Five Shaker Heights Crews medaled at the 33rd Annual Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Junior Sophie Calabrese led the Red Raider rowers with a gold medal in the Women’s Single event, covering the 2.6-mile course in 18:26.9. This was Sophie’s second straight win of the fall season in the single.
The Boy’s Varsity Lightweight Four won silver medals in their event, finishing a scant 5.3 seconds behind Parkersburg (W.Va.) South High School. Senior Co-Captain Jenson Bayles stroked the Lightweight boat with Junior Daniel Connors in three seat, Junior Aidan Baker in two and Sophomore Moses Ackerman rowing bow. Sophomore Sean Crowley coxed the silver-medal boat, which ran the Allegheny River course in 16:32.
Three Red Raider crews won bronze medals–the Boy’s Varsity Four, the Boy’s Novice Eight and the Boy’s Novice Four. Soph Sam Berkson coxed the V-4 to a 16:13.1 finish, rowed by Juniors Nathan Murray at four and Lincoln Luzar at three and Senior Co-Captains Cory Henderson and Brayden Skall in two and bow.
The all-Freshman Boy’s Novice Eight won bronze stroked by Cooper Cook with Max Ehlers rowing 7, Paul Huang-6, Spencer Goldberg-5, Ritcher Sia-4, Matt Kirchner-3, Isaac Van Orman-2 and Zach Lehner-1. Devon Hejduk coxed the Novice Eight, finishing in 17:33.8. Hejduk, Cook, Ehlers, Huang, and Goldberg also rowed the Novice Four to a third place finish in a time of 18:25.
The Red Raider Junior Boy’s Eight just missed a medal, but turned in the fastest time of the day among the Shaker boats with a 15:03.6 finish, good for 4th place in their event. Sam Berkson coxed the Junior Eight with Nathan Murray at 8, Lucas Bonhila-Van’t Hof-7, Nicholas Lorenzo-6, Lincoln Luzar-5, Aidan Baker-4, Moses Ackerman-3, Finnegan Dale-2 and Daniel Connors-1.
Calm winds, cool temperatures and cloudy skies made for perfect rowing conditions for the 21 competing high school crews from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.