Wilton rowers are showing strong results this fall season, bringing home numerous medals for Norwalk River Rowing through the lion’s share of the season’s regattas.
On October 6, Norwalk River Rowing braved the cold and rain at the Head of the Riverfront on the Connecticut River in Hartford, a regatta with over 3,000 rowers and 608 boats in competition. The youth team came back with the DiscoverRe Cup for its first-place finish in the boys varsity four plus coxswain, along with two silvers and three bronzes in other events. Not to be outdone, the masters team (adults) came back with a gold in the mixed eight plus coxswain. Wilton residents James Koenigsberg and Patrick Lyon were in the varsity four that took the DiscoverRe Cup for first place, and both, along with Wiltonians Joe Blake and Gregory Bauerfeld, were also in the first varsity eight that took home a bronze. Lyon also took home a bronze in the second varsity eight, which included Wiltonians Ryan Solecki, Jack McDermott and Luke Goodwin. Goodwin also won a silver in a quad with fellow Wiltonian John Kaelin, and Kaelin also took home a silver for his work with Ryan Cunningham in the second varsity four.
On October 12th, Norwalk River Rowing spent a gorgeous fall day in Shelton Connecticut at the Head of the Housatonic, one of the largest single-day head races in the country with approximately 700 boats competing. The youth team brought back two gold medals and a bronze medal, and the masters had two boats finish fourth, just seconds behind the medal winners. Wilton residents James Koenigsberg and Patrick Lyon were in the first varsity four that took gold while fellow Wilton residents and next door neighbors Gregory Bauerfeld and Jamie Fagan were in the second varsity four that took gold, beating the second place boat in their event by almost 28 seconds. Fully half of the fist novice eight that took third place was powered by Wilton residents, specifically Mitch Ukropina, Dan Bulpitt, Dane Crameri and Andrew LaMonte.
This past weekend, Norwalk River Rowing sent select boats up to Boston for the Head of the Charles, one of the premier “head” regattas in the world, attracting over 9,000 athletes and 300,000 spectators. Norwalk River’s top finishing boat was the boys first varsity four, which came in an impressive tenth in a field of 84. The girls first varsity four also earned an automatic bid to return next year with a finish of 37 out of a strong field of 85. The masters had five boats entered in the regatta, with the mens veterans (age 60+) single having the strongest finish, 29 out of 51. Wiltonians James Koenigsberg and Patrick Lyon were in the boys first varsity four with the impressive finish, while fellow Wilton residents Lauren Safko and Callie McCool were in the girls four earning the automatic bid for next year.
This coming Sunday the youth close their fall season at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia.