Glastonbury crew teams near end of successful fall season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Hannah Pelegano, a member of the Varsity B crew, helps her teammates bring her boat down to the water at a scrimmage vs. the Riverfront Recapture team on Oct. 16. Photos by Steve Smith.
Hannah Pelegano, a member of the Varsity B crew, helps her teammates bring her boat down to the water at a scrimmage vs. the Riverfront Recapture team on Oct. 16. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School crew teams are nearing the end of their successful fall season, and are looking forward to the last couple of big races. Boys' crew assistant coach Nick Angelides said the season has been good, with more than 40 rowers on the varsity team, and about 35 on the novice squad.

At the recent New England race in Worcester, Mass., the team's three varsity boats placed in the top three in their respective category races. “The first varsity boat has been competing against the best teams and doing very well,” Angelides said, adding that Simsbury and Old Lyme are among the chief rivals in the fall season.

Girls' assistant coach Laurel Bransfield said the girls' teams are very deep, with more than 30 seniors comprising the crews of the four varsity boats. “We're a reallly big team this year - a really strong team, and we're just getting better and better,” Bransfield said, adding that their first varsity boat took first place at Glastonbury's home meet, and that in Worcester, their third boat took first place, their second boat took first, and their first boat took fourth place, in their respective divisions, among about a dozen teams.

In practices, much emphasis is on the coxswains, and teaching them how to steer the courses, and the rowers are learning the proper techniques. While some might think rowing is an upper body workout, Bransfield said it's all really in the legs, so the team works extensively on leg conditioning.

Attitude and work ethic are very good on both teams.

“They have really good team chemistry,” Bransfield said. “They're really tight, and all the kids get along well.”

The girls' first varsity team will go to the Head of the Charles race in Boston on Oct. 19 and several teams – boys and girls, varsity and novice – will take part in the Head of the Fish race in Saratoga, New York, on Oct. 27.

For a complete schedule, visit www.fogri.org.


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