Local rowers win three team titles at regatta

Nineteen Wilton rowers contributed medal-winning performances that helped Norwalk River Rowing return from its trip to the Princeton, N.J., area on April 18-19 with three ISA Sculling Championship team trophies — Varsity Men’s trophy, Large Team Men’s trophy, and Lightweight Men’s trophy, all awarded for the sculling events.

All together, the men and women earned seven gold, five silver, and four bronze medals.

The regatta featured 42 clubs competing over two days at Mercer Lake in New Jersey. The regatta was actually two regattas held together, the ISA Sculling Championships (a sculling regatta) and the Mercer Lake Sprints (the sweep events). The small boat sculling events were held Friday evening, with the rest of the events held on Saturday.

Wilton residents propelled boats winning 12 of Norwalk River Rowing’s 16 medals.

Both Joe Blake and James Koenigsberg returned to Wilton with golds for both the men’s varsity lightweight double and lightweight four plus coxswain.

George Mgaloblishivi brought home a gold in the men’s second varsity four plus coxswain, a silver in the second varsity quad and a bronze in the second varsity double, while Jack McDermott took a gold in the second varsity four and a silver in the second varsity quad.

Wilton’s Jamie Fagan coxed the gold-winning varsity lightweight four as well as the silver-winning novice eight, while Patrick Lyons coxed the gold-winning second varsity four.

Luke Goodwin brought home to Wilton a gold for the lightweight four as well as silvers for each of the lightweight quad and the lightweight double.

Greg Bauerfeld won a gold in the men’s varsity double and Tim Willis won a gold in the men’s second varsity four.

Wiltonian Matt Rauccio won a silver in the men’s second varsity quad, while Jonathan Mellana, Henry Hobson, Jake Gedney and Mitch Ukoprina all rowed in the silver-winning men’s novice eight, with Gedney also contributing a bronze in the novice quad.

The bronze-winning women’s novice eight contained five Wilton residents: Sasha Tarling, Sabrina Pastorello, Savannah Driscoll, Lehne Camp and Kailyn Kieffer.