Canisius and Nardin ruled the waters of Lake Erie at the 2019 West Side Rowing Club All High Regatta on Monday.
The Canisius boys teams took first place in nearly every first-team varsity event.
The Crusaders took the lightweight 4+, 1V 4+, lightweight 8+ and 1V 8+.
Leading the way was the lightweight 4+ team of Nathaniel Sass, Zachary Mecca, Zachary Porter, Charlie Korn and John Weckerle, who won with a time of 5 minutes, 41.3 seconds. Canisius’ B team came in second with a time of 6:05.3.
“We had a real strong day. I thought the boys excelled. It’s the local regatta,” Canisius coach Tom Flaherty said. “We always want to come here and do well because it’s a showcase for Buffalo.”
“All four of us worked hard getting to this point and I’m glad it’s all coming together now,” Sass said.
The West Side Rowing Club competed as well and took first place in the boys varsity two with the team of Hunter Schmidt and Patrick Reilly with a time of 5:49.0. They beat teams from City Honors and Bishop Timon.
Nardin led the way in the majority of the girls races.
The Gators won the girls lightweight 4+, 1V 4+, 2V 4+ and lightweight 8+.
The only race they didn’t win was the varsity 8+, which went to the West Side Rowing Club team with a time of 6:13.1.
Nardin’s lightweight 4+ team of Louise Rath, Kyleigh O’Neill, Georgia Boyd, Elizabeth Belter and Lauren Bauer won their event in 6:44.1. Mount St. Mary took the silver medal with a time of 6:48.9.
“It means so much to win here in Buffalo on our home course surrounded by people we love,” said Rath, who will row for Syracuse next year. “We spend so much time here at West Side, day in and day out, spring, summer, winter, fall.”
Nardin’s lightweight 8+ took first with a time of 6:06.8. They competed at the national championships earlier this week.
“It’s a special group,” said Nardin coach Aileen McNamara. “We’ve done well here in the past but this group really rose to the occasion. They really support each other.”
Canisius, Nardin medal
The Canisius lightweight four won the gold medal at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships at Dillon Lake, Ohio.
The team of Korn, Porter, Mecca and Sass and coxswain Weckerle finished the 1,500-meter race in 4:55.53, 5.8 seconds faster than second-place Fordham Prep from the Bronx.
It was the second consecutive year that a Canisius crew has medaled at nationals.
The Nardin girls won bronze in the lightweight 8+ final in a time of 5:20.37, 3.4 seconds behind Mount Saint Joseph (Pa.). Radnor (Pa.) was second.
The Nardin rowers were Sara Vanner, Elise Smith, Sarah Anthony, Julia Roselli, Cassanna Dwyer, Samantha Smith, Elena Huber, Mary Beyer and coxswain: Ella Cryan.
Nardin was ninth overall in the varsity 4+ after finishing third in the second final race. In the boys junior varsity 8+ final, Canisius was fifth. In the girls junior varsity 4+, City Honors placed sixth.