By Gavin Menu
Fourteen members of Sag Harbor Community Rowing, all girls from Pierson Middle School, competed in the Snowflake Regatta on the Peconic River in Riverhead on Sunday, November 4, with the event officially completing the club’s fifth fall season.
Sophie Browning, Caroline Junuk, Ava Kiss and Catheliya Reed formed the top quad in the race while returning rowers Fallon Attias and Peyton Yardley, both seventh graders, were the top doubles team.
The regatta has traditionally been reserved for high school competition, but last year Sag Harbor “sneaked in four middle school rowers,” according to Lee Oldak, the team’s coach, who said the team represented itself so well that the club was allowed to return this year with three quads and the one double.
Sophie Latanzio, Leigh Hatfield, Emily Hallock and India Attias competed as a quad as did Reilly Rose Chombs, Charlotte Johnson, Paige Schaefer and Lily Attias. All but Latanzio and India Attias are in sixth grade.
“These girls, if they stick with it, are going to be highly desirable to college programs,” Oldak said on Monday. “This particular regatta was poorly attended because of the hurricane, but still, they’re rowing on the Peconic River, which was very twisty and windy, and for them simply to navigate it was very impressive.”
Oldak said the club would welcome back 15 high school rowers in the spring, along with about half of the middle school rowers from the fall session. The Sag Harbor program has traditionally struggled to keep members as they move into high school and become interested in other athletic and extracurricular commitments, but Oldak said that since the program is now offered to younger rowers, the commitment level is growing with their age.
“Now that we’ve opened it to younger kids, I think we’re really going to start to see some growth with the program,” Oldak said.
For more information on Sag Harbor Rowing visit www.rowsagharbor.org.