Wilton rowers helped Norwalk River Rowing start the fall season on a strong note at the Head of the Merrimack re

gatta on Sept. 28, as most of Norwalk River’s boats placed first or second. In all, Norwalk River Rowing came home with six first-place finishes, five second-place finishes and one third place.

Wilton residents Joe Blake, Luke Goodwin and James Koenigsberg (with Patrick Lyon of Wilton at coxswain) helped Norwalk River take second place in the boys varsity eight race, generally considered the most prestigious event.

Blake, Goodwin, Koenigsberg and Lyon were also in a boys varsity lightweight four that took first, while Wiltonians Jack Kaelin, Ryan Cunningham and Ryan Solecki were in another boys varsity lightweight four that placed second.

Wilton resident Jack McDermott was in a boys varsity quad that took first place, while Wiltonians Stefan Klink and Jack Kaelin were in a boys varsity quad that took second place. Wilton resident Greg Bauerfeld contributed a second place in the boys varsity single event.

In the girls races, Wilton residents Lauren Safko and Shannon O’Hara rowed in the girls varsity quad that took first place. Safko and Callie McCool of Wilton rowed in a girls varsity four that took second, while fellow Wilton residents Lindsay Clark and Rachel Pak rowed in a girls varsity lightweight four that took first place.

Other events where Norwalk took first place were the boys varsity double and the boys varsity lightweight double, while Norwalk’s third place came in the varsity lightweight double event.

Twenty-seven clubs and high schools entered 153 boats in 33 events at the Head of the Merrimack, a 3.8-mile race on the Merrimack River in Methuen, Mass.