SEATTLE – Several teams of rowers from Bainbridge Island competed in Seattle’s Head of the Lake Regatta Sunday, Nov. 3. It is the largest fall regatta on the West Coast, featuring more than 430 boats from at least six states and Canada.
Approximately 70 Bainbridge High students and adults steered through the difficult three-mile race, which started in Lake Union and finished near the University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse.
Three varsity girls teams from Bainbridge Island Rowing placed third, sixth and 11th overall.
The third-place win is the BIR girls best ever performance at the regatta. The bronze medal team consisted of Natassja Haught (coxswain), Kylie Van Aken, Kate Hathaway, Elisabeth Chun, Faith Eckford-Prossor, Rosie Brown, Hannah Schneiderman, Samantha Dore and Justeen Komok.
The varsity boys also performed well with teams claiming the ninth, seventh and 11th places.
The BIR master (adult) program entered four crews in four different events, ultimately claiming two gold medals and one silver.
The first-place finisher of the Men’s Masters 1x (single scull) age 55-59 was John Christiansen.
The first place team of the Mixed (men and women) Masters 8+ (eight rowers plus coxswain) age 43-59 consisted of Brandon Fleet, Tim Gross, Susan Haines, Marilyn Tsolomitis, Callie Sheehan, Carrie Holloway, Kurt Frost, Mark Olason and Rachele Turnbull (coxswain).
The Womens Masters 4+ age 55-64 team took second place. The team consisted of Catherine Fawley, Kathy Scanlan, Barbara Dahn, Mary Alice O’Neill and Aubrie Rice (coxswain).
Seattle’s Head of the Lake Regatta is a “head” race, a timed competition in which boats begin in staggered positions rather than starting at the same time. The team with the fastest time is the winner.
Varsity Girls Line-ups, bow to stern:
1V 8+ (First Varsity Girls; 8 rowers plus coxswain)
Third place — Bronze Medal
Kylie Van Aken
Natassja Haught (coxswain)
Chrina Munn (c)
Sydney Gibbs (c)
Varsity Boys Line-ups, bow to stern:
1V 8+ (First Varsity Boys; 8 rowers plus coxswain)
Anna Obergottsberger (coxswain)
Varsity Boys 4+
Katie Alpaugh, (c)
Nathan Johnson (c)
John Michael Najarian
Keith Carlson (c)