ABC-7 named Sarasota Scullers men’s team captains Conor Davenport and Joe Pantera their Atheletes of the Week! Click here to see the video.
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Melton Hill Lake, TN -Sarasota Scullers Women’s Lightweight 4+ won a Gold Medal after 3 days of racing in 100+ temperatures in Oakridge TN. In the three days of racing, 18 national titles were on the line in the men’s and women’s eight, lightweight eight, quadruple sculls, four with coxswain, lightweight four with coxswain, pair, double sculls, lightweight double sculls and single sculls.
“It takes an entire team the entire season to get these results,” stated Kirby Gallie, Women’s Head Coach of Sarasota Scullers. This is the first time a Sarasota team has won a gold medal at the Youth National Championships.
Colleen Wohlrab, a graduating Senior from Pine View stroked the boat , “Carpe Diem” to an unbelievable finish on Sunday afternoon. In 3 Seat was Sr. Cara Rawe from Manatee HS, (National winner,Bronze in 2010)
Seat 2 and the bow seat were Freshman Devin Norder Pine View and Shawna Sims, Venice HS. Arianna Robbins, Sr. from Pine View was the coxswain that rounded out the Gold medal boat.
The National Rankings for the Scullers are:
Women’s 2- Dale Main and MaryBeth Bilder 5th
Men’s Lightweight 4+ Joe Pantera, Sam Bretz, Sean Mihm, Joe Mihm and Emily Deming 13th place
Women’s Lightweight 2X Katie Allen and Julienne Koehler 10th place
The link above is an article published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
|Event||Rowers||Place in heat||Place overall|
|WV8+||Katie Allen,Cara Rawe, Julienne Koehler, Tori Hetman, MaryBeth Bilder, Eden Veldkamp, Colleen Wohlrab, Dale Main, and Arianna Robbins||3rd||3rd|
|MV8+||Sean Murphy, Joseph Pantera,Kyle Norder, Conor Davenport, Thom Marryott, Julien Blythe, Ryan Houser,Joe Mihm and Connor Grooms||4th||5th|
|WF4+||Payton Harris, Cassidy Marryott, Natalie Shulte, Sammy Robbins, and Maddie Schildkraut||2nd||2nd|
|MF4+||Sean Mihm, Calvin Bilder, Sam Bretz, Tommy Kelly, And Aidan Norder||1st||3rd|
|WJV8+||Shawna Sims, Devin Norder,Eden Veldkamp,Julienne Koehler, Dale Main, Rachel Oliveri,Hannah Whisnant, Kalynna Thompson and Chloe Swatek||1st||1st|
|MJV8+||Sean Mihm, Chandler Norder, Calvin Bilder, Dan Stegenga, Liam Wright, Tommy Scarpinato, Sam Bretz, Aidan Norder and Connor Grooms||2nd||8th|
|WF8+||Shawna Sims, Devin Norder, Payton Harris, Cassidy Marryott, Hannah Whisnant,Kalynna Thompson, Sammy Robbins and Natalie Schulte||1st||1st|
|MJV4+||Ryan Houser, Dan Stegenga, Thom Marryott, Tommy Scarpinato and Emily Deming||4th||4th|
|MN8+||Tommy Kelly, Liam Wright, Reid Warbington, Andrew Mitchell, Reed Collette, Donovan Keene, Connor Grooms, Aidan Norder and Connor Grooms||2nd||8th|
|WV4+||Katie Allen, Cara Rawe, Mary Beth Bilder,Tori Hetman, and Arianna Robbins||3rd||3rd|
|MV4+Sean Murphy, Conor Davenport, Kyle Norder, Joseph Pantera and Connor Grooms||2nd||2nd|
|Total||3 Gold||2 Silver||3 Bronze|
Three regattas in a row…
Key Biscayne, Florida / March 6, 2011 – Sarasota rowing teams dominated again at the 38th Annual Miami International Regatta held this past weekend at the Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne. The rowers finished the course against the background of skyscrapers and cruise ships.
Sarasota Scullers received 15 gold, 7 silver and 13 bronze medals but the top prize of 14 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze went to Sarasota Crew. Crew topped all 23 teams winning the overall team point’s trophy.
“We are very proud of our entire team and today’s kudos goes to the Women’s Varsity for their stellar performance”, stated Women Varsity Coach Marty Beyer. Crew’s Men won the 3rd Varsity 8+, Men’s Novice 8+,Men’s HS JV 8+, Men’s HS4+, Men’s HS 2X, Men’s 1X and Men’s Ltwt 1X,Freshman 1X.
Sarasota Scullers and Sarasota Crew rowers raced an average of 4 events per rower throughout the day. “We do not train for this event specifically…we are training for States where each rower is permitted to row in 2 events, one sculling and one sweeping event”, stated Randy Higel, Men’s Head Coach of Sarasota Scullers. “The kids had fun rowing a lot of different races”.
