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Bainbridge rowers win big at Oregon regatta
The Bainbridge Island Rowing Team collected 21 medals in junior and master races at last weekend’s Covered Bridge Regatta.
It was the first major regatta for the team this spring, and the Bainbridge High girls won the Varsity 8, the Junior-Varsity 8 and the Novice 8.
The BHS boys rowers won the Junior Varsity 8 and were second in the Varsity 8.
“It was a really exciting regatta for the whole club,” said varsity girls coach Barb Trafton.
Rowers from the rowers from the adult team, the “masters,” won seven medals.
“My girls had really strong sprints in their races which won us some very tight races,” she said. “Across the board, every single varsity girl ended up with a medal. Which is really cool.”
The regatta, held at Dexter Lake near Eugene, Ore., featured junior teams from Long Beach, River City (Oregon), Vashon, Olympia, Ashland, Commencement Bay (Tacoma) and Humbolt Bay (California). A total of 37 teams raced in the two-day regatta.
“I’m thrilled that we performed as well as we did. It was really competitive,” Trafton said.
Bruce Beall, varsity coach for the Bainbridge boys team, said he was thrilled to see some good boat speed from his athletes.
“We’re really focused on making progress from here as we look forward to our big regatta in Canada,” Beall said.
The rowers will compete next weekend at Brentwood College, a prep school north of Victoria.
Junior Gold medals: 5
Women’s Novice 8+
Men’s Novice 4+
Women’s JV 8+
Women’s Varsity 8+
Men’s JV 8+
Junior Silver Medals: 4
Men’s Junior JV 4+
Men’s Junior Varsity 4+
Men’s Junior Varsity 8+
Men’s Junior JV 8+
Junior Bronze Medals: 5
Women’s Junior Novice 4+
Women’s Junior JV 8+
Women’s Junior JV 4+
Women’s Junior Varsity 4+ (two boats in separate heats)
Master Gold Medals: 2
Women’s Master 1x (Madison)
Women’s Master 2x
Master Silver Medals: 2
Men’s Master 4+
Mixed Master 8+
Master Bronze Medals: 3
Women’s Master 1x (Mitchell)
Women’s Master 4+
Women’s Master 8+