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Community Clean Up

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We wanted to thank everyone who came down to the boathouse last Saturday to help with the clean-up.

Bill Steuteville, Dan Tierney, Laura and Keith Nilsen, and Pete Hricko did some back breaking work on vines, bushes, and tall grass. Coach Ed let us borrow his chipper which made quick work of all the branches. Cara Lehmann provide us with a great all natural weed kiler. The athletes shoveled, sorted trash, and re-organized and the end result was a much nicer place to be with a lot more space to store equipment. It was a super hot afternoon but we got some great work done!

 

It would have been great to have a before picture (Sorry Laura!) but see that area where the three boats are stored? that was completely overgrown with vines, bushes, ivy, and a huge brush pile.

Thanks to Everyone! Great TEAM Work!!


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– Cooper Cup Results – Multi-WIN!!


Cooper Cup Results

We had some great racing at the Cooper Cup in some very tough conditions. There was a kicking head wind all day, making for some very long and heavy races. We came away from the race with wins in the JV Girls 8 and the JV Boys 4 and added a second place finish in the Novice Boys 8 and the JV Boys 8. It was fantastic to see all the huge smiles and feel the energy that comes from performing well on race day.Th win for the JV Girls 8 was a huge breakthrough and something that they can really build on for the remainder of this season and on into next. We are super proud of them!

Varsity Girl’s report from Coach Kim:

Pictured (L-R): Rachel Fiala, Meredith Welsch, Anna Hrit, Brooklyn Horine, Ireland Robb, Sarah Weir, Eliza Worth, Carly Hutter, Natalie Savaiko, Coach Kim

This past week, the varsity girls worked really hard to secure their spots for the Cooper Cup. Their hard work paid off with a first place finish! The race proved to be an exciting one as our boat was started a half a length behind and halfway through the race an oar came out of an oarlock. Even with the external drama, the girls were able to stay composed and take control of their heat. We are really looking forward to racing again next week at City Championships!

Novice Girl’s report from Coach Rosemary:

The Novice Girls 4+ had their first race of the season on the Cooper River yesterday, since their first two races were cancelled and their third race was a rowover (no competition).  Although they came in last in their heat, they gained valuable racing experience that showed them what it takes to do well in competition.  We will be scrimmaging with the Newport Rowing Club’s novice girls later this week during practice in preparation for the City Championships.  With one big race under their belt, our girls are looking forward to racing again this coming weekend.

Novice Boy’s report from Coach Jake:

Despite a seat coming off of the boat at the start and a handful of ill timed strokes that followed to put the Novice 8+ down early, the crew showed tremendous grit and recouped quickly to take 2nd in their Flight. After a difficult and high volume training week, it is encouraging to see the squad perform well after the incident and not give up. The team has shown immense toughness the past few days, which is exemplified here where they stormed back through the other boats in their race and put up a competitive time despite not having a clean start. They look to continue the upward trend with less than two weeks until the Mid-Atlantic Championships.

Varsity Boy’s report from Coach Chris:

Pictured (L-R): Brett Nilsen, Matt Defilipo, Stewart Short, Ben Horine, Meagan Hailey, Coach Chris

The JV 4 dominated their heat to come away with a gold. These guys rowed very well this past week in practice and it showed on race day. They were relaxed (maybe too relaxed) pre-race but all business when it was time to go.

The JV 8 also put together a great race and finished second in their heat. One goal was to increase the racing intensity and they accomplished that with a little help from the competition. They were in a back and forth race for second, trading the lead with St. Peter’s Prep, until finally putting them away in the last 500.

The Varsity 4 had an easy time of it in their heat as they were racing for a spot in the top two in order to qualify for the final. They raced hard for the first 1000 meters and were just one length down on a St. Peter’s Prep boat that won silver at the Garden State Championships the day before. They cruised in the last 1000 meters, saving themselves for the final.

Unfortunately that final never happened, at least for us. The regatta gave very conflicting information on when the final was to be held. The final being held at the end of the regatta (as was stated in the Race Packet) it was at 1:36 pm and we missed it. This is a very good Varsity 4 that I hope to race again, especially since they are all juniors.


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Spring 2017 Update #1

The spring 2017 season is underway after a little bit of a rough start. The cold and wind of March played havoc with practice. Thankfully the school has space for us to store our ergs right next to the cafeteria, so when we couldn’t go out on the water we could move inside for ergs, stairs, and weight circuits.

The bad weather luck continued into our first two races, as rain and wind caused all of the novice small boat races to be cancelled for the Third Flick and all the morning novice small boat races cancelled for the Fourth Flick. The result is that our Novice Girls have yet to get a taste of racing. With boats flipping and races starting at the 900 meter mark because of the swift current, it was the right call.

The team just finished three days of intense spring break training. When you take away all other distractions and allow the athletes to just focus on rowing, the improvements can be huge in a short amount of time. This year was no different, and all the athletes made significant gains in technique and we had 15 personal records on our 2k erg test on Wednesday! The team is much stronger and rowing much better than last spring.

Go U!

Boy’s Update:

With 20 athletes the Varsity Boy’s have been able to row two full 8’s every day. This has allowed the team to foster some good competition which leads to good boat speed. The more you race, the faster you go. We are racing a Varsity 8 and a 2nd 8 at the Flicks and both events are a challenging step up – it is big boy racing and the boats are up to the task. With the chaotic nature of the first two Flicks we don’t have a good idea where we stand so the 5th Flick on April 23rd will be our first opportunity to gauge our performance.

The Novice Boys raced a 4+ at the 4th Flick and dominated their flight with a win of 17 seconds. It was only their second time in a 4+ and it had only been a week since they started rowing all eight in the 8! There is a lot of height in this group which will serve them well this season. Coach Jake and Coach Pete are ready to get them back in the 8 and see what they can do.

Pictured (L-R): Coach Chris, Ian Quain, Griffin Reath, Forrest, Jason Doyle, Will Murphy, Jamie Stueteville, Thomas Worth, Ayden Wardius, Izzy Tayoun.

 

Girl’s Update (from Coach Kim):

The varsity girls have been working hard, making the most of having only 10 athletes. After racing the Third Flick in an eight they broke into two fours to focus more on technique, resulting in two happy crews after the Fourth Flick. Spring break was spent mostly on technique with huge improvements made by all the athletes. We are looking forward to racing in the JV eight category for the next few races. The girls continue to build speed and confidence in their abilities and I am excited so see what they can do on race day.

Pictured (L-R): Maegan Hailey, Natalie Savaiko, Sarah Weir, Eliza Worth, Carly Hutter, Coach Kim

 


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Spring Fund Raiser


Float our Boat!

The 3rd ANNUAL
Unionville Crew Spring Fundraiser

Will be held At

The Fall View Farm

Click Here to Buy Tickets

Friday, May 12, 2017
7:00 PM ~ 10:00 PM

EVERYONE in the community from far and wide can join us for an evening of fun, good food and drink, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle.

We are hoping to raise funds to purchase additional boats and other equipment needed for our athletes to be more competitive on the water.

Friends or family from afar or who cannot attend can give their support by making a donation. Any donation however large or small is greatly appreciated.

Click Here to Buy Tickets or Donate!

**** DIRECTIONS ****

With the Recent Closing of Brandywine Creek Road, your GPS will most likely direct you onto Harvey’s Bridge Road.

DO NOT take Harvey’s Bridge Road.  These directions will not only lead you in circles, they will perch you on the precipice of a long drop into the Brandywine.

Please Follow these directions to Fall View Farm from the Kennett Square Area:

From Route 1, North on 82 (pass round-a-bout) for 3 miles

162 East for 3.3 Miles to

LEFT on Stargazer 0.7 mile (look for Unionville Crew signs)

LEFT on Youngs Road 0.8 mile

RIGHT on Laurel Road 0.4 miles to

RIGHT into THE Ridings

DO NOT TAKE HARVEY’S BRIDGE ROAD

Follow Ridings Way to the very END.  You’ve made it!

 

Featuring Brad Rau
classical guitarist

http://www.bradraumusic.com


Firefly Tickets


Rowing Pottery


Oil Painting by Max Savaiko


Starbucks Basket

In addition to our silent auction items, we will have a great assortment of hanging flower baskets ($25-35.00) to take home to your mother!

 

 

AND MUCHO MoRe!!

 

If you have an Item, Gift, Service or Rental you would like to donate for the silent Auction

Please contact Kim Robb – TRobb7@comcast.net


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Thank You to our Sponsors and Supporters

With your generous contributions and support our team was able to make some much needed equipment purchases:

A new (used) Trailer – We can now transport our own boats and equipment to the regatta’s.

