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Ridgewood Crew Wins Sixteen Medals On the Official Start of Regatta Season

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Ridgewood NJ, this weekend, Ridgewood Crew competed in a double header at the Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ: The Garden State Scholastic Championship on Saturday and the Cooper Cup on Sunday. 

GSSC Gold Medalist in the Womens Jr 1x A. Harrington

Andrew Salisbury and Steve Brown co-founded the Garden State Scholastic Championship in 1990, then called the New Jersey Scholastic Championship. The first regatta offered 14 races with 13 schools participating. The regatta has expanded to 36 events and this year 45 schools participated. It is the largest scholastic athletic event in the State of New Jersey.

The race is 1,500 meters and used as a qualifier of the SRAA regatta. Ridgewood walked away with six gold medals, four silver and three bronze. 

Gold Medalists in the Mens Ltwt 4x M.Lyakerman, C.Sullivan, H.Rivers and J.Papin 

The winning boats included: 



Womens Ltwt 2x C.Ignoffo, K.Hoffman 06:29.09

Womens Jr 1x A.Harrington 06:57.84

Womens Sr 1x L.Riedel 06:12.65

Womens Final Jr 2x S.Kliesch, C.McDonough 06:17.92

Womens Jr 4x O.Kim, S.Ali, E.Mohanram, A.Mevissen 05:47.18

Mens Ltwt 4x M.Lyakerman, C.Sullivan, H.Rivera, J.Papin 05:22.57

Photo Credit  1O.Kim, S.Ali, E.Moharan, A.Mevissen


Mens Sr 2x I.Darby, W.Conde 05:34.31

Mens Jr 4x A.Jones, T.Clark, N.Harris, S.Boogaert 5:00.67

Womens Sr 4x J.Smith, A.Friedrich, E.Friedrich, C.Byun 6:50.27

Mens HS Freshmen 4x L.Evers, W.Carroll, J.Aguilar, A.Dezelan 05:33.02


Mens Sr 1x F.Kamel 06:00.42

Womens Sr. 2x G.Bridges,E.Carroll 06:30.99

Mens Ltwt 2x M.Aguilar, M.Kirchhoff-Lajonchere 06:10.34

1Gold Medalists in the Womens JV 2x S.Kliesch and C.McDonough

Sunday’s Cooper Cup brought together 55 teams to compete on the Cooper River. This event has different event categories than usual and was new to Ridgewood Crew. All U19 events were run as 1500 meter time trials in the morning with 6 boats advancing to finals in the afternoon. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in the finals. Novice, U17 and JV events were run as flights with Gold medals awarded to the winner of each flight. Ridgewood crew competed in 12 events and took home three gold medals. 

Llian Riedel, pictured above, took the GOLD for the Youth /U19 1x with a time of 08:19.96. Our Mens Ltwt 4x won GOLD the Mens U17 4x with a time of 06:54.68. S.Kliesch and C.McDonough took home GOLD with a finish time of 8:29.88. 

Complete results can be found at

About Ridgewood Crew

Ridgewood Crew not only introduces participants to basic and advanced rowing techniques, but also instills and promotes character values including discipline, focus, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Ridgewood Crew rowers are challenged individually and as a team. The philosophy of Ridgewood Crew is to elevate each athlete to the status of MVP. By doing so, we believe that a team of young leaders emerges. These leaders not only make fast boats, but also significant contributions toward their individual pursuits. Founded in 2004, the team rows on the Passaic River in northern NJ and competes in the sport’s premier regattas held throughout the Northeast.

In the program’s short history, our youth, board and parent volunteers have moved Ridgewood Crew forward by leaps and bounds. That success is represented by the widespread individual and team achievements of each of the student-athletes on the roster. To facilitate that success, Ridgewood Crew continues to make investments in coaching and new equipment. The coaching staff is one of the most experienced in program history.

Learn To Row

Rowing and competing against the best high schools take dedication and commitment.  We have built all our champions from the ground up!   Our training system for all new rowers begins with the “Learn To Row” program, which teaches kids the basics of rowing.  After that, if you wish to continue, you will be on our development team, and then have a chance to try out for the novice or freshman teams.  

We are offering a Learn to Row program this summer (and at other times during the year).   And we have videos of our team and registration forms on our website

Registration for Ridgewood Crew Learn-to-Row Sessions Is Open*. $300/session

LTR 1: June 11-12; 8AM-12PM

LTR 2: June 18-19; 8AM-12PM

LTR 3: June 25-26; 8AM-12PM

LTR 4:  July 2-3; 8AM-12PM

LTR 5: July 9-10; 8AM-12PM

LTR 6: July 16-17; 8AM-12PM

*Maximum of 8 rowers per session; each rower must pass a swim test before the start of the LTR session. Swim test forms can be found on our website:

Ridgewood Crew athletes compete in the Philly Flicks on the Schuylkill River as well as at the highly competitive SRAA Nationals, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia City Championships, Passaic River Northern NJ Championships and Garden State Championships. Additionally, the team’s overall performance continues to attract interest from top rowing colleges and universities including: Bucknell, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Marist, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, Trinity College, University of Delaware, University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, Villa Nova, Williams, and others. 

Ridgewood Crew offers several ways for you to experience our mission:  join the team, volunteer or donate. Student athlete programs being with Learn-To-Row for middle schoolers. 

For more information contact Ridgewood Crew at

3 thoughts on “Ridgewood Crew Wins Sixteen Medals On the Official Start of Regatta Season

  1. $300 per session…?

    1. Why leave a snarky comment about this without any knowledge of how the program works? The program gets no funding at all from the school! Never has, yet parent volunteers and coaches have built the program up over the years and hundreds of former and current male and female athletes have grown and competed.

      1. Why the need to identify “male and female athletes”?
        Why not just say athletes?

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