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NORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY
ROWING

 Photo Courtesy of NA Rowing Website

MENíS JUNIOR QUAD TAKES SILVER AT HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS

Saturday, 24 May 2008

The North Allegheny Junior Varsity Quad gained some revenge for their Stotesbury medal disappointment with a silver medal at the Scholastic Rowing Association's High School Championship event held at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In sunny 80 degree temperatures, Mark Dissen, Andrew Spirk, Canaan Colwick and Dan Jefferies ran a fine race in their final. After a level start, the boys moved ahead of Ridgewood on their inside and set about catching Haverford and Malvern Prep. They passed Malvern Prep (left in picture) with 700 to go and stayed around half a boat length ahead for the remainder of the race. Haverford (at top of picture), with wins in the Philly City Championships, Stotesbury and SRA's proved worthy champions as they pulled away by a couple of lengths to win by 6.8 seconds. Malvern Prep finished 1.2 seconds behind NA. The race featured the qualifiers from Philadelphia City, New Jersey State Champs, New York State Champs and Midwest Scholastic Champs.

JV Quad team with Coach Bergen

The Oak Ridge race site, an eight hour drive, was a terrific venue with great viewing and the event ran like clockwork. The UV-laden sunshine made a pleasant change from recent Cincy and Philly exploits.

See official race results

 Thanks again to Ron Duursma and the NA Rowing website
for the above information!

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NA TIGERS HOLD THEIR OWN AT STOTESBURY CUP

Sunday, 18 May 2008

The NA Tiger rowers concluded their strong spring season at the 82nd annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Battling fierce competition from a very strong field of 180 schools, 860 boats and almost 5,000 athletes, and amid drenching rains on Saturday, Coach Mike Bergen's team managed to advance to finals in five races, reaching 4th place twice and 5th place three times, often missing medal positions by mere seconds.

These teams reached the finals:

  • Boys Senior Quad (Brian Marcus, Adam Reckless, Dan Borzelleca (taking the place of the injured Ryan Mohan), Alan Meininghaus): 4th place;

  • Boys Lightweight Double (Logan Ellis, Zac O'Neill): 5th place;

  • Girls Senior Double (Jessica Kelly, Olivia Klipa): 5th place;

  • Boys Junior Quad (Mark Dissen, Jim Rectenwald, Andrew Spirk, Dan Jefferies): 4th place;

  • Girls Junior Quad (Katelyn Hilderbrand, Michelle Weaver, Mary Jo Negle, Maria DeIuliis): 5th place;

Teams that reached semi-finals:

  • Girls Senior Quad (Amanda Hirsch, Jordan Herbert, Stacey End, Maddie Gray): 8th (6 qualified);

  • Girls Lightweight Double (Victoria Horn, Lauren Skoog): 7th (6 qualified);

Other finishes (all Friday):

  • Girls Senior Single (Kim Gilmour): 18th (of 20);

  • Boys Senior Double (Mike McGowan, Joel Mackay): 18th (of 23);

  • Boys Junior Eight (Kevin Huber, Canaan Colwick, Kameron Palagi, Kurt Schoffstall, Alexander Kaiser, Zach Petronic, David Mcquiston, Noah Krassenstein, Jimmy Graner(cox)): 30th (of 41);

  • Girls Junior Four (Emily Mershon, Abi Gunn, Meghan Wilson, Christine Frazier): 54th (of 60);

  • Girls Junior Double (Merel Duursma, Alyssa Schick): 15th (of 18);

  • Boys Freshmen Eight (Michael Durbiano, Steven Genise, Ryan Stein, Billy Brant, Matthew Shaffer, Evan Solic, James Milone, Cole Lennon, Mark Pollini(cox)): 37th (of 41);

  • Girls Freshmen Eight (Lauren Vespoli, Janny Liu, Jennifer Milkey, Skylar Jones, Lauren Larocca, Taylor Milligan, Michelle Benson, Elizabeth Craig, Kate Nescott (cox)): 28th (of 36);

See full results (Friday) and (Saturday)

Thanks again to Ron Duursma and the NA rowing website for the above information.

