Greenwich Academy showed just how far it’s come as a crew team recently at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass.
The Gators’ women’s youth four boat placed 14th out of more than 80 teams in their event at the Head of the Charles Regatta, finishing just one minute behind the championship crew.
“That was the most amazing race that I’ve seen a team compete in and I’ve been coaching for more than 25 years,” GA coach Stani Slavova said. “They started 71st and they finished 14th, so they finished ahead of so many boats that started ahead of them. Usually, a good race is if you finish four spots in front of where you start, so our team totally crushed it. They have been training together a lot and they have made a lot of changes since September. They’re a group that has really good focus and is very coachable.”
Greenwich Academy’s women’s youth four boat included sophomore Holland Ferguson, senior Mairead Kilgallon, junior Isabel Stemerman, junior Brooke Lange and senior coxswain Emma Osman.
For the first time in the Head of the Charles Regatta, GA was represented by a women’s youth coxed boat — a four-person sculling boat. They finished 25th in their race, which featured numerous college teams.
The boat included Maia Van Biesen, Schuyler Hyde, Amanda Mondingo, Jane Watson and Lilly Brooks. Watson, is one of the Gators’ captains, along with Kilgallon and Osman.
GA just finished testing their rowing skills at the Head of the Schuykill in Philadelphia, Pa.
“It will be a really good competition for our team, we’ll have pretty much all of our high school crew there,” Slavova said.