By Ed Winchester

March Race Reports

The 2017 C.R.A.S.H.-B oldest male competitor. Photo by Luke Reynolds.

2017 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints
Indoor rowers descended upon Boston University’s Agganis Arena Feb. 12,  for the 2017 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships. Notable races included the men’s junior lightweight event, where first through third place had less than two seconds between them. Bethesda Chevy Chase High Schools’ Henry Bellew bested Mile High Rowing Club’s Gregory Cain and Andrew Hickey of PRNA/Mercer with a 6:21. In the men’s open event, Polish oarsman Bartosz Zablocki took home the hammer with a time of 5:45.8, beating out Belorussian Pavel Shurmei, who pulled a 5:47.8. Shurmei need not beat himself up too much, though, as he left Boston as the new record holder in the men’s 40-49 heavyweight division. Third place went to Cuban sculler Angel Fournier-Rodriguez, who pulled an impressive 5:49. The open women’s race also provided quite a spectacle. The hammer was awarded to Ukrainian erg phenom Olena Buryak, who pulled a blistering 6:33. Second and third place in the event went to Georgie Rowe of Chocolate Box Training and José van Veen of KNRB. The duo duked it out in the final meters of the event, finishing with a 6:40.4 and 6:41.7 respectively. In the lightweight ranks, the men’s and women’s hammers went to Sam Melvin with a 6:14.6 and Erin Roberts of Riverside Boat Club, who pulled a 6:58.1. In the junior events, Y Quad Cities U.S. junior national team athlete Caroline Sharis finished with a 7:15.2 to pick up a hammer. In the junior men’s event, first place went to Joseph Johnson of Gonzaga High School, who earned his hardware with a sturdy 6:00.4. For the open women’s junior event, Connecticut Boat Club’s Kaitlyn Kynast finished comfortably in first, pulling a 6:50.2, with second and third place finishing five and eight seconds behind her. The day’s oldest competitors, Dean Smith, 91, of Rocky Mountain Boat Club, and Dottie Stewart, 95, both pulled impressive pieces, finishing their 2ks with a 9:23.5 and 14:55.3. Both competitors left with 2017 C.R.A.S.H.-B hammers. Smith, an 800-meter runner in college, said it wasn’t a PR and, overall, he was not very pleased with the piece. This was his 10th C.R.A.S.H.-B and, unsurprisingly, his 10th hammer. “I go up and down,” Smith said. “I could have done a lot better. You get tired though, you know?”

2017 Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships
Rio Olympians Susanne Grainger and Lisa Roman finished first and second in the senior women’s event at the 2017 Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 5 in Mississauga, Ontario. Racing under the National Training Center banner, Grainger turned in 6:52.8, with her Canadian Olympic women’s eight boatmate trailing by just over five seconds in 6:57.9. Both were members of the 2014 worlds silver medal eight. Third place went to Sarah Rothwell of Peterborough Rowing Club, who pulled a 6:59.3. On the senior men’s side, unaffiliated athlete Jordan Weide paced the field with a 6:05.7. The University of Western Ontario’s Andre Pelletier finished second in 6:09.5, with third place going to Mick Malowany, who covered the 2,000-meter distance in 6:10.2. In the women’s junior A category, Grace VandenBroek of Peterborough Rowing Club earned top honors on the strength of a 7:06.5. Don Rowing Club athletes nabbed the next two spots, with Amanda Caromicoli and Alexandra Wright turning in respective times of 7:09.2 and 7:10.7. In junior A boys action, Steven Rosts of Eden High School narrowly edged Ridley College’s Matthew Schultz for the victory. Rosts covered the 2k in 6:17.2, an average split of 1:34.3, with Schultz a mere 0.3 seconds back. Third place went to Marcus Doyle of Don Rowing Club, who ended up with a time of 6:22.7.