Bainbridge rowers stake claim at Green Lake extravaganza

SEATTLE – Bainbridge Island Rowing continued its 2017 season in fine form at the annual Summer Rowing Extravaganza at Green Lake in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 5.

With calm waters, sunny skies, and mild temperatures throughout much of the day, BIR officials said, the conditions were near ideal for the incoming Junior Novice rowers to get their first taste of competition.

For the Masters rowers, it was a chance to compete against old rivals and friends from 25 other rowing clubs from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska on the 1,000-meter course.

In a full day of racing, BIR placed in four of the 10 events in which they competed.

The Women’s Novice 8+ (E. Sewell, S. Batson, S. Byron, A. Boden, Z. Ransom, B. Sturgeon, S. Salot, G. Chin and Z. Pells, cox) placed third overall in a field of seven teams with a time of 4:25.

Later in the day, the Women’s Novice 4+ (E. Sewell, S. Batson, A. Boden, S. Byron and Z. Pells, cox) placed third among nine teams with a time of 4:38.

For most of the girls, team officials said, it was their first time rowing in a competition after completing the summer rowing program.

The Masters also put up strong performances.

The Women’s Masters 4+ (C. Clark, K. Scanlan, S. Entress, J. Syvertsen and K. Carlson, cox) placed second in a field of 10, with a time of 3:51. The Men’s Masters 4+ (D. Dale, M. Stewart, M. Saunders, J. Foy and K. Carlson, cox) placed third out of eight with a time of 3:48.

BIR’s next Masters competition will be the Bill Richards Memorial Scrimmage on Eagle Harbor, Sept. 9. The Juniors will compete at the Frostbite Regatta on Green Lake on Nov. 4.