Wiltonians help NRR rowers win three golds at first regatta

Wilton rowers helped Norwalk River Rowing open its spring regatta season on Saturday, April 5, with three gold medals at the Greenwich Invitational.

The regatta, held in Greenwich at Grass Island in a strong wind, featured 13 crews from Connecticut and New York, most of which had been practicing on the water for only a few weeks after a winter that seemed never to end.

The girls’ second novice eight captured Norwalk River’s first gold of the day.  Six of the nine athletes in that boat hail from Wilton: Kailyn Kieffer, Maddie Srivastrava, Sabrina Pastorello, Anna Holt, Amanda Greenberg and Caroline Troy. The boat featured five athletes who had never raced in a regatta before, and who won first place in their first race.

Norwalk River’s next gold came from the boys’ junior varsity eight. This boat included three Wiltonians: Jack McDermott, Dane Crameri and Luke Goodwin.

The day culminated with a gold medal for Norwalk River Rowing boys in the premier event, the first varsity eight. Five of the nine athletes powering this boat to its first-place finish were from Wilton. Jamie Fagan was in the coxswain’s seat calling the cadence for fellow Wilton residents James Koenigsberg, Joe Blake, Greg Bauerfeld and George Mgaloblishvili.  On hand to award the medals was Connecticut State Senator Scott Frantz.

Norwalk River Rowing is Fairfield County’s oldest community rowing center, a 501(c)(3) organization promoting a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing, regardless of age or income. Visit its web site for more information.