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Wayland-Weston crew athletes qualify for Youth Nationals – June

Wayland-Weston Crew athletes have once again earned their way to the USRowing Youth National Championships, to be contested June 6 to 9 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

At the USRowing Northeast Youth Championships on the Merrimack River in Lowell on May 18 and19, crews from across the region arrived to contest the 2,000-meter course. Crews came from every type of organization – the large feeder clubs from the suburbs of New York City and Boston, public high schools, small private clubs – anyone with the confidence to compete with the best.

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Wayland-Weston crew members win national championship – June (June 2)

Wayland-Weston Crew sophomores Darcy Foreman and Caroline Schuckel won the USRowing U17 National Championship in the pair, arguably the most difficult boat to row. Each athlete masterfully controlled the single oar to power their Filippi shell named “Zoolander” to a 3-second win over NorCal (California), Sarasota (Florida), Los Gatos (California), and Greenwich (Connecticut), in the first-ever U17 National Championship.

They competed in time trials and the Grand Final on Cooper River Lake in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on June 1 and 2.

“Going into the race,” said Foreman, “Caroline and I didn’t know what to expect from ourselves or our competitors, but after a successful time trial, we really wanted to win the final. Our goal was to start fast and stay ahead, and I think we executed that really well. Rowing neck and neck with NorCal the whole race was unnerving, but when we pulled away from them in the sprint, it became very surreal that we were going to cross the line first.”

“I am so grateful for this experience,” said Schuckel. “It’s really cool to compete against crews from all over the country at age 16. Darcy and I work really well together and I think that my trust in her helped us to win the race. It was also super fun to experience this with Charlie and Lucian. It was a great team dynamic.”

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Wayland-Weston crew in Head of the Charles Regatta – October

November 8, 2018. Two boats from Wayland-Weston crew rowed at the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge on Oct. 21. The regatta is a 3-mile head-of-the-river race that attracts over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of fans who cheer from the riverside parks and overhead from the scenic bridges.

Wayland-Weston crew raced one Men’s Youth and one Women’s Youth boat. The Men raced a 4+ (four rowers plus the coxswain who steers the boat) and the Women entered an 8+, which means eight rowers plux coxswain. It was a challenging weather day with extremely windy conditions kicking up the waves on the Charles River.

The women’s boat was first off the docks for Wayland-Weston crew, and finished up the 3-mile race in 21st place of 85 boats, four places better than last year and giving the women’s boat a guaranteed entry spot for next year.

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Wayland-Weston crew races in New Hampshire – October

October 26, 2018. Wayland-Weston crew powered through the New Hampshire Championships George Dirth Memorial Regatta in Pembroke, New Hampshire, on Oct. 14. The regatta is a 3-mile head race that attracts over 2,000 athletes rowing nearly 400 sculling and sweep boats. For the third straight year, Wayland-Weston came away with the overall Cup prize, having also won in 2016 and 2017.

Wayland-Weston Rowing brought a trailer full of crew shells and a bus filled with eager athletes to compete in 21 men’s and women’s races. A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful fall day and an excellent showing by Wayland-Weston athletes. Eleven of 21 entries earned medals, and 17 out of the 21 finished in the top 10.

“Things were just perfect for the team today,” said Kate Maietta, Wayland senior and captain, who won the Women’s Junior 1X race and with it the Ernestine Bayer Cup awarded to the fastest Women’s 1X sculler. “I am happy with my finish, and that of Jenna (Cook) and Sophie (DiPietro) who took silver and bronze. While we are in separate boats, we make such a great team.”

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Wayland-Weston Crew shines at Textile Regatta – October

October 11, 2018. Athletes from Wayland-Weston crew competed Sept. 30 at the daylong Textile Regatta in Lowell. Wayland-Weston athletes made waves in singles (1x) to eights (8+), rowing in a total of 17 races, some of which had multiple Wayland-Weston Rowing Association shells.

The 39th Annual Textile Regatta course runs 2.8 miles down the Merrimack River, and athletes had the benefit of perfect fall weather and flat water. It is the first race of the Wayland-Weston crew season and the coaches and athletes were proud to come home with 12 medals, and eight more top 10 finishes. (Read the whole article on

Wayland-Weston crew alum rows her way to world’s best – August

Former Wayland-Weston crew member Sarah Maietta was a figure skater for most of her childhood.

Now, she can call herself a World Champion rower after taking the top spot along with her partner, Caroline O’Brien, in the lightweight women’s pair at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poland in July.

The sport is in her blood, as her father Chris rowed in high school at Phillips Academy in Andover as well as for a year at Boston University, where Sarah currently rows for the lightweight crew team.

Chris also helped found the Wayland-Weston Rowing Association in 2000 when Sarah was just a couple of years old, and he has been invested in the organization in one capacity or another ever since.

Growing up, Sarah and her sister, Kate were figure skaters, but once Sarah grew too tall, she figured that somebody in the family should try rowing since their father was so involved.

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Wayland-Weston Crew building on success

Wayland-Weston Crew had a historic spring and summer of 2018 filled with successes at every regatta, culminating with gold medals at the Youth Nationals in California (a first-ever for Wayland Weston Crew), at Canadian Henley in Ontario, and at Club Nationals in New Jersey.

With summer comes a moving-on of the graduated seniors and a new crop of high school and middle school athletes. The varsity teams are now led by new senior captains from Wayland and Weston. The girls will count on the leadership of Alexandra Laufer of Weston, and Kate Maietta, Clara Hurney and Rohini Rameshi, all of Wayland. On the boys side, the team is led by Ben Goldstone and Jackson Rogers of Weston, and Drew Macklin of Wayland.

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Weston-Wayland crew shines at Club Nationals – July

Thirteen Wayland-Weston Crew athletes travelled to the USRowing Club National Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, on July 10 to 15, and came home with three medals.

Max Marchiony won gold in the Men’s U19 single (1x) and stroked the Men’s Intermediate Lightweight Quad (4x) to a bronze medal finish with Drew Aggouras in three seat, Drew Macklin in two seat, and Michael Dremov in bow.

Zoe Koechling stroked the Women’s U19 quad (4x) to bronze with Clara Hurney in three seat, Kyra Patterson in two seat and Kate Maietta in bow.

While three boats won medals, 12 boats qualified to the semifinals, including three in the Men’s Intermediate Lightweight single and two in the Men’s U19 single.

The 13 athletes competed in singles, doubles, and quads, in which athletes each have a pair of sculls, and also raced a pair, two rowers each with one sweep oar.

The girls squad featured Jamie Cook, Gabby Fargnoli, Makayla George, Clara Hurney, Zoe Koechling, Kate Maietta, Jaya Mills and Kyra Patterson.

Athletes in the boys’ boats included Drew Aggouras, Michael Dremov, Drew Macklin, Charlie Marchiony and Max Marchiony.

According to head coach Mike Baker, who has taken W-W Crew athletes to Club Nationals for three years, “The first two years were learning experiences and now our athletes are executing superbly. Kids surprise and impress me every day with their ability to adapt and change to take on every situation.”

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

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 – June

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 Cook 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 – May

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 – May

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.
















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