Four boats from Bainbridge Island Rowing qualified to compete at
US Rowing Nationals with performances at the Northwest Youth
Championships in Vancouver, Washington on May 16 and 17.
The Varsity Boys Lightweight Four (Michael Aber, Schuyler
Westerhout, David Goon, John Michael Najarian, cox Nathan Johnson)
placed third on the 2,000-meter course to qualify for the
championship race, which will be held in mid-June in Florida.
Also, Varsity Boys Pair (Konner Vander Leest and Michael Aber)
placed third to qualify, the Varsity Girls Lightweight Four
(Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox
Chrina Munn) placed third, and the Varsity Girls LightWeight eight
qualified for nationals with a second place finish (Emma Pazoff,
Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Anneke Karreman, Jessie Sheldon, Elsa
Derrickson, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox Chrina
Although two girls boats qualified, coaches determined only the
Lightweight Four will represent Bainbridge at nationals.
Nearly 100 kids in the club rowed at the Vancouver meet,
bringing home 19 medals from the three-day regatta.
The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team won
first place at the annual Islands Cup regatta in Anacortes on April
This fleet-racing regatta rotates among various
locations in and around the San Juan Islands each year and attracts
teams from all over the Northwest.
Sailors completed four races, two in each division,
before racing was called off on the first day when wind gusts of
more than 25 knots continued to build, with as many as six boats
capsized on the course at a time. Weather conditions on Sunday were
The Bainbridge High School Plaid team, with Stasi
Burzycki and Sophia Kasper/Kat Smith in Division A and Jackson
McCoy and Hannah Harrison in Division B, took 1st place out of 32
teams to win the 2015 Islands Cup. Fourth place went to the
combined team of Will Brown and Josh Rentz in Division A and Caelan
Juckniess, Nicole Sanford and Harry Saliba in Division B.
Lucas Burzycki, Elizabeth Rolfes, Christophe Webber,
Harry Saliba, Olivia Mitchell and Sophie Crandell placed ninth, and
Nick Dresel, Karl Anderson, Zach Mellin, Quinn Ring and Cole
Garthwaite placed 21st.
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Bainbridge High School rowing teams earned several
first- and second-place finishes last weekend at the international
Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island.
The Varsity Boys Eight came in first of the U.S.
teams in the high school race, with a boat consisting of Alex
Larsen, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Konnor Vander Leest,
John Danielsson, Dan Queen, Lars Erickson, Cole Sander and coxswain
In girls races, the varsity eight took second overall
in the high school race, the
lightweight four finished second and then launched
for a second race with the rest of their squad as the lightweight
eight boat. In a close final, Bainbridge finally nosed ahead
of Brentwood for second place behind Holy Names, which won in a
The boys novice eight boat, Colin Veilleux, Gavin
Veilleux, Conor Sweeney, Jackson Patrick, Peter Van Ness, Aaron
Lewis-Sandy, Hudson Dore, John Merritt, cox Sam Carson, took first
place, the first time a junior novice team from the Bainbridge
Island Rowing Club has won an Open-A level race, according to coach
Tim Goss. The novice boys four also won its race.
Bainbridge Island Junior Rowers turned in a strong effort last
weekend as they won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 44th
annual Brentwood Regatta in scenic Mill Bay on Vancouver
The competition attracted approximately 1,600 rowers and coaches
to the 1,500-meter course, including more than 90 Bainbridge High
The varsity boys heavyweight 4 was the third fastest U.S. crew
at the regatta, placing them with a chance to qualify for the U.S.
national championships at the Northwest Regional Regatta May 15-18
at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver. Trevor Wikstrom, Alex Derry, Walker
Hauptman, Keegan Dymoke and coxswain Keith Carlson comprised the
The varsity boys 8 also qualified for this weekend’s Opening Day
Regatta in Seattle for the third consecutive year. Connor Teddy,
Cole Sander, Gabe Schulz, Bryson Allen, Trevor Wikstrom, Walker
Hauptman, Alex Derry, Keegan Dymoke, and cox Keith Carlson
comprised the varsity boys 8.
The varsity boys lightweight 4 were third in a close finish.
Lars Erickson, Schuyler Westerhout, Talbot Miller, Thomas
Musselwhite and coxswain Nathan Johnson competed on the lightweight
Four of the varsity girls boats earned silver medals – the high
school 8, the varsity lightweight 8, the varsity B 4 and the
varsity B lightweight 4. They also placed in five out of eight
events and had two fourth-place finishes.
The high school 8 also qualified to compete in the Opening Day
Regatta. Elisabeth Chun, Abby Leigh, Liz Fawley, Faith
Eckford-Prossor, Rosie Brown, Hannah Schneiderman, Kylie Van Aken,
Justeen Komok, and cox Natassja Haught comprised the high school
“It’s important to have this kind of success and near-success,”
varsity girls coach Chris Lane said of the close margins between
the top crews. “Now we know how close we are to our goals and what
it will take to reach them. The open weight field this year for the
girls is incredibly competitive. We have our work cut out for us
The novice boys’ performance at Brentwood was the best for
Bainbridge Island Rowing. The boys medaled in three of their four
events, with two of the boats posting the highest U.S.
The novice boys A 8-plus placed second despite being a mostly
freshmen squad competing against older crews in the under 18 race.
Aidan Stearns, Dan Queen, Jack Carson, Konner Vander Leest, Matthew
Derry, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Colin O’Keefe and cox
Sam Bryant made up the team.
The novice girls 4-plus won first, beating 11 U.S. and Canadian
teams in the final. Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Kayla Buchmeier, Erin
McGee, Carly Lant and cox Sophie Bodlovich comprised the boat.
Sophie finished the race with almost no voice left as she continued
to yell commands throughout the race despite the boat’s cox box –
used to amplify the coxswain’s voice so rowers can hear their
commands – breaking as they launched.
Tristan Baurick here. On my way back from Colorado I got a
chance to represent Bainbridge in a unique bike race. Here’s my
Your great-grandfather would have told you that a long day of
bicycle riding is a bone-shaking and nerve-racking affair. He would
have advised you to mind the smoke from your brake, and bring along
a hunk of wood to drop like an anchor if the overworked brake gives
out. And if a prostitute offers you whiskey in a hail storm, take a
swig. You’ll need it.
I know all of this because I rode your great-grandfather’s bike
– a 97-year-old, single-speed steel contraption – for last month’s
L’Eroica Junction to Glenwood Vintage Bicycle Race. The 102-mile,
one-day trek through western Colorado combines sports, history, and
a touch of theater. Also, a lot of wool knickers and several waxed