Local rowers take spotlight at Boston and New York regattas
Updated 12:00 am, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Members of the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford did well recently in two regattas.
New Milford rower Jeffrey Schlyer and Nico Salazar, of Ridgefield, won gold medals in the men’s youth double event at the 53rd annual Head of the Charles Regatta held in Boston on Oct. 21-22.
The rowers shattered the old course record with a time of 16:52.471 for the three-mile race, and they beat the second-place finisher by almost eight seconds.
Other noteworthy performances were by GMS rowers: Blake Evans, of Brookfield, who took fifth place in the men’s youth singles event, less than two seconds off of third place; Oliver Peacock and Liam Jenkins, both of Wilton, who placed 10th in the men’s youth double event; and Elizabeth Schlyer and Isabella Popov, both of New Milford, who placed 11th in the women’s youth doubles event.
All GMS rowers qualified their respective boats to race in the Head of the Charles next year.
The regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event and has taken place annually since 1965.
It attracts tens of thousands of spectators and more than 11,000 athletes from around the world who compete in 55 different events at the regatta.
The following weekend, on Oct. 28-29, several local junior rowers from GMS Rowing won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Head of the Fish Regatta in in Saratoga Springs, N.Y .
The Head of the Fish is one of the largest regattas in the country, attracting over 170 teams and over 2,000 crews this year from across the Northeast participating in nearly 100 events.
Gold medals were won in the Men’s Junior 2v Quad event by Erik Mihok, of Newtown; Liam Jenkins and Kevin Lenihan, both of Wilton, and Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti, of Westport.
Additional gold medals were won in the Women’s Freshman/Novice B Doubles event by Ridgefield rowers Caitlin Boyle and Jillian Skor.
Silver medals were won in the Men’s Junior 1V Quad event by Ridgefield rower Nico Salazar, and teammates Jeffrey Schlyer, of New Milford, Blake Evans, of New Fairfield, and Oliver Peacock, of Wilton.
Additional silver medals were won in the Women’s Open Lightweight Double event by Lexie Skor, of Ridgefield, and teammate Elizabeth Schlyer, of New Milford, as well as in the Men’s Junior 2v B Quad event by Jaden Snyder, of New Fairfield; Brad Spiewak, of Wilton; Alex Gabor, of New York, and John Markow, of Norwalk.
Bronze medals were won in the Woman’s Junior I V Quad event by Maddy Siegel, of Ridgefield; Elizabeth Schlyer and Bella Popov, both of New Milford, and Emmalyn Brenner, of Washington.
Additional bronze medals were won in the Men’s Junior 2 V Quad event by Jake Addison, of Southbury, Luke Mirabito, of New Milford, Paris Liston, of Newburgh, N.Y., and Eli Taylor of New Milford; in the Men’s Junior Lightweight Double event by Jaden Snyder, of New Fairfield, and Luke Mirabito, of New Milford; in the Women’s Freshman/Novice A Double event by Sage Siegel, of Ridgefield, and teammate Brigida Caruso, of New Milford; and in the Girls’ Middle School Double event by Samantha McCaughan, of New Milford, and Casey Lenihan, of Sherman.