This purchase saves the club transport and storage fees for our boats.

Not only that, but we can go to any regatta we choose!

 

 

 

We also purchased a pop up tent with sides –  for the crew/ team to shelter from the elements, and stay by the boats.

 

 


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Welcome New Varsity Women’s Coach Kim!

Unionville is thrilled to welcome Kim to our 2017 staff! Kim started her rowing career in 2008 at the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association, and graduated from Kennett High School in 2011.

After graduation she attended the University of Texas, where she rowed under both Carie Graves and Dave O’neill. She was a 2 seat in the varsity 8 from 2012-2015. At the 2015 NCAA championship she helped lead the varsity 8 to a fourth place finish and an overall 7th place team finish.

While at UT she studied advertising with a minor in business.  Kim also enjoys rock climbing and yoga.


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Another Medal – Girls Win BRONZE!

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The National Schools’ Championship Regatta took place on Saturday, June 11th. Teams were invited to compete based on National School Regatta Central
the speed that their boats showed earlier in the season. Because Unionville’s Varsity girls had fast race results, we were invited to compete in the Girls Varsity Four event.

Our Girls Varsity Four of Maegan Hailey, Kiera Callahan, Eliza Worth, Meredith Welsch, and Natalie Savaiko battled through strong head wind conditions in their Heat to advance to the afternoon final. Unionville finished their heat in 6:52.04. Lyme-Old Lyme from Connecticut was the only boat to finish the heat ahead of Unionville with a time of 6:42.28.
Dublin B from New Hampshire was the third boat to advance to the finals with a time of 7:01.02. Boston Latin failed to advance.

Strong head wind conditions sometimes cause the wind to pull the rowers’ blades away from the water and make the athletes “miss water” at the start of the stroke. Thus, the rowers typically row short, which means the arc length while the blade is in the water is shorter.

 

Although the wind gusts and white cap conditions remained throughout the afternoon, racing continued as scheduled. Unionville had a fast start in the Final and was among the first three boats at 500 meters into the race. However, Radnor was not far behind and continued to challenge our boat. Unionville powered against the head wind with more length than they had in their Heat and fought to remain as one of the top three crews over the remainder of the course. They ultimately finished behind Dublin A (6:27.11), and Lyme-Old Lyme (6:27.30). Unionville took over 12 seconds off of their earlier Heat time to finish with a time of 6:39.51 in the Final – a third place finish! Rador (6:43.66), Dublin B (7:02.47) and Duxbury Bay (7:40.64) completed the crews in the Girls Varsity Four Final.

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Congratulations to our girls for working so hard and earning bronze medals at the National Schools’ Championship Regatta! This is an amazing achievement and I am proud of all of you. Also, thank you to Coach Ed for driving the trailer and thank you to all the parents, family, and friends who came to the regatta to support our girls varsity four. This was a great ending to our spring season and I’m honored to have been a part of it.

  • Coach Holly

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Mid Atlantic Race Results – Girls Team

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Over the weekend, our team competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships regatta on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. We raced several fast teams that we have not competed against yet this season because this regatta was a Club event rather than Scholastic. Club refers to the students that are competing in the boats. When a team races as Club, the athletes can attend various schools but row as one team. For example, both Newport Rowing Club and WYRA are local Club teams that competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships. When a team is classified as Scholastic, all the athletes must attend the same school. The Flicks and City Championships, as well as, Stotesbury are Scholastic Regattas.

Our Varsity Girls Four was the first event for Unionville to race on Saturday. They had a strong race and finished with a time of 8:42.342, narrowly missing qualifying for semi-finals by 1.9 seconds. During the race, they had trouble identifying how much distance was remaining on the course, which may have affected their finish placement. With starting their sprint late, they crossed the finish line before they could pull past the third place boat to qualify for semi-finals. Here are some pictures that were taken by Row2k: 114, 120

The girls team also had two 2nd Varsity Fours racing. One of our 2nd Varsity Fours had a mixed lineup of three varsity rowers and one novice rower. They rowed well but they only practiced a few times together as a boat. With more practice in the lineup, they might have had a more solid performance. They placed 5th in their heat with a time of 9:16.160. Here are some pictures that were taken by Row2k: 89, 92, 97

Our second 2nd Varsity Four consisted of four novice rowers and a varsity coxswain. Because the coxswain was considered Varsity, the entire boat had to race as Varsity. With a growing program, this sometimes has to happen. The girls were nervous but excited to compete. Unfortunately, they were placed in a fast heat and finished 5th with a time of 9:02.113 and did not qualify to race again on Sunday in the Final. In any other heat, they would have advanced to Semi-Finals. Here are some pictures that were taken by Row2k: 83, 86

Although Unionville did not have a girls boat qualify for Sunday racing, we were excited to watch the boys Novice 4+ and U17 8+ compete on Sunday.


