Pound Ridge Rowers Head To Nationals With Norwalk Team

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Norwalk River Rowing's gold medal quad was, from left, Kris Petreski of Pound Ridge, Liam McDonough of Pound Ridge, Greg Bauerfeld of Wilton and Taylor Stauffer of Darien.
Norwalk River Rowing's gold medal quad was, from left, Kris Petreski of Pound Ridge, Liam McDonough of Pound Ridge, Greg Bauerfeld of Wilton and Taylor Stauffer of Darien.

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge rowers Kris Petreski and Liam McDonough are among 10 athletes Norwalk River Rowing is sending to the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Norwalk River Rowing qualified five boats for the National Championships at the USRowing Northeast Championship Regatta in Lowell, Mass.

Thirty-five of the Northeast’s top rowing clubs had 395 boats entered at this regatta. Norwalk qualified 14 of its 25 entries for the finals, which were held Sunday afternoon, May 18.  A medal in a first varsity event brought with it an automatic invitation to the USRowing Youth National Championships near Sacramento beginning Friday, June 13. 

At the end of the day, Norwalk River had six medals, five in first varsity events.  The club earned gold medals in the men’s youth varsity single, men’s youth varsity pair and men’s youth lightweight four plus coxswain. It won silver in the men’s youth lightweight double and men’s youth second varsity quad and a bronze in the men’s youth varsity quad.

All of the medaling boats except the second varsity quad – 10 athletes in all – are headed to California for the national championships. 

Petreski qualified in two events, winning a gold medal in the men’s single and a bronze in the men’s quad, while Liam McDonough was also powering the bronze-winning quad.  Another Pound Ridge resident, Kaare Andersen, helped row the men’s second quad to its silver medal finish.

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