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Men's and Women's Competitive Teams Take 2nd, 3rd at Head of Ohio
DC Strokes women's team won 2nd place and men’s competitive teams took 2nd and 3rd place at this year’s Head of the Ohio in Pittsburg last weekend, placing high in the ranks against stiff competition despite tough weather conditions, an unfamiliar course and an unexpected equipment issue – a missing skeg that caused directional issues during the race.
“This was a very difficult day due to the weather, being an away regatta and a course that we were not real familiar with doing, but we were very successful neither the less,” said DCSRC competitive team member David Alosi. “We represented our club well against teams we usually do not see except at national competitions.”
Competitive team member Ken Kriese agreed that the weather was challenging. “It was a miserable day - in the upper 30s and low 40s all day with ongoing rain,” Kriese said. “In the four years I've been rowing with DC Strokes, it was the worst weather I've experienced at a regatta.”
And rowing without a skeg - the part on the boat that allows it to move in a straight line instead of weaving back and forth throughout the course – may have taken his men’s Master’s 4+ boat out of first place.
But the results show the teams pulling through these challenges. The Women's Masters 4+ (Age Category A) took 2nd place and a silver medal with a time of 19:01.10. The winning time was 18:45.26 by Western Reserve Rowing Association.
The Men's Masters 4+ (Age Category B) finished 20 seconds behind 1st place, taking 2nd place and a silver medal with a time of 18:36.78. The team accomplished that time while missing a skeg – a technical direction difficulty on the boat that significantly impacted their time. The winning time was 18:16.42 by Three Rivers Rowing Association.
The Men's Masters 8+ finished the race in 16:16.76 raw time, with a final time of 16:09.56 once their handicap was applied – the second fastest raw time on the course for this category. However, they ended up in third place, with a bronze medal, after the handicap was applied. The winning time was 15:28.45 raw and 15:01.95 by Three Rivers Rowing Association. Western Reserve Rowing Association had the third fastest raw time, but with their handicap applied, they took 2nd place.
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