Gunston Rowers Break Personal Records This Winter

Gunston-RowersGunston Rowers Break Personal Records This Winter

This winter a group of Gunston Rowers took to the Cliff House to train on Gunston’s five Concept2 indoor rowing machines. The training involved a mix of long technical rows, race scenarios, and body weight circuits. The Winter Erg group was lead by Head Rowing Coach Nicole Stimpson and comprised of Coxswains – Blynda Chen ‘15 and Connor Galbus ‘17, Rowers – Jules Shipps ‘14 (Women’s Team Captain), Conner Sebreny ‘14 (Men’s Team Captain), Kylee Naumann ‘16, Olivia Sherman ‘17, Justin Covell ‘15, Caleb Enriquez ‘15, John Panor ‘15, and Ethan Boone ‘17. Over the course of the group’s training they were tested over 2,000 meters for time. Three of the rowers ventured out to local and international erg competitions where they broke personal record times.

On Sunday, February 16 John Panor and Caleb Enriquez competed at the C.R.A.S.H. B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship (C.R.A.S.H B stands for Charles River All Star Has Beens). This competition was started by a group of 1976-1980 US Olympic and World Team Athletes. In 1980, the group used the newly invented Concept2 Model A rowing machine and created a competition to break up the monotony of winter training. In a few short years C.R.A.S.H B’s grew into the International World Indoor Rowing Championship it is now today.

John and Caleb competed in the Junior Men, Heavyweight category and both recorded personal best times. Earlier this season John recorded his personal best in December with a time of 6:55.9. At C.R.A.S.H. B’s John bested his recent score by 2 seconds with a time of 6:53.9. Caleb improved his best time from May of 2013 of 7:16.6 to a C.R.A.S.H. B time of 7:11.0. Both rowers were very happy with their performances and are hungry for more personal improvements as well as getting back on the water this spring.

Earlier in the month Men’s Team Captain, Conner Sebreny, attended the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA on February 1. The Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints is an official C.R.A.S.H B satellite regatta. Up to four competitors may qualify for free airfare to the C.R.A.S.H.-B. SPRINTS World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston. Conner placed 5th in the Junior Lightweight Men’s event with his personal best time of 7:18.7.

This past weekend, while visiting Limestone College, Conner competed in the Charlotte Erg Sprints lightweight varsity competition in Charlotte NC. During the race, he was in first place for the first 500 meters, slipped to second, and stayed his ground.  He had his best personal time ever. The Charlotte NC race was very competitive, first place for lightweight Varsity was 6:50 for 2000 meters, and first place for heavyweight varsity was 6:28.

Coach Stimpson commented, “This winter’s erg group were up for anything I threw at them and gave 100% effort during the process. Their performances this winter have surpassed my expectations and I am looking to them to set the tone for the rest of the team this spring.”