By Athletic Director Gregory Sirico
The Warwick crew team won the prestigious Orange Ulster Cup on Tues., May 16 at Pine Cliff Lake in West Milford, NJ. They competed against Kingston, North Rockland and Clarkstown and many other local teams, scoring 96 total points and edging out second place Suffern.
The girls’ eight-woman boat, which races 1,500 meters, finished with a time of five minutes and 45 seconds. The boat was manned by Kira Poulson, Alessia Losa, Kelly Hennesey, Seana Morgan, Josephine Romano, Caleigh Rubin, Kaylee Oelsfe and Annie Demetroules and the Coxswain (boat coordinator) was Abby Housberg. Coaches for the crew team this year were Jim and Cate Cody, Steph Poulson and many other volunteers.
Crew Team Continues Success
The Warwick Crew Team participated in the New York State Championships in Saratoga, NY. Warwick entered ten events – two two-person boats, four eights and four fours for a full weekend of racing.
Eight of the crews advanced to the finals, with three of these crews placing third with bronze medals. The girls’ light eight, boys’ light four and girls eight qualified for Nationals. This is Warwick Crew’s best showing at States and the first time they have qualified for Nationals in the big shells (fours) and (eights). The team is becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately due to logistics and equipment shortage, only the boys’ light weight four will be able to accept the National bids. This by no means takes anything away from the girls’ eight and girls’ light weight eight who qualified but will not be able to accept the bid. The students will compete next in Camden, NJ for Nationals and then in the Hudson Valley Rowing League Championships.