White Rock Rowing places in top 5 in two races in Boston, Austin

Oct 23, 2021

Lakewood Advocate

Renee Umsted

White Rock Rowing’s men’s and women’s teams are back from two weekends of competitions, and they didn’t come home empty handed.

In late October, they participated in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. More than 11,000 athletes competed in it, the largest two-day rowing regatta in the world.

The women’s U-17 4+ team passed four boats within a matter of minutes, but then another boat crashed into them. They ended up finishing fifth.

Cox was Lucas van Witzenberg, and rowers were Katherine Adams, Bella Cooper, Zoe Cramer and Evie Fox.

The men’s U-17 4+ team began the race at the back of the pack but finished third overall. Cox was Aiden Dekock, and rowers were Joseph Moler, Mateo Calderon, Luke McCavit and Harrison Sears.

Men’s head coach Chris Leonard said, “The performance we witnessed out there is a very positive sign for the future of White Rock Rowing. We’re going to bring home a lot more medals in the near future. These athletes have the talent and the hunger to win tough competitions like this.”

One week later, the teams headed to the Head of the Colorado in Austin. The women’s U-17 4+ team won first, finishing almost a full minute before the second place team. And the men’s U-17 4+ placed second, beating the third-place boat by more than 60 seconds.

The women’s head coach, Annie Couwenhoven, commented on the athletes.

“Watching the more experienced youth encourage and support the beginners was the absolute best – the camaraderie is palpable, and it’s one of this team’s greatest assets,” she said.

Here are the results from the Austin competition:

Women’s Jr. 4+(first place)

  • Cox: Lucas van Witzenberg

  • Rowers: Katherine Adams, Bella Cooper, Zoe Cramer and Evie Fox

Men’s Jr. 8+

  • Second place

  • Cox: Paris West

  • Rowers: Ben Winslow, Humberto Gallego, Danny O’Loughlin, John Jungerman, Nic Lavandera, Mateo Calderon, Joseph Moler, Aiden Munsterman

  • Fifth place

  • Cox: Aiden Dekock

  • Rowers: Kellen Zellmer, Peter Mani, Luke McCavit, Harrison Sears, Walker Sears, Lucas Cooper, Jonah White, Juan Huerta

Men’s Jr. Novice 4+ (fourth place)

  • Cox: Dhruv Singh

  • Rowers: Levi Bowman, Will Kennedy, Zach Scurria, Everitt Gewax

Men’s Jr. 4+ (second place)

  • Cox: Paris West

  • Rowers: Ben Winslow, Humberto Gallego, Nic Lavandera, John Jungerman

Men’s Jr. Novice 8+ (second place)

  • Cox: Dhruv Singh

  • Rowers: Paul Bagley, Levi Bowman, Will Kennedy, Everitt Gewax, Jett Fenlaw, Hugo Cortez, Kian McLaughlin, Lucas Davisson

Women’s Jr. Novice 4+ (second place)

  • Cox: Alex Jungerman

  • Rowers: Emie Donahue, Violet Libson, Charlotte Bohannon, Kenna Rosenthal

Women’s Jr. 8+(second place)

  • Cox: Sophia Lau

  • Rowers: Katherine Adams, Bella Cooper, Zoe Cramer, Linnea Roberts, Emma Shay-Tannas, Evie Fox, Addison Holmes, Hattie Espaillat