NA Rowing Virtual Race 2: Pittsburgh Sprints
For Virtual Race 2 (Pittsburgh Sprints) on Saturday, May 2, the Tigers competed in 17 lineups across 13 events against North Catholic, Oakland Catholic, Allderdice, Upper Saint Clair and Fox Chapel.
On the Men’s side the Novice 4+ took second (Braden Lemon, Caleb Sanders, Jackson Rogers & Tristan Atreel). The Varsity 2x’s took second and third (Alex Hladio & Michael Urich) (Matthew Bakkenist & Derek Oczypok) The Varsity 4+ repeated a second place finish (Alex Hladio, Michael Urich, Derek Oczypok & Matthew Bakkenist). The boys also raced and took first in the JV 8+ (Erick Ilkhanipour, Nathan Greenberg, Micah Witzel, Wyatt Skopov- Normane, Evan Greenberg, Braden Lemon, Caleb Sanders & Jackson Rogers).
On the Women’s side NA defended their first place holding in the Womens 2x (Mirae Choe & Alexandra Junko) & the Novice 4+ (Tabo Mkandawire, Charlotte Bentrim, Felicity Smith & Aine Ridenour). They also captured second in the Novice 4+ (Sonia Lofgren. Addy Cooper, Kelly Tolan & Gabby Bauer) The 4x secured first (Mirae Choe. Alexandra Junko, Ashley Zeman & Ally Harder). The Lightweight 2x (Haley Dubuvecky & Rachel Lessure) took third. The Middle School 4+ also took first (Sarah Gunnet, Addison Nicasio, Evie Disque & Wynn Musselman.
For a look at full results, click here.
The Tigers will race again in VR3 on May 16, which has been opened to the entire Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association.
In the absence of a traditional racing season, NA Rowing and other PGH rowing programs have arranged a Virtual Racing Series. Coaches register their athletes in line ups & events similar to what they might have raced in this season. As not all athletes have access to a rowing machine (erg) at home, there are three options for competing: athletes can erg 2000 meters, run 1 mile or bike 3 miles. (Middle school athletes complete ½ distances) On race day, athletes submit their results via a google form for each race that they are entered in. The line-up’s average time is calculated by race officials resulting in the boats final time, which is compared to their competition.