Free­dom Row­ers cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful sea­son

Record Observer - - Sports -

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.

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