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The Boys Novice 8+ Win Silver at Mid Atlantic Nationals

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Over the weekend, our team competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships regatta on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. We raced several fast teams that we have not competed against yet this season because this regatta was a Club event rather than Scholastic. Club refers to the students that are competing in the boats. When a team races as Club, the athletes can attend various schools but row as one team. For example, both Newport Rowing Club and WYRA are local Club teams that competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships. When a team is classified as Scholastic, all the athletes must attend the same school. The Flicks and City Championships, as well as, Stotesbury are Scholastic Regattas.Just a quick summary of the weekend of racing. Thanks again to all the parents that came out to support us and a special thanks to all the mom’s who came out today to cheer on the boats. I would also like to thank Ben Horine for being my wingman this weekend with the trailer and for helping out at the end of the racing.

The regatta was a great tune-up for Stotesbury and a fantastic experience for everyone to get a good feel for championship level, 6 boat racing. It didn’t hurt that we had two boats get to experience racing most of their race looking at the backs of all their competitors.

U17 8+ – Silver Medal! (6 boats total) Another medal winning performance from our youngest oarsmen and a great race to watch. They led for about 1700 meters of the 2000 meters but couldn’t hold off a hard charging Mountain Lakes Club boat who beat them by 2 seconds at the line. Check out pictures here. 233, 234 and 239 are of this boat. 239 is photographic evidence that Cole did indeed almost lose his breakfast at the finish line. That is the kind of effort we want! The whole series from 231 to 239 is great, showing the Mountain Lakes boat crossing 6 seats ahead of us. Here is the picture of the medal ceremony.

Novice 4+ – 5th Overall – (14 boats total) They raced themselves in to the final on Sunday with a great Heat on Saturday, leading for most of the race. Despite going 8 seconds faster on Sunday in the final they were unable to improve on the 5th place qualifying time. No doubt the “Bucket Hat” 4 had a good time though, and despite being disappointed with today’s row, the raced both races with all out efforts and improved a ton in the four days they spent rowing this boat. Many of the boats they raced were racing their 4 all spring. Here is their picture.

2nd 4+ – 5th in their Heat, 8th fastest qualifying time (20 boats total) – Unfortunately random heat assignments found us in what turned out to be the fastest heat. The guys fought all the way down the course but missed qualifying for the semis by 1.6 seconds. They would have easily qualified had they been in either of the other two heats. These guys relished the race though and felt like it was as fast as they could have gone. They too improved a ton this week and it was great to see them so satisfied with their effort. Here is their racing picture.

Varsity 4+ – 6th in their Heat – We learned a few things to focus on in the next two weeks as this boat continues to build to Stotes. Racing at high ratings and working on sprinting will hopefully add the speed we need to advance to the semi’s out of the time trial format. Here and here are pictures of this boat racing.


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PSRA City Championships

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On Sunday, May 1st, our team competed in the competitive PSRA City Championships on the Schuylkill River. A steady rain throughout the day kept the water relatively calm for the athletes but made it difficult to stay dry and warm for the finals in the afternoon.

Our first race of the day was the Girls Novice Four. With the possibility of afternoon races being cancelled due to potential thunder, they pushed themselves to place well in the time trial. They covered the course with a time of 6:29.02, which was enough to secure a place in the afternoon final. With the thunder holding off, the finals proceeded as scheduled and the novice four raced again in typical sprint race style. The six novice fours lined up with a floating start and raced to the finish line. Our four was strong off the start and managed to secure a third place overall finish and take home bronze medals.

Our Girls JV Four competed in a competitive field of 29 boats. They had a solid time and overtook a crew on their way to the finish line. They finished with a time of 6:11.69, a 14th place overall finish. Crews that advanced to the afternoon final completed the course in less than 6 minutes.

Our Girls Varsity Four had good rhythm throughout their race but lacked some of their drive from last week. They finished the course in 6:23.06 for an 11th place overall finish.

 


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