Mays Landing —
Mainland’s undefeated women’s varsity four added another win to their season at Sunday’s Atlantic County Rowing Championships on Lake Lenape, beating out Egg Harbor Township (EHT), Atlantic City and Ocean City.
Their male counterpart, the boys varsity four (Eric Fournier, Nick Price, Ryan D’Agostino, Hunter Devine and coxswain Andrew Park), was the only other Mainland boat to win on Lake Lenape Sunday, May 13.
The women’s four (Kennedy Stafford, Morgan Rann, Amanda Ryan, Stacey Price and coxswain Kelsey Franks) took the lead early, but were challenged by season-long competitors EHT.
The Lady Mustangs finished two seconds ahead of EHT.
“It was our last race with a couple of our rivals so it was a good last race,” Ryan said. “They (EHT) were pretty close. They were coming up on us, and their bow ball was about on our two seat at some points... We saw that they were coming, but we didn’t give up, we kept going.”
Ryan said the varsity four has had better races, but was proud of the win and the boat’s perseverance.
The varsity four was Mainland’s only girls boat to win a race Sunday, but the JV 4 (Kyleigh Kreisman, Tricia Garrett, MariaElena Gambino, Devon Deveney and coswain Sage Carfagno) finished in second place, five seconds behind EHT’s winning boat.
Mainland’s freshman 8 (Jacyln Thompson, Stefani Petrova, Leesa Haney, Kaitlyn Mullin, Jenna Rosado, Christina Riedel, coxswain Rachel Kelley, Maryan Montilla and Pam Bacharach) finished third competing against Oakcrest, EHT, Holy Spirit and Atlantic City.
The girls lightweight four (Meghan Dorner, Liz O’Sullivan, Yvonne Olson, Dana Kiedjan and Morgan Gerety) and second women’s varsity four (Emiy Bergen, Stephanie Barber, Kate Driscoll and Ashley Hirt) also finished in third place.
The girls novice four (Mia Rico, Quinn Glassey, Amanda Tripet, Annamarie Nistico and Erin McDonnell]) finished fifth.
The boys varsity four beat Vineland and Ocean City, but some of the other Mainland boys were dissatisfied with their races.
Sean Frawley, of Mainland’s second 8 (Gavin Pullman, Kieran Lawlor, Galib Khan, Sean Frawley, Austin Amato, Alex Clark, coxswain Jill Salerno, Michael Bradley and Jon Nazha), said that their race was affected by a mistake at the start.
The official holding the boat before the start was late to release the boat, Frawley said, and the mistake wasn’t recognized by race officials.
Frawley said it gave their boat a late start, but they were able to make up significant time in the race.
“We’re proud that we caught up to them and we didn’t do as bad as we thought with the circumstances,” Frawley said. “Besides our boat, we did pretty well.”
The second 8 will be entered as a four in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Frawley said.
Mainland’s JV 8 finished in second place (Chris Castellano, Vince Carraccio, Martin Brenner, Zack Dothe, John Ellerman, Jesse Troiano, Patrick Green, Mark Hewitt and Mike McDevitt.
The freshman 8 (Sam Bacharach, Doug Davis, Ellis Kirk, Sebastian Reyes, Rob Decker, Jacob Okoorian, Vinny Lombardo, Matthew Dods, Nick Wahgh) finished in fifth place out of five boats and the men’s novice 8 (Jordan DeBarth, Quentin Bean, Ty Hegyii, Nigel Ortiz, Pat Law, Rick Poon, Jim Camey, Bobby Nakeshian, Keegan McDevitt) finished in sixth place out of six boats.
Mainland will compete in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta May 18 and 19 in Philadelphia.