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Weston-Wayland crew earn a national gold medal (WickedLocal Article)

In a historic win for Wayland-Weston crew, the women’s lightweight four (4+) won gold to become the national champions at the 2018 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Rancho Cordova, California.

While the Wayland-Weston team has had athletes qualify for Nationals every year since 2006, this is the first-ever gold medal performance.

Seventeen athletes from Wayland and Weston competed on June 8 to 10 in the women’s lightweight 4+, the lightweight 8+, and the pair (2-). Each boat competed in time trials, semis, and finals.

Conditions on the 2,000-meter race course were varied but generally good, with races over the three days in cross winds, headwinds, modest tailwinds and flat conditions, all of which the crews handled expertly. The entire team was well prepared for the challenge, physically and mentally, two-and-a-half weeks after qualifying at the U.S. Rowing Northeast Youth Championships in May.

“As a rowing coach, you can only physically be there until the boat launches off the dock,” said Mike Baker, program director and women’s head coach. “Then you can only hope that all the work, and all that you’ve said, and all that they’ve done will come together to have a team rowing and competing as one. Five young women rowed as one on [that] Sunday, and I have never been so proud as I am of that boat.” 

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Wayland-Weston crew wins medals at youth championships

Athletes from Wayland-Weston crew competed May 19 and 20 in the 2018 U.S. Rowing Northeast Youth Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. The Youth Championships qualifies rowers for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. In addition, novice and junior varsity crews compete in a number of events.

The regional races included almost 2,000 athletes from 35 teams. As typical this spring, race conditions were less than ideal, forcing lane changes and cancellation of the official awards ceremony. Medal winners in each first varsity race category are invited to compete at Nationals on June 8 to 10 in Rancho Cordova, California.

Medals for Wayland-Weston crew included one gold, two silver and one bronze. For the overall points trophy, Wayland-Weston crew ended up in seventh position out of 35 crews. For novice rowers, Wayland-Weston held sixth position out of 17 crews.

“I am really proud of the hard work of all our athletes and it is an honor to work with every single rower on our team,” said Mike Baker, program director and women’s rowing coach. “We have worked hard to build a strong culture and it showed this past weekend.

“I am especially excited and proud of the 17 rowers who will be representing Wayland-Weston in California in June.”

In the women’s open pair, Kate Maietta and Gabby Fargnoli held off Connecticut and Nobles to win gold.

The women’s lightweight coxed four brought home silver in a close race. The four was made up of Logan Sundberg (coxswain), Kyra Patterson, Jaime Cook, Jenna Cooke and Sophie DiPietro.

The women’s lightweight eight also brought home silver. Athletes included Logan Sundberg (coxswain), Kyra Patterson, Jaime Cook, Jenna Cook, Makayla George, Zoe Koechling, Sophie DiPietro, Jane Greenaway and Julia Pak.

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Weston-Wayland crew makes waves in Lowell

Wayland & Weston Town Criers, May 17, 2018

Athletes from Wayland-Weston crew competed May 12 and 13 in the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta in Lowell. During Saturday’s time trials, Wayland-Weston athletes in boats from singles (1x) to eights (8+) rowed in 22 races, with many qualifying for finals on Saturday and Sunday.

The Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta was renamed from the Lowell Invitational in memory of a Lowell athlete who loved the sport. Each race covered 2,000 meters and had up to six boats. The format for the race has recently moved to time trials from the past multiple heats format.  (Click the headline to read the complete article.)

Wayland-Weston crew competes in Saratoga Invitational

Wayland & Weston Town Criers, May 10, 2018

One hundred athletes from Wayland-Weston crew travelled to Saratoga Springs, New York, to compete in the Saratoga Invitational on April 28 and 29, rowing in 46 races in boats from singles (1x) to eights (8+).

Sixty crews, traveling from as far away as Cincinnati, put 1,400 boats on the water to battle each other and the weather, which included cold temperatures, wind, heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Several races were canceled due to the bad weather, two W-W crew boats were mistakenly rammed by others, and one boat was even swamped by an official’s wake.  (Click the headline to read the complete article.)


For top Wayland pair, a newfound row, row, row

Boston Globe, November 10, 2017. 

There’s a certain rhythm Wayland’s Kyra Patterson and Jaime Cook possess when they’re rowing.

Both seniors are not only gifted athletes, but also have a good feel for the boat and its movement. Together, the two girls representing the Wayland-Weston co-op rowing program are quite literally the best in their class in the country, and their paths to the sport say a lot about the pool from which it draws.

The Wayland Weston Rowing Association (WWRA) kicked off the beginning of the fall 2017 season with the annual Ergathon, a fundraising and community event held at Wayland Town Beach on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The WWRA supports a highly competitive high school team with 110 students from Wayland High School and Weston High School, and a community-wide middle school program with 40 students in grades 6 to 8 participating this fall, and an adult recreational team.