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Ridgewood Crew Wins Silver and Gold at the SRAA National Championship Regatta!

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Nashport Oh, Ridgewood Crew has just returned from the SRAA National Championship Regatta hosted by the Scholastic Rowing Association of America on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio. Ridgewood Crew entered 8 events out of a total of 496 entries from 156 clubs.

The primary function of the SRAA® is to run the Scholastic Championship Regatta each May, determining the North American Champions. High school athletics does not allow sporting events to be held which decide national champions. This regatta, nevertheless, is informally recognized by the rowing community as a national championship.

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Outstanding Results for Ridgewood Crew with Two Gold Medals, a Silver and Bronze at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta!

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Philadelphia Pa , The 93nd Stotesbury Cup Regatta hosted by Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia took place this past weekend. One hundred and eighty-five clubs gathered at the Schuylkill River for what is now the largest high school rowing regatta in the world. Ridgewood sent 14 crews to compete in a selection from 31 championship events, against exceptionally fine crews from all parts of the United States and Canada.

Overall, Ridgewood came in sixth place in team points, second place in sculling crews and first place over all NY/NJ teams at the event.

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Ridgewood Crew Achieves a New Milestone at the 2019 City Championship Regatta

For the first time in Ridgewood Crew history, the Boys JV 8+ qualifies for the SRAA National Regatta! Photo by

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew entered 14 events at this weekend’s Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association’s City Championship Regatta with only Lower Merion, PA; Montclair, NJ and Springside Chestnut Hill, PA entering more. Delightful weather on Saturday encouraged crowds along the Schuylkill River for the qualifying heats while the finals and semifinals on Sunday couldn’t have been soggier. The wet conditions did nothing to dampen the athletes’ moral, with 11 boats advanced to the finals and 5 boats earning medals.

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Ridgewood Crew Perform Impressively at the 2019 5th Manny Flick

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Ridgewood NJ, For the third week in a row, the Ridgewood Crew athletes took to the water, this time for the final event in the pre-season series. Sunday, April 14, 2019, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, 85 rowing clubs gathered to compete in the 5th Manny Flick. Ridgewood had 15 boats race in 13 events. Award Winning Results included…

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Ridgewood Crew Champions Celebrate Two Weeks in a Row

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Ridgewood NJ, After a cold and rainy March, the Ridgewood Crew
Team is excited to be back on the water! Training hard at this spring’s temporary docks in Bergen County’s Overpeck Park has proved beneficial for the athletes. Special thanks to Don Bosco for welcoming our rowers at their facility.

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Ridgewood Crew Racks Up the Wins at the Philadelphia City Championships

 

May 7,2018

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Philadelphia PA, Ridgewood Crew had another incredibly impressive weekend of rowing at the Philadelphia City Championships.

🥇1st Place: Amanda Perez, Alexandra Walton Roth
Girls Varsity 2x

🥇1st Place: Spencer Campbell and Joe O’Keefe
Boys Varsity Ltwt 2x

🥇1st Place: Alexander Melarti, Drew Johnson, Tommy Montgomery, Sebastian Rivero
Boys JV 4x

🥈2nd Place: Anna Soderlund, Holi Sisco, Nicole Kye, Alexandra Liu
Girls JV 4x

🥈2nd Place: Gabe Martinez
Boys JV 1x

🥉3rd Place: Maddie Gibson
Girls Varsity 1x

🥉3rd Place: Ed Hida, Alex Saladuca
Boys Varsity 2x

🥉3rd Place: Kimberly Rahnefeld, Jean-Marie Thomas, Diya Vij, Sara Wong
Girls Novice 4x
Photo credit: Judy Wong

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Ridgewood Crew had a remarkably good start to the 2018 season

April 25,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew had a remarkably good start to the 2018 season. Several of our boats consistently took first, second and third place slots in numerous categories during the 3rd, 4th and 5th Manny Flicks at the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

The Manny Flicks act as brush ups for Ridgewood and many of the teams in the mid-Atlantic region before the championship season begins April 28.
Coach Boris Roque-Alvarez said the coaching staff was “extremely happy with the performance and results.” Weather conditions leading up to the Flicks proved frustrating. Snow and wind prevented rowers from getting in the water to hone their technique but strength training land practices proved successful.

The Girls Varsity 2x with Senior, Amanda Perez, and Junior, Alexandra Walton Roth held first place in all three regattas. The Boys JV 4x with Juniors, Alexander Melarti, Drew Johnson, Sebastian Rivero and Sophomore, Tommy Montgomery and the Boys Ltwt 2x with Seniors, Joe O’Keefe, and Spencer Campbell also hit the trifecta 1st place mark. The crew heads to the Cooper River for the Garden State Championships this weekend.

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Ridgewood Crew Ends Season on a High Note!

Ridgewood Crew Ends Season on a High Note!

*Photo credit Janice Soderlund

June 21,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew sent two boats to Sarasota, Florida for the US Rowing Youth National Championship last weekend to close out a great crew season. The crews were eligible to compete against the fastest youth boats in the country because they placed in the top 3 in their Mid-Atlantic Regional qualifier at Mercer Lake in May.

Charles Koontz competed in the Men’s Varsity 1x and Sam Daspin and Spencer Campbell competed in the Men’s Lightweight 2x event. Both boats made the C Final for their fast events with Koontz coming in 4th in the C Final and the lightweight double coming in 4th as well.

Sending representatives from the team to US Rowing Youth Nationals tops off an impressive season for Ridgewood Crew. The championship racing season includes the Garden State Championship Regatta, City Championships, Mid-Atlantic Championships, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, SRAA National Championships, and the US Rowing Youth Nationals. The team qualified numerous boats into the finals and won many medals throughout the championship competitions.

Just to highlight some of the successes, Ridgewood Crew received 39 total medals at Garden State Championships, 22 medals at City Championships, 9 medals at the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championship, 4 medals at Stotesbury Cup, and 6 medals at the SRAA Nationals.

Of particular note was the Women’s Varsity 2x of Seniors Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack, who won Gold Medals at City Championships, Stotesbury Cup, and SRAA Nationals.

Ridgewood Crew is graduating 14 seniors this week. Of the 14, 8 student-athletes are planning to continue rowing as college athletes:

Claire Callaghan – University of Connecticut

Jordan Wittmaack –  West Virginia University

Melissa Dexter – Univerversity of Massachusetts – Amherst

Isabella DeGregorio – Boston College

Erica Lehman – Philadelphia University

Charles Koontz – Trinity College

Patrick DuBois – Saint Joseph’s University

Ian Soderlund – Marist College

All the Ridgewood Crew seniors should be proud of what they have accomplished as rowers for Ridgewood Crew.

Next, many of the athletes will enter Summer and Fall Club Rowing for Maroon Blades Rowing Club.

Any student-athletes interested in joining the team and learning to row should visit www.ridgewoodcrew.com or email row@ridgewoodcrew.com for more information.

The annual crew banquet took place Saturday, June 17 at Park West Tavern Loft
Photos: Janice Soderland
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Ridgewood Crew Puts Amazing Performance on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia

Gold Medal and Lovey Farrell Cup Awardees Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack Girls Varsity Double Photo:Terry Wittmaack
Gold Medal and Lovey Farrell Cup Awardees Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack Girls Varsity Double Photo:Terry Wittmaack
May 24,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew girls dominate at Stotesbury, the largest high school rowing regatta in the world. Girls Varsity Double earned the Gold and the Lovey Farrell Cup, and the Girls Junior Varsity earned the Bronze.

This past weekend, Ridgewood Crew traveled to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia for the legendary Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Stotesbury Cup is the largest scholastic regatta in the world and features approximately 5,000 high school athletes representing nearly 200 different schools in competition.

On Friday morning into the early afternoon, Ridgewood had 14 entries compete in time trials. Of the 14 crews, 11 advanced to the semi-final rounds held Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. To put the achievement in perspective, many crews were packing up their boats to leave after time trials on Friday.In the semi-final round, Ridgewood was able to advance 8 crews to the finals for Saturday afternoon.
Bronze Medalists Maddie Gibson and Alexandra Walton Roth Girls JV Double Photo: Nicole Gibson

Crews that made semi-finals and finals are listed below:

Girls Junior Double: Alexandra Walton Roth,Maddie Gibson – Semi-finals,
Finals (3rd) Boys Junior Double: Drew Johnson, Alex Melarti – Semi-finals
Boys Freshman Quad: Tommy Montgomery, Gabe Martinez, David Yang, Dylan Park
– Semi-finals, Finals (6th) Girls Varsity Lightweight Double: Maddy
Phillips, Emily Gilman – Semi-finals, Finals (5th) Boys Varsity Lightweight
Double: Sam Daspin, Spencer Campbell – Semi-finals, Finals (5th) Boys Junior
Quad: Ed Hida, Alex Saladucha, Joe O’Keefe, Henry Koontz – Semi-finals,
Finals (4th) Girls Varsity Double: Claire Callaghan, Jordan Wittmaack –
Semi-finals, Finals (1st) Boys Varsity Double: Patrick DuBois, Ian Soderlund
– Semi-finals Boys Varsity Single: Charlie Koontz – Semi-finals, Finals
(5th) Girls Varsity Quad: Isabella DeGregorio, Chloe Young, Amanda Perez,
Melissa Dexter – Semi-finals, Finals (4th) Boys Varsity Quad: Sebastian
Rivero, Andrew Felix, Matt Seiter, Walter Friedrich – Semi-finals

On Saturday afternoon showcased the fastest scholastic rowers from places as far away as Florida, Texas, and Canada. Ridgewood was able to place two boats in medaling position. Ridgewood started off their first final with the Girls Junior Double with Alexandra Walton Roth and Maddie Gibson getting bronze medals. They showed true grit in the last 300 meters of the race to pass a hard charging Springside-Chestnut Hill crew.

Later on Saturday, the Girls Varsity Double of Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack blitzed the final 500 meters of the race going from 3rd or 4th place to first place for a gold medal finish. Seniors, both girls hadm received silver medals at Stotesbury Cup as Freshman and Sophomores, and were ecstatic to stand on the medal dock to receive their gold medals and the Lovey Farrell Cup Award for the category. Bridget Callaghan, Claire Callaghan’s older sister won the same award two years ago with her partner, Julia Hefferon.

In all, Ridgewood Crew posted excellent results. As Head Coach Boris Roque-Alvarez said, “It was amazing that we were able to get so many crews into the semi-finals and finals, and we are proud of all of our athletes.”

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Ridgewood Crew Carries 11 crews into finals in 10 events and comes away with 8 medals

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Photo by Terry Wittmaack Gold Medalists Girls Varsity 2x Claire Callaghan, Jordan Wittmaack Coaches: Bob O’Conner ,Boris Roque Alvarez

May 9,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew had another great weekend of racing as the boys and girls traveled down to Philadelpihia for the City Championship, a regional championship that includes high school teams from the mid-Atlantic region. Against a competitive field, Ridgewood was able to come away with many excellent results in this two day event.

The first day served as a qualifying round for crews to advance to semi-finals and finals on Sunday. 11 of the 15 entries advanced to Sunday’s racing.

Sunday featured racing that matched the intensity of the rapidly changing weather. Ridgewood rowers battled both the other crews and gusting winds down the race course.

Sunday morning, the boys junior varsity doubles rowed by Drew Johnson and Alex Melarti; and Sebastian Rivero and Walter Friedrich qualified for their finals by finishing in the top three in their respective semi-final heats.

Sunday afternoon the finals started and Ridgewood did not disappoint regardless of the conditions. Ridgewood carried 11 crews into finals in 10 events. Of the crews in finals, 8 came away with medals; 4 crews came away with bronze medals, 3 crews received silver medals, and the varsity girls double of Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack came away with gold.


Photo by Claus Melarti Bronze Medalists Boys JV 2x Drew Johnson, Alex Melarti, Coach Boris Roque Alvarez
Bronze

Girls Freshman 4x (Nicole Kye, Holly Sisco, Khushi Patel, and Anna Soderlund)

Boys Junior Varsity 2x (Drew Johnson and Alex Melarti)

Girls Varsity Lightweight 2x (Maddy Phillips and Emily Gilman)

Boys Varsity Lightweight 2x (Sam Daspin and Spencer Campbell)

Silver

Girls Junior Varsity 2x (Alexandra Walton Roth and Maddie Gibson)

Boys Junior Varsity 4x (Edward Hida, Alex Saladucha, Joe O’Keefe, and Henry Koontz)

Girls Varsity 4x (Isabella DeGregorio, Chloe Young, Amanda Perez, and Melissa Dexter)

Gold

Girls Varsity 2x (Claire Callaghan and Jordan Wittmaack)

In the girls varsity double, the crew had to fight back from behind to secure the victory. According to Senior gold medalist Claire Callaghan, “the other crews went out quickly in the first 500 meters” of the 1500 meter competition, but the double “stuck to and executed our race plan and were able to move through the competition.”

“I have great memories from racing at City’s and have won 3 golds and a silver in my four years of competing here,” says Callaghan.

Select crews will travel to Lake Mercer next weekend for the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championship. There, crews will attempt to qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta held in Sarasota, Florida this June.