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NA Rowers Claim Record Number of Medals at Stotesbury Cup Regatta

Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19, 2007

by Donna Hudson

NA’s rowers showed pure Tiger style as they snatched up five medals at this weekend’s Stotesbury Cup Regatta on Philadelphia’s fabled Schuylkill River, a new team record at the event.  Against the backdrop of historic Boathouse Row, NA put fourteen boats out to face their toughest competition of the year.  Nine of those boats advanced to the semi-finals and six to finals.  In the end, NA brought home two silver medals in the women’s events, and three bronze medals – one for the women and two in the men’s events.  It was the third year in a row that the Tigers earned a silver medal in the Girls’ Senior Quad race and the second year in row for a bronze in the Boys’ Senior Quad race.

”I am very pleased with the skill and competitive spirit shown by the NA team on the water this weekend”, noted NA head coach Mike Bergen Jr.  “We challenged teams from the strongest rowing programs in the country and came away with top finishes.  That is quite an accomplishment.”

First run in 1927, Stotesbury Cup is the oldest and largest regatta for high school students in the United States.  This year’s regatta brought together 174 teams representing 124 cities in 15 states and Ontario, Canada, including crews from as far away as Florida and Texas.  In total, 849 boats raced in the two-day event.

Silver medal winners for NA were Briana Pittman, Erin Dauson, Kathleen Janosco and Cherith Elliott (Girls’ Senior Quad); and Maria Deiuliis and Tori Horn (Girls’ Lightweight Double).  Bronze medal winners were Olivia Klipa and Jessica Kelly (Girls’ Senior Double); Brian Marcus, Bill Francis, Mark Nolfi and Steve Marcus (Boys’ Senior Quad); and Adam Reckless, Taylor Sandora, Josh Weis and Alan Meininghaus (Boys’ Junior Quad).  Finalists were Logan Ellis and Zac O’Neill (Boys’ Lightweight Double) and semi-finalists were Lauren Skoog (Girls’ Senior Single); Jenny Hudson and Michelle Weaver (Girls’ Junior Double); and Ryan Mohan and Jim Rectenwald (Boys’ Junior Double).

This concludes the Tigers regular spring season.  Select crews will participate in the USRowing National Youth Regatta in early June and the full team will resume their racing schedule in early October.

Summer camps for NA students interested in learning more about rowing will be held in June and July.  Check the team’s website, www.narowing.org, for information as it becomes available.

Other Stotesbury Cup Finishes:

Boys’ Senior Double – 14th of 20 – Dan McQuiston, Jeremy Tischuk

Girls’ Junior Four – 20th of 56 – Elena Reynolds, Stacey End, Leandra Chisholm, Jordan Herbert, Katelyn Hilderbrand

Boys’ Junior Eight – 23rd of 37 – Jimmy Graner, Dan Jefferies, Andrew Spirk, Mark Dissen, Canaan Colwick, Dan Borzelleca, Mike McGowan, Sumeet Shroff, Joel Mackay

Girls’ Freshmen Eight – 30th of 44 - Meghan Wilson, Kim Gilmour, Jessica Pegher, Maddie Gray, Ali Pittman, Emily Ellis, Merel Duursma, Emily Mershon, Alyssa Schick

Boys’ Junior Four – 59th of 63 - John Milone, Dave McQuiston, Peter Joyce, Kameron Palagi, Kyle Kurtz

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NA Rowers Capture Six Medals at Midwest Championships

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2007

 by Donna Hudson

North Allegheny’s Tiger Rowers took to the water against 50 other high school teams to take gold medals in three events at the 2007 Midwest Scholastic Championships.  In addition, they earned one silver and two bronze medals.  NA placed 12 of its 21 boats into finals.

The event, featuring teams from seven states, was held at Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park near Cincinnati, Ohio.  NA successfully defended its winning positions in both the men’s and women’s Quad events, taking gold for the sixth straight year for the men and for the fourth straight year for the women.

Next weekend the Tigers will complete their regular spring season at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia.

For more information about the North Allegheny Rowing Team, see their website at www.narowing.org.

Results Details:

1st Place

Women’s Single –Erin Dauson
Women’s Quad – Briana Pittman, Kathleen Janosco, Erin Dauson, Cherith Elliott
Men’s Quad – Brian Marcus, Mark Nolfi, Steve Marcus, Bill Francis

2nd Place

Women’s Double – Kathleen Janosco, Briana Pittman

3rd Place

Men’s Double – Logan Ellis, Zac O’Neill
Men’s Quad – Adam Reckless, Taylor Sandora, Alan Meininghaus, Josh Weis

Other Finishes

4th Place – Women’s Junior Eight – Elena Reynolds, Jessica Kelly, Olivia Klipa, Amanda Hirsch, Leandra Chisholm, Michelle Weaver, Jordan Herbert, Kaitlyn Hilderbrand, Stacey End

5th Place – Men’s Junior Eight – John Milone, Brian Marcus, Jim Rectenwald, Adam Reckless, Taylor Sandora, Alan Meininghaus, Ryan Mohan, Dan Jefferies, Josh Weis

5th Place – Women’s Novice Four – Meghan Wilson, Maddie Gray, Ali Pittman, Kim Gilmour, Jessica Pegher

6th Place – Men’s Double – Dan McQuiston, Jeremy Tishuk

6th Place – Women’s Double – Maria Deiuliis, Tori Horn

6th Place – Men’s Junior Four – Jimmy Graner, Logan Ellis, Jim Rectenwald, Ryan Mohan, Zac O’Neill

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Tigers Earn Medals in Three Events at
Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints

Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 2007

by Donna Hudson

North Allegheny’s rowers took on the competition from 21 Western Pennsylvania and Northern Ohio teams at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints and came away with strong performances.  High winds caused the cancellation of the smaller boat events where NA has traditionally been strong.  Despite that, the Tigers captured three medals - a silver and two bronzes.

The two-day event, held on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park, closed with the Tigers capturing the second place finish in the Men’s Junior Lightweight Fours and third place in the Men’s JV Fours.  The Lady Tigers added a third place finish in the Women’s Junior Lightweight Fours.

The Tigers will test themselves again against these teams and many others from across the Midwestern states when they travel to Cincinnati next weekend for the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships.

Full Results of Finals:

Second Place

Men’s Junior Lightweight Four – Jimmy Graner, Logan Ellis, Zac O’Neill, Dan McQuiston, Joel Mackay

Third Place

Men’s JV 4+ - John Milone, Dan Borzelleca, Peter Joyce, Kyle Kurtz, Sumeet Shroff

Women’s Junior Lightweight Four – Elena Reynolds, Lauren Skoog, Maria Deiulliis, Tori Horn, Michelle Weave

Fourth Place

Men’s First 8+ - John Milone, Brian Marcus, Mark Nolfi, Adam Reckless, Jim Rectenwald, Alan Meininghaus, Taylor Sandora, Bill Francis, Steve Marcus

Men’s Second (JV) 8+ - Jimmy Graner, Mark Dissen, Andrew Spirk, Ryan Mohan, Dan Jefferies, Mike McGowan, Sumeet Shroff, Canaan Colwick

Fifth Place

Women’s Junior Novice 8+ - Meghan Wilson, Kim Gilmour, Jessica Pegher, Maddie Gray, Ali Pittman, Emily Ellis, Merel Duursma, MJ Negle, Alyssa Schick

Sixth Place

Women’s First 8+ - Elena Reynolds, Briana Pittman, Olivia Klipa, Jessica Kelly, Erin Dauson, Kathleen Janosco, Jordan Herbert, Amanda Hirsch, Stacey End

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The North Allegheny Rowing Team has announced the results of their spring try-outs and they are  pleased to welcome new rowers Derrick Alvarez, Colin Corsello, Leah Ference, Christina Frazier, James Gaysek, Kevin Huber, Noah Krassenstein, Candice McLane, Mary Jo Nagle, Dinesh Palanisamy, and returning rower Josh Weis

The team will take to the water for their first spring competition at the Mercer Lake Super Sprints/ISA Sculling Championships in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, April 21.

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Photo Courtesy of Donna Hudson

NA Indoor Rowing Event Draws Record
Number of Competitors

 by Donna Hudson

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Fourteen Western Pennsylvania high school rowing teams converged on Marshall Middle School for the 8th Annual North Allegheny Indoor Rowing High School Championships on Saturday, March 3.  In total, 277 young athletes took part in the simulated 2000-meter rowing races, which set a new record for the event.

NA’s own Tiger Rowers brought home a total of 18 medals – 5 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze.  They also captured 10 other 4th through 6th place finishes.  NA swept all three medals in the Women’s Novice event.

The day was comprised of 20 race events based on gender, weight and experience level.  The top 6 finishers in each event earned points toward team trophies.  NA took the award for top women’s team with a score of 98 points to runner-up Pine-Richland’s 41.  NA’s men finished with 69 points, 7 ahead of second-place Upper St. Clair, to take the top men’s team award.  NA’s combined results earned them the top total team trophy as well.

The Tigers will take to the water for their first spring race on April 21 at the Mercer Lake Super Sprints in Princeton, New Jersey.

Full results:

1st Place

Boys’ Coxswain – Zac Petronic
Girls’ Novice – Ali Pittman
Boys’ Novice Lightweight – Chris Trapuzzano
Girls’ JV Lightweight – Jenny Hudson
Boys’ JV Lightweight – Brian Marcus

2nd Place

Girls’ Novice – Madeline Gray
Girls’ JV Lightweight – Victoria Horn
Boys’ Varsity Lightweight – Mark Nolfi
Girls’ Varsity – Erin Dauson

3rd Place

Girls’ Coxswain – Megan Wilson
Boys’ Coxswain – Jimmy Graner
Girls’ Novice – Jessica Pegher
Boys’ Novice Lightweight – Dave McQuiston
Girls’ Novice Lightweight – Merel Dursma
Girls’ JV – Leandra Chisholm
Boys’ JV Lightweight – Jim Rectenwald
Girls’ Varsity Flyweight – Elena Reynolds
Girls’ Varsity Lightweight – Cherith Elliott
Girls’ Varsity – Briana Pittman

Other Top Finishes

4th place – Boys’ JV – Alan Meininghaus
4th place – Girls’ JV – Jordan Herbert
4th place – Girls’ Novice – Kim Gilmour
4th place – Girls’ Varsity – Kathleen Janosco
5th place – Boys’ JV – Mark Dissen
5th place – Boys’ JV Lightweight – Dan Jefferies
5th place – Boys’ Varsity Lightweight – Bill Francis
6th place – Boys’ JV Lightweight – Zac O’Neill
6th place – Boys’ Novice Lightweight – Jacob Sunday
6th place – Boys’ Varsity Lightweight – Dan McQuiston

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Two NA Rowers Compete at Boston CRASH-B Races

by Donna Hudson

NA senior Briana Pittman and NA junior Alan Meininghaus traveled to Boston to compete in the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships.  The event brought together over 1500 rowers from the US and numerous foreign countries in 47 events based on age and weight categories.  This year’s event was hosted by Boston University.

Pittman placed 19th out of 219 competitors in the Junior Heavyweight Women’s race, with a time of 7:29.8.  Meininghaus placed 66th out of 205 racers in the Junior Heavyweight Men’s category, with a time of 6:46.5.

Originally C.R.A.S.H. – B.s (“Charles River All-Star Has-Beens”) was a group of 1976-1980 US Olympic and World Team rowers who rowed together on Boston’s famed Charles River.  They discovered the fun of competing on the newly-introduced indoor rowing machines and held their first informal competition in 1981 at Harvard’s boathouse.  C.R.A.S.H. – B. Sprints has grown to be a well-known international winter training event in the sport of rowing.

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 by Donna Hudson

The 8th annual North Allegheny Indoor Rowing High School Championships will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007.  This exciting event will set 14 top Western Pennsylvania high school rowing teams against each other in fierce competition to see who can pull the hardest and fastest in simulated 2000 meter rowing races.  Not only do participants get to gauge their own levels of fitness and skill, but they also have a chance to see how they stack up against the competitors they will meet on the water this spring.

The races will be held at in the Marshall Middle School gym.  Doors open at 9 am and racing begins at 10 am.  A series of events, based on rowers’ levels of experience and weights, will go until 3 pm.  55 NA rowers will be among the 300 competitors taking part.

Come out and cheer for the Tiger Rowers!  Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  For more information, check out the NA Rowing Team website at www.narowing.org.



Any questions or comments should be directed to Athletic Director Bob Bozzuto at:  bbozzuto@northallegheny.org





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