Freedom Rowers celebrate a successful season
EASTON — Easton’s Freedom Rowers experienced both record growth and competitive success during the 2018 spring season, according to Chris Gill, the team’s executive director and coach.
The 38 student athletes who make up the team competed in regattas in Baltimore, New Jersey, Pennsylvania as well as on the Eastern Shore at Gunston Day School.
“Much of our spring season was plagued with unusually cold and wet weather, but it did not deter our kids at all,” Gill said. “They’ve developed such a passion for rowing, they wanted to be out there on the river practicing their skills every day.”
Those days on the river paid off. The season started with the Gunston Invitational attended by nine Maryland and Washington, D.C. crews in which both Freedom Rowers Girls and Boys JV 8’s took first place.
In Baltimore, all boats placed in the top three of their heats, with the Boys JV 8 taking their second gold of the season.
In mid-May the team traveled to Bridgeport, Pa., to race in the 53rd Annual Upper Merion Regatta on the Schuylkill River where
The Freedom Rowers Men’s JV 8+ receive their gold medals at the Upper Merion Regatta in Bridgeport, Pa. From left, Seth Feldman, James Parkinson, Coxswain Sophie Molloy, Jack Martell, Colbey Bryan, Von Burgstahler, Gio Redondo, Nathan Lovell and team captain Ian Mann.