Scullers women remained strong winning Gold in the HS Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+, Women’s HS 4X, JV 4+, Freshman 4+,Novice 4+, Women’s 2-,Woman’s 2X,Freshman 1X.
Both teams have several smaller regattas before meeting again on April 2nd at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The park will be host to the Florida State Western District Championships and then the regular season will conclude with the park hosting the Florida State Rowing Championships, for the 3rd consecutive year, April 30 – May 1st.
Interested in rowing? Contact Sarasota Scullers (941) 966-2244.
The Sarasota Scullers took to the road again, this time to Orlando, Turkey Lake, for the Novice/Freshman Regatta. The Scullers won 6 Gold Medals, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze. The Women’s Freshman 8 turned in a stellar performance winning over 9 other strong crew teams from across the state. “This is bragging rights…we will race these girls for the next 4 years. We are strong and determined to uphold the Scullers tradition of winning”, stated Shawna Sims. These same girls took to the 4 woman racing shells and won back to back golds in those races as well. The Men’s Novice 8 also claimed gold .
The 23 Middle School rowers accompanied the HS rowers to the regatta to gain more race experience. The Scullers are the one of very few programs in the state to travel with their Middle School to more than 2 major regattas. “It is a major undertaking”, stated Middle School Coach Beverly Gallie, “It is really worth it. The amount of racing has a direct impact on their learning the sport and staying with it long term. They are amazing and raced well today and at Sunrise Sprints a few weeks ago. We are looking forward to the Sarasota Invitational on February 26 and 27 at Nathan Benderson Park where their friends can come out and see them row”.
On Saturday, the Sarasota Scullers Competitive Rowing Team opened their 2011 Sprint Season in Orlando at the Sunrise Sprints Regatta capturing the overall Team Points Trophy. There were over 100 competitors and 22 High School events. The Scullers took Gold in 19 events.
The Men’s and Women’s Varsity 8+ races were won far and away by the Scullers, as well as both Men’s and Women’s JV 8+ races ,and the Novice Women’s 8+ and the MV4+ and WV4+.
Head Men’s Coach Randy Higel lauded the victories but cautioned the rowers on more grueling practices ahead concentrating on speed work and reminded them that this is just the beginning of an awesome season to come!
The Scullers Middle School rowers participated in an exhibition race during the regatta, giving them the experience of rowing in an actual race setting. The 20 Middle School rowers practice 2 days per week and are an intricate part of the Scullers Rowing program as the future champions.
If you are alumni of Sarasota Scullers, and are interested in attending the Bow Ball, a 20 Year Celebration of Rowing in Sarasota on May 20, 2011, please visitwww.Sarasotascullers.org for more information.
The Sarasota Scullers Championship Rowing Team had an unexpected visitor the other day at their Clubhouse on Bayview Drive in Osprey. The Women’s Head Coach Kirby Gallie and her fiancée, JT Gant, had made friends with a well known football legend that winters here…Coach Bobby Pruett and his wife Elsie. Coach Pruett coached for over 40 years at several major universities and made his mark at Marshall University with 2 undefeated seasons in 1996 and 1999.
Coach Gallie recounted to Coach Pruett and Mrs. Pruett the amazing 2010 Sprint Season, culminating with the Scullers capturing an unprecedented 11 Gold Medals at the Florida State Championships held last year at Nathan Benderson Park. The Pruetts told Gallie and Gant that winning a Championship is awesome, however repeating it is a feat unto itself. He offered to give the Scullers team a pep talk before another grueling 3 hour land practice preparing them for the start of the 2011 Sprint Season which occurred this past Saturday.
The Scullers arrived at Thursday’s practice and were told to take a seat and were introduced to Coach and Elsie Pruett. Coach Bobby Pruett spoke eloquently in footballesque terms to the 60 rowers and gave many examples of teamwork and how hard work and dedication eventually led to his amazing career coaching record of 94-23 and a successful marriage of over 50 years. Many of Coach Pruett’s players have had outstanding careers in the NFL.
The main idea that Coach Pruett taught the Scullers on Thursday was to trust and listen to their Coaches, and that “The best players do not always make the best Team, but the best Team always wins!”
The Sarasota Scullers Championship Rowing Team hosted the Inaugural Holiday Hammer Ergatta at the Westfield Sarasota Square Shoppingtowne,Saturday, December 18th from noon until 4. The great location, in front of Hollister and Gap stores, provided optimum viewing of the entire team as they” erged” their way to a purchase of a new Vespoli Shell for the upcoming Sprint Season. Even Santa Claus made a guest “erging” appearance.
