by Alessandra Simeone
Yesterday, Row New Yorkers took on the C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor Rowing Championships– the largest international indoor rowing event. Amidst many competitors, our athletes gave stellar performances, earning personal records, medals, and the prestigious hammer, C.R.A.S.H.-B’s designated award for first place and world champion!
Our adaptive and para-rowers led the day with amazing performances. Defending his World Championship title, adaptive rower Gustavo Perez placed first once again in the Junior LTA-Intellectually Disabled event. Not to be outdone, adaptive rower Colleen Roche took first place in the Arms-Shoulders Masters Women event. And continuing the winning streak, adaptive rower Lorin Campos took home a hammer for her performance in the Arms-Shoulders Open Women. Then, competitive para-rowers Jessica De La Rosa, Soo Lee, and Maria Bournias raced neck to neck in the Trunk-Arms Masters Women, with the hammer going to Maria. Jessica and Soo earned silver and bronze, respectively. In case you haven’t been counting, the Row New York crew won four world championships! We are so incredibly proud of the work and dedication each para and adaptive rower (and coach!) put into this day.
Our student-athletes put forth solid races too, with 11 girls from our Queens and Manhattan varsity programs and four boys from our Manhattan varsity team competing. “Our athletes had great results on Sunday, with three personal records,” said Manhattan varsity boys Coach Ian about his boys’ races. “All four were very happy withtheir performances.” With many personal records racked up throughout the day, our student-athletes are poised for a smooth and strong transition to the upcoming spring season.
In addition to racing their hearts out at the C.R.A.S.H.-Bs, RNYers visited Wesleyan and Mount Holyoke on Saturday. They toured both campuses, facilities, and got an in-depth look at what it means to be collegiate athlete. Through so many different experiences, this weekend provided our student-athletes with an insight into competition and the work it takes to get to new heights–both academically and athletically.
Thank you so much to Wesleyan University and Mount Holyoke College for hosting our athletes, and a special thanks to our athletic and academic coaches for empowering our youth and para-rowers to greatness!