At the eighth annual New England Junior and Senior High School Fall Regional Championship Regatta, the Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crew team captured gold, silver, and bronze to brighten the rainy Sunday, Oct. 8, in Worcester.
Some athletes medaled in both sculling (rowing with two oars) for 2 miles and sweeping (one oar) for 2.5 miles on the Lake Quinsigamond course. Erin Smith and Anna Shlimak took gold and silver as singles and later won gold as part of the first varsity 4. Christopher Clark, Dwight Fairchild, Kevin Yu, Spencer Tingle, Kyle Veo, Alexander Ewing, Matt Adams, Will Thompson, and coxswain Amy Zhu all scored bling in both a 4 and an 8.
The girls varsity 8 earned silver behind rival Community Rowing Inc. “Another strong day for the girls team,” said program director and varsity girls Coach Holly Hatton. “As we go through the season, competition at each race becomes tougher and tougher. I was most impressed by our crews’ results. With all placing in the top three, they are starting to show the depth of our squad this year,” Hatton continued.
The boys fourth varsity 8 incurred a two-minute penalty for passing another crew in “the Narrows,” but still took silver. Said boys varsity Coach Brian DeDominici, “The boys faced even stronger competition this weekend and showed impressive results across the board. I am very pleased with the depth in the team this season, with all crews either medaling in their category or improving their placement from last week.”
This weekend, Oct. 15, some BA-B rowers will head north to the New Hampshire Championships Regatta in Pembroke. But the big news is that BA-B has secured four berths—two based on last year’s performances, and two via lottery—in the Head of the Charles. The world’s largest two-day rowing competition will be held this year on Oct. 21 and 22. “Entries to these events are considered golden, and it’s a great source of pride that our team has garnered four this year,” Hatton said. BA-B will send a girls 4 and 8 and a boys 4 and 8.
Alumni, coaches, and board members will also race the challenging 3-mile course, including Learn to Row Coach Alison Thornton in the Director’s Challenge and Hatton herself, defending her 2016 championship 8 in the Grand Master’s race.
- 1x: Jack Walsh, seventh place, 12:52.5; David Shlimak, eighth place, 13:09.2
- 2x: Benjamin Boucher, John Kelley, 12th place, 14:53.0
- 4x: Kyle Veo, Alexander Ewing, Matt Adams, and Will Thompson, first place, 11:14.5
- 4x plus: Christopher Clark, Dwight Fairchild, Kevin Yu, Spencer Tingle, and coxswain Amy Zhu, first place, 10:59.0
- First varsity 8 plus: David Shlimak, Matt Adams, Benjamin Buchovecky, Alexander Ewing, Connor O’Shea, Will Thompson, Jack Walsh, Kyle Veo, and coxswain Nilay Maity, third place, 13:23.5
- Second varsity 8 plus: Andrew Huang, Jason Lancellotti, Christopher Clark, Dwight Fairchild, Stefan Scornavacca, Spencer Tingle, Kevin Yu, Nikhil Kommineni, and coxswain Amy Zhu, second place, 13:41.2
- Third varsity 8 plus: Cameron McGurk, Alex Weaver, Isaiah Osborn, Andrew Hill, Zachary Shamah, Sam Jackson, Charles Carbonell, Patrick Stoffel, and coxswain Sarah Burke, first place, 13:55.4
- Fourth varsity 8 plus: Ryan Camposano, William Bardenheuer, Oliver Smalanskas, Maxfield Mascarin, John Hawes, Maxwell Ewing, Talmage Lindsey, Zachary Myers, and coxswain Bri Baang, second place, 16:29.4 (with time penalty)
- 1x: Erin Smith, first place, 13: 54.9; Anna Shlimak, second place, 14:01.0
- 2x: Taylor Tracey, Zoe Flanzer, sixth place, 13:35.7; Sophia Defoe, Molly Bowers, 17th place, 15:05.1
- First varsity 4 plus: Anna Shlimak, Katherine Fay, Kaylee Liu, Erin Smith, and coxswain Sila Inanoglu, first place, 15:51.2
- Second varsity 4 plus: Emma Perkins, Hayley Minar, Molly O’Neill, Sophie Bodager, and coxswain Molly Bowers, second place, 17:21.1
- 8 plus: Alissa Kong, Fiona Carrez, Valentine Bulpin, Alice Pope, Ariella Bull, Zoe Flanzer, Grace White, Summer Maxwell, and coxswain Rachel Shrives, second place, 14:46.1
Jill Maxwell of Acton is the parent of a BA-B rower.