For more, go to:  www.narowing.org

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FIVE GOLD MEDALS AT 2008 MIDWEST
 SCHOLASTIC ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, 11 May 2008

The NA Tigers continued their strong spring showings, this time at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship in Cincinnati, OH. Despite having a large portion of the Sunday races cancelled due to heavy rains and tornado warnings, NA managed to capture no fewer than five gold medals, along with one silver. All gold winners in varsity events qualified for Nationals!

Gold medals went to:

  • Men's Varsity Quad (Brian Marcus, Adam Reckless, Jim Rectenwald, Alan Meininghaus)

  • Women's Varsity Quad (Amanda Hirsch, Jordan Herbert, Stacey End, Maddie Gray)

  • Women's Varsity Double (Jessica Kelly, Olivia Klipa)

  • Men's Junior Quad (Mark Dissen, Andrew Spirk, Canaan Colwick, Dan Jefferies)

  • Women's Jr Quad (Victoria Horn, Michelle Weaver, Katelyn Hilderbrand, Maria DeIuliis)

Silver medal was won by:

  • Men's Varsity Quad (Logan Ellis, Daniel Borzelleca, Joel Mackay, Zac O'Neill)

Honorable mentions go to

  • Men's Varsity Double (Mike McGowan, Daniel Borzelleca, 5th Saturday);

  • Men's Varsity Single (Joel Mackay, 4th Saturday);

  • Women's Varsity Single (Kim Gilmour, in her first Single, finishing just shy of qualifying for Sunday's finals in a very competitive race);

  • Women's Varsity Double (Jordan Herbert, Maddie Gray, 4th place in finals);

  • Men's Jr Eight (Kevin Huber, Canaan Colwick, Mark Dissen, Kameron Palagi, Andrew Spirk, Zach Petronic, David McQuiston, Noah Krassenstein, John Milone(cox), 4th Saturday);

  • Women's JV Eight team, which reached the finals, placing 6th out of 18, and recording their best ever 1500m time (5:41)

  • Men's Novice Eight (Michael Durbiano, Kurt Schoffstall, Alexander Kaiser, Billy Brant, Steven Genise, Evan Solic, Matthew Shaffer, Cole Lennon, Mark Pollini(cox), 4th in Saturday's heat);

  • Women's Novice 4+ (Lauren Vespoli, Jennifer Milkey, Lauren Larocca, Janny Liu, Kate Nescott(cox), 4th in Saturday's heat);

  • Women's Freshmen Eight (Lauren Vespoli, Janny Liu, Jennifer Milkey, Skylar Jones, Lauren Larocca, Taylor Milligan, Michelle Benson, Liz Craig, Kate Nescott(cox), 4th Saturday);

Photo Gallery

Full results are also available: Saturday's Qualifying Races and Sunday's Finals Races

Thanks again to Ron Duursma and the NA Rowing website for the above information.
 For more, go to: www.narowing.org

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THREE GOLD, FOUR SILVER MEDALS
AT SCHOLASTIC SPRINTS

Sunday, May 4, 2008 

The NA Tigers appeared in full force at the Scholastic Sprints in beautiful Moraine State Park and again failed to disappoint. Gold medals were won by Olivia Klipa (Varsity Women's Single), Ryan Mohan (Varsity Men's Single), and Logan Ellis/Zac O'Neill (Varsity Men's Double).

Silver went to Lauren Skoog (Varisity Women's Single), Joel Mackay (Varsity Men's Single), Jordan Herbert/Maddie Gray (Varsity Women's Double), and the Men's JV Eight squad (Mark Dissen, Jim Rectenwald, Andrew Spirk, Dan Jefferies, Kevin Huber, Noah Krassenstein, David McQuiston, Zach Petronic, Jimmy Graner (cox)).

Other teams that reached the finals were Women's Novice Four (Lauren Vespoli, Jennifer Milkey, Lauren Larocca, Janny Liu), as well as Women's JV Eight (Kim Gilmour, Jessica Pegher, Emily Mershon, Merel Duursma, Mary Jo Negle, Alyssa Schick, Leah Ference, Christine Frazier, Meghan Wilson (cox)), Men's Varsity Double (Mike McGowan, Daniel Borzelleca) and Men's Varsity Eight ( Brian Marcus, Adam Reckless, Mark Dissen, Jim Rectenwald, Alan Meininghaus, Ryan Mohan, Andrew Spirk, Dan Jefferies, John Milone (cox)).

See Full Results of the Scholastic Sprints Race.

(NOTE:  Thanks to Ron Duursma and the NA Rowing website for the above information.)

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TIGERS SCORE THREE FIRST PLACES AT MANNY FLICK RACE

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008

The NA Tigers ventured out to the Fifth Manny Flick Race on the Schuylkill River. This race was part of a five-week event where medals were awarded based on cumulative scores. Despite this being our first race of the spring season, NA Tiger rowers managed to lay claim to three first places. Girls JV Quad (Victoria Horn, Michelle Weaver, Katelyn Hilderbrand and Maria DeIuliis) finished first, as did the Boys JV Quad (Mark Dissen, Jim Rectenwald, Andrew Spirk, Dan Jefferies) and Boys Varsity Quad (Brian Marcus, Adam Reckless, Ryan Mohan, Alan Meininghaus), who dealt a crushing blow to second place Absegami, leaving them 42 seconds behind.

NA also finished third in three races:

  • Girls Varsity Single (Lauren Skoog)

  • Girls Varsity Quad (Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Stacey End, Olivia Klipa)

  • Boys Ltwt Double (Logan Ellis, Zac O'Neill)

See Full Results of the Fifth Manny Flick Race.

(NOTE: Thanks to Ron Duursma and the NA Rowing website for the above information.)

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NORTH ALLEGHENY INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

On the first Saturday of each March, hundreds of high school rowers from across Western Pennsylvania come together at North Allegheny to test their strength and speed in a series of simulated 2000 meter rowing races.  Races are held in the categories of novice, junior varsity and varsity for both boys and girls. Flyweight, lightweight and open weight classes further segment the contests. 

Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each race and the top six finishers earn points towards the team competition.  Trophies are awarded to the top men's team, top women's team and top combined team.

TIGER TEAMS TAKE FIRST PLACE OVERALL

In 2008, 273 young athletes competed, accompanied by the clapping, cheering and chanting of a packed house of fans on Saturday, March 1, at McKnight Elementary School. 

North Allegheny finished first overall, with a total of 128 points.  Taylor Allderdice took the number two spot with 98 points, and Fox Chapel finished third with 77 points.

Mount Lebanon took the award for the top women's team with a score of 71 points to runner-up North Allegheny's 67.   North Allegheny's men finished third with 61 points, 16 behind first-place Fox Chapel and eight points behind second-place Taylor Allderdice. 

Click here for individual race results!

TEAM SCORES - GIRLS (Top 10)

PL TEAM ROWERS SCORE
1. Mt. Lebanon 26 71
2. NORTH ALLEGHENY 24 67
3. Taylor Allderdice 7 29
4. Hampton 12 27
5. Three Rivers 7 26
6. Pine-Richland 9 22
7 Shaler 2 10
7. Oakland Catholic 22 10
7. Ellis 4 10
10. North Catholic 1 6

TEAM SCORES - BOYS (Top 10)

PL TEAM ROWERS SCORE
1. Fox Chapel 22 77
2. Taylor Allderdice 20 69
3. NORTH ALLEGHENY 27 61
4. Central Catholic 39 42
5. Steel City 3 24
6. Three Rivers 5 11
7. Unaffiliated 1 6
8. Row Pittsburgh 2 6
9. Mt. Lebanon 18 6
10. Pine-Richland 3 4

TEAM SCORES - COMBINED

PL TEAM ROWERS SCORE
1. NORTH ALLEGHENY 51 128
2. Taylor Allderdice 27 98
3. Fox Chapel 22 77
4. Mt. Lebanon 44 77
5. Central Catholic 39 42
6. Three Rivers 12 37
7. Hampton 12 27
8. Pine-Richland 12 26
9. Steel City 4 24
10. Ellis 4 10

 

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