A quintet of crew athletes from the Gunnery will test their skills this weekend in the National Schools Championship Regatta in Saratoga, N.Y.

The Gunnery boys' first boat has put together the best season in more than a decade for a Highlander crew.

The team members are Bobby Hooper, of Marion, Mass., as stroke; Mason Pollock, of Northridge, Calif., in the three seat; Pat Iannone, of Thomaston,in the two seat; Andrey Yuzvik of Moscow, Russia, in bow) and Abby Herrup, of Sheffield, Mass., as coxswain.

After a fourth-place finish in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championships, they were invited to the nationals.

Since the Founders Day Regatta, hosted last month by The Gunnery on Lake Waramaug, where the school finished fourth in the grand final, the first boat has won several cup races, including the duPont Cup at Pomfret, beating Taft and St. Marks, and the Highlander-Saints Cup and the Smith Cup at Lake Waramaug, beating Canterbury, Taft and Berkshire.

"I could not be more proud of the guys this year," said coach Kevin Garrity. "They are not the biggest or strongest guys we've ever had on the team, but the enthusiasm for hard work they bring to the boathouse has been incredible."

"The key to their success has been the bond they've created as teammates," he added. "I've never coached a group that supported and trusted each other as much as this team did this spring."

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The current success of Gunnery's crew has been echoed recently by several Gunnery crew alumni at the national collegiate level.

The 2014 Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships, held last weekend on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., saw Brianna Goldstein, '13, of Bridgewater, earn a silver in Stanford University's varsity lightweight four; Callie Carew-Miller, '13, of Washington, finished fourth as the coxswain of Cornell University's varsity lightweight four; Sean Grogan, '10, of Watertown, finished fourth in Brown University's second varsity eight; and Chris DePaola, '10, of Southbury, finished third in the fourth level final in the second varsity eight for Hobart College.

At the 2014 NCAA Division III national championships, Madeleine Boudreau, '12, of Sherborn, Mass., helped Trinity College win its first national rowing title with gold in the first varsity eight.

For more information on all of the races, visit re websites for the National Schools Championship Regatta; Results IRAs and Results NCAA Rowing Championships (all divisions).