Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crews grab silver, bronze on the Merrimack

The girls and boys of the Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crew team raced a 2,000-meter course in the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta on the Merrimack River in Lowell May 12 and 13. The girls second varsity 4 and lightweight 4 garnered silver medals. The boys first varsity 4 and 8 each claimed bronze.

The two-day rowing event, formerly known as the Lowell Invitational Regatta, was renamed last year for a 2006 graduate of Lowell High School. Amber Zapatka earned numerous crew medals and awards, including placing ninth at the USRowing Youth National Championships. She died in a motorcycle accident at age 27 in July 2015. Zapatka has been described as an inspired friend, a vibrant young woman, a phenomenal athlete, and a great teammate who always supported others.

The girls second varsity 4, from left, coxswain Taylor Tracey, Stephanie Gardner, Katherine Worden, Molly O’Neill, and Emma Perkins. (Courtesy photos)

For the first time this year, regatta organizers used the time trial format, which USRowing now uses in the preliminary rounds at nationals. In time trials, crews race against the clock instead of each other to advance to a semifinal or final race. In the later rounds, crews race side by side, six lanes across. “The different forms of racing require a crew to be not only extra motivated to race against itself, but then to deal with the distraction of having multiple crews racing side by side,” said program director and girls head varsity Coach Holly Hatton. “Some crews handle one format better than the other. Our quad didn’t quite get into the groove for the time trial, for example, but showed great speed in the C finals when they were side by side with other crews.”

The boys first varsity 8, from left, Christopher Clark, Charlie Carbonell, and Kevin Yu.

Hatton added, “I thought all the crews did a great job this weekend, with good progress made over the past few weeks. I think we are still finding our stride and look forward to gaining more speed over the next few weeks.”

Boys head varsity Coach Brian DeDominici said he was pleased with the team’s performance. “We executed plans, made adaptations, and pushed ourselves to be better, and it shows in the results,” he said.

BA-B crews will enter USRowing’s Northeast Youth Championships regatta May 19 and 20 at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.

Varsity boys results

  • First varsity 8: Christopher Clark, Charlie Carbonell, Kevin Yu, Spencer Tingle, Cameron McGurk, Patrick Stoffel, Nikhil Kommineni, Kyle Veo, and coxswain Amy Zhu, 3rd (6:27) 
  • Second varsity 8: Maxfield Mascarin, Sam Jackson, Isaiah Osborn, Jonathan McWhite, John Hart, Will Bardenheuer, Ryan Camposano, Max Ewing, and coxswain Jack Kelley, B Final, 4th (6:56)
  • First varsity 4: Dwight Fairchild, Brian Fay, William Thompson, Jack Walsh, and coxswain Nilay Maity, 3rd (6:44)
  • Pair: Stefan Scornavacca, Alexander Ewing, 5th (7:35)
  • Lightweight double: Christopher Clark, Kevin Yu, 4th (7:01)

Varsity girls results

  • First varsity 4: Anna Shlimak, Kat Fay, Grace White, Anya Buchovecky, and coxswain Sila Inanoglu, 4th (7:28)
  • Second varsity 4: Emma Perkins, Molly O’Neill, Katherine Worden, Stephanie Gardner, and coxswain Taylor Tracey, B Final, 2nd (8:01)
  • Lightweight 4: Erin Smith, Kaylee Liu, Zoe Flanzer, Alissa Kong, and coxswain Rachel Shrives, 2nd (7:36)
  • Quad: Valentine Bulpin, Fiona Carrez, Sophie Bodager, and Sophia Defoe, C Final, 1st (7:37)
  • Pair: Summer Maxwell, Molly O’Neill, B Final, 2nd (8:27)
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