John Foy photo | Bainbridge Island Rowing’s mixed 4+, 45-49, first place team: Brandon Fleet, Michelle DeCouteau, Janette Ahrndt, Nicolai Otte and coxswain Addie Taylor (front).

John Foy photo | Bainbridge Island Rowing’s mixed 4+, 45-49, first place team: Brandon Fleet, Michelle DeCouteau, Janette Ahrndt, Nicolai Otte and coxswain Addie Taylor (front).

Island masters row to medals at Regionals

VANCOUVER, Washington – Twenty-six Bainbridge Island Rowing adult masters rowers participated in the 2018 USRowing Northwest Masters Championships (aka “Regionals”) held from June 22 to 24 in Vancouver, Washington.

Under what officials called “the most rowing-friendly conditions seen on Vancouver Lake in recent memory,” the team competed in 16 events, capturing medals in four — including two golds and two silvers.

In five other events, various combinations of BIR’s 16 women and ten men made it to final races under particularly stiff competition this year from 58 other teams, with over 1,000 entries from California to British Columbia, and even some from Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, New York and Maryland.

The team’s gold medal winners are:

Mixed C (age 43-49) coxed 4 (Nicolai Otte, Brandon Fleet, Janette Ahrndt, Michelle DeCouteau and Addie Taylor, cox), and Mixed D (age 50-54) 8 (Addie Taylor, cox, Chelsea Vessenes, Sue Entress, Kurt Frost, Nicolai Otte, John Foy, Marc Stewart, Tammy Galbraith and Ann Livengood).

The team’s silver medal winners are:

Men’s B (age 36-42) coxed 4 (Anthony Oddo, Brandon Fleet, Nicolai Otte, Tim Goss, and Nikolai Sublett, cox), and Men’s H+ (age 70+) coxed 4 (Bill McGonagle, Malcom Saunders, John Foy, Dean Dale, and Nikolai Sublett, cox).

USRowing Masters Regionals is the culmination of springtime training. Next up for Bainbridge Island Masters Rowing: USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt, in California, Aug. 16 to Aug. 19.

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