Concord crew heads to nationals

  • One of the two Concord girls’ crew boats make their way down the Merrimack River with the Concord skyline in the background in early April. Four members of the club team have earned invitations to next month’s U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals in Florida. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff file

 Monitor staff
Published: 5/25/2022 4:15:50 PM

Four members from the Concord club crew team are heading to nationals after posting top-three finishes at the U.S. Rowing Northeast Youth Regionals on Saturday and Sunday.

Ella Wineriter, Frannie Butterfield, Seth Lowne and Travis Garside will represent the club at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Tournament from June 6-12 in Sarasota, Fla.

The regional race, held on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass., saw Concord’s four U17 rowers finish no lower than third place across the two-day event.

Lowne and Garside posted two first-place finishes with a time of 6 minutes, 17 seconds in Saturday’s time trial and a time of 6:59 in Sunday’s official race.

Wineriter and Butterfield posted a 7:36 time trial on Saturday, good for third place, but improved to a second-place spot on Sunday’s official race after an 8:22 finish.

“We knew the boys’ side was pretty fast; we had seen them race out in Saratoga (N.Y.), and they had a lot of potential,” coach Steve Garside said.

“And on the girls’ side, it was the same thing. They haven’t had much time in the boat, but they’re coming along pretty quickly.”

Lowne and Garside are following in their older brothers’ footsteps, as Luke Lowne and Jacob Garside competed in the national tournament last year for Concord. The elder Lowne-Garside tandem placed third and were awarded a bronze medal.

Before nationals however, Concord crew has two more races on Thursday and June 5.

Nationals conclude the spring rowing season.

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Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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