Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
Manhasset High School’s Crew team sent three varsity boats to compete in the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in late October. This storied regatta has been an autumn tradition since 1965, and Manhasset’s team has participated in the world’s largest regatta for the past seven years.
Competing in the Youth Fours Women event, Manhasset’s boat placed third out of 76 competitors, crossing the finish line with a time of 19 minutes and 5 seconds, and proudly brought home one of the five medals presented in their category. In doing so, they also secured one of the 38 coveted spots to compete in this event next year. Competing for Manhasset in this boat were two seniors: Justine Yunakov (coxswain, co-captain) and Katharine Frost (co-captain), two juniors: Clare McIntee and Dagmara Lapins, and sophomore Keagan Hanley.
Racing in the Youth Fours Men event, Manhasset’s boat also showed a very impressive performance, finishing 16th out of 77 crews, slicing through the water with a time of 17 minutes and 43 seconds and handily ensuring that they too garnered a return invitation for Manhasset to compete in this event next year. Competing for Manhasset in this boat were five seniors: Alex Kavourias (coxswain), Stefan Hummel (co-captain), Christian Voto (co-captain), Daniel Soyak, and Max Johnson.
Competing in the Youth Eights Women event, Manhasset’s boat had a strong performance, placing 35th out of 74 competitors with a time of 18 minutes and 51 seconds, also earning a top-half finish return invitation for Manhasset next fall. Representing Manhasset in this boat were three seniors: Emily Battaglia, Celine Rubio and Kayla Winchester; five juniors: Jessica Kelly (coxswain), Sarah Gunzburg, Jen Juliano, Juliet Paterek and Gabriela Piatek, and sophomore Emma Goodwin.
Alternates selected to accompany the team included rowers Alan Delaney, Damien Quinn and Antonia Parsons. Also participating in the regatta on a club team was Jordan Kostoulas who coxed a Youth Fours Men boat.
Head Coach Hugo Guardado-Henriquez and Assistant Varsity Coaches Chris Mare and Tara Marsigliano congratulated all of the athletes on Manhasset’s success in this highly competitive and prestigious regatta.
The Head of the Charles Regatta draws more than 8,000 athletes from around the globe and over 300,000 spectators to the banks of Boston’s Charles River. Adding to the excitement of this spectacular event is navigating the 3-mile upstream race course, which starts at the Boston University boathouse and includes twisting turns through 7 triple-arch bridges, making this one of the most challenging courses in the world, even for experienced competitors. As the crews race against each other and against the clock, the coxswain’s job in steering the course is particularly difficult in this regatta, as they maneuver around sharp bends and buoys and through narrow arched bridges, along with such a large number of boats.