Rye High School Crew First Time at US Youth Nationals

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Rye varsity men’s coxed-four crew of Grant Janart (Junior, Captain), Jim Palmer (Sophomore), Alex Martin (Senior, Captain) will be rowing for Ithaca College in the Fall, Tristan MacHale (Sophomore) and coxswain Ally Sullivan (Sophomore) finished a great season for Rye High School’s rowing program finishing 2nd in the C-Finals at the US Youth Nationals, 14th overall in the nation and 8th based on time against twenty-two other boats.

Qualifying for US Rowing Youth Nationals by winning NY State’s scholastic championship is a great accomplishment for the crew and such a young rowing program.  This was Rye High School’s first ever showing at the US Rowing Youth Nationals where 369 crews and 1585 competitors from 30 states competed at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge Tennessee.  On their march to the Youth Nationals, Rye HS also qualified four boats to the Scholastic Nationals building on last year’s accomplishment of qualifying two boats. These accomplishments underscore the progress of the team since 2007 under the coaching of Jennifer Palermo and Stan Nelson and supported this season by coach Mathis Jessen. 2011 was Rye’s first year competing at New York State Championship in Saratoga Springs, NY where they entered 11boats and had to borrow all of their equipment ended up having one boat qualify to compete at Scholastic Nationals in Camden, NJ. This season at States, Rye entered 47 athletes and 14 boats with four crews advancing further to Scholastic Nationals in Camden, NJ and the Boys 4+ qualifying for both the Scholastic Nationals and the US Rowing Nationals.

Rye’s coxed-four had an exciting three days in Tennessee improving their time versus their competitors in each of their three races.  Placing only 5th in their preliminary heat on Friday (16th overall by time), Rye had to fight through the repechage heats improving their relative time by 5 seconds as they tried to make the semi’s. If they were placed in a different rechepage heat their time might have meant a berth in the semis.  Qualifying for the C-Finals on Sunday, Rye showed their stuff by again improving their relative time by a further 5 seconds moving them ahead of half the boats in B-Finals and 8th place overall based on time.

Rye High School also had rowers from two other clubs in the finals on Sunday.  Melissa Curtis, a RHS junior rowing for Greenwich Crew in a single shell, had an exciting racing in the A-Finals finishing 4th in the country and also the Women’s Quad 4x finishing 4th in the B-Finals 10th overall. Brakeley Bryant a sophomore rowed in the Womens Lightweight 4+ for Greenwich Crew Finished 6th in the C-Finals, 18th overall. Hutch Bryant, a Rye junior, placed 2nd in the C-Finals 14th overall rowing for RowAmericaRye also with their first showing at the Youth Nationals were turning heads with their strong performance in the men’s eights.

Rye High School and RowAmericaRye both trained out of a parking lot this season while their new boathouse is being constructed on Milton Avenue. Interested rowers can find out more including learn-to-row programs for kids and adults at rowamericarye.com.

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