Summer Racing Recap: Sarasota - Henley - Grand Rapids - Linz

This summer saw Riverside racing all over the country and the world, and we’re going to do our best to recap it all for you!

World Rowing Championships (U23)

Collin Hay and Max Marchiony, two summer members at RBC, raced representing USA in the Lightweight Men’s Pair. Collin rows at the University of Delaware during the academic year, and Max rows for Dartmouth. The pair made it to the A-Final, where they finished 6th after a very aggressive start to the race. Full results available here.

Canadian Henley

Riverside athletes from the Masters, Men’s and Women’s Sweeps, and HPG teams traveled up and over to St. Catherine’s, Ontario, for the 137th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the first week of August. As always, there was plenty of racing to go around, and Riverside took home a handful of Canadian Henley Golds! Notable performances were a win in the LM1x Dash (Max Marichiony), a win in the LW2- (Liz Martin and Makayla Karr-Warner), a win in the LM4x (Mats Terwiesch, Joe Hanna, Ashton Knight, Mike Battaglia), a win in the LM1x (Chet Bickhart), and a win in the LM2- (James Nelson and Alex Twist). Other exciting races included the U23 Women’s 8+, where Riverside placed second in a very close race, and the U23 Men’s 8+, where Riverside placed third.  Full results are available here.

Masters Nationals, August 15-18, Grand Rapids, MN

A total of 15 Athletes from Riverside Boat Club participated in Masters Nationals. Of these 15, Catherine Widgery, represented RBC as part of the Masters International team rowing in Vesper composites.

Grand Rapids organized a beautiful event with great aerial video coverage through drone footage, which was also broadcast online for everyone to see and can be viewed on US Rowing’s YouTube Channel.

Out of 26 entries, 4 events were canceled on Sunday due to inclement weather. In the remaining races,15 of 22 boats went on to compete in finals. Below is an overview of the finals. Full results can be found here.

Thursday - Finals

  • Women’s Open G 4+, Gold, Vesper Composite (Catherine Widgery)

  • Women’s Open B8+, Silver, Capital Composite (Meredith Somers)

  • Men’s Open E2-, Silver (Todd Milne, Andy O’Brien)

  • Mixed E4x, 5th place

  • Men’s Open D2- (Todd Milne, Andy O’Brien), 6th place

Friday - Finals

  • Mixed E4+, Gold (Northern Virginia Cup)

  • Women’s Lightweight C2x, Silver (Christine Higgins, Linda Reynard)

  • Women’s Open G1x, Silver (Catherine Widgery)

  • Women’s Open D8+ Riverside Composite - 4th place

  • Women’s Open A2-, 4th place (Meredith Somers, Sarah Cuddy)

  • Women’s Open B2x, 6th place (Carrie Main, Sarah Cuddy)

Saturday - Finals

  • Mixed G4x, Gold, Rockford Composite (Catherine Widgery)

  • Women’s G4x, Gold, Vesper Composite (Catherine Widgery)

  • Women’s C1x, 5th place (Carrie Main) 

  • Women’s Club C8+, 5th place

World Rowing Championships (Senior)

Alex Twist and pair partner James Nelson represented Riverside on the world stage at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria. Alex and James raced in the Lightweight Men’s Pair event. After a tough race in the heat, the pair came back to win the B-Final by a significant margin. Riverside coach Dave Lefebvre traveled with the pair to Austria.