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Crew: South Jersey Rowing Club Boats qualify for National Championships

05/15/2017, 10:00pm EDT
By Shelly Castorino

Rowers from several South Jersey schools will be competing in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships

Pennsauken, NJ – May 15, 2017 – The South Jersey Rowing Club, comprised of athletes from high schools throughout Southern New Jersey and Delaware, competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Championships on Saturday, May 13th at Lake Mercer, West Windsor, New Jersey, which resulted in five boats qualifying to compete at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships from June 9 – 11, in Sarasota, Florida.

Due to the ongoing deteriorating weather conditions, racing ended at the conclusion of the time trials on Saturday.

With a field of 17 competitors, the Women’s Youth 4+ captured first place in their time trial with coxswain Amy Backal, Cherry Hill East; and rowers Rachel Pierce, Cherry Hill East; Rose Carr, Conrad Schools of Science (Delaware); Elyssa Aronson, Cherry Hill East; and Christie Castorino, Haddonfield. The women finished with a time of 8:02.444; a solid eight seconds ahead of second place.

Out of a field of 14 competitors, the Women’s Youth 2x with Rachel Pierce and Rose Carr won their time trial with a time of 7:52.189.

The Women’s Youth 4x with Mary Koelsch, Cherry Hill West; Abi Schmidt, Ridley High School (PA), Caroline Riccardi, Eastern; and Olivia Herbstritt, Haddon Township qualified with a third- place finish of 7:43.382 behind Conestoga and Ridgewood.

The Men’s Youth 4+ with Joe DiMarino, Moorestown; Henry LaGatta, Moorestown; Mac Van Buskirk, Haddonfield; Andy Laberee, home school and coxswain Sujin Kim, Moorestown Friends, qualified with a second place finish out of a field of 21 teams. The Peddie School was first with a time of 7:16.210 and South Jersey came in 2nd with a time of 7:25.472.

The Men’s Youth 2x with Henry LaGatta and Andy Laberee qualified with a time of 7:31.257 and a third-place finish behind Malvern Prep and Conestoga.

The athletes will continue to practice on the Cooper River. The team will travel to Sarasota with competition to begin on June 9th.

Danielle with her mother, Lenora, after receiving Coach of the Year award
Jason Thompson teaches the campers to reach high for their goals
Game time set for 6:30 at Timber Creek High School
DiPietro also was the head coach at La Salle University.
Kyle Hines reffing game at camp.
L to R - Ed Kenney with mother, Emma, father, Bob, and brother Robbie.
Tony Paris can be seen coaching and training athletes in South Jersey
Bill Vergantino is in the University of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame
Haason Reddick speaks to campers at Camden Health & Athletic Association sponsored event Saturday

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