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Manhasset Rowers Finish Strong in Fall Season

A very successful fall season for the Manhasset High School Crew Team culminated with the Long Island Frostbite on local waters in Bayville and the Head of the Schuylkill and Bill Braxton Memorial Regattas, both in Philadelphia. The team once again demonstrated their competitiveness on the water in these final events.

Rowing in teeming rain and cold weather conditions in late October, Manhasset claimed two medals at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The Varsity Girls boats won medals in two events: The Women’s High School Fours placed 2nd out of 39 boats earning a Silver medal, and the Women’s High School (JV) Eights placed 3rd out of 28 boats, earning a Bronze medal.

Then on a beautiful, sunny November day, the team competed at the Long Island Frostbite Regatta off Beekman Beach near Centre Island, LI, and was the clear leader across all categories, bringing home an impressive 13 medals:
First Place, Gold Medal

Men’s Varsity 8

Men’s Varsity 4, Boat A

Men’s JV 8

Women’s JV 8

Men’s JV4, Boat A

Women’s JV 4

Women’s Novice 8

Second Place, Silver Medal

Men’s Varsity 4, Boat B

Women’s Varsity 4
Third Place, Bronze Medal

Men’s JV4, Boat B

Men’s Novice 8

Men’s Novice 4, Boat A

Women’s Novice 4, Boat B

In their last competition of the fall season, Manhasset raced at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta on the Schuylkill River in sprint races. Unlike most fall “head race” regattas which are typically 3-mile courses, in “sprint” racing, boats line up in lanes competing bow to bow in 1500 meter races, so that competitors know precisely how they are doing relative to each other. Most of the events at this regatta were run as single flights. The Men’s HS JV 8 earned a First Place medal in their event, and three Manhasset crews placed second in their events: Men’s HS Novice 8, Men’s HS Novice 4 and Women’s HS Novice 8. The Men’s HS 4 event consisted of 28 boats competing in heats for the Rafferty Cup and Manhasset succeeded in placing fourth overall in the final round. Two Manhasset crews competed in a field of 29 boats in heats in the Women’s HS 4 event: Boat B made it through to a very competitive semi-final round. Boat A finished in First Place overall to win the Braxton Family Trophy, one of the four high school trophy events at this regatta.

At the recent crew team end-of-season awards dinner, Head Coach/Girls Varsity Coach Hugo Guardado Henriquez, along with Assistant Coach/Boys Varsity Coach Chris Mare, and Assistant Coach/Novice Girls and Boys Stephanie Doughty and Assistant Coach Dan Kozerski, congratulated the athletes on their outstanding overall performance. “The medals they won are reflective of their dedication throughout the season,” noted Coach Guardado-Henriquez. During the off-season, the team will continue training and will focus on refining their technique and building increased stamina so that their accomplishments in the fall season will carry through to a successful spring season.