SEATTLE – Two Bainbridge Island Rowing masters crews rowed to first-place finishes in their respective age categories in the recent Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle.
The Men’s Masters team included Tim Goss, Mark Olason, Kurt Frost, Rich Cacioppo and cox Rachele Turnbull.
The Women’s Masters team consisted of Sue Entress, Susan Haines, Barbara Shane, Kirsten Fitzgerald and cox Matthew Carlson.
Another Women’s Masters four also medalled at the event, earning silver. That team’s roster included Mary Derry, Tammy Galbraith, Chelsea Vessenes, Leah Kriegh and cox Olivia Zachariah.
The largest fall regatta on the West Coast, attracting 468 boats from 78 masters, collegiate and junior rowing clubs from the western U.S. and Canada, the Head of the Lake event concluded the rowing season.
The event’s three-mile course spanned Lake Union, the Montlake Cut and Lake Washington.
The Juniors (high school) varsity team also had a solid day of racing, despite rainy conditions and the challenging course.
In one of the last races of the day, two Bainbridge boys varsity fours, who launched during a rainstorm, placed third and eighth overall. Placing third was the team of Cole Sander, Gavin Veilleux, Will de Rubertis, Dan Queen and cox Nathan Johnson. Placing eighth were David Goon, Scott Musselwhite, Lars Erickson, John Michael Najarian and cox Luke Frank.
A Bainbridge Girls varsity eight took seventh (out of 26 total teams) in their early morning race. The team consisted of Sophie Townsend, Abby Leigh, Liz Fawley, Amalie Millerd, Rosie Brown, Faith Eckford-Prosser, Kira Rain, Jemma Blazina and cox Chrina Munn.
The day before, the Bainbridge Juniors novice team competed in the Green Lake Frostbite Regatta and earned “medals galore,” according to Head Coach Tim Goss.
“Hats off to the fours in particular,” he said. “The girls had the second and third fastest times out of 26 boats and the boys had the third and sixth fastest times of a total of 30.”