
Triad Investors Realty Inc
Steve McCusker

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center). All three rowers supported HPRC in incredible ways during the year.

The Last 500 Club
500 to 999

Crossway Coatings
Laini Fultz
Patricia & Derek Goldin
Marlienne Goldin
Mandy & Eric Greene
Dana & Pete Koval
Allison & Michael Mullins
Barbara Pollard
TE Connectivity
Bev & Larry Snively
Lisa & Silvanus Udoka
Caren & Greg York
Shelli & Brandon York

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

Oak Hollow Club
250 to 499

Build Retail Inc
Wes Cashwell
Ann & Bruce Cantrell
High Point Bank
Catherine & John Li
Bobbi & Chad Long
Jacqueline Prevette & Neal Horan
David Thompson
Wells Fargo Bank

Caroline Lind displays her two Olympic gold medals with Mary and Jim Hollingsworth, who have been wonderful supporters of High Point Rowing Club for many years.

Family Banner Club
125 to 249

Patti & John Akers
Chrissy Alexander
Jane Bass
Bass Home Inspections
Lee Bass Nunn
Allison & Paul Blanchard
Lee Brodeur
Robbin & Jerry Bryant
Connie & Mark Curri
Katherine & Louis Ferretti
Jennifer & Paul Fitzpatrick
The Fox Family
Nandita & VC Harish
Mary & Jim Hollingsworth
Holly & David Labiak
Trent Capital Management
Cherie Maness
Debbie & Matthew OConnell
David & Holly Todd
Barbara & Burton Whicker
Nancy & Jeffrey Yohn
Susanne & James Williford

Varsity Blues Club
50 to 124

Lucille Akers
Adam Alt
Lisa Austin
David Blanchard
Larry & Evelyn Bowman
Jacqueline Broach
Susan Brodeur
Jackie Bryant
Oleta Clark

Masters rower Jennifer Burton was an amazing supporter of High Point Rowing Club in 2016.

Audrey Corierre
George Corierre
Olivia Corierre
Debbie Darby
Linda & W.P. Davidson
Ann & Michael Davis
Kelly & Eric Fox
Judy & James Gibson
Mike Glasgow
Brenda Hilemn
Molly Hilemn
Nanette Hutchinson
Dianna & John Jicha
Katie & Scott Jones
Ralph & B. Jones
Joseph Kaku
Holly & David Labiak

Giving to HPRC leads to incredible outcomes for our youth program : 100% graduation rate, amazing college scholarship and admissions stories, and life lessons.

Betsy Lehman
Barb Linch
Alex Lowe
Christy Marchel
Kathy Marshall
Kim Mullins
Maddie Mullins
Richard Ognovich
Susan & V.W. Peters
Melissa Polio
Jacqueline & Grady Prevette
Linda & Edward Seykora
Adam Slack
Andrew Slack
Kristi & Mark Slomski
C. & R.N. Tanner
Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do III
Suzanne & James Tuerk
Audra Tyree
Nancy & Mark Warburton
Lana & James Whiting
Kathy Winters
Mary Beth & Tom Wood
Adrienne & Charles Young

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS DONORS FOR THESE 2016 GIFTS!

Please email contact@highpointrowing.com to note any errors or omissions. 

High Point Rowers Bag Medals at MidAtlantic Erg Sprints

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

Alexandria, VA – High Point Rowing Club’s Junior Ognovich, Molly Hilemn and Matthew Hronich won medals at the junior indoor rowing championship at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday.

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

And behind the rowers’ success was High Point varsity coxswain Morgan Epling.

A sophomore at Bishop McGuinness High School, Junior Ognovich won silver against 63 competitors in the Junior 16 age class at the event. Junior covered the 1,500 meter race in the second fastest time of 5 minutes 33.8 seconds.

Molly Hilemn finished in third place against 53 other youth rowers in the Junior 14 age category at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints. Molly raced the 1,000 meter indoor course in 3 minutes 50.5 seconds. Molly is freshman at the North Carolina Leadership Academy and credits much of her success to her NCLA PE instructor Mr. Kellen Lake, in addition to her High Point rowing coach Gene Kininmonth.

Matthew Hronich won bronze for High Point Rowing Club in the J12 event at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

The third medal for High Point on Saturday was a bronze won by middle school rower Matthew Hronich in the boys Junior 12 event. Matthew overcame a weekend illness to still row the 1000 meter indoor course in a time of 3 minutes 46 seconds. Matthew was coached by his older sister, Jaclyn Hronich, who oversees the middle school and novice programs for High Point.

Congratulations Molly, Junior, Matthew, and Morgan!

North Carolina Leadership Academy freshman Molly Hilemn is all smiles after finishing 3rd out of 53 rowers at the 2017 Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

Junior Ognovich displays her medal won for 2nd place out of 63 competitors at the Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, VA.

 

FREE Sneak Peek Week! Middle and high school students can try indoor rowing!

Come try out youth rowing!

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

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

WHAT? Sneak Peek Week is one week of indoor rowing, where students will become acquainted with the Concept II rowing machine and learn the technique needed for rowing in racing boats on the water.

WHEN? 4:15pm to 6pm on Monday, 2/13 though Friday 2/17.

WHERE? Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio: 124C Wade Street, Jamestrown, NC.

COST? FREE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

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

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

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124C Erg Sprints Set for February 25, 2017


Jamestown, NC – High Point Rowing Club will host the 124C Erg Sprints on February 25, 2017 at the Jamestown 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 Model D rowing machines in categories for Youth, Collegiate, Cross-Fit, and adult Masters over varying distances. Entry fee is $15 per athlete.

Coach Allie Davis with her winning rowers Emma Lloyd (lightweight), Jaclyn Hronich (J18), and Maddie Mullins (J16) at the 2016 124C Erg Sprints.

First up, middle school rowers will race over a 1,000 meter distance. Later in the morning, high school and collegiate competitors will race over 2,000 meters and then Cross-Fit and Masters will race over 1,000 meters. After lunch, 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 is available on RegattaCentral.

We can’t wait to see you in Jamestown, North Carolina!