Last week-end Wilton rowers helped Norwalk River Rowing start the fall season on a strong note at the Head of the Merrimack, where most of Norwalk River’s boats placed first or second. In all, Norwalk River Rowing came home with six first place finishes, five second-place finishes and one third.
Wilton residents Joe Blake, Luke Goodwin and James Koenigsberg (with Wilton resident Patrick Lyon at coxswain) helped NRR take second place in the boys varsity eight race, generally considered the most prestigious event. Blake, Goodwin, Koenigsberg and Lyon were also in a boys varsity lightweight four that took first, while Wiltonians Jack Kaelin, Ryan Cunningham and Ryan Solecki were in another boys varsity lightweight four that took second. Wilton resident Jack McDermott was in a boys varsity quad that took first place, while Wiltonians Stefan Klink and Jack Kaelin were in a boys varsity quad that took second place. Wilton resident Greg Bauerfeld contributed a second place in the boys varsity single event.
In the girl’s races, Wilton residents Lauren Safko and Shannon O’Hara rowed in the girls varsity quad that took first. Safko and Wiltonian Callie McCool rowed in a girls varsity four that took second, while fellow Wilton residents Lindsay Clark and Rachel Pak rowed in a girls varsity lightweight four that took first place.
Other events where NRR took a first were the boys varsity double and the boys varsity lightweight double, while NRR’s third place also came in the varsity lightweight double event.Twenty-seven clubs and high schools entered 153 boats in 33 events at the Head of the Merrimack, a 3.8 mile race on the Merrimack River in Methuen, Massachusetts. Norwalk River Rowing’s next regatta is the Head of the Riverfront in Hartford on Sunday, October 6