Montclair High School Rowing Team Makes History
Thursday, May 4, 2017
For Immediate Release: 5/2/17
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Montclair High School Rowing Team Makes History
Breaks State Records at Garden State Scholastic Championships
First public school in history of Championships to win points trophies for both men's and women's events
CAMDEN, New Jersey - April 29, 2017 – In a sport dominated by private schools, the Montclair High School Rowing Team became the first public school in the history of the Garden State Scholastic Championships to win both the men's and women's varsity eight titles, and the overall point trophies for both men's and women's events. The Montclair boys walked off with the Al Wachlin Trophy, ending nine years of consecutive wins by St. Augustine Prep and Montclair’s girls took the Dr. James Kelly Trophy, ending Holy Spirit’s domination for nine consecutive years.
“This is a huge achievement by our team,” said Head Coach Jeremy Michalitsianos. “All of our athletes came away with a gold or silver medal, which is itself fantastic, but to win both point trophies puts this up there as one of our greatest days.”
After racing all the heats in the morning, Montclair had qualified all boats to the afternoon finals. With most points for the prestigious point trophies attributed to the eights events, Montclair needed to win or place second in all of the eight event races. The first championship win of the day was the women’s freshman eight, beating their nearest opponents Ocean City by four seconds and with Holy Spirit placing third.
In the next three finals the men's freshman eight, men's junior varsity eight, and women’s varsity lightweight double won silver medals. The men's freshman eight were the fastest in the qualifying heats but could not hold off Christian Brothers in the final. The men's junior varsity eight raced hard but could not overcome Mainland who won the event by 3 seconds.
The last four finals of the day resulted in victories for Montclair's varsity eights in every single race. “It was one of our most nerve wracking moments,” said Coach Julian Canha. Coaches Reuben Man and Lorna Rundle watched from the deck at the end of the course, “We could hardly watch, it was that level of tension,” said Coach Man.
The women’s second varsity eight moved into the lead by the halfway point and kept the lead, beating Holy Spirit by nearly four seconds. The men's second varsity eight took control of the race very early on and won by a staggering 14 seconds.
The women's first varsity eight had a comfortable win over Holy Spirit by six seconds, a very convincing two boat lengths. Senior Juliet Traylor, who has been recruited to row at Southern Methodist University next year, said she felt confident. “We started to break away quite early.” said Traylor, “It wasn’t our best row, but it got the job done.”
The last race of the day was the men’s varsity eight. Head Coach Jeremy Michalitsianos stood with MHS Athletic Director Jeff Gannon and watched as the varsity men's eight became State Champions, clinching the double point trophy for the team. “It was an amazing moment to watch those four races with Mr Gannon, his support is so appreciated. We're just so proud of all our kids. They work so hard and this is a really big pay off.“
“We have an amazing team,” said women’s Head Coach Lorna Rundle, “we have fantastic support from our parents and our school, I couldn't be more proud than I am today.” The team now looks forward to The Stotesbury Cup Championship regatta on May 19th and 20th, and SRAA Nationals the following week having qualified all eight of their crews.
Montclair High School is located in Essex County, NJ. Montclair High School Rowing Teams winning record includes: 42 Garden State Scholastic Championships, 30 Philadelphia City Championships, 16 Stotesbury Cup Regatta Titles, and 5 National Titles. The team has sent athletes representing the USA to Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, and the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
Montclair High School Rowing Team – Garden State Scholastic Championship Winning Boats
Women's freshman eight – First Place – Stroke Efi Mihalis, Isabella Hummel, Kate Mihalis, Davida Task, Estee Goel, Josephine Myung, Helena Nitzel, Solveig Jensen, coxswain Audrey Ashbrook
Men's freshman eight – Second Place – Stroke Evan Unruh, Ryan Davis, Nur Robertson, Max Pursche, Manny Angeles, Aidan Duffy, Adam Feldberg, Maximo Cespedes, coxswain Amelia Cataldi
Men's junior varsity eight – Second Place – Stroke Lucas Cooperman, Liam Daly-Smith, Joseph Rosen, Julian Zincani, Henry Skutch, Jimmy Connors, Josh Hojegian, Jake Magaldi , coxswain Nora Grabcheski
Women's lightweight double – Second Place – Cara Meyer and Gabby Aase-Remedios
Women's second varsity eight – First Place - Stroke Wynn McClenahan, Emery Bergman, Maddie Barnett, Lily Kuhn, Emily Kaloudis, Sydney Schulman, Kaya Adleman, Kathleen King, coxswain Catherine Stanton
Men's second varsity eight – First Place – Stroke Walter Collins, Patrick Schroeder, Alex Abuhoff, Paul Mihalis, Theo Weil, James McCallum, CJ Kaloudis, Brie Muldoon, coxswain Lexi Greenbaum
Women's first varsity eight – First Place – Stroke Madeline Pitera, Juliet Traylor, Beate Kaz, Isobel Wastler, Delainy Schlemmer, Roisin Cahill, Kimberly Troeller, Marley Pradieu, coxswain Chloe Rosenberg
Men's first varsity eight – First Place – Stroke Henry Vecchione, Kjel Schlemmer, Owen King, Kenny Coplan, Devin Murphy, Patrick King, Djoume Traore, George Vrotsos-Rogers, coxswain Julianna Langhorn