The team consists of rowers from 8 area High Schools and 6 Middle Schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Scullers are the 2010 Florida State Champions. The 80 person team had intermittent relay racing throughout the 4 hours. Each rower had a bucket in front of their ergometer so that mall shoppers could donate to the team to help purchase equipment.
See article covering the event in the Herald Tribune!
Thanks to the Sponsorship Committee and the efforts of the entire team, the Scullers collected over $10,000 dollars for the purchase of the new shell. During the event, videos of the 2010 State and Southeast Regional Championship races were playing . Upcoming regatta information for the 2011 Sprint Season,at Nathan Benderson Park, was available .
The Scullers Organization is celebrating 20 years of rowing in Sarasota.
We would like to thank Benderson Development , Westfield Sarasota Square and the Regatta Organizing Committee for their help and support of this wildly successful event.
Chattanooga TN - More than 9,000 rowers were on the Tennessee River for the 6th annual Head of the Hooch November 5 and 6th. Sarasota Scullers took home 3 Medals, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. The Scullers women are unstoppable reverberated from many college coaches as they crossed the finish line.
The ladies placed 2nd in the Quad (4X) and the Varsity 8+. They are the reigning Florida and SE Regional Champions in these events. Four of the rowers double medaled in the Youth 8+ and Youth 4X category respectively. Devon Norder and Shawna Sims raced together for the first time and place 3rd in the 2- event. Shawna Sims double medaled as well, in the pair (2- ) and Varsity 8+ events.
The Men’s Varsity 4 + had an outstanding 5th place finish out of a field of 70 from all over the United States. These boys had a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Schuylkill another top rated head race 2 weeks ago. “They are national contenders”, Randy Higel, Scullers Men’s Varsity Coach stated.
The Lightweight women turned in an outstanding 5th place finish after rowing together for a very short time.
This concludes Head Season and Sprint Season begins in January where the teams will race 1500 meter and 1750 meter races. Four Scholastic/Youth Regattas will be held at Nathan Benderson Park beginning in February and continuing through May 2011. The other competitors were anxious to hear about the progress of the World Class 2000 meter venue coming soon to Sarasota.
Please consult the Sarasota Visitors Bureau web site or Rowing Sarasota.com for more information.
The medal winners are:
SILVER Women’s Youth 8+ K. Allen, C. Rawe, C. Wohlrab, B. L’Hote, J. Koehler, T. Hetman, MB. Bilder, S. Sims and A. Robbins
SILVER Women’s Youth 4x K. Allen, C. Rawe, C. Wohlrab, B. L’Hote
BRONZE Women’s Youth 2- D. Norder, S. Sims
5th Women’s Lwt Youth 8+ P. Harris, D. Norder, M. Harding , H. Whisnant, K. Thompson , N. Shulte, C. Marryott, S. Robbins, and E. Deming
5th Men’s Youth 4+ S. Murphy, C. Davenport, T. Marryott, J. Pantera and C. Grooms
5th Mixed Youth 8+ J. Mihm, R. Houser, C. Davenport, S. Murphy T. Hetman, MB. Bilder, L. Litchet, E. Veldkamp and A. Robbins
6th Women’s Youth 4+ J. Koehler, T. Hetman, MB. Bilder, S. Sims and A. Robbins
6th Men’s Youth Novice 4+ L. Carey, N. Helgesen, I. Mingus, T. Kelly and A. Norder
7th Men’s Youth 2x J. Mihm, R. Houser
8th Women’s Youth 2x B. L’Hote, D. Main
9th Mixed Youth 2x T. Marryott, C. Marryott
12th Men’s Youth 8+ S. Murphy, J. Pantera ,R. Houser, C. Davenport, T. Marryott, J. Mihm, C. Norder S. Mihm, and C. Grooms
12th Women’s Youth Novice 8+ H. Whisnant, N. Shulte, S. Robbins, K. Thompson, J. Greenstien, R. Olivieri, C. Ottman, M. Schildkraut and C. Swatek
13th Men’s Youth 2- S. Bretz, C. Bilder
16th Women’s Youth 2x L. Litchet, E. Veldkamp
18th Men’s Youth Novice 8+ L. Carey, N. Helgesen, A. Reger, T. Kelly, A. Mitchell, L. Wright, R. Warbington, A. Norder and C. Swatek
19th Women’s Youth 1x D. Main
24th Women’s Youth 1x J. Koehler
30th Men’s Youth 4x S. Mihm , T. Scarpinato, C. Bilder, S. Bretz
31st Women’s Youth Novice 4+ J. Greenstien, R. Olivieri, C. Ottman, M. Schildkraut and S. Robbins
45th Men’s Youth 1x S. Grubb
48th Men’s Youth 1x J. Blythe