Sunday, July 14th was Riverside Boat Club’s 13th annual Cromwell Cup regatta.
This month, Riverside High Performance Group athletes and independent scullers competed at the USRowing Senior Trials, with hopes of winning races and earning their spots on the US National team this summer. Ultimately, there were two winning crews wearing blue and white stripes: the Senior and U23 Men’s Lightweight Pairs.
This spring Riverside Boat Club welcomed a new coach for the HPG group.
The high performance group competed at the USRowing Spring Speed orders and Trials 1 and 2 in April and May of this year.
Riverside Stripes will be wearing Stars and Stripes at Worlds, and we would like to celebrate Judith Vogel, Tom Keister and Liane Malcos Keister for their dedication and expertise in launching these extraordinary athletes from Riverside’s humble boat club on the Charles.
Many thanks, members and friends, whose sustained programmatic support is critical to this effort and accomplishment. We are immensely proud of our extended Riverside family and wish them good luck and good racing. Go Stripes!
There are 19 current and former athletes and coaches who will be at Worlds.
National Team (Riverside alumni):
- Lauren Schmetterling (W8+)
- Maureen McAuliffe (W4x)
- Elizabeth Sonshine (W4x)
- Emily Huelskamp (W4x)
- Nick Dawe (LM4-)
- Andrew Neils (LM4-)
- David Smith (LM4-)
National Team (Riverside athletes):
- Chris Lambert-Rogers (LM2x)
- Peter Schmidt (LM2x)
- Jillian Zieff (LW4x)
- Brendan Harrington (LM4x)
- Jack Ruske (LM4x)
- Jacob Georgeson (LM4x)
- Will Young (LM4x)
National Team Coaches and Staff:
- Judith Vogel
- Tom Keister
- Liane Malcos Keister
- Matt Muffleman (alumni)
- Will Daly (alumni)
As no doubt many of your are aware, the final boats for the 2012 Olympic Team were announced on Friday. I am very excited to announce that four Riverside alumni will be on the 2012 US Olympic Team.
Natalie Dell will be representing the USA in the Women’s Quad, which won silver at the 2011 world championships. Esther Lofgren and Meghan Musnicki will be in the flagship Women’s Eight, which won gold at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 world championships. Anthony Fahden will be rowing in the Lightweight Men’s Four, which qualified for the Olympics at the Lucerne Final Qualification regatta in May.
I would also like to recognize Hillary Saeger, who was second at the Olympic Trials at the Lightweight Women’s Double, and Will Daly, who won the trials, but came up just 1.5 seconds and one place short of qualifying for the Olympics in the Lightweight Men’s Double at Lucerne.
We are incredibly proud of all of you, and those who came so agonizingly close only underline how difficult this journey is. Congratulations, and good luck in London, Esther, Meg, Natalie and Anthony!
-Igor Belakovskiy, President, Riverside